Oliver Bjorkman is 15 years old and a junior at Los Altos High School. He has his own website and likes to build robots. He has also been playing the piano and studying music since he was 6.
Local residents will have the opportunity to hear him play in a benefit piano concert – and help foster children and their families at the same time – 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.
Bjorkman’s classic selections will take the audience from the Baroque era to the 20th century and will include works by both Bach and Beethoven, among other musical masters.
He earned his Certificate of Merit Advanced Level with Honors when he was just 13 and qualified as a United States International Music Competition finalist in 2019. He was an Advanced Panel finalist this year as well. In the past few years, he has been sharing his talent on Sundays at Union Presbyterian Church.
The concert is free, and donations collected at the performance will benefit Help One Child, a nonprofit organization founded in Los Altos that supports the children and families of foster and adopted kids throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo and five other counties. This year’s donations will be used to send foster and adopted children to a camp in the California redwoods.
Attendees are asked to arrive on time so as not to disrupt the performance.
For those who want to meet Bjorkman, a small reception will follow the concert.
For more information on Help One Child and the concert, visit HelpOneChild.org.