Stars of Tomorrow

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm


Concert information
Suite of Dances
        Gavotte and Intermezzo
G.F. Handel / arr. Miller
Secret Love Songs
        "I can see myself in you..."
Gary Carpenter
The Bone Rangers
Gobi Canticle Lei Lang
The Landolfi Duo
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E Flat Major
        I. Allegro con fuoco
Antonin Dvorak
Invictus Piano Quartet
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) for violin and piano Pablo de Sarasate
Rachel Hsu
Trio No. 2 Triptych - The Mirror With Three Faces
        IV. Tell 'em What You See
Lera Auerbach
Trio in G Major
        IV. Finale: Appassionato
Claude Debussy
The Odysseus Trio
Preludes from Opus 28 for piano solo
        No. 13 - Lento in F sharp major
        No. 14 - Allegro in E flat minor
        No. 15 - Sostenuto in D flat major
        No. 16 - Presto con fuoco in B flat minor
        No. 17 - Allegretto in A flat major
        No. 18 - Molto allegro in F minor
Frederic Chopin
Kimberly Han
Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44
        I. Allegro brillante
Robert Schumann
Esperanza Piano Quintet
Concert information

Join us for our popular Stars of Tomorrow, an exciting FREE concert that will feature 20 exceptionally talented, prize-winning young musicians from the Chicago area, all under 18 years old.

You are invited to attend our dessert reception following the concert performance, gift of Dr. Marvin Katz. Coffee compliments of Starbucks at Renaissance Place, Highland Park.

Concert sponsored by the First Bank of Highland Park, Katherine Abelson, Elly Thaviu, Dolores Kohl Kaplan, Janice Honigberg.


Rachel Hsu, violin, and Kimberly Han, piano

The Bone Rangers Trombone Quartet:
Omar Tlatelpa-Nieto | Karl Kirkpatrick | Jonah Blake | Michael Turner

The Landolfi Duo:
Rabia Brooke, violin | Camille Toubol, cello

Invictus Piano Quartet:
Zachary Brandon, violin | Joshua Brown, violin
Lyda Rhea, cello | Andrew Guo, piano

The Odysseus Piano Trio:
Anna Stenzel, violin | Alice Zhang, piano | Adam Lee, cello

Esperanza Piano Quintet:
Thompson Wang, violin | Irina Casasnovas, violin
John Heo, viola | Brendan Tarm, cello | John Schindler, piano

Rachel Hsu, violin

Sixteen year old Rachel Hsu attends New Trier High School where she is principal violinist of New Trier’s Symphony Orchestra which has toured Italy in the past. She has been playing for 12 years and currently studies with violinist Desiree Ruhstrat. She is also a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and has toured China with them in 2014. She was a finalist in the CYSO Concerto Competition in 2016 and 2017 and an honorable mention winner in 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition. She also joined the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia along with the Lincoln Trio on their tour in Columbia S.A. led by Dante Santiago Anzolini. Besides being a prize-winning violinist, Rachel is also a prize-winning pianist and has won numerous awards.

Kimberly Han, piano

Fifteen year old Kimie Han is a sophomore at Lake Forest High School. She has been studying with Brenda Huang for 10 years and also with Alexander Korsantia at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She was recently chosen as one of 8 Lang Lang Scholars for 2016-2018 and is a full scholarship recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States. Kimie has performed several times with the CSO including 2015 performances of Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals and invited back in 2016 to perform Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain. She has also performed concerti with the Lake Forest Symphony, Highland Park Strings, MYAC Symphony Orchestra and many other performances. She has appeared twice on WFMT 98.7 FM “Introductions” as a pre-college young musician.

The Bone Rangers trombone quartet

The Bone Rangers are four trombonists who all attend the Merit School of Music in Chicago. They recently won the prestigious Winds Division of the Midwest Young Artist Discover Chamber Music Competition.

