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Naomi Brookner/The Gazette
Russian cellist Alexey Stadler, 17, practices at the home of hostess Dora Klayman of Chevy Chase, where he is staying while in town for the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. The event, which issues $66,000 in scholarships to young cellists, violinists and viola players, drew 30 students from all over the world last week, and several were hosted in Montgomery County.