Class of 2021-2022 Accolades and Achievements

JANUARY 2022

 

MTNA Finals

Esme Arias-Kim, student of Almita Vamos,  has been named the senior string, east central division winner, of the MTNA competition.  She advances to the national finals in March to be held live in Minneapolis, MN. The three-tiered Junior, Senior and Young Artist Performance Competitions begin with state competitions. The winners/representatives of each state’s competitions advanced to a video-only division competition. Division winners/representatives will compete in person at the national finals during the annual MTNA National Conference. In the event that the MTNA National Conference is cancelled, the finals will be a video round.

 

International Young Artist Concerto Competition 

Esme is also one of 16 semifinalist in the International Young Artist Concerto Competition after a video preliminary round.  This competition is unique in that all 16 will compete live with an orchestra on January 29th in Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University.  Esme will play the first mvt of Korngold Concerto.  Finalists will be selected and will compete again with orchestra on January 30th.  This competition is open to audience. Here is a link to the competition for more info and a RSVP link for audience.  

https://www.internationalyoungartistconcertocompetition.com/

 

Johansen International Competition

Sidney Lee, viola student of Davis King and Roland Vamos, and Sameer Agrawal, violin student of Sang Mee Lee, have advanced to the semifinal round of the Johansen International Competition, March 21 - March 24, 2022.  The Johansen International Competition (JIC) is for young string players ages 13–17 (violin, viola, cello) and takes place once every 3 years in Washington, DC. The JIC offers $67,000 in prize awards, with separate cash awards for violin, viola, and cello, as well as performance opportunities for winners and scholarships to the prestigious Brevard Summer Institute and Festival.

 

Arthur D. Montzka 2022 Young Artists Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Esme Arias-Kim, 16, winner of the 2022 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, who performed Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, by Korngold. Esme will perform in concert on Saturday, February 19, with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert, in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, DeKalb, IL.  

 

Congratulations to the runner up, former Academy student Kimiko Darcy, who performed Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124, by Liszt and to Academy violin student Abigail Park, who received an honorable mention for her performance of Tzigane, by Ravel. Both Arias-Kim and Park study with esteemed faculty member Almita Vamos.

 

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s annual Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition was begun by Art Montzka in 1986 and has enjoyed a proud tradition of featuring some of Northern Illinois’ finest young artists.

 

Lakeview Orchestra 2022 Young Artist Competition

Dozens of applicants participated in the Lakeview Orchestra 2022 Young Artist Competition. We are proud of the Academy students who participated and their fine showing:

Second Place: Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, cello (performing Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major)

Honorable Mention: Esme Arias-Kim, violin (performing Korngold's Violin Concerto in D major)

Honorable Mention: Sidney Lee, viola (performing Bartok's Viola Concerto)

 

Gregory Hughes, Artistic Director & General Manager founded Lakeview Orchestra in January of 2013 and rapidly established the ensemble as the premiere volunteer orchestra in the City of Chicago. Former Academy winners include Isabella Brown (2019) and Esme Arias-Kim (2017). Janis Sakai, violin Concertmaster of the orchestra, is an MIC alumna and was in the inaugural class of the Academy in 2006.

 

DECEMBER

2021 Walgreens Concerto Competition

Congratulations to all of the Winners of the 2021 Walgreen Concerto Competition that was held December 27-29 at Ravinia and MYAC. Winners will receive cash prizes and perform with the MYA Orchestra. Brava to Katya Moeller, Grand Prize Winner and Open Senior Division Winner, and Lauren Kim Open Junior Division Winner. The Open Division Overall winner will perform with the MYAC Symphony Orchestra on a concert sometime before the end of the season at a date TBD.

