Big Rapids native Noah Mallett has already made quite a name for himself in the music world. As a composer, his works have been performed by artists including the Harlem String Quartet, Invoke String Quartet, Marco Granados, the Jorge Glem Trio, soprano Caroline Worra, the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band and many others. He was chosen as a composition merit scholar in 2017 by the National Young Arts Association, and was honored as the Michigan Music Educator’s Association outstanding composer in 2018.
As a marimba soloist, he has performed throughout Michigan, as well as in Boston and North Carolina, and has been featured on WQXR’s (New York, NY)Young Artist Showcase. He has won concerto competitions with the Brevard (NC) Festival Orchestra, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, and Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and was a two-time winner of the MSBOA concerto competition, performing at the Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo in 2017 and 2019. Most recently, he was selected as the brass/percussion winner in the Michigan State University’s College of Music upcoming honors concert concerto event on March 20 in East Lansing.
For this hometown event, Noah will anchor his performance with four concerti — Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody for Marimba; Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba; Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83; and Sergei Profiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26