Clear Lake High School senior Ayman Abouleish will have his recent trumpet performance featured on the From the Top national radio program. It will air nationally online the week of April 18 and will be broadcast on Houston’s classical music station KUHA 91.7 FM at 6 p.m. on April 24.
The 17-year-old’s performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Sonata for Trumpet” was previously recorded in Lake Jackson, TX, in front of a live audience for From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. This NPR-distributed radio show is America’s largest national platform reaching more than one million people per year and is dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians through live events.
“What I really enjoy most about the trumpet is the power it has,” said Abouleish after his performance. “If I am sitting in an orchestra, I can almost feel like I am in the hot seat in a sense because no matter what I do, no matter how well I play or how many mistakes I make, everyone is going to be able to hear it. It give me that adrenaline and makes me feel alive when I am playing it.”
Abouleish’s parents began recognizing his musical talent when he was just 2 years old and was whistling all the time. A couple of years later, he got his first trumpet and hasn’t stop playing it since. Currently studying music with Roman Jakubas, Abouleish is a four-time Texas All-State Musician for CLHS, as well as the principal trumpet in the Houston Youth Symphony. He has participated in numerous ensembles, festivals, and summer programs, from Idyllwild Arts and Interlochen to the Honor Orchestra of America. He is planning to study Music Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
To listen to Ayman Abouleish’s performance online, please click here.