On Saturday’s broadcast, we welcome back 17-year-old violinist Julian Rhee of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Julian appeared on Introductions earlier this year, and we invited him back to the program after being named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. This award is perhaps the highest honor for a young artist in the country. In order to be considered for this honor, Julian was selected as a Finalist Winner of the 2018 National YoungArts Foundation, and he traveled to Miami in January to work and perform with leaders in the arts.
Julian studies at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy with Almita Vamos. In the summer of 2017, Julian toured Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay as a guest soloist performing the Brahms Violin Concerto, and he also participated at the Bowdoin International Festival. Julian was the first prize winner of the 2017 Society of American Musician Young Artist (college age division) Competition, first place winner of LaCrosse Rising Star Competition, first place winner of the 2017 DuPage Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition in Illinois, first place winner of the 2017 West Suburban Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition, first place winner of the 2017 Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Scholarship Competition and the first place winner of the 2017 Madison Bolz Young Artist Competition where he competed Live on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Radio (WPR) in the Final Forte.
Listen to the entire program and enjoy videos from his performances below.