On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 15-year-old cellist Mia Wimbiscus, a sophomore at New Trier High School in Winnetka. Mia is a 4th year Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians. She began cello studies at age five with her mother. Since the age of nine, she has been a student of Hans Jensen.
As a soloist, Mia won first prizes in the Enkor International Music Competition, Walgreens National Concerto Competition, multiple divisions of Society of American Musicians Competition, and the Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition. As a chamber musician, she has received honors at the Discover National Chamber Music Competition and participated in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Mia has performed in master classes with Lawrence Lesser, Luis Claret, Stephen Balderston, Eric Kim, Daniel Phillips, and Jeffrey Zeigler. In recent summers, Mia has participated in the Musica Mundi Festival in Waterloo, Belgium; the National Arts Centre, Young Artists Program in Ottawa, Ontario; and the Orford Musique Academy in Orford, Quebec.
Mia enjoys bringing music to the community with her mother and sister in a cello trio. When not playing music, she enjoys reading, baking, taking dance classes, and spending time with her sister and friends.