Today we feature a flute recital from Hanna Oyasu of Palatine, a principal player in Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. She’s joined by pianist Beilin Han for music of Ibert, Chaminade, Telemann, Enescu, and Prokofiev; before collaborating with 18-year-old singer Sophia Katsma on two Japanese songs.
Hanna Oyasu is a senior at William Fremd High School and studies flute under Hideko Amano, and previously, James Donahue. Her recent awards include First Place in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Society of American Musicians Competition and Wisconsin Flute Festival Competition, and placing second in the Enkor International Music Competition and Chicago Flute Club Student Competition. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2023 YoungArts National Competition. Hanna performed the first movement of the Ibert Concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago as a winner of the 2023 DePaul Concerto Festival. Hanna performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2021 as a first-place winner of the American Protégé Music Talent Competition. She was selected as Principal in the 2022 Honors Band and 2023 Honors Orchestra at the ILMEA All-State Festival.
Hanna has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses for Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Emma Gerstein, Jonathan Keeble, Christina Smith, and Marina Piccinini. This summer, she will attend the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra. Hanna is a member of the CYSO Symphony Orchestra. She has also been studying piano for 13 years, and enjoys reading and baking. In the fall, Hanna will begin a dual degree in Neuroscience and Flute Performance at Northwestern University.