Young Steinway Concert Series
|September 22||March 16|
|January 5||April 6|
|February 2||April 27|
|March 2||June 8|
The 32nd Annual Young Steinway Concert Series began on Sunday, September 22 in Skokie Public Library's Petty Auditorium. These concerts showcase young people with extraordinary talent, giving local audiences the chance to enjoy first-class music close to home. Many of our past performers have gone on to great achievements as professional musicians, and we are proud to count them as part of our Young Steinway family.
Concerts begin at 3:00pm in the Petty Auditorium. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis one-half hour prior to each performance. Limited seating is available for patrons with disabilities.
We invite you to learn more about the accomplishments of this season's performers, and look forward to seeing you at these wonderful concerts!
Richard Li, cello
Richard Li is a junior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville and studies cello with Gilda Barston at the Music Institute of Chicago. Richard performed with the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy Chamber Orchestra in 2012, which was broadcast on Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT. His piano quartet was accepted to the quarter finals in the 2013 Fischoff Competition and in 2012, Richard placed first in the Society of American Musicians Intermediate Division. In 2011 and 2012, he attended the Meadowmount School of Music. He was also an Early Music category winner in Walgreen’s Concerto Competition in 2009. Richard began studying cello at the age of four with his mother. Besides playing cello, he enjoys sleeping, dreaming, and laughing.
Amber Ginmi Scherer, piano
Amber Ginmi Scherer is homeschooled and studies piano with Professor James Giles at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Amber has been awarded prizes in competitions such as the Hope College Young Artists Competition, the ISMTA state finals, and the Missouri-Western University Piano Competition. Most recently, she was a finalist in the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. Amber spent her past few summers attending music festivals across the country, including the International Institute for Young Musicians (KS), the Southeastern Piano Festival (SC), the Bowdoin International Music Festival (MA), and the Indiana University Piano Academy summer program (IN). Amber enjoys creative writing, reading, and learning various languages.
Kent Gang, piano
Pianist Kent Gang is a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. He studies piano with Dr. Soo Lee, and also plays violin and sings in acapella ensembles. Kent won a gold medal in the 2012 North Shore Music Teachers’ Association Sonata/Sonatina Festival and played on the Gold Medal Recital in February 2013. He has also been honored in the Granquist Competition. Kent is participating in an international research exchange program with the National Junior College in Singapore and serves as a student coordinator of the Leadership Education and Development Program at his school.
March Elaine Saper, flute
March Saper, 17, is a student of Meret Bitticks at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she is a merit scholarship recipient. March is a current member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and its Encore Chamber Orchestra. Through the Chicago Youth in Music Festival, she served as an ambassador and joined the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for their Chicago series. Recent performances include Apna Ghar and Music Institute of Chicago galas. March also plays piano and piccolo and enjoys theater, tennis, and tae kwon do in her free time.
Masha Lakisova, violin
Masha Lakisova, age 12, began her musical journey with piano at age 4, followed by violin about a year later. Today, she is homeschooled and studies violin with Drew Lecher. Masha has won awards in the Illinois Music Association Competition, the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the National Discover Chamber Music Competition, and more. In December 2012 and July 2013, she was featured live on WFMT’s Introductions with David Polk. In addition to her solo performances, Masha is a member of the Midwest Young Artists Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Prometheus Piano Trio.
Michael Lee, piano
Michael Lee is an eighth grader at Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove. He studies piano with Brenda Huang and was honored to perform in recital last summer at the International Institute for Young Musicians. He won first place in the 2013 Roberta Savler Piano Contest and honorable mention in the 2013 Emilio del Rosario Concerto Competition. Michael also enjoys biking, swimming, and traveling with his family.
Garrett Chou, cello
A senior at Glenbrook North High School, Garrett Chou has been playing the cello since he was five. He was selected to be a member of the 2013 National Youth Orchestra USA's inaugural season, and performed in Washington, DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London. Garrett has won first place in the 2013 Society of American Musicians Senior Cello Division, as well as the 2012 DePaul Concerto Festival, earning the opportunity to solo with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. He is a chamber musician and has been a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Garrett currently studies cello with David Cunliffe.
