Half Hollow Hills Student Helps Launch Island-wide Piano Competition

Pianist Luke Gentil of the Half Hollow Hills CSD, who is studying music at Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), was a featured performer at the Grace Music School’s official kickoff event for their Island-wide piano competition. The winner of the competition will earn $1,000 and perform at Carnegie Hall. At the event, Mr. Gentil performed two of his original compositions, “Billade No. 2” and “Gentil Invention No. 1.”


“What more fitting way to celebrate Long Island’s aspiring pianists then having a piano competition,” said Grace Heaphy, director of the Grace Music School. “It gives them a chance to perform at one of the greatest music venues in the world.” The competition will be held in April of 2017 at the world-famous Steinway and Sons piano showroom in New York City. The winner will perform at Carnegie Hall in June.


“We could not be more proud of this flourishing musician,” said LIHSA Principal Jack Lenson. “He is an excellent representation of the gifted youngsters that constitute our school. Luke is the embodiment of Long Island’s up-and-coming artistic talent.”

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