 

OVERALL OPEN DIVISION GRAND WINNER

 

 

 

Katya Moeller

 

17yo

Coralville, IA

violin

Almita Vamos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN JUNIOR DIVISION

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Kim

 

14yo

Hoffman Estates, IL

violin

Injoo Choi and Almita Vamos

Overall Junior Winner

Emily Chen

 

12yo

Arlington Heights, IL

violin

Injoo Choi

Strings Winner

Neal Eisfeldt

 

12yo

Lake Zurich, IL

violin

Injoo Choi and Almita Vamos

Strings Honorable Mention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN SENIOR DIVISION

 

 

 

 

 

Katya Moeller

 

17yo

Coralville, IA

violin

Almita Vamos

Overall Senior Winner & Strings Winner

Sameer Agrawal

 

16yo

Chicago, IL

violin

Sang Mee Lee

Strings Honorable Mention

Sidney Lee

 

17yo

Arlington Heights, IL

viola

Roland Vamos and Davis King

Strings Honorable Mention

Abigail Park

 

18yo

Northbrook, IL

violin

Almita Vamos and Injoo Choi

Strings Honorable Mention

Carrie Wang

 

17yo

Des Plaines, IL

violin

Sang Mee Lee

Strings Honorable Mention

Noah Kim

 

15yo

Vernon Hills, IL

piano

Marta Aznavoorian and Dr. Yumy Kim

Piano Honorable Mention

Jan Vargas Nedvetsky

 

15yo

Wilmette, IL

cello

Hans Jensen

Early Music Mention

Carrie Wang

 

17yo

Des Plaines, IL

violin

Sang Mee Lee

Early Music Mention

  

 WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Program

Congratulations to all of the students who performed live on WFMT’s 70th Anniversary concert this past Monday-- Omaggio (Elinor, Abigail, Tara, and Jan) and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative String Quartet with Esmé and Sameer.

 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra 2021 Young Artist Competition

Violinist Lily Sullivan, student of Grigory Kalinovsky, was awarded first prize in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra 2021 Young Artist Competition. Lily with perform with the Ann Arbor Symphony on a daytime youth concert at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor in 2022. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra was founded by young aspiring artists in 1928. In keeping with this tradition of highlighting young talent, young artists are selected through an annual Young Artist Competition each season. https://a2so.com/youngartist/

 

Young Artist Laureate Award

Violinist Lauren Kim, student of Injoo Choi and Almita Vamos, and Lily Sullivan, were awarded the Young Artist Laureate Award in the Young Artist (7 to 17 yrs) category for the 2021 Chicago Violin Competition.  The Chicago Violin Competition is an international violin competition held online, providing promising young artists ages 7-28 the opportunity to showcase their talents on the world’s stage. https://chicagoviolincompetition.org/

 

Michael Ben and Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest 

Cellist Serge Kalinovsky, student of Susan Moses, won First Prize in the Michael Ben and Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest over a year ago, but the winner’s concert had been postponed due to the Pandemic. In the spring, Serge will perform the Herbert Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the annual Side-by-Side Concert in March. This contest encourages accomplished young Indiana musicians (through grade 12) to set and achieve goals of technical and artistic excellence by providing an opportunity to perform in a competitive setting.

Violinist Lily Sullivan, student of Grigory Kalinovsky, was a finalist in the Young Musicians Contest.

https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/learn/students-teachers/young-musicians-contest/

 

2021 Carmel Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

Serge Kalinovsky was named 1st Runner Up in the 2021 Carmel Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. The CSO Young Artist Competition affords exceptional student musicians from Indiana the opportunity to compete among their peers at the highest level of artistic excellence. Past Academy Winners include cellist Lydia Rhea. https://www.carmelsymphony.org/education-outreach/young-artists-competition/

 

2021-2022 Gustavus Adolphus College Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Musicians

Violinist Kana Aihara, student of Almita Vamos, a finalist in the 2021-2022 Gustavus Adolphus College Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Musicians, was selected as the winner at the final live audition on Monday, December 16.  Kana will be performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, 1st mvt. with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra on Friday March 11th.

https://gustavus.edu/music/strings/symphony-orchestra/documents/HSConcertoCompetition/index.php

 

NPR Finalist

Cellist Amelia Zitoun, student of Horacio Contreras, has been named a Finalist for NPR, From the Top. From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians. Through NPR broadcasts and digital content, scholarships, and leadership and community engagement programs, From the Top empowers extraordinary young people to engage and inspire audiences of all ages. https://fromthetop.org/

