The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 30th Season offers a wonderful series of intimate GUEST ARTIST RECITALS in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville, Florida. International and National Guest Artists appear during the 2016-2017 season on Saturdays, Oct. 15, 2016; Feb. 18, 2017; and May 20, 2017. The series is graciously underwritten through a gift from Guy and Judy-ann Zoghby Family Trust.

The Guest Artist who will appear February 18, 2017 is piano virtuoso Aristo Sham of Hong Kong. Sham is the Gold Medal winner of the 65th Wideman International Piano Competition and is a 20-year-old classical pianist who is a rising star world-wide. Sham also appears on September 17, 2016 for the orchestra's season opening concert.

 A child musical prodigy born in Hong Kong, Aristo Sham was first introduced to the piano at the age of three, and joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of six. He is currently pursuing BA/MMus degrees as a joint programme at Harvard University and New England Conservatory, studying with Professor Victor Rosenbaum. He has given recitals on four continents in countries ranging from Singapore and the USA to Slovenia and Morocco and has played for Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle, and the Queen of Belgium and President Hu of China on their respective visits to Hong Kong.

He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and the Minnesota Orchestra. Aristo has won a number of international prizes, including First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the 10th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2006, First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008, First Prize and two special prizes in the Minnesota International Junior Piano-e-Competition in 2011, First Prize in the inaugural Viseu International Piano Competition, 2015, and First Prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition in 2015.

Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’, broadcast in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM)

Renowned artists perform in solo concerts in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Tickets are $20 each and are available by phone, web or in-person from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office - by phone (850) 729-6000 or web: Recital tickets may be purchased either as part of an NFSO Season Package or individually.

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast’s premier, fully professional orchestra - since 1987! The NFSO performs in residence at the magnificent $30 million Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, located at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. NFSO concerts are held in the center’s 1,650 mainstage theater where a custom orchestra shell provides the optimum in acoustics for symphony patrons. The NFSO is a non-profit organization operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College.

The NFSO relies on tax-deductible donations, corporate underwriting and season subscriptions to continue the orchestra’s musical excellence and the symphony’s numerous longstanding educational endeavors for youth. Tax-deductible donations are administered through the NW Florida State College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

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