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Flutest from Puerto Rico wins Presidential Scholarship
(Published: May 27, 2007)

May 23, 2007


Flutiest Wins Presidential Scholarship

Hawaiian/Puerto Rican flutiest Enrique (Kalani) Trinidad, won the Presidential Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, the announcement was made by scholarship director Mr. Damien Bracken. Kalani was selected for this honor out of a pool of more than 3700 applicants to this year starting in Fall class, involving an extensive international talent search via the World Scholarship Tour and both verbal and written recommendations and letters of support from music education and industry professionals. A final group of 20 candidates were reviewed, resulting in just five U.S. recipients and two international recipients. This honor will provide Kalani with an educational framework and the tools he will use in his professional career as a performer, composer, educator, producer, engineer, therapist, music business manager…whichever path he choose. Kalani will follow the footsteps of a long list of distinguished Berklee alumni who seized the opportunity that Berklee provided. Presidential Scholars represent the most talented individuals among all young musicians graduating from high school each year. Enrique will received full tuition and room and board, which is renewable over four years of study. To receive this honor, candidates must exhibit outstanding musical merit determined through a live audition to enter the pool.

The 19 year old flutiest, winner of the National Flute Association Jazz Masterclass 2007, winner of Yamaha Young Performing Artist 2005, winner in 2 occasions of the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the University of Berklee College of Music in Boston 2002 and 2003, son of Hawaiian native Candie Silva and Puerto Rican pianist Richard Trinidad. Kalani has captivated jazz followers of the island of Puerto Rico with his remarkable flute performance, kalani a flutiest composer has share his talent with well known Jazz musicians like Mario Rivera, Justo Almario, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Humberto Ramirez, Julito Alavado just to name a few. With a warm smile and low voice, Kalani has a lot to offer, “Travel the whole world and share my talent with great jazz players is my dream”, the young flutiest was born in Dallas Texas in November 27,1987 and move to Puerto Rico when he was only 4-years-old, by listening to his father pianist Richard Trinidad and the music of Chick Corea and compositions of Brazilian singer composer Carlos Jobin, Kalani was interested in learning music starting flute lessons, soon his talent was discover. “Music is like painting, pick the right colors and with a nice combination you end up with a good paint”. Kalani has his own quartet and he composes his own music because he believes that’s the only way you share your real feelings. Kalani is preparing to start recording his first album made with his own compositions and arrangements. The Government of Puerto Rico awarded Kalani with a recognition for his achievements in music in such of young age. “He is a very mature young man with very defined goals and the discipline necessary to make all his dreams come true” Osca Cartaya, Jennifer Lopez bass player. “I believe that Kalani will continue to grow as a musician and will become a great ambassador to music” Frankie Perez, Yamaha Performing Artist. “His commitment and focus on his instrument and a musical career are absolute, and Kalani has the potential to achieve the highest level of success as an all around artist musician” Nestor Torres, professional flute player. “Music is my passion, my best friend at all times, music is always in my thoughts and represent my feelings the best way possible, and that is why I am a musician and I always will be”. Enrique K. Trinidad

Submitted By: Candie Silva

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