Runnels junior makes it to Carnegie Hall _lowres

Photo provided by Runnels High -- Luc Kharey practices his cello. He performed earlier this month at Carnegie Hall.

Runnels High School junior Luc Kharey performed Feb. 6-7 as part of the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

The teen musician got to the big stage after an application process that included a recording of his cello skills.

Kharey, the son of Alok and Janine Kharey, played cello with the Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

“The Selection Board has reviewed your application and chosen you to represent the finest high school performers internationally by performing at Carnegie Hall,” a selection letter from the program stated. “Your acceptance to this elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in your application.”

While his parents were unable to attend the New York performance, Kharey’s cousin, Sapna Moudgil-Shah, who lives in Manhattan, attended the performance and supplied several photos for his family.

The teen is principal cello and section leader for the Louisiana Youth Orchestra.

He’s played cello since fourth grade and also plays rhythmic guitar.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and is an honor roll student. In addition to playing at school, Kharey also plays in a school band, SHED, in which he plays guitar and cello, and has composed multiple songs for the band, including an original piece called “Nothing.”