Anika Veda, 16, flute

October 31, 2020, 11:00 am

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Today, we broadcast our first in-person recital and interview since the pandemic began: 16-year-old flute player Anika Veda of Palatine, with Beilin Han on piano. Thanks to the Music Institute of Chicago for letting WFMT record in Nichols Hall.

Anika Veda is a junior at William Fremd High School and has been playing the flute for seven years as a student of Hideko Amano. She is a member of the CYSO Symphony Orchestra, and has been a fellow of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative since 2019.

She performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a first place winner of the 2019 American Protégé Music Talent Competition. In 2020, before the lockdown, she performed both with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago as a winner of the 2020 DePaul Concerto Competition; and as a part of the 2020 Young Steinway Concert Series. Anika was the winner of the 2020 CYSO Philharmonic Orchestra concerto competition, and will play as a soloist with them next season. She was awarded the camp scholarship at the 2019 CSO Young Artists Competition, and attended Interlochen Arts Camp in Summer 2019. Anika was also accepted into the 2020 Curtis Summerfest Young Artists Orchestra with scholarship.

She has received awards at the 2019 Crain-Maling CSO Young Artists Competition, the 2019 DePaul Concerto Competition, the 2019 CYSO Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 2019 Society of American Musicians Competition, and the 2017 Granquist Competition at the Olympic Division. She was also selected and performed in the Honor Band at the 2020 ILMEA All-State Festival. She has performed in masterclasses for Sir James Galway, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Tara Helen O’Connor, Emma Gerstein, Kyle Dzapo, Christina Jennings, Eugenia Moliner, Jonathan Keeble and Nancy Stagnitta.

Anika is a co-founder of Sharing The Stand, a non-profit that links musical mentors and young musicians across the globe. She is also proficient in Carnatic vocal music of the Indian classical tradition, and the Indian bamboo flute.

Video: Robbie Ellis talks to Anika Veda about the Indian bamboo flute, before she performs an excerpt of Vasudevayani by Tyagaraja (1767-1847).

Video: Anika Veda and Beilin Han perform the first movement of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto.

Video: Anika Veda and Beilin Han perform the first movement of Carl Reinecke’s Flute Sonata, Undine.


Flute Concerto, by Carl Nielsen
1st movement, Allegro moderato

Image for solo flute, by Eugène Bozza

Vasudevayani, by Tyagaraja

Flute Sonata, Op. 167, Undine, by Carl Reinecke
1st movement, Allegro

Flute Concerto, Op. 39, by Lowell Liebermann
3rd movement, Presto

Anika Veda, 16, Western concert flute and Indian bamboo flute
Beilin Han, piano