PRINCETON,NJ–He is only 13 years old, but Syed Raziq Mohideen is already making heads turn with outstanding performances with the violin. An eighth grade student at the Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison, New Jersey, he recently received the highest score of â€œgrand prixâ€ at the Music Fest Rising Talents Festival at Westminster Choir College in Princeton.
Raziq entered his second competition, the Golden Key Music Festival, on March 6, also at Westminster Choir College. He played â€œBachianas Brasileiras No. 5â€ by Hector Villas-Lobas.
As a result of these accomplishments he was invited to perform onstage at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 27.
Raziqâ€™s proud parents, who come from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, are proud of their sonâ€™s accomplishments.
â€œI think I only cried twice, once when he was born and this time,â€ said his mother in an interview to the Sentinel.
â€œIt is tears of joy.â€