Omar Tlatelpa-Nieto, trombone

Omar Tlatelpa-Nieto is 17 and a junior at Thorton Fractional South High School in Lansing, IL. He has been playing the trombone for 7 years. Five of them have been spent studying with Timothy Riordan at the Merit School of Music, where he is a member of the Wind Symphony, Honors Brass Ensemble, Trombone Choir and The Bone Rangers Trombone Quartet. Aside from his participation at Merit, he is also a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. For recreation, Omar enjoys fishing and going on runs.

Karl Kirkpatrick, trombone

Karl Kirkpatrick is 17 years old and lives in Mundelein, Illinois. He began attending the Merit School of Music four years ago and has studied trombone with both Colleen Bayoneto and Timothy Riordan. At Merit, Karl participates in the Merit Wind Symphony, Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir. He also performs with the Mundelein High School Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band and is a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Besides his music, Karl enjoys hanging out with friends, reading and playing video games.

Jonah Blake, trombone

Jonah Blake is 15 years old and has studied the trombone with Timothy Riordan for 6 years. He has attended the Tuition-free Conservatory at the Merit School of Music for 3 years. In addition to Merit, he plays in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra. He attends the Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago.

Michael Turner, trombone

Michael Turner, 17 years old, studies with Timothy Riordan and has been at the Merit School of Music for 9 years. He has also been involved with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras as principal bass trombone of the Symphony Orchestra for 2 years. He has been part of the Chicago Youth in Music Festival in 2015 and 2016. He goes to Jones College Preparatory in Chicago. Michael likes to play video games and make music on his computer in his free-time.

The Landolfi Duo

The dynamic Landolfi Duo is comprised of Chicago violinist Rabia Brooke and cellist Camille Toubol. They are regularly featured artists of the Buckingham Salon Series of recently recorded works. They have appeared on radio broadcasts and at notable venues. They are coached by David Cunliffe, well-known cellist of the Lincoln Trio. They very recently won the chamber music Confucius competition sponsored by the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

Rabia Brooke, violin

Rabia Brooke, a 16 year old violinist is a homeschooled sophomore. She performed at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2016. She is a member of the CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist in the 2017 Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Rabia was also the 2nd place winner in the senior Division of the 2017 Society of American Musicians Competition. She has previously appeared as soloist with the Oistrakh Orchestra as winner of the DePaul Concerto Festival Winner. Rabia is a student of violinist Desiree Ruhstrat of the Lincoln Trio. She plays a violin by Landolfi of Milan,1753.

Camille Toubol, cello

Camille Toubol, 15 year old cellist attends Glenbrook North High School and plays in Glenbrook High School Symphony Orchestra. She was born in France and has lived in Chile and the United States where she began playing the cello at age 9. She began studying with David Cunliffe when she was 12 years old. In 2017 she performed the Prokofiev Cello Sonata which resulted in her performing along side YoYo Ma in Grieg’s Suite Op. 40. Camille especially enjoys playing with Rabia in the Landolfi Duo and with Erika Darcy in the Landolfi Trio.

Invictus Piano Quartet

The Invictus Piano Quartet, coached by Mathais Tacke and Elaine Felder, is comprised of violinist/violist Zachary Brandon and Joshua Brown, cellist Lydia Rhea and pianist Andrew Guo. All 4 students are scholarship recipient Fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted musicians. Zachary and Joshua both study with Almita and Roland Vamos, Lydia studies with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Andrew studies with Alan Chow.

All 4 musicians are experienced solo musicians who have won top prizes in many local, national and international competitions. Invictus means “unconquered” and was chosen by the group to communicate their goal of overcoming obstacles and remaining united in their vision of chamber music.

