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30 Under 30

Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov

Friday, February 27 throughout the day

WFMT has long encouraged and showcased up-and-coming young classical musicians – notably on the weekly series Introductions, and on From the Top. Today, tune in as we bring you recordings by 30 exciting young artists under 30 who are making themselves heard in a big way in Chicago and around the world, performers who we’re keeping our eye on and composers, too. Do you have any other suggestions? Post them below in the comments.

Our 30 (in no particular order):

Daniil Trifonov (pictured), pianist, was born in 1991 and won the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Elizabeth Ogonek, composer, one of the next Mead Composer in Residents at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Nathan Laube, organist, Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music (and Chicagoan).
Wlad Marhulets, composer, was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago to write “The Property,” a klezmer opera, which premiered this week at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center.
Gabriel Cabezas, cellist, was the third-ever performer featured on “Introductions” and last summer was featured on WFMT again — this time as a soloist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew Aucoin, composer and conductor, is the current Solti Conducting Apprentice at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago to write a children’s opera, which will have its premiere at the Lincoln Park Zoo in August.
Samuel Adams, composer, one of the next Mead Composer in Residents at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We’ll feature a work commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, which was performed (and broadcast on WFMT) both at the Grant Park Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall (this performance will also broadcast on WFMT this summer).
J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano, current member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago and selected as one of 20 finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, which takes place in June.
Ed Frasier Davis, Chicago-based composer in his 20s.
Caleb Hudson, trumpet, is in his late 20s.
Ben Beilman, violin, is in his late 20s.
Lionel Bringuier, Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, is 28 years old.
Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist, was born in 1992.
Rafal Blechacz, pianist, winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the first Polish winner in many years, also winner of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award
Edgar Moreau, cellist, was born in 1994.
Nicola Benedetti, violinist, born 1987.
Dover String Quartet, we’ll feature a WFMT recording from a recent “Impromptu,” and the members of this rising-star ensemble are all under 30.
Conrad Tao, pianist, born in 1994.
Yuja Wang, pianist, celebrated her 28th birthday earlier this month.
Charlie Siem, violinist, was born in 1986.
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpeter, was born in Norway in 1987.
Ingolf Wunder, pianist, was born in September 1985 and took third place in the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition, winning the Concerto Prize and also a contract with DG.
Lise de la Salle, pianist, was born in 1988.
Khatia Buniatishvili, pianist, was born in 1987.
Sean Chen, pianist, was born in 1988.
Judith Jauregui, pianist, born in 1985 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Yulianna Avdeeva, pianist, born in 1985 and winner of the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition.
Matthew Lipman, violist, born in 1992, has performed on “Introductions” several times and now performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

  • Aaron

    I’d like to recommend John Schindler, a super talented 15 year old pianist from Wisconsin. This movement from Beethoven’s Appasionata Sonata is just beautiful: Or if you want something shorter, John makes this difficult Chopin Etude look effortless: I think the audio quality on these is suitable for broadcast, otherwise John can be reached through Hartland Music (

    • John Doe

      He sucks so badly! just another case of publicity

  • Judy

    Correction: Ben Beilman is 25, born in 1989.

  • Mead

    Do you mean “one of the next Mead Composers in Residence”?

  • polo

    Ingolf Wunder took second (not third) place in the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition. He also won there two other prizes: for the best concerto and for Polonaise-Fantasie!