Young Steinway Concert Series
2014-2015 Season

October 5 March 1
October 19 March 22
November 2 April 12
December 7 May 3
January 4 June 7
February 1  

The 33rd Annual Young Steinway Concert Series begins on Sunday, October 5 in Skokie Public Library's Petty Auditorium. These concerts showcase young people with extraordinary talent, giving local audiences the chance to enjoy first-class music close to home. Many of our past performers have gone on to great achievements as professional musicians, and we are proud to count them as part of our Young Steinway family.

Concerts begin at 3:00pm in the Petty Auditorium. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis one-half hour prior to each performance. Limited seating is available for patrons with disabilities at 2:45pm.


October 5, 2014

Photo of Chloe LeeChloe Lee, violin

School
Sophomore at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
Recent performances and honors
Featured soloist for Waltham and Lowell Philharmonic Orchestras in January 2014 after winning their concerto competitions, 2013 winner of the Paul Vermel Young Artist Award and performed the Barber Violin concerto with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in May 2014.
Musical studies
A native of Chicago, Chloe is a student of Desiree Ruhstrat.
Other interests
An active fashion blogger, ranked #11 in the Teen Vogue Fashion Click’s “Top 100 Bloggers”.

Photo of Benjamin KolotBenjamin Kolot, piano

School
Freshman at New Trier Township High School in Northfield.
Recent performances and honors
Performed on WFMT’s Introductions in March 2014, semifinalist in 2014 International Institute of Young Musicians Competition held at the University of Kansas, first-place winner in 2013 Illinois State Music Teachers Association Competition.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Brenda Huang. Benjamin also plays trumpet in band at school.
Other interests
Sports and computer games.

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October 19, 2014

Teacher Concert
   Desiree Ruhstrat, violin
   David Cunliffe, cello
      with Goran Ivanovic, guitar

Lincoln Trio members Desiree Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe, both teachers of numerous Young Steinway Concert Series performers over the years, join guitar virtuoso Goran Ivanovic to present exciting works by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Armando Susmano, and Astor Piazzolla. Only two years in existence, this trio has developed a unique repertoire and has performed world premieres of a number of pieces and has commissioned original music by young composers. Their recent performances include appearances at Beethoven Festival, Latino Music Festival, Live from WFMT, Music in the Loft, Mayne Stage, and as guests of the Ravinia Festival on their recent European tour.

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November 2, 2014

Photo of Rebecca MoyRebecca Moy, violin

School
Freshman at Naperville Christian Academy.
Recent performances and honors
Honorable mention in the junior division of the 2013 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, assistant concertmaster of Midwest Young Artists Concert Orchestra since fall 2013, second place winner in Granquist Olympic Division Strings Competition.
Musical studies
Studies violin with Drew Lecher. Rebecca also plays piano and is a member of a string quartet at Midwest Young Artists.
Other interests
Photography and learning French.

Photo of Alice ZhangAlice Zhang, piano

School
Eighth grader at Hawthorn Middle School North in Vernon Hills.
Recent performances and honors
Second place in the junior division of the 2014 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition, honorable mention in the junior division of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, performed in the honors recital at the International Piano Festival in Vienna.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Brenda Huang. Alice also plays violin in the Midwest Young Artists Concert Orchestra.
Other interests
Math and scholastic bowl team.

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December 7, 2014

Photo of Eleanor GoesEleanor Goes, violin

School
Sophomore at Evanston Township High School.
Recent performances and honors
Finalist in 2014 Chicago Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, tour to China and performance in Millennium Park with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in June 2014, performed Barber and Shostakovich concertos at Grace Lutheran Church of River Forest in 2013.
Musical studies
Studies violin with Michael L. Hining, member of Chicago Youth Symphony and Encore Chamber Orchestra, cofounded a chamber group ‘Black Sleeves’.
Other interests
Traveling and doing covers of pop songs with friends.

Photo of Antony SimonoffAntony Simonoff, piano

School
Freshman at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
Recent performances and honors
Second place in the intermediate B level of the 2014 Carmel Debut International Piano Competition, finalist in the 2014 Chopin Youth Piano Competition, Merit Scholarship at Music Institute of Chicago since 2012.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Theodore Edel. Antony also participates in chamber groups at the Music Institute of Chicago, coached by Marta Aznavoorian.
Other interests
Reading, science, and math.

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January 4, 2015

Photo of Lauren ConroyLauren Conroy, violin

School
Junior at Barrington High School.
Recent performances and honors
Winner of Barrington High School Young Performers Competition in 2013 and 2014, toured four cities in China in June 2014 with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, has performed in masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Rachel Barton Pine, Charles Pickler, and Robert Hanford.
Musical studies
Studies violin with Hye-Sun Lee at Music Institute of Chicago. Lauren is also an accomplished classical pianist and has studied jazz piano for three years.
Other interests
Running, ballet, and art.

Photo of Grace TuGrace Tu, piano

School
Sophomore at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview.
Recent performances and honors
Honorable mention in 2013 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, gold medal in the 2013 Granquist Music Competition, performed at Regenstein Recital Hall in February 2013 on the winners recital for the North Shore Music Teachers Association Sonatina/Sonata Festival.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Sueanne Metz. Grace is also an accomplished flutist, winning first place in a number of flute competitions and participating in the 2013 Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Band.
Other interests
Singing, reading, and writing.

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February 1, 2015

Photo of Piano Trio RoyalePiano Trio Royale
   Masha Lakisova, violin
   Haddon Kay, cello
   Derek Chung, piano

Coached by Lyudmila Lakisova, Piano Trio Royale was formed in fall 2013 and are members of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Program. They were the youngest group to advance to the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Competition in May 2014. Individually, they have won numerous awards. Masha is homeschooled and studies violin with Drew Lecher. Haddon studies cello with Russell Rolen, and Derek studies piano with Sueanne Metz. Both boys are freshmen at Adlai E. Stevenson High School.

