During the 2 p.m.-4 p.m. recital, the 10-year-old Decatur pianist will showcase the talent that won her an Outstanding Performance rating at the Cobb County Music Teachers Association’s Local Piano Auditions at Kennesaw State University in March.
Since then Yasha has played at the annual Winners Recital and auditioned at the Georgia Music Teacher Association state competition where she was awarded a medallion for playing Sonatina Opus 55 No. 1 by Fredrick Kuhlau and Burgmuller Opus 100 from 25 Easy and Progressive Studies for the Piano.
The fourth-grader, who is home schooled, said it was awesome to advance to the state competition.
“I felt happy and I was relaxed,” she said. “I’m usually nervous before playing but it felt great to play and I felt comfortable.”
Yasha has only been playing the piano for five years, but you would never guess.
“It gives me a break from what’s going on around me and it’s challenging,” she said.
Yasha’s mother, Yolanda, said her daughter’s accomplishments are “wonderful.” She wishes every child could be so exposed.
“Music gives kids discipline, focus and self-esteem,” she said.
Yasha’s performance at the library is free to attend. The library is at 3500 Covington Highway in Decatur.