Solo Performances with ESMoA

After months of patrons experiencing music and art at home, American Youth Symphony (AYS) and ESMoA have partnered to produce an intimate 1:1 concert experience on Saturday, September 26th. This concert will be a pilot for a new performance series. Held on the rooftop deck of ESMoA in Downtown El Segundo, one musician and one audience member will be able to once again enjoy live music together. There will be a succession of four 1:1 performances, each 15 minutes long played by AYS Principal Cellist, Alex Mansour and AYS violinist, Ani Sinanyan.

As a safety precaution, participation in this experience is by invitation only right now.  A documentary video of the project will be shared publicly, and we hope to expand the performance series soon. Stay updated by checking our website and social media.

AYS and ESMoA are taking health and safety seriously and following CDC and LA County recommendations for in-person events. Guests, staff, and musicians will follow COVID-19 safety regulations as part of AYS’ acknowledgement form and event guidelines. Visit our health and safety webpage for more information.


About the Artists

Alex Mansour, Principal Cello

Alexander Mansour is a composer, pianist, and cellist from Los Angeles, California. His music is fascinated with the lyricism of romantic expression, dramatic juxtaposition of disparate harmonies, and dynamic narrative structures. As a cellist, Alex serves as principal of American Youth Symphony, and has joined the New York String Orchestra Seminar for their Christmas concerts at Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared on NPR’s “From the Top”. He has studied with Katinka Kleijn (CSO), and during an exchange in London, with Richard Lester (Royal College of Music).

Ani Sinanyan, violin

Ani Sinanyan is a young violinist and winner of many competitions born into a family of musicians. In April of 2010, Ani was a finalist of the Youth Talent Festival and performed in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City. From 2013-17, she was the concertmistress and solo violinist of the Verdugo Young Musicians Association. In the summer of 2018, Ani was the Principal Second Violinist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler. She is in her second year with American Youth Symphony and attends UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, Music Major in Violin Performance. She hopes to become an accomplished musician and professional violinist.