Nicholas Turner

The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a piano recital by Nicholas Turner, a promising young artist who recently won the 2017 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition here in Tucson. As gold medalist, he was invited to perform the first movement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra this past March.

His Academy concert will take place on Tuesday (July 25) at 11:30 a.m., when Nicholas will be performing music of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and the contemporary Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin.

Just 17 years old, Nicholas has been playing the piano since the age of 10 and currently studies with Svetlana Arakelova. He comes from a musical family of five siblings who have all played the piano at some point. His older brother and one of his younger sisters play the cello as does his mother, and his other younger sister plays the violin.

Nicholas enjoys accompanying and serves as the pianist for the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. He has won or placed in a variety of competitions this year including the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Young Artists Competition, and the Tucson Music Teachers Association Merit Scholarship Competition.

He and his family live on a farm outside of Tucson where the children are all home schooled. With many animals on their farm, including a horse and four dogs, it’s Nicholas’s younger brother who likes to care for the animals. Nicholas’s plan for the future is to pursue a career in piano performance.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Youth Concerto Prize Winner in Solo Recital: July 2017