Zachary Brandon, violin

Zachary Brandon, 18 year old violinist lives in Battle Creek, Michigan and is home-schooled. He has won first place in the 13th Annual Sejong Music Competition, twice a National Young Arts Winner, 4th place winner in the 2016 International Stradivarius Violin Competition and the Bach Prize Winner in the 2016 International Stulberg Competition. He received the Gold Prize Award of the Michigan American String Teachers’ Association (MASTA) 2016 Michigan Solo Competition and will perform at the Michigan Music Conference in 2017. He has won top awards at many chamber competitions including the Bronze Medal at the National Fischoff Chamber Competition and the Silver Medal at the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition.

Joshua Brown, violin

Joshua Brown, 17 year old home-schooled violinist from Gurnee,IL. has been a top prize winner in a number of international competitions including 2nd place and Audience favorite in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition; the Audience Award in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians; Third place in the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition, the Grand Prize for violin in the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition and winner of the 2016-2017 American Prize in Instrumental Performance, High School Division. His experiences include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center playing the Shostakovich Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and appearing on NPR’s From The Top.

Lydia Rhea, cello

Lydia Rhea, 17 year old cellist lives in Indiana and is home-schooled. Lydia won first prize in the 2017 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side Program providing her the opportunity to perform in March with the Indianapolis Symphony. She is also winner of the 2016 Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition and the 2016 New World Youth Orchestra Young Artist Competition Senior Division. She has solo and chamber performances featured on WICR FM 88.7 radio and WFMT’s Introductions. Lydia has studied at the Heifetz International Music Institute,. Meadowmount Summer School of Music, Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Indiana Un. Summer String Academy. She has also served as principal cellist in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Side-by-Side Program Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis –based New World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Guo, piano

Andrew Guo, 18 year old pianist from Chicago is a 2017 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee, Gold Winner of the 2017 YoungArts Competition and a recipient of the 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. As a member of Trio Calliope, he won the Grand Prize and First Prize winner of 2016 Discover National Chamber Music Competition and the Third Prize Winner of 2016 International M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. Andrew won the 2014 Luminarts Cultural Foundations’ Classical Music Audition as well as the Steinway Young Arts Piano Competition and the Society of American Musicians Competition. Andrew is also an award winning composer, having won the 2016 International Villiers Quartet New Works Competition in the United Kingdom and the 2016 and 2014 MTNA National Composition Competitions. He has been heard on WFMT Public Radio as both pianist and a composer.

The Odysseus Piano Trio

The Odysseus Piano Trio is a collaboration of three players from the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) in Highwood, Illinois. They have been working together since the fall of 2016. The trio consists of Alice Zhang, piano; Anna Stenzel, violin and Adam Lee, cello. Members of the trio have competed in and won the Discover National Chamber Music Competition, the Rembrandt Chamber Players Competition, the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Most recently the Odysseus Trio was awarded honorable mention in the MYAC division of the Discover National Chamber Music Competition. They are coached by Lyudmila Lakisova. They have also played in masterclasses for May Phang of DePauw University and Shmuel Ashkenazi, formerly of the Vermeer String Quartet.

Anna Stenzel, violin

Anna Stenzel, 17 year old violinist is a student of Mark Zinger. She is home-schooled and has participated in MYAC’s Youth Orchestra program in Highwood for the past 6 years where she has served as concertmaster and has been awarded a Merit Scholarship. In the 2015-16 season, she soloed with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and also with the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, as winner of their concerto competition. Other honors include a solo performance with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra as part of the DePaul Concerto Festival (2015) and with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. Anna received an Honorable Mention in the MYA division of the Walgreen’s Concerto Competition in 2016 and 2017.She has been active with her chamber music piano trio and string quartet which won first place in the 2016 Discover Chamber Music Competition and received an Honorable Mention in the St. Paul Chamber Music Competition. In 2015 they were awarded first prize in WDAV’s chamber music competition in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her chamber groups have been coached by Lyudmila Lakisova and Mathias Tacke and they have participated in master classes with Susan Dubois and Shmuel Ashkenasi. She played under Ricardo Muti and Gennady Rozhdestvensky in the 2016 Chicago Youth in Music Festival.

