Iris Trio was formed at the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. The trio includes Ria Honda, violin; Ayoun Alexandra Kim, cello; and Natalie Nedvetsky, piano. Milana Pavchinskaya and Paul Vanderwerf coach the trio. All three members of the Iris Trio were semifinalists at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition, the members have individually won numerous competitions and prizes locally, regionally, and nationally. Most recently, the Iris Trio won grand prize and 1st place at the A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition, advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and participated in a master class with Yo-Yo Ma. All members of the Iris Trio currently reside in Wilmette, IL. Ria attends New Trier High School, and Alexandra and Natalie will be attending the Juilliard School in the fall. The word “Iris” means “rainbow” in Latin. This name represents the group because the rainbow is a symbol of perfect harmony and unity.
Jayne Dilliberto recently graduated from John Hersey High School and was a member of the Hersey choir program, where she was selected to participate in the IMEA District 7 festival in 2014 and 2015. Jayne has had private vocal instruction since she was eight years old. She has also been a member of the Red Rose Children’s Choir and the Chicago Master Singers. Jayne competed in the Chicago Chapter competition for the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2014 and received first place in her high school division. She continued to compete in NATS competitions and went on to win first place in her division in the state and second place in the central region. Jayne competed in the solo competition at the El Paso-Gridley Show Choir Invitational in 2015 and won first place overall. Jayne has had the opportunity to participate in several summer vocal programs including the Oberlin Vocal Academy for High School Singers in 2014 and the Washington National Opera Institute in 2015. This past summer, Jayne performed a solo piece on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. In the fall, Jayne will attend the Oberlin Conservatory for Music.