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The Classical European Music Academy Los Angeles (CEMALA) is a comprehensive violin school, which was honored to perform at the White House in 2017 and a second time last month on Dec. 22, where they played a program of Vivaldi and Mozart.
The 15 young musicians, ranging in age from 4 to 12, play under the baton of Hungarian born and trained violinist Magdolna Berezvai, who states that one of her objectives is to identify extraordinary talent in these young people and give them the opportunity to improve their talent and to perform in competitions or concerts with the greatest orchestras of the world. Her teaching technique has molded children into amazing virtuoso violinists who will feel at home in the classical music scene anywhere they go.
These L.A., San Gabriel Valley, San Marino, and Alhambra children have also performed in Iceland, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and an Italian concert tour that included concerts in Rome, Florence, and Venice. The European concerts open their eyes and take them back to the historical place where this quality music was born. Closer to home they have performed at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York, for the L.A. Lakers as well as at Sea World, Universal Studios, and Disneyland.
“My teacher, Ms. Magdolna, has taught me everything I know about the violin,” said Angilia Zheng, a young CEMALA violinist. “She has shown me a world of music that I am extremely grateful for. Playing at these historical landmarks really made me exposed to a world of music that I never would have dreamed of. I want to thank her for all her hard work and dedication to teaching us and providing us with wonderful opportunities.”
Recently, the realities of COVID have interfered with ambitious scheduling of the academy. When the schools closed, they lost their rehearsal space. James Chou came to the rescue by inviting them to rehearse in an empty building he owns in Alhambra. After a rehearsal in mid-December, Alhambra Councilmember Katherine Lee was on hand to welcome them and pass out city pins while Mr. Chou passed out Christmas presents.
COVID has also cancelled or postponed an ambitious schedule for 2021. A return to Carnage Hall in June was cancelled as well as trips in the planning stage to the Sydney Opera House in Australia and another tour in China.