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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LIVE | Noelle Naito, 17, violin

December 14, 2019

On Saturday's live broadcast, we feature 17-year-old violinist Noelle Midori Takebe Naito. Noelle lives in Elkridge, Maryland, and she is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. She currently studies violin with Almita Vamos and Davis King.

LIVE | Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

December 7, 2019

Note: these performances were rebroadcast on August 29, 2020, with updates from the below performers. On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature four musicians from Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI). Made possible through a $3.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CMPI strives to build equality in classical music and provides training for diverse, dedicated musicians. The organization, in ...

Myroslav Mykhailenko, 15, piano

November 23, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 15-year-old pianist Myroslav Mykhailenko. Myroslav was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and began playing piano when he was six years old. He studied at Kyiv Secondary Specialized Music Boarding School with Nina Naiditsch. Myroslav performed two solo concerts in the White Hall of the House of Scientists in Kyiv and won the 2017 Concours International de ...

LIVE | Ashley Kim, 16, piano

November 16, 2019

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 16-year-old pianist Ashley Kim, a junior at New Trier High School. Ashley is a scholarship fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. She studies piano with Northwestern Bienen School of Music Professor James Giles and Dr. Matt Hagle. She has performed in many renowned venues including ...

No Introductions | WFMT Fall Membership Drive

November 2, 2019

WFMT’s Fall Membership Drive takes place this morning! To support original programming like Introductions, please click here.

No Introductions | WFMT Fall Membership Drive

October 26, 2019

WFMT’s Fall Membership Drive takes place this morning! To support original programming like Introductions, please click here.

Encore Broadcast | Mia Wimbiscus, 15, cello

October 19, 2019

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 15-year-old cellist Mia Wimbiscus, a sophomore at New Trier High School in Winnetka. Mia is a 4th year Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians. She began cello studies at age five with her mother. Since the age of nine, she has been a ...

Encore Broadcast | Hannah Lin, 18, violin

October 12, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Hannah Lin of Rolling Meadows. She recently graduated from Fremd High School in Palatine and studies violin with Desirée Ruhstrat. In 2015 and 2017, Hannah won first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition and was the category winner of the Early Music division of the 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, ...

Encore Broadcast | Nova String Quartet

October 5, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Nova String Quartet of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. Nova was formed in the fall of 2018 and is comprised of violinists Irina Casasnovas and John Heo, violist Zechary Mo, and cellist Cameron Chiu. All four students are fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted ...

LIVE | Mia Wimbiscus, 15, cello

September 28, 2019

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 15-year-old cellist Mia Wimbiscus, a sophomore at New Trier High School in Winnetka. Mia is a 4th year Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians. She began cello studies at age five with her mother. Since the age of nine, she has been a ...

LIVE | Youth Arts Showcase from Millennium Park!

September 21, 2019

Introductions celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018 at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events’ (DCASE) Youth Arts Showcase (YAS! Fest). This year, we return to YAS! Fest for a special live broadcast at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park! Celebrate Chicago’s young artists by attending in person or listening live on WFMT as we welcome a brass ensemble from ...

Masha Lakisova, 17, violin

September 7, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 17-year-old violinist Masha Lakisova of Vernon Hills. Masha studies violin at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division with Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman. She has had the privilege of performing in esteemed concert venues in the United States and around the world. Masha has appeared as a soloist with more than 20 orchestras worldwide such as ...

Nova String Quartet

August 31, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Nova String Quartet of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. Nova was formed in the fall of 2018 and is comprised of violinists Irina Casasnovas and John Heo, violist Zechary Mo, and cellist Cameron Chiu. All four students are fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted ...

Parquarious Winds of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

August 24, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Parquarious Winds of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO). The quintet was formed in Fall 2018. In addition to playing on regular CYSO recitals, the group performed at a Chamber Showcase recital at PianoForte and performed with the Orion Ensemble. As representatives of the CYSO Ambassadors Program, the group gave performances at two Chicago ...

Encore Broadcast | Quartet Fiero

August 17, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature Quartet Fiero of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. Quartet Fiero is comprised of violinists Isabella Brown and Kaylin Liu; violist Elena Galentas; and cellist Alon Hayut. The quartet is coached by Rodolfo Vieira.  Individually, their experience includes performances at prestigious venues around the world, many competition wins, and solo appearances with ...

Lydia Walquist, 18, flute and Robert Black, 18, tuba

August 10, 2019

On Saturday's broadcast, we feature two wind instruments: the flute and tuba!

Encore Broadcast | Hannah Lin, 18, violin

August 3, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Hannah Lin of Rolling Meadows. She recently graduated from Fremd High School in Palatine and studies violin with Desirée Ruhstrat. In 2015 and 2017, Hannah won first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition and was the category winner of the Early Music division of the 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, ...

Encore Broadcast | Ifetayo Ali-Landing, 16, cello

July 27, 2019

16-year-old cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing of Chicago performed on Introductions last year when she was 15-years-old. On Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm, Ifetayo will make her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at the Ravinia Festival in a program called “Leonard Bernstein: Man for All Music.” Today, we feature Ifetayo’s 2018 Introductions performance in celebration of this achievement! Ifetayo began her musical ...

Encore Broadcast | Trio Domino

July 20, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature Trio Domino of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. For more information about this program, please click here.

Encore Broadcast | Rabia Brooke, 18, violin

July 13, 2019

We feature 18-year-old violinist Rabia Brooke of Chicago in this encore broadcast. Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season Rabia performs at the Aspen Music Festival, the Musicians Club of Women, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Rabia ...