DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers -

Music Institute competes at the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers

Auditions were held on January 11 and 12, 2020


The DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers was founded in 2003 to provide an opportunity for intermediate level pianists in the Community Music Division to perform with an orchestra. In 2004, the Festival was expanded to include violin students and also offered a wider range of repertoire for pianists. In 2006, cello and flute were added to the roster of instruments. To accommodate the increasing difficulty of repertoire, a decision was made to conduct the Festival with a full symphony orchestra. A partnership was formed in 2007 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago under the direction of Mina Zikri. That year, thirteen winners had the privilege of performing a concerto movement in concert. In 2008, the Festival was opened to students outside of the Community Music Division. Viola was added in 2009, clarinet in 2012, and oboe and bassoon in 2013. Today the DePaul Concerto Festival attracts nearly 150 participants in piano, strings, and woodwinds from the Midwest who audition for a chance to perform with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. We invite and encourage young musicians to audition for an opportunity to participate in the Concerto Festival.

Congratulations to all the Music Institute students who participated and to those who won:  

Amelia Zitoun, Academy student of Horacio Contreras

Honorable Mention

Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, Academy student of Horacio Contreras

Ashley Kim, Academy student of Matthew Hagle and James Giles

Isabel Chen, Academy student of Almita Vamos

Honorable Mention with Distinction
Esme Arias-Kim, Academy student of Almita Vamos

Honorable Mention
Kelly Kim, Academy student of Sang Mee Lee
Abigail Park, Academy student of Almita Vamos



- Noah Kim and Jayden Kim are both piano winners of the DePaul Concerto Competition 2020 and will perform as soloists with the Oistrakh Symphony on Feb. 16 at 7:30pm at DePaul University's Gannon Concert Hall.


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