Alice Zhang, piano

Alice Zhang,is a 15 year old pianist at Vernon Hills High School. Her piano performances have been broadcast many times on WFMT including solo recital, chamber music, piano duet and piano concerto performances. She is a student of Brenda Huang since the age of 4. This March she was the national Third Place Winner in the Music Teacher’s National piano duet competition, Second Prize Winner in the G. Gershwin International Music Competition in New York, and was selected as the youngest of 7 finalists in the CSO Youth Auditions and performed in the CSO’s Orchestra Hall in 2015. Alice is also a violinist and plays in MYA’s Symphony Orchestra.

Adam Lee, cello

Cellist Adam Lee, age 17, was born in Seoul, Korea and is currently a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen. He began cello studies at age 8 and is now a Junior at Vernon Hills High School and an active member of MYAC’s Young Artist Symphony Orchestra. He has won many awards including the annual Confucius Competition Award in 2014, the International Chicago Music competition, the Society of American Musicians in 2015 and more. He has appeared on From the Top on NPR and is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. He and his Trio Odysseus has received honorable mention at the Nat. Discover Chamber Music Competition, 2nd place and Haydn honorable mention at the St Paul String Quartet and Gold medalists in the 43rd annual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition last year with the Diamant String Quartet which performed for Stars of Tomorrow last April.

Esperanza Piano Quintet

The Esperanza Quintet is comprised of violinists Thompson Wang and Irina Casasnovas; violist John Heo; cellist Brendan Tarm and pianist John Schindler. They are fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted musicians, where they are coached by artist faculty members Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff and Dr. Mark George. At the Academy, Thompson, Irina and John Heo study privately with Almita Vamos,. Brendan studies with Hans Jurgen Jensen and John Schindler studies with Alan Chow. Individually the quintet members have been awarded prestigious accolades , performed for internationally renowned artists and attended top summer music festivals.

Thompson Wang, violin

Thompson Wang 17 year old violinist has performed with the Santa Monica Symphony orchestra. has won first prizes in the Satori String Competition, SYMF Competition and the ASTA SoCal Final. Thompson is a 2017 CSO Young Artists Competition finalist, was the 2nd place winner of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra 2017 Young Artists Audition, and one of 3 first place winners in the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra 2017 Concerto Competition.

Irina Casasnovas, violin

Irina Casasnovas received Honorable Mention in the 2017 Junior Division Sphinx Competition and is 2nd place winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2017. She appeared as soloist with the Costa Rica National Symphony and Ottawa Chamber Orchestras. She has spent her summers at the Meadowmount School for Strings, Brian Lewis Young Artist Program and Aspen Music Festival and school where she had the privilege to study with Brian Lewis, Gerardo Ribeiro, Steven Copes, Paul Cantor and Masao Kawasaki.

John Heo, viola

John Heo won 1st place and been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including Sejong Competition, Chinese Competition, Musichorale, Grandquist competition, MYA Walgreen National Concerto Competition in Junior open division (Honorable mention – 2014) and Glenbrook Concerto Competition which resulted in a solo performance with the Glenbrook Symphony orchestra. John has attended the Brain Lewis Young Artist Program and has participated in master classes with Ilya Kaler, Frank Almond, and Doris Preucil.

Brendan Tarm, cello

Brendan Tarm has been called “an excellent cellist” by YoYo Ma and has been mentored by David Dunford, YoY o Ma, Amy Sue Barston and Sarah Koo. In 2016 Brendan won first place in the Senior Open Division String Category of the 20th Annual MYA Walgreens National Concerto Competition. He has been a quarterfinalist at the Fischoff Nat. Chamber Music Competition. Brendan has spent his summers at the Bowdoin International Music festival and Gilda Barston’s Boot camp.

John Schindler, piano

John Schindler recently won 3rd prize, the best performance of a Duo and the Wisconsin Contestant prize at the 2016 PianoArts North American Competition last June, where he was the youngest semifinalist.


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