Introductions

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Members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras perform during a live broadcast of Introductions from Millennium Park. (Photo: Tipping Point Photography)

Hear talented pre-college classical musicians from the Chicago area

Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area. We invite soloists and chamber ensembles to perform live in WFMT’s Fay & Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Large ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands, are recorded at their home venues and broadcast at later dates. The program also features youth music competition winners. While many Introductions alumni pursue careers outside of music, some have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious music schools around the world and maintain careers as professional musicians.

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New World String Quartet of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

November 5, 2016

The New World String Quartet is composed of Nicole Tong, Micah Yoo, Beatrice Chen, and Noah Chen. All members are freshmen in high school. Violinists Nicole Tong and Micah Yoo share first and second violin positions for the quartet, and both study with Desirée Ruhstrat. Violist Beatrice Chen studies with Paul Neubauer, and cellist Noah Chen studies with Hans Jorgen ...

DePaul Concerto Festival Part 2 and Allison Bystron, 18, soprano

October 29, 2016

On the first part of Saturday’s broadcast, we feature winners from the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. This year’s winners’ concert took place on February 14, 2016 at DePaul University. Young winners have the opportunity to perform a movement from a concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri. Allison graduated from the Chicago High ...

DePaul Concerto Festival Part I and New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble

October 22, 2016

On the first part of Saturday’s broadcast, we feature winners from the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. This year’s winners’ concert took place on February 14, 2016 at DePaul University. Young winners have the opportunity to perform a movement from a concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri. On the second part of Saturday’s ...

LIVE: Beatrice Chen, 13, viola

October 1, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 13 year old violinist Beatrice Chen. Beatrice Chen is a home schooled freshman, and she studies viola with Paul Neubauer. Beatrice made her concerto debut at age 11 with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra at the Winner’s Concert of the 12th DePaul Concerto Festival. Since then, she won first prize of the 2015 and 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition. As a ...

LIVE: David Hou, 16, piano

September 24, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 16 year old pianist David Hou of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. David is currently a junior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and a Music Institute of Chicago Academy Alum. David made his solo debut with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (Appleton, WI) in February 2012, performing Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. ...

Music Institute of Chicago Academy 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert

August 20, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature excerpts from the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert. The concert took place in Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Highlights include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine and violist Matthew Lipman. Roland Vamos led the Academy Chamber Orchestra. For more information ...

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

August 13, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. We will feature highlights from their spring 2016 concerts from Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Allan Dennis, MYA Conservatory is a full-curriculum pre-college music school for young musicians. MYA is now approaching their 25th anniversary and Housed in the Old Stockade Building at Fort ...

Iris Trio and Jayne Dilliberto, 18, soprano

July 30, 2016

Iris Trio was formed at the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. The trio includes Ria Honda, violin; Ayoun Alexandra Kim, cello; and Natalie Nedvetsky, piano. Milana Pavchinskaya and Paul Vanderwerf coach the trio. All three members of the Iris Trio were semifinalists at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition, the members have individually won numerous competitions and prizes locally, regionally, ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra

July 23, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present selections from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra’s spring concerts.  The Encore Chamber Orchestra is made up of students who intend to pursue careers as music professionals. On Saturday, April 9, the CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra performed at the Logan Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Chicago. We’ll ...

Philadelphos Trio

July 9, 2016

The Philadelphos Trio was formed at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in the fall of 2015. The trio includes clarinetist Torin Bakke, cellist Rowena Bakke, and pianist Alice Zhang. Their coach is Lyudmila Lakisova. In May 2016, Trio Philadelphos advanced to the semifinals of the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the quarterfinals of the National Fischoff ...

Yerin Yang, 13, piano

June 25, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 12 year old pianist Yerin Yang. Yering attends South Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She started piano at age five and currently studies with Brenda Huang. Most recently, Yerin passed the preliminary rounds for the Cleveland International Piano Competition (Junior Division) and competed among 12 other contestants. She has also won awards in ...

Eric Stinehart, 18, viola and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Millennium Winds

June 18, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a violist and wind quintet. Eric Stinehart just graduated from New Trier High School, where he was the Principal Violist of the Symphony Orchestra. Eric started playing the violin at the age of 5 and switched over to viola in 8th grade. Eric studies with Desirée Ruhstrat in Highland Park, IL. Eric has had many ...

String Quartet Diamant and Cindy Yang, piano

June 11, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a string quartet and pianist. String Quartet Diamant recently won the Gold Medal at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, one of the most prestigious youth music competitions in the country. The quartet was formed at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Fall 2015. Its members include violinists Masha Lakisova ...

Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

June 4, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we present the Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus. Founded in 1964, Anima – The Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in America. Anima has won several national awards, including the 2013 Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, the 2013 Chicago A Cappella Tribute Award, the 2009 Dale Warland ...

LIVE: Kimberly Han, 15, piano, 2015 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions Winner

May 21, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 15 year old pianist Kimberly Han. Kimberly is a freshman at Lake Forest High School. She is one of the eight 2016-2018 Lang Lang Young Scholars. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half years old, and has been studying with Brenda Huang for 9 years. She is also takes masterclasses ...

LIVE: Eriko Darcy, piano

May 14, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature pianist Eriko Darcy. Eriko attends the Catherine Cook School in Chicago. Eriko’s awards include: Winner of the Chicago Area Steinway Young Artist Competition, 1st place at the Roberta Savler Piano Competition, 1st place at the North Shore Music Teachers Association Piano Contest, and 1st place at the Chinese Fine Arts Musical Festival in Honor of Confucius. She ...

Music Institute of Chicago Academy 10th Anniversary Special

May 7, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present a program from the Introductions archive celebrating 10 years of outstanding music making at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. The Academy was founded to serve as a training program for gifted pre-college musicians. Students take lessons with acclaimed faculty as well as music classes. Academy students have attended some of the most prestigious music ...

LIVE: Akros Trio

April 30, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature the Akros Trio of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. The Akros Piano Trio is comprised of violinist Byron Fulop Laing, cellist Lydia Rhea, and pianist John Schindler. The trio is coached by artist faculty members Rodolfo Vieira and Abraham Stokman. The trio members have individually won local, regional, and national competitions ...

Roger Shen, 17, piano

April 23, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 17 year old pianist Roger Shen. Roger is from Northbrook, IL, and he currently attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Roger’s current primary piano teacher is Dr. Jon Sakata at Exeter. He has participated in programs such as the New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Advanced Piano Seminar, the Southeastern Piano Festival, the International Institute for Young ...

LIVE: Megan Torti, 18, flute

April 2, 2016

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature flutist Megan Torti. Megan has been playing flute for 8 years and studies with Dr. Cate Hummel. Megan is principal flute of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and the CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra.  She is also active in the CYSO chamber program as a member of the Millennium Winds. In 2015, she was honored to ...