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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…

10 year old pianist Rachel Hsu

Rachel Shekinah Hsu

Listen to the full audio [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Rachel Shekinah Hsu is a fourth grade student at Romona Elementary School in Wilmette, IL. She has learned piano for five years and violin for six years. Currently she studies piano with Sueanne Metz and violin with Desiree Ruhstrat. Rachel has won many more…

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…

This week, listening to young pianists in Warsaw

In Warsaw, Poland

This week, David Polk and Lisa Flynn are in Warsaw, Poland to hear the world’s finest young pianists compete in the 16th Chopin International Piano Competition. Follow their reports on and live at 10AM every day this week. And on Thursday at 12:30 pm WFMT presents the prizewinner’s concert live from the Warsaw Opera 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…