Miles Eby (15) is the student of Grammy Award winning pianist Ms. Kazuko Hayami. At age 9 Miles auditioned and won a spot to perform at the New York Opera House as part of the JCC’s Thurnauer School of Music’s annual talent showcase. He is an award-winning performer at New York’s Leschetizky Association and a regular participant in the Kaplan Honors recital. Other awards include in 2021 a gold medal for music in classical performance, and a gold medal for oratory both from the NAACP Act-So Program. Miles has had the opportunity through several years of musicianship study at Thurnauer to hone his passion for not only performing great music but also composing it as well. To date Miles has produced and composed over a dozen songs, “beats and tracks” that not only showcase his classical background but his skill as an electronic dance music producer. “I am very interested in pursuing my passion to produce great music that people can dance to” says Miles. Tutoring elementary school students in musicianship Miles believes provides a wonderful opportunity to advance his skills as a musician and to also share his enjoyment of music with other young people. For these volunteer efforts Miles in 2021 was awarded the volunteer of the year award from the Thurnauer School of Music. An outstanding leader who is always looking to serve those that are most vulnerable in society, Miles teaches literacy to elementary school children of incarcerated parents and volunteers at local food banks to help combat food insecurity. For this work Miles is 2021 silver medal recipient for outstanding community service as part of the National Youth Volunteer Service Recognition Program through Jack and Jill of America Inc. Miles was recently featured on a Diane Sawyer special together with his twin brother Quincy for their musical performances outside local senior residents during the COVID 19 pandemic and both were named a hero of New York by the New York Post for this work. Miles is an honor student at Dwight Englewood where he serves as goalie for his High School soccer team. Miles also enjoys reading, debating and cooking.