Joy Marie Yelenosky, piano
A freshman at Niles North High School, Joy studies piano with Martha Yelenosky. She received a full scholarship to attend the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica Julian Aguirre, Argentina in the summers of 2011 and 2013. She has also participated in the Duo Piano Festivals at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Stony Brook (NY) Piano Festival, among others. She has performed in Argentina and New York City, as well as locally. Joy is also a singer in musical theater productions and is a member of a six-piano ensemble.
Karisa Chiu, violin
Karisa Chiu is a freshman at William Fremd High School in Palatine. She studies violin with Almita Vamos and is a merit scholarship student in the Academy Program of the Music Institute of Chicago. Karisa won the Open Junior String Division of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition in 2012 and honorable mention with distinction in the 2013 DePaul Concerto Competition. Karisa is a member of a string trio that competed in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2013 and plays piano. She also enjoys playing soccer and reading.
Whitney Jin, piano
Whitney Jin is a freshman at Waubonsie Valley High School in Naperville. She has studied and performed piano for nine years, for six years under the guidance of Brenda Huang. Her many awards include first place in the 2011 Music Festival in Honor of Confucius (Junior Division) and second place in the 2012 Society of American Musicians Piano Competition (Junior Division). Outside of piano, she enjoys playing cello, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
Victoria Tu, piano
Victoria Tu, a sophomore at Glenbrook North High School, studies piano with Lee Jung Eun. She performed in Carnegie Hall in May 2012 as a result of winning second place in the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition in 2011. She was also a finalist in the 2011 Chopin Youth Piano Competition. Victoria also plays violin and is a member of Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra and a chamber ensemble. She also enjoys writing, painting, and track and field.
Kevin Trickey, violin
A sophomore at Naperville Central High School, Kevin Trickey studies violin with Thomas Wermuth. He was honored to tour Peru in 2012 with the Chicago Consort, an advanced touring ensemble of the Western Springs School of Talent Education. Kevin also plays first violin in a community string quartet and performed with Allegro Violin Performance Group. He also enjoys soccer, theater, and computer programming.
Soyoung Kee, piano, with Remus Badea, violin
Soyoung Kee performed on the Young Steinway Concert Series in 1988. She now serves as chair of the piano department at Elmhurst College. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music with high distinction in piano performance. Soon after, she completed a master of music, a two-year artist diploma at Indiana University, and a doctorate at Northwestern University. Her studies have taken her as far abroad as the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow. Her distinguished teachers include Emilio del Rosario, Nelita True, Lev Vlassenko and Alan Chow.
Soyoung has received awards from the World Piano Competition, Horowitz International Competition, the Society of Musicians Young Artist Competition, Kankakee Symphony Young Artists Competition, Cliff Dwellers Young Artist Competition, Farwell Musicians Club of Women Awards, Union League Scholarship Competition, the Performers of Connecticut Young Artist Competition, Clara Wells Scholarship Competition, Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition, Northwestern University Concerto Competition, and the Indiana University Concerto Competition.
Joining Soyoung for this performance is Remus Badea, a concert violinist and educator, who performs on a regular basis in solo concerts, recitals, and chamber music. Currently, he teaches violin/viola and chamber music at Elmhurst College, is concertmaster of Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and is the executive director of American Music Institute.
Sophia Li, piano
Sophia Li, an eighth grader at Hawthorn Middle School North in Vernon Hills, studies piano with Sueanne Metz. She won third place in the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition in 2013 and, as a result, performed in a recital in Carnegie Hall and in Russia with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in July. Sophia plays cello in her school orchestra and enjoys reading, writing, archery, and participating in triathlons.
Ethan Ramaly, flute
A freshman at North Shore Country Day School, Ethan studies flute with Amano Hideko. Ethan won the MYA Junior Division, Other Instruments Category in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition in 2012 and performed on the Winners’ Concert in March 2013. He also won first place in the Junior Division of the Society of American Musicians 2011 competition. Ethan has been a member of numerous chamber ensembles and also plays piano. He enjoys science Olympiad, camping, and soccer.