Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am
Introductions

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. Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s 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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LIVE: Noah Chen, 13, cello

September 30, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 13-year-old cellist Noah Chen from Chicago. Noah is a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen of Northwestern University. Noah was a winner at the 2017 DePaul Concerto Festival, and he was also the winner of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) 2016 Concerto Competition. As a result, he was featured as soloist with the CYSO ...

2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition Winners

September 23, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the winners of the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. For decades, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has held a competition in order to give the opportunity of a lifetime to a young musician: the ability to perform with the CSO. The competition rotates instrumentation every three years with strings, woodwinds/brass/percussion, and piano. This year ...

Mariachi Herencia de México: A Mexican Independence Day Celebration

September 16, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a program featuring Mariachi Herencia de México, a mariachi ensemble made up of pre-college students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios. The majority of the musicians in the ensemble are classically trained. The group’s debut album, Nuestra Herencia, released in May and hit #2 on iTunes’ Latin chart. The album is believed to be ...

Quartet Bellezza: 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Gold Medal

September 9, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Quartet Bellezza of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois. Quartet Bellezza was the winner of the Junior Gold Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, one of the most prestigious competitions in the country for young classical musicians. Their members include 15-year-old violinist Masha Lakisova, 18-year-old violinist Robert Sanders, ...

Kartoshka Quartet

September 2, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Kartoshka Quartet of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) in Highwood, Illinois. The members of the quartet include 16-year-old violinist Rachel Hsu, 17-year-old violinist Eleanor Goes, 18-year-old violist Sofiya Kyrylyuk, and 18-year-old cellist Julia Ilhardt. They are coached by Desirée Ruhstrat. Kartoshka Quartet was formed at MYAC in 2016 and has performed at numerous community events, ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert at Symphony Center

August 26, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature highlights from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (CYSO) spring concert at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago. This concert concluded the orchestra’s 70th season. For more information about the CYSO, please click here.

Odysseus Trio

August 19, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Odysseus Trio of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois. The members of Odysseus Trio include 15-year-old pianist Alice Zhang, 17-year-old violinist Anna Stenzel, and 17-year-old cellist Adam Lee, and they are coached by Lyudmila Lakisova. The trio competed in the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and they were also awarded ...

Chicago National Duo Piano Youth Competition

August 12, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature junior and senior division finalists from the Chicago Duo Piano Youth Competition. The competition was held on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. For more information about the competition and the Music Institute of Chicago, please click here.

2017 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition Finalists Part 2 of 2

July 29, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the second of two programs highlighting finalists from the 2017 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition. This program features the finalists of the senior division. The final round of the competition took place at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 6. The competition honors the legacy of renowned ...

2017 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition Finalists Part 1 of 2

July 22, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the first of two programs highlighting finalists from the 2017 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition. This program features the junior division finalists. The final round of the competition took place at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. The competition honors the legacy of renowned pianist and pedagogue Emilo del ...

Robert Sanders, 18, violin and David Caplan, 17, cello

July 15, 2017

On Saturday’s program, we feature two recent graduates of Niles North High School in Skokie: 18 year old violinist Robert Sanders and 17 year old cellist David Caplan. Robert and David have known each other since middle school, and they have performed together for numerous years. Recently, Robert and David won the Gold Medal with their quartet, Quartet Bellezza of ...

Tessa Vermeulen, 17, flute

July 8, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 17 year old flutist Tessa Vermeulen. Tessa is a senior at York Community High School in Elmhurst and has studied flute for 7 years. She currently studies flute with Hideko Amano. Tessa was a finalist at the Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and she was also awarded top prizes at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Senior Open Division ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Scotland Independence Day 2016 Encore Broadcast

July 1, 2017

On Saturday’s program, we feature selections from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s (NYCoS) July 4, 2016 performance at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. In this encore broadcast, we feature patriotic music, as well as popular American and Scottish music. Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of the NYCoS, led the orchestra and choir. For more ...

Astera String Quartet

June 24, 2017

Astera String Quartet is comprised of merit scholarship recipients and fellows of the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Academy. The members include 17 year old violinist Hannah White, 16 year old violinist Ria Honda, 18 year old violist Kayla Cabrera, and 18 year old cellist Annamarie Wellems. The quartet is coached by Sang Mee Lee and Roland Vamos. This year, ...

LIVE: Amer Hasan, 18, clarinet

June 17, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 18 year old clarinetist Amer Hasan. Amer is a senior at Carl Sandburg High School and will be attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Richard Hawkins in the fall. He currently studies clarinet with Dr. Bonnie Campbell, and he previously studied with Jim La Mantia. Amer’s awards include first prizes at ...

Flianello Trio and Campanella Children’s Choir

June 10, 2017

Flianello Trio consists of three juniors at the University of Chicago Lab School, 17 year old flutist Jennifer Yu Wang, 17 year old cellist Giacomo Glotzer and 17 year old pianist Teresa Xie. Jennifer studies flute with Susan Levitin, Giacomo studies cello with Karen Basrak and Andrew Hesse, and Teresa studies piano with Dr. Olga Ridgeway. Jennifer plays principal flute ...

LIVE: Emily Cho, 13, piano

June 3, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast we feature 13 year old pianist Emily Cho. Emily is a 7th grader at Margaret Mead Jr. High School and studies piano with Brenda Huang. Emily started to play piano when she was 7 years old and when she was 9 years old, Emily made her solo concert debut at the Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker ...

Vieira String Quartet

May 27, 2017

Vieira Quartet is a string quartet comprised of students who are Fellow scholarship recipients at the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Academy. The members include 16 year old violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan, 17 year old violinist Karisa Chiu, 18 year old violist Steven Song, and 18 year old cellist Nathan Mo. Maya and Karisa study violin with Almita Vamos, Steven ...

LIVE: John Cao, 16, piano

May 20, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 16 year old pianist John Cao. John is a student at John Hersey High School and studies piano with Alan Chow at Northwestern University. John has also participated in masterclasses with Professor Robert McDonald of the Curtis Institute and Julliard School, Gilmore Artist Award recipient Kirill Gerstein, and pianist Spencer Myer, among others. John’s ...

LIVE: Jennifer Yu Wang, 17, flute

May 13, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 17 year old flutist Jennifer Yu Wang. Jennifer is a junior at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and has studied flute with Susan Levitin for 8 years. Jennifer’s awards include being a winner of the senior division at the 2013 Chicago Flute Club and also being a winner at the 2016 DePaul Youth ...

LIVE: Julian Rhee, 17, violin

February 24, 2018

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 17-year-old violinist Julian Rhee. Julian is a scholarship fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy where he studies violin with Almita Vamos. Julian was selected as a Finalist Winner of the 2018 National YoungArts Foundation, and he traveled to Miami in January to work and perform with leaders in his field. In the summer ...

Daniel Souvigny, 17, piano

March 3, 2018

Daniel Souvigny is a 17-year-old award-winning pianist from Hampshire, Illinois who enjoys sharing his passion of stride, swing and jazz piano with audiences. He began piano lessons at the age 5, and he was already gaining a following in the ragtime community. He began violin lessons at age 6, and along with classical music, he enjoys the variety and uniqueness ...