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LIVE: Thomas Ridgway, piano

Ridgeway will be performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concert with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Atlanta in May.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Thomas Ridgway is a homeschooled senior from Shorewood, IL. He was chosen as a Rising Star by the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed for the organization in a benefit concert. In addition, he recently performed in the “Stairway to the Stars” concert to benefit more…

Maud Powell String Quartet of the Elgin Youth Symphony


The Maud Powell String Quartet is the premiere string quartet of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Institute.

LIVE: 18 year old pianist Wonjin Hahn

18 year old pianist Wonjin Hahn is a senior at Conant High School.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] A senior at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Wonjin Hahn is a scholarship recipient and member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program where he studies piano with MIC artist faculty member Alan Chow. Wonjin has studied in the United States, South Korea, and more…

16 year old violinist Jorie Butler-Geyer

17 year old violinist Jorie Butler-Geyer is a senior at Stevenson High School and concertmaster of the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Winner 2010 DePaul University Concerto Festival competition, winner Music Festival in Honor of Confucius VGB Scholarship, winner Charles Pikler Merit Scholarship with Midwest Young Artists, finalist with Glacking and West Suburban Symphony Young Artists competitions, honorable mention wins with Chicago Symphony, Walgreens and Confucius competitions. Soloist with Oistrach more…

LIVE: Ben Manis, Cello

17 year old cellist Ben Manis

17 year old cellist Ben Manis is co-principal cellist of the award-winning Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as an accomplished chamber musician.

17 year old violinist and composer Jonas Tarm

This week we feature original award-winning compositions by 17 year old Jonas Tarm.

17 year old Jonas Tarm is an active chamber and orchestral musician, soloist, composer and arranger. He’s won multiple awards for both his violin playing and original compositions.

Pianist Yoan Ganev, 14

Yoan Ganev

Yoan Ganev, fourteen, started playing the piano at the age of six, and studied at the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. He came to the United States five years ago where he has studied with Emilio del Rosario and Marta Aznavoorian. He has just started lessons with Dr. Theodore Edel. Yoan has won more…

16 year old pianist Stella Tu

Stella Tu

Today on Introductions our guest was 16 year old pianist Stella Tu, a junior at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook. She performed at Carnegie Hall at age 11, and has won or placed in the Chopin Youth Piano Competition in Milwaukee, the MYA Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra competition, and many more…

Adam Kim, 16, Piano

Last year, Adam took first place in Crain-Maling Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, an annual competition where 7 finalists compete on the stage of Orchestra Hall in front of a jury and audience for the chance to perform with the CSO. Adam will perform in a series of youth concerts for school children next week…and more…