2020 - 2021 Academy Accolades

 

MARCH

 

View International Competition and Festival for Young Artists

 

Clara Zhang, piano student of Dr. Soo Young Lee,  received first prize in the senior division of the Bach with a View International Competition and Festival for Young Artists. The competition focused entirely on works by Johann Sebastian Bach, in conjunction with Bach’s birthday earlier in March.

 

Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition

 

Carrie Wang, violin student of Sang Mee Lee, received Honorable Mention in the highly competitive Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition on March 3. Carrie also participated in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Virtual Competition, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, Mvmt 1.in January. Carrie  won 3rd place in the final round. 

 

Maestro Riccardo Muti, esteemed Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, coaches CMPI Fellows enrolled at MIC

 

Academy Violinists Esme Arias-Kim and Sameer Agrawal will perform in a string quartet master class under the baton of CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, on Wednesday, March 31st at 10 a.m. CDT.  The group is being prepared by veteran chamber music coach Sang Mee Lee. Maestro Muti will join virtually from Italy to coach two chamber ensembles of CMPI Fellows on Verdi's String Quartet in E Minor and Mozart's Oboe Quartet.  MIC student Zachary Allen is a member of the oboe quartet. The groups have met for several months in preparation for their coaching.

https://chicagopathways.org/fellows-play-for-riccardo-muti/   

 

The 98th Annual Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition

 

Cellist Amelia Zitoun, student of Horacio Contreras,  was just awarded First Place - Anne French Burnham Award, in the Strings Level I division of the 98th Annual Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. Violinist Katya Moeller, student of Almita Vamos, won the Second Place Helen Hunt Memorial Award in the Strings Level II division. The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards a total of over $50,000 annually to young musicians to be used for further musical education.

 

Pianist Mark Zhu, student of Yana Reznik, was awarded a GOLD Medal [piano, Group G (Age 16– 18)]  in the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE GIFTED AND TALENTED (AADGT) International Young Musicians Competition celebrating Franz Liszt (1811-1885), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) and Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).  GOLD and SILVER MEDALS WINNERS will be invited for professional video recordings in the New York area with receiving medals and certificates. 

 

Violinist Elinor Detmer, student of Almita Vamos, won first place in the Peoria Symphony Competition. The YAC winner will perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:00 AM and 11:45 AM at the Peoria Civic Center Theater in the PSO Guild's Annual Student Concert. 

 

48th Annual Natioal Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

 

We are remarkably proud of Carmen, Omaggio, and Zephyr string quartets, and their devoted coaches, for advancing to the Junior String Division Quarterfinals of the 2021 Virtual Fischoff Competition, despite challenging circumstances and limited rehearsal time.  Watch for details to tune in May 14-16, 2021.

 

Omaggio String Quartet, coached by Mathias Tacke

Tara Hagle, Elinor Detmer, Abigail Park, Jan Nedvetsky

 

Carmen String Quartet, coached by Sang Mee Lee

Katherine Nelson, Veronica Rokicki, Kimberly LaFranzo, Eytan Raviv

 

Zephyr String Quartet, coached by Rodolfo Vieira

Esme Arias-Kim, Isabel Chen, Sidney Lee, Mia Wimbiscus

 

 DuPage Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Audition Winners 

 

Esme Arias-Kim, Violin, Hoffman Estates, IL, student of Almita Vamos

Veronica Rokicki, Violin, Arlington Heights, IL, student of Almita Vamos

Mia Wimbiscus, Cello, Wilmette, IL, student of Hans Jensen

 

The DSO will award up to 6 cash prizes of $200 each for the 2021 Young Artists Auditions. Selected winters will have their auditions shared via the DSO website and various social media platforms. If it proves feasible, selected winners will also have the opportunity to participate in a live-streamed recital during the spring. The DSO strives to encourage serious study and musical excellence among young musicians through its annual Young Artists Auditions. https://www.dupagesymphony.org/yaa

 

Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition 

 

Carrie Wang, violin student of Sang Mee Lee, received Honorable Mention in the highly competitive Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition on March 3. She received honorable mention in the Final Forte (final round). The four finalists performed their concerto selections with piano accompaniment for a panel of three judges. 

Carrie also participated in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Virtual Competition, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, Mvmt 1.in January. Carrie  won 3rd place in the final round. 