Photo of Perreault DuoPerreault Duo
   Aidan Perreault, violin
   Conor Perreault, cello

Aidan and Conor Perreault, who live and attend school in Skokie, have been playing duets together for years, most recently at the Rising Stars showcase in Glenview. Both are members of Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra and the chamber music program. Conor is an avid runner who enjoys math and computer programming. Aidan enjoys composing music, as well as math and science.

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March 1, 2015

Photo of Dionna BidnyDionna Bidny, piano

School
Homeschooled senior.
Recent performances and honors
Performed on Sonata-Sonatina Festival Gold Medalist Recital in December 2013, received highest overall score in 2014 Level Ten Achievement in Music Program for performance and music theory knowledge, member of six-piano ensemble.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Martha Yelenosky. Dionna also studies voice and musical theater and has participated in the Jazz Festival sponsored by the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association.
Other interests
Ballet, jazz, and Ukrainian cultural dance, as well as biological research and writing.

Photo of Elizabeth ChangElizabeth Chang, flute

School
Senior at Naperville North High School.
Recent performances and honors
Honorable mention in the open senior division of the 2013 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, finalist in 2013 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, member of Youth Symphony of DuPage.
Musical studies
Studies flute with Hideko Amano. Elizabeth also plays piano and sings in her church choir.
Other interests
Math team, Junior Engineering and Technical Society, and American Red Cross Youth Club.

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March 22, 2015

Photo of Samuel LiuSamuel Liu, piano

School
Eighth grader at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette.
Recent performances and honors
Appeared on WFMT’s Introductions at a very young age in 2011, played on the December 2013 North Shore Music Teachers’ Association Winners Recital and the Achievement in Music Honor Recital in 2012.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Brenda Huang. Samuel also studies violin with Desiree Ruhstrat and plays in his school orchestra.
Other interests
Soccer, math, debate, and art.

Photo of Kirsten LeeKirsten Lee, violin

School
Eighth grader at Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook.
Recent performances and honors
Recitals at Koten Chapel, North Central College in 2013 and 2014, Grand Prize at Kyoung-Nam National Violin Competition—Junior Division in 2010, scholarship to National Baroque Strings Camp in Korea.
Musical studies
Studies violin with Drew Lecher. Kirsten plays in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Debut and Concert Orchestras.
Other interests
Represented her school at Illinois State University Young Authors Convention, and loves playing tennis and golf.

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April 12, 2015

Photo of Benjamin SmelserBenjamin Smelser, trombone

School
Senior at DeKalb High School.
Recent performances and honors
First-place winner of 2013 Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition, first chair in Illinois Music Educators Association District and State Orchestras in 2013, principal trombone for Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra since 2012.
Musical studies
Studies trombone with Kirk Lundbeck. Benjamin has participated in numerous chamber ensembles and also plays cello.
Other interests
Drawing, speaking French, building model ships, golfing, and fishing.

Photo of Nathan WalhoutNathan Walhout, cello

School
Senior at Wheaton North High School.
Recent performances and honors
2014 winner of Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Academy Fellow Laureate at Music Institute of Chicago since 2012, performed at Jacob’s Pillow International Dance Festival in June 2014 with Trio Solaris, performing the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 live with the Trey McIntyre Project’s ‘The Vinegar Works'.
Musical studies
Studies cello with Gilda Barston and piano with Matthew Gemmill. Attended Advanced Cello Residency Program of the National Cello Institute summers 2012-2014.
Other interests
Researching cars of all makes and models, participating in church youth group.

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May 3, 2015

Photo of Colin ChoiColin Choi, piano

School
Eighth grader at Wood Oaks Junior High School in Northbrook.
Recent performances and honors
Performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in February 2014 and with the Harper Symphony Orchestra in May 2013, Piano Category Winner in 2013 Walgreens National Concerto Competition.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Sueanne Metz. Colin also plays acoustic drums.
Other interests
Basketball, mystery books, marine tropical fish.

Photo of Rachel HsuRachel Hsu, violin

School
Eighth grader at Wilmette Junior High School.
Recent performances and honors
Performed with Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as violin winner of the 2013 DePaul Concerto Festival, first place winner in the 2013 Society of American Musicians Competition, second place winner in the 2013 Sejong Music Competition.
Musical studies
Studies violin with Desiree Ruhstrat. Rachel also plays piano and is a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Other interests
Reading, writing stories, and drawing.

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June 7, 2015

Photo of Kimberly HanKimberly Han, piano

School
Eighth grader at Deerpath Middle School in Lake Forest.
Recent performances and honors
Performed with Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as piano winner of the 2014 DePaul Concerto Festival, piano category winner of 2013 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, 3rd prize winner in 2014 Los Angeles Young Musicians International Piano Competition.
Musical studies
Studies piano with Brenda Huang. Kimberly also plays violin, playing violin in the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Concert Orchestra and piano in a piano trio in the MYA Intensive Chamber Music Program.
Other interests
Tennis, reading, and traveling.

Photo of Haddon KayHaddon Kay, cello

School
Freshman at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
Recent performances and honors
Performed with Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as cello winner in the 2014 DePaul Concerto Festival, quarter-finalist with Trio Royale in 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Competition Junior Division, honorable mention in 2014 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions.
Musical studies
Studies cello with Russell Rolen and is principal cellist of the Midwest Young Artists Concert Orchestra.
Other interests
Basketball, volleyball, card tricks, and video games.

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