RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 17-year-old Paul Novak attends the Davidson Academy and not only performs with the Youth Symphony Orchestra sponsored by the Reno Philharmonic; he is a composer. It was his composing that earned him a spot on the National Youth Orchestra of the U.S. and a chance to perform and study at Carnegie Hall this summer.
“This is one of the most prestigious things you can get as a young composer in this country. I was overjoyed,” said Novak.
His conductor, Jason Altieri, knew he saw something special in Novak seven years ago.
“As an educator sometimes you never know when a kid is going to catch fire. I’ve known Paul since I started here and he has just been one of those rare talents that he surprises you in everything he does,” Altieri.
Perhaps his most cherished praise comes from his fellow floutist, Julia Kim.
“He is very deserving,” Kim said. “He works really, really hard and he is so talented and I am just really happy for him that he gets this opportunity.”