 

Bach with a View International Competition and Festival for Young Artists

Clara Zhang, piano student of Soo Young Lee,  received first prize in the senior division of the Bach with a View International Competition and Festival for Young Artists. The competition focused entirely on works by Johann Sebastian Bach, in conjunction with Bach’s birthday earlier in March. Sheridan Music Studio - News 

 

FEBRUARY 

 

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Annual High School Chamber Music Competition 

 

Second Place: Carmen Quartet 

Katharine Nelson, Veronica Rokicki, Kimberly LaFranzo, Ethan Raviv
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago (Sang Mee Lee, coach)

 

Honorable Mentions:
Salice Piano Quartet

Myroslav Mykhailenko, Carrie Wang, Angelica She, Ma’ayan Kertcher
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago (Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, Mark George coaches)

 

Zephyr String Quartet

Esme Arias-Kim, Isabel Chen, Sidney Lee, Mia Wimbiscus
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago (Rodolfo Vieira, coach)

 

 Founded in 1995, the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Annual High School Chamber Music Competition is widely regarded as one of the premier competitions of its kind in the Midwest, drawing participants from the Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists, Merit School of Music, and a variety of public and private schools. In addition to the prestige of being named Rembrandt Young Artists, winning ensembles receive cash prizes, master class instruction from Rembrandt musicians, and performance opportunities throughout the region. Competition winners also participate in the RYA Outreach Program, bringing interactive educational sessions to Chicago-area schools that lack an established music program.

 

Chicago National Chamber Music Competition

 

2021 OPEN DIVISION, Strings and Piano Category - Zephyr String Quartet and coach Rodolfo Vieira, received Honorable Mention.

Esme Arias-Kim, Isabel Chen, Sidney Lee, Mia Wimbiscus

 

JANUARY 2021

 

American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2021

 

Congratulations to Mark Zhu, student of Yana Reznik, chosen as a First Place Winner (Intermediate Category) of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2021   . Mark will be included in the Season 2022 Recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. American Protégé is designed for young musicians, actors and singers on the path to a successful career. Let’s hope the country gets healthy so a live concert will be on Mark’s calendar next year.

 

WFMT Introductions 

 

Each Saturday morning at 11:00am,  WFMT celebrates talented pre-college students in the Chicago area with live concerts or pre-recorded programs.  Jan Nedvetsky just soloed on Introductions a few weeks ago, and here is a glimpse at the spring… Brandon Cheng, Isabella Brown and Kate Nelson will be featured over the next few months.  If you are interested in a solo or chamber music performance, please visit the WFMT website to complete the application.

 

DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers

 

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. Repertoire was selected from sonatina movements and short piano pieces for which string accompaniments were available. Auditions were held and eight winners were selected to perform with the DePaul Youth String 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 a movement of a concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.

 

Cello

Honorable Mention with Distinction

Mia Wimbiscus, 17, Wilmette, Hans Jorgen Jensen

Honorable Mention

Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, 14, Wilmette, Horacio Contreras

 

 Viola

Honorable Mention

Sidney Lee, 16, Arlington Heights, Davis King and Roland Vamos  

 

Violin

Winners

Sameer Agrawal, 15, Chicago, Sang Mee Lee

Elinor Detmer, 16, Chicago, Almita Vamos Davis King  

Kelly Kim, 16, Northbrook, Almita Vamos

 

Honorable Mention with Distinction

Sonya Jones, 16, Chicago, Almita Vamos  

Honorable Mention

Carrie Wang, 16, Brookfield, WI, Sang Mee Lee   

 

 

Walgreens National Virtual Concerto Competition

 

Walgreens Corporation’s annual sponsorship enables MYAC to provide an outstanding panel of judges, written performance evaluations and a performance goal to work towards over the winter holiday breaks. Over 200 exceptional young musicians from all corners of the country, participate in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory's 2020 Walgreens National Concerto Competition at the end of December.   

 

Open Junior division:

Early Music Category

Honorable Mention

Jan Vargas-Nedvetsky, 14, Wilmette, cello, Dr. Horacio Contreras

 

Open Senior Division

Open Senior Division and Overall Open Division Winner

String Category Winner

Esme Arias-Kim, 15, violin, Hoffman Estates, Almita Vamos

 

Open Senior Division

String Category Honorable Mention:

Isabel Chen, 17, violin, Northbrook, Almita Vamos

 

 

Early Music Category Winner:

Isabel Chen, 17, Northbrook, violin,  Almita Vamos

 

 

2021 National YoungArts Foundation Competition

 

The YoungArts’ National Arts Competition program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. Selected through a blind adjudication process, winners are chosen for their caliber of artistic achievement in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention, and Merit. During this intensive program, Finalists across 10 artistic disciplines participate in classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. This year, the 2021 program, “National YoungArts Week +”, will take place virtually.
Winner Honorable Mention: Katya Moeller, Classical Music/Violin
Winner Honorable Mention: Ashley Kim, Classical Music/Piano

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.

 

FALL 2020

 


Young Artists Division at the 1st Harmonium OnlinePlus International Music Competition

 

Congratulations to Katya Moeller, who earned  2nd Prize in the Young Artists Division at the 1st Harmonium OnlinePlus International Music Competition. It is an online comp in Yerevan, Armenia.

In addition, Katya also won the 1st prize at the ODIN International Music Online Competition Europen Academic Artists Association. 

 

 Illinois Music Education Association (IMLEA) District Festivals 

 

Each year the IMLEA District Festivals are well represented by Academy students. This year was no different, although it was a virtual experience due to COVID-19.Congratulations to the Academy Fellows in the District 7 Senior Orchestra. The students attended master classes that covered technique, performance tips, and the repertoire prepared of the festival.

