Current Student Achievements


Class of 2014-2015 Summer News 



7.31.15 2015 Cooper Competition ends in a tie after three superb performances  - Kastner and Brown Earn Top Cooper Medals!


Eighteen-year-old Gallia Kastner and 15-year-old Belle Ting were both awarded first-prize medals. Second prize went to 15-year-old Joshua Brown for his stunning performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1.

In truth, a case could be made for all three contestants earning first prize. Kastner's authoritative performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto in D, Ting's sparkling reading of Glazunov's rarely played Concerto in A minor and Brown's soulful take on the Shostakovich were all on an Olympian level.


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7.30.15 The Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition has announced the three finalists who will perform complete concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH on Friday night, July 31:

Joshua Brown (MIC Academy, Gurnee, IL), Gallia Kastner (MIC Academy, Arlington Heights, IL), and Belle Ting (Taiwan).


The Audience Award was presented to Joshua Brown.


Karisa Chiu (MIC Academy, Palatine, IL) was awarded 4th place ($1,000) and Maya Buchanan (MIC Academy, Rapid City, SD) received 6th place ($1,000).


Prizes to be awarded on Friday include $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place. The top three contestants will also be eligible for a full tuition scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

The Music Institute of Chicago is proud of the incredibly talented violin students who participated in the competition over the past few days--Hannah White, Zachary Brandon, Julian Rhee, Nicholas Brown, Ria Honda (Top 10 Finalist), Karisa Chiu (4th place - Top 6 Recital Finalist), Maya Buchanan (6th place - Top 6 Recital Finalist), Joshua Brown, (Top 3 finalist) and Gallia Kastner (Top 3 finalist).


7.9.15  Maya Buchanan has been named Runner-Up in the Aspen Music Festival and School Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Competition.

Collaborative Pianist: Tamara Goldstein 


6.2.15 Hannah White, 15, violin student of Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee, has been named a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar. Jack Kent Cooke is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Previous Academy winners include Mira Williams, Adé Williams, and Matthew Lipman. 



6.2.15 Fortis Piano Quartet , grand prize winner of the 3rd Annual A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition, recorded on Introductions, 98.7 WFMT, which will be aired later this summer.  Joshua Brown and Kitsho Hosotani, violin/viola, Nathan Mo, cello, Daniel Szefer, piano are coached by Tatyana Stepanova and Rodolfo Vieira.