North High School senior Mizuki Natsu has been selected as a 2023–24 Long Island Scholar Artist. This annual program, sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), recognizes a select group of exceptionally accomplished high school seniors in the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.
Mizuki is an accomplished cellist and pianist who performs in the North High Symphony Orchestra and Pit Orchestra, and directs the Music Improvisation Club. As a North High musician, Mizuki performed a cello solo at Carnegie Hall and played the piano with multiple award-winning ensembles through the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Musicians Program. He has also performed with All-County ensembles, was twice selected as an Alternate cellist for All-State ensembles, and will perform in the prestigious NYSSMA Piano Showcase in December as part of the 2023 All-State Winter Conference.
The 2023–24 Class of Long Island Scholar Artists includes 20 high school students—10 from Nassau County and 10 from Suffolk County—who will be featured through a series of monthly profiles in Newsday during the school year. These Scholar Artists, plus an additional 20 Merit Award recipients, will be honored at a year-end LIAA recognition event.
Mizuki was nominated for this recognition by Dr. Esther Noh, orchestra teacher at North High.
The LIAA Scholar-Artist Program is presented in cooperation with Newsday and is supported by the New York Community Bank Foundation and Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation. It is endorsed by the New York State School Music Association, the New York State Art Teachers Association, the Nassau and Suffolk chapters of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, and the Nassau and Suffolk Art Supervisors Associations.
—Submitted by the Great Neck Public Schools District