Kelly Kim,  Associate Violin Concertmaster
Angelica She, Principal Violist
Stefan Westerberg, Principal Cellist
 

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.

 

2020 Steinway Virtual Piano Competition 

  

The 2020 STEINWAY VIRTUAL PIANO COMPETITION, open to pianists ages 17 and under who are residents of the United States and Canada, is an extension of our unwavering commitment to the pursuit of superior artistic expression through piano performance during these unprecedented times.

Chicago Regionals | Division III
1st place -  Zachary Guo  (Soo Lee)  

Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA)

 

ISMTA Piano Competition is a single tier competition offered at 2 different locations, ISMTA Piano Competition NORTH and ISMTA Piano Competition SOUTH.  Each competition is run independently with separate chairs and winners.
Junior Division
3rd Place -  Zachary Guo  (Soo Lee)
Senior Division
2nd Place -  Kimiko Darcy (Matthew Hagle)
 
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

 

The 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.
 
2020 MTNA Illinois State Performance Competition Winners
 Illinois Junior Piano Performance – 26 entries 
Honorable Mention -  Zachary Guo (Soo Lee)
 
Illinois Senior Piano Performance- 22 entries
Winner – Ashley Kim (James Giles, Matthew Hagle)
Honorable Mention – Kimiko Darcy (Matthew Hagle)
 
Illinois Senior Performance String-15 entries
Winner – Isabella Brown, violin (Almita Vamos) 
Alternate – Esme Arias-Kim, violin (Almita Vamos)
Honorable Mention – Sidney Lee, viola (Roland Vamos and Davis King) and Mia Wimbiscus (Hans Jensen)

 

Iowa State Winner - Katya Moeller, violin (Almita Vamos) and West Central Divison - Senior-Alternate Winner

 


2020 Sejong Virtual Music Competition

 

The goals of the Sejong Music Competition are to discover talented young musicians and encourage them in their studies, and to also introduce traditional Korean music expressed through Western media. Through this competition we hope to increase the awareness and understanding of Korea’s cultural heritage amongst the younger generations growing up in the United States so as to promote harmony among people of various ethnic backgrounds and bridge Asian and Western cultures. This year’s competition was held on October 10 (Piano) and October 24 (Violin).  
 
Congratulations to all of the Academy participants and winners! Please review the entire list of winners, as MIC is proud of Academy and Community Music School students in every division. This was a national competition this year since it is virtual. 135 entrants. 35 chosen to be placed and as finalists. Watch for a full listing on the MIC website.
 
Violin Senior Division
First -  Esme Arias-Kim (Almita Vamos)
Second - Abigail Park (Almita Vamos)
Finalists: Sonya Jones (Almita Vamos and Davis King) and Kelly Kim (Almita Vamos)
 
Piano Senior Division
Honorable Mention: Zachary Guo (Soo Lee)

 

 Lisker Music Foundation Young Artists Scholarship Competition


The Lisker Music Foundation is a passionate non-profit organization which strives to support young artists by offering them the platform to showcase their brilliant abilities, while simultaneously infusing the community with world class music making. We are very excited to announce our 2nd annual Young Artist Scholarship Competition for Instrumentalists.

Academy students swept the 2020 Lisker Music Foundation Young Artists Scholarship Competition, with winners in all three instruments:
Violin - Abigail Park, student of Almita Vamos
Piano - Zachary Guo, student of Soo Young Lee
Cello - Jan Nedvetsky, student of Horacio Contreras
The students will each be awarded a scholarship and an opportunity to perform on the LMF series. In 2019, Esme Arias-Kim was the winner of the Violin LMF competition.

 

FROM THE TOP

 

Violinist Esme Arias-Kim, student of Almita Vamos is proud to share another From the Top Performance! Esme performed in a virtual concert for From the Top on Oct 21 hosted by Peter Duggan. She played works by Saint Saens, Gershwin/Heifetz and Ysaye. Here are the links for the concert that can be viewed on YouTube or Facebook.  


Violinist Esme Arias-Kim, student of Almita Vamos, is featured on a recent episode of radio show From the Top. She is interviewed by Orli Shaham and plays Estrellita with pianist Milana Pavchinskaya. Her portion can be heard at https://tinyurl.com/y3y623m3.  In addition, Esme also played for a virtual masterclass with Nathan Cole, associate concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The masterclass was hosted by Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, which Esme is a scholarship recipient.

 

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series 


Violinist Isabella Brown, student of Almita and Roland Vamos, performed Wednesday, October 7, livestreaming on FB and WFMT from the Chicago Cultural Center.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Chopin Foundation Piano Scholarship

 

Pianist Kimiko Darcy, student of Matthew Hagle and James Giles, is the recipient of the Chopin Foundation Piano Scholarship. The purpose of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship Program is to support and encourage young, talented American pianists through up to four years of preparation for the National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States, which is held in Miami, Florida, every five years.

 

 

 

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