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Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, president of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8.
Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his sixth birthday in 2008. Today, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists.
He has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition in Albuquerque.
For four years, he has also earned the international level (15 solos) and national level (10 solos) certificates in Guild Auditions.
Gao has many other interests including swimming, violin, ballet, playing chess and basketball, to name a few.
Friends of the Shelter is a Los Alamos based non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of shelter animals in Northern New Mexico. Friends of the Shelter/Courtesy