Omar Gaidarov, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, is the principal flautist for San Diego Youth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Chamber Orchestra groups. His performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Fantasie on “Der Freischutz” astounded both judges and the audience at the Mingei International Museum recently, earning him a second place finish.

“The SDYS 2013 Concerto Competition was a terrific experience for me. Of course, it was very challenging to learn ‘The Freischutz Fantasie’, but I really think it helped me evolve into a higher level of thought and a more sensitive musician,” said Omar.

Omar never misses the opportunity to play at charity and community events over the years. His recent accomplishments have paved the way for him to perform at numerous well esteemed events, including San Diego Mainly Mozart festival, the Discovery Series Prelude for La Jolla Music Society and at the 2013 La Jolla Music Society summer master class with renowned LA Phil associate principal flute Catherine Ransom Karoly.