 

2021 Sejong Music Competition

Lauren Kim was awarded 1st Place & Best Interpretation of a Korean piece in the Violin Junior Division of the 2021 Sejong Music Competition. She was also awarded 1st prize in Virtuosos (9 to 16 years old) category for the 2021 France Music Competition

 

Violin Junior Division 2nd Place -  Emily Chen

Violin Senior Division HM – Mingshi Xia

 

YoungArts 

Every December, the results of the YoungArts’ National Arts Competition https://youngarts.org/winners/ are delivered, followed by regional master classes. The signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. They are awarded in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit. YoungArts award winners at all levels receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000.

In addition to monetary awards, all winners receive a medallion, a lifetime of creative and professional support, and access to YoungArts Post—a private, online portal for YoungArts artists to connect, share their work and discover new opportunities.

 2022 Winners

Merit Classical Music

Elinor Detmer, violin

Honorable Mention Classical Music

Sameer Agrawal, violin

Ashley Kim, piano (May graduate)

Kelly Kim, violin

Sidney Lee, viola

 

Merit: The YoungArts Merit award level recognizes work that has been recognized as commendable by the panel, strong technically with a clear artistic point of view. Merit winners receive a monetary award of $100.

Honorable Mention: The YoungArts Honorable Mention award level recognizes work that demonstrates exceptional technique; a strong sense of artistry; and a depth of thinking/performance that exceeds the level of peers at this career stage. Honorable Mention winners receive a monetary award of $250.

Finalist: The YoungArts Finalist award recognizes work that demonstrates exceptional technique; a strong, sophisticated, nuanced, and clear artistic point of view; and a depth of thinking/performance that far exceeds the level of peers at this career stage. Finalist winners are invited to participate in National YoungArts Week and will have their work further evaluated and recognized as one of the following: Level 3 $1,000; Level 2 $1,500; Level 1 $3,000; Silver $5,000; and Gold $10,000. Finalists who attend National YoungArts Week and meet the eligibility requirements are also considered for nomination to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

 

Former students Andrew Guo, piano and Julian Rhee, violin, were selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

 

NOVEMBER

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country Each year, thousands of students compete for top prizes and national recognition. The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

 

The three-tiered Junior, Senior and Young Artist Performance Competitions begin with state competitions. The winners/representatives of each state's competitions advance to a video-only division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals at the annual MTNA National Conference. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement. Competitions include Brass (Senior and Young Artist only), Piano, Piano Duet (Senior only) String, Voice (Senior and Young Artist only) and Woodwind.

 

Composition Competitions, for Elementary, Junior, Senior and Young Artist levels, are also three tiers. The winners/representatives of each state's competition advance to the division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals. The national winners have their compositions performed at the annual MTNA National Conference.

 

The MTNA Performance Competitions consist of three tiers:

  1. Live State Competitions. See winners listed below.
  2. Video-only Division Competitions. Only state winners/representatives will be required to submit a video.
  3. Live National Finals. Only division winners/representatives will compete live at the 2020 MTNA National Conference, March 21–25, in Chicago, Illinois.

MTNA is delighted to showcase performances and compositions from this year’s first-place winners as a part of the 2021 MTNA Virtual Conference.

Illinois Junior Performance Piano - 20 entries

Honorable mention Clara Zhang, student of Soo Lee

 

Illinois Senior Composition - 1 entry

Representative Zachary Guo, student of Christopher Jones

 

Illinois Senior Performance Piano - 16 entries

Zachary Guo, student of Matthew Hagle

 

Illinois Senior Performance String - 6 entries

Winner Esme Arias-Kim, Violin, student of Almita Vamos 

Alternate Sidney Lee, Viola, student of Almita Vamos

 

The Illinois Music Education Association exists to advocate for universal access to comprehensive music education; deliver exemplary professional development for educators; and provide outstanding musical experiences for all Illinois learners facilitated by licensed music educators. Through auditions or nominations, students at participating schools can take part in local and state-level ensembles with other Illinois music students. Opportunities for elementary through high school students include band, chorus, general music, jazz and orchestra. llinois is divided up into nine districts for participation in ILMEA student programs.

