This Saturday, we feature two chamber ensembles from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory: Quartet Lucciola playing Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Bartók; and Trio Domino with Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Turina. We also interview a member from each group: violist Bella Kim and cellist Samuel Du.
Quartet Lucciola is a group from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory coached by Robert Bassill and Allan Dennis. Quartet Lucciola was the winner of Midwest National Chamber Music Competition and received 2nd prize from the ENKOR competition.
Liam Diethrich, 18, is a violinist and composer. He attended Highland Park High School and will be studying composition at the Juilliard School this fall. He currently studies violin with Almita Vamos and Davis King, and was Concertmaster of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra. Liam has won numerous awards for both violin and composition, including from the Walgreens National Concerto Competition and ASCAP. Liam performed an original composition on ABC’s Windy City Live, and also performed live on WGN Radio’s Steve Cochran Show.
Veronica Rokicki, 17, is a junior at John Hersey High School and is currently in Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony orchestra and additionally serves as associate concertmaster of the District 214 Honors orchestra and concertmaster of John Hersey High School Symphony orchestra. In her three years of the District 214 honors orchestra, Veronica is a two-time finalist in the District 214 honors orchestra concerto competition. Veronica has also been a featured soloist with the Hersey High School symphony and chamber orchestras.
Bella Kim, 17, is a junior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois and currently studies viola with Desirée Ruhstrat. Bella is the principal violist in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory’s symphony orchestra. Along with being featured in the spotlight program with the Chicago Philharmonic, she recently won the Early Music category in Walgreens National Concerto Competition and has received honors from the Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition. In her free time, Bella enjoys sculpting, reading about biology and binge-watching Disney movies.
Trudie Childs is 18 years old and just graduated from St.Charles East High School. She has been studying the cello since age 10 and is a private student of Larry Glazier. Trudie spent 7 years as a member of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), including its Maud Powell String Quartet, and is a two-time winner of EYSO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. She was a member of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Symphony Orchestra and intensive chamber music program. Trudie is pursuing a career in cello performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Professor Daniel McDonough.
Trio Domino is a chamber ensemble coached by Lyudmila Lakisova through Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. They reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and got an Honorable Mention in the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Annual High School Chamber Music Competition. The trio appeared on Introductions with different membership in June 2019.
John Lee, violin, just finished as a freshman at Vernon Hills High School. John has been playing violin for 9 years, and he has participated in and received awards at the DePaul Concerto Festival, Walgreens Concerto Competition, and Sejong Competition.
Samuel Du, cello, just completed his junior year at William Fremd High School. He has been playing the cello for 7 years and currently studies with Richard Hirschl of the Chicago Symphony. Samuel has participated in the ILMEA district and state honors orchestras since his freshman year.
Myroslav Mykhailenko is 16 years old and studies piano with Lyudmila Lakisova. He was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and studied at Kyiv Secondary Specialized Music Boarding School. He won first place at the 2017 Concours International de Piano in Gagny, France, and an honorable mention in the 2018 Crain-Maling Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He studies in both the chamber and jazz programs at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, and gave a solo recital on Introductions in November 2019.