FAYM is proud to have helped many musicians  with scholarship, mentoring and/or career assistance support.  Read about just a few of them! For scholarship information contact Hal Weller at FAYM@live.com.


Violinist, Krzysztof Rucinski


Violinist Krzysztof Rucinski from Poznan, Poland is the first protege of FAYM. Discovered on YouTube by Hal Weller early in 2007, Hal and friends brought Krzysztof to the United States in December 2007 to give recitals in Arizona and Nevada. At the same time, Oleh Krysa, Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, accepted Krzysztof in his class for the fall of 2008. In short order, Krzysztof was awarded the prestigious Howard Hanson Scholarship from the Eastman School of Music as well as substantial FAYM scholarship support to cover all tuition and living expenses for his undergraduate studies.  Krzysztof graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Eastman on May 20th, 2012.  Krzysztof then became a graduate assistant and scholarship recipient at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh.  He completed his graduate work in violin performance in 2014 and appeared with the Carnegie Mellon Symphony in a stunning performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto #1 as winner of the school’s Concerto Competition. (CLICK)

According to Krzysztof, “This would have never been possible to me, if Maestro Harold Weller hadn’t given me a helping hand in 2007 and offered me FAYM’s incredible financial support. I am really grateful to Maestro Weller, the Committee members and all the FAYM collaborators and supporters for the great chance I have been given.”

Krzysztof is currently a member of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, which engages the most talented young polish graduates.

Violinist, Liam Mansfield

Liam Mansfield

Liam Mansfield was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and began studying the violin at the age of eleven. Following graduation from the Las Vegas Academy in June 2014, Liam was selected as one of only two young musicians from the State of Nevada to join the National Youth Orchestra of the USA which toured the United States with performances from  Carnegie Hall in NYC to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA during the summer of 2014.  Liam then began his college career that fall studying with renowned violinist and educator Alexander Kerr at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.

Liam has won many competitions, attended music camps each summer, and soloed with the Henderson Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestras.  While in high school Liam studied privately with Ryan Meehan at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, was a member of the National Honor Society, and maintained a high GPA while enrolled in many honors and advanced placement classes. He speaks English and Polish fluently. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing guitar, hiking, and snowboarding. True to his Polish roots, Liam performs on a 2011 del Gesùs style bench master violin by the talented Polish Luthier Wojciech Topa.

Contrabassist, Caleb Salgado

Caleb Salgado at the Concertgebouw

Graduated from the Las Vegas Academy in 2006 and played double bass with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and the National Honor Orchestra. As a soloist he appeared with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and the Las Vegas Chamber Symphony. He has since graduated from the Hartt School of Music (B.M.) and the University of Hartford (B.A.). He has also studied at other institutions including Università degli studi Roma 3, Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, École normale de musique de Paris, CNSMdP, and the Freie Universität Berlin.

As an interpreter and performer he has worked with ensembles and as a soloist in France, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany collaborating with composers and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Reinbert de Lieuw, Pierluigi Billone, George Benjamin et al. He has appeared in festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse and the Impuls Festival. Principal teachers include Gary Karr, Matthew McDonald and Robert Black. Caleb, now 25, currently resides in Berlin, Germany and is the recipient of two scholarship awards from FAYM, including the “Audrey Bush Memorial Scholarship”.

Composer/Conductor, Alexander Prior

Alexander Prior Casual Conducting

FAYM has been a champion of Alexander Prior since the composer/conductor was 16. Now, at 23, Alex is filling concert halls wherever he appears.

A few words will scarcely suffice to describe this young artist, who at 18 conducted the premiere of his 6th Symphony, whose ballet Mowgli has been playing in Moscow for 7 years and who at 17 is the youngest student since Sergey Prokofiev to graduate with distinction as a conductor from the Conservatoire in St. Petersburg.

Since graduation, Alex has traveled widely conducting the top orchestras and opera companies in Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, China, and the United States.

Alexander Prior calls himself a passionate “Nordic musician”; he speaks and writes Danish and Norwegian, often conducts in Scandinavia and has an enormous wealth of repertoire by composers from the Nordic countries at his fingertips. Not surprisingly, he feels a similar close affinity with German-speaking composers like Bruckner and Wagner.

His career as a composer is also prodigious: in 2009, he conducted his Symphony No. 4 “Gogol” for vocal soloists, choir and orchestra – a commission for the department of culture in St. Petersburg – to mark the 200th birthday of the Russian author. “Horizons” for soloists and orchestra was premiered under his baton in 2010 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, while his Triple Concerto “That which must remain unspoken” received its premiere with the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra in 2011.

“Alex’s career is skyrocketing like no other I’ve seen since Jimmy Levine’s in the early ’70’s,” says Hal Weller, FAYM’s founder, “He is the genuine article – one who has complete command as composer and conductor!”

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