Senior Level: 9th-12th Grade Students Junior Level: 6th-8th or 9th Grade Students Elementary Level: K-5th or 6th Grade Students

Academy representation District 7 Orchestra Festival

Luke Reaume, bass, Stevenson HS

Kelly Kim, violin, co-concertmaster, Glenbrook North HS

Noah Kim, violin, Vernon Hills HS

Stefan Westerberg, cello, Niles North HS

Angelica She, viola, New Trier HS

 

Of special note: Piano student Zachary Guo was awarded first prize in the solo division of the ILMEA composition competition. The piece was titled “Cadenza e tesi” for solo violin.

 

 OCTOBER

 

2021 Vancouver International Music Competition

Emily Chen was awarded a Bronze Medal in Strings Age 9-12 Category for the 2021 Vancouver International Music Competition (VIMC). Established in 2017, the Vancouver International Music Competition is an invitation for young musicians around the world to perform and grow in a competitive and welcoming environment. Our purpose is to promote the inheritance and preservation of classical music and to encourage young musicians to explore contemporary and modern music with a focus on Canadian composers. 

 

Ronald Sachs International Music Competition

Esme Arias-Kim received 2nd prize in the junior division at the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition this past weekend held at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC. The Ronald Sachs International Music Competition, under the leadership of Competition Artistic Director, Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi, is committed to inspiring young artists and enriching their musical experiences so that they can enjoy performing at the early stages of their careers in music.

 

2021 International Music Competition “Rome” Grand Prize Virtuoso

Mia Wimbiscus, cello student of Hans Jensen, has been selected as the First Prize Winner of the 2021 International Music Competition “Rome” Grand Prize Virtuoso. As a first prize winner, Mia has the remarkable opportunity to perform at the Teatro Studio, Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy) on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

The International Music Competition "Grand Prize Virtuoso" is open to all nationalities and ages in strings, piano, wind, vocal and chamber music, and attracted applicants from 71 countries around the world. Participants were required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition. Multiple winners are chosen in each age category. 

 

Carlsen Cello Foundation

Xavier Miyazaki has been awarded a cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation in Seattle. The mission of the Foundation is to make fine cellos available to deserving students. The Foundation loans out instruments on a long-term basis to students selected through teacher recommendations and video performance. For a string player, the opportunity to learn and perform on a quality instrument is priceless.

 

DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers 

Kudos to Sameer Agrawal, Mia Wimbiscus, Elinor Detmer and Kelly Kim-- winners of the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers (January 2021)), were featured with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago under the direction of Mina Zikri. Tune in to watch at: https://youtu.be/1S1tMCktVB4

 

OCTOBER 10 | Concerto Festival Winners Concert | Part 3

Featuring works by Popper, Elgar, and Wieniawski

Kelly Kim, violin – Wieniawski, H.: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22, Mvt. 1 

Sameer Agrawal, Mia Wimbiscus, Elinor Detmer and Kelly Kim-- winners of the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers, were featured with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago under the direction of Mina Zikri. Tune in to watch at: https://youtu.be/1S1tMCktVB4

 

SEPTEMBER

 

SEPTEMBER 26 | Concerto Festival Winners Concert | Part 1

Featuring works by Mozart & Haydn 

Elinor Detmer, violin – Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in D Major, K. 218, Mvt. 1

Mia Wimbiscus, cello – Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, Mvt. 3

Sameer Agrawal, violin – Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in A Major, K. 219, Mvt.

 

2021 CIMC International Music Competition

The Omaggio String Quartet, Elinor Detmer, Abigail Park, Tara Hagle and Jan Nedvetsky, was named one of our distinguished prize winners of the 2021 CIMC International Music Competition. The competition was extremely competitive with 1500 entries from nearly 25 countries. The quartet, was coached by Mathias Tacke in the 2020-2021 season.

Professional category 

Young artist 2

Second place 

 

 

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