When eighth-grade violinist Syed Raziq Mohideen went
for an audition at the Music-Fest Rising Talents Festival
at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, no one in the
family expected him to win a prize, let alone the Grand
Prix competition. “It surprised us. Parents tend to underestimate the talents and merits of our children. Usually
my duty ended with writing checks and I never followed
up with the competition,” said his father Imran
Mohideen, who is originally from Andhra Pradesh.
Raziq started learning the violin at the age of seven.
Though other instruments are at home, he prefers the
violin. Though he wished to learn the piano the costs
involved acted as a deterrent.
Now, as the Grand Prix winner, Raziq has been selected
to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in
New York City, March 27.
No one else in the family is a musician, his father said.
Despite his interest in music, Raziq plans a career in sci-ence/technology.
Syed Raziq Mohideen playing his way to the Grand Prix award