Samee and Jessie Montgomery

CMPI Opening Doors Fundraiser

I had the privilege of performing for this fundraiser to help raise money for Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, which provides me (and my sister) with scholarship, mentorship, and tons of opportunities! This event honored the composer Jessie Montgomery, and I performed her Rhapsody #1. See Opening Doors for more information on this event and CMPI.

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Young Steinway Recital

I had the honor of performing at Skokie Public Library as part of the Young Steinway Concert Series, performing Bach, Montgomery, and Ravel with pianist Milana Pavchinskaya. This concert was originally scheduled 2.5 years ago and was delayed due to the pandemic, so it was wonderful to finally be able to perform. I shared the recital with pianist Tyler Wang.

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Cooper International Competition

I was honored to be awarded Second Prize in the 2022 Cooper International Competition, held at Oberlin Conservatory. See coverage here on the Cooper Website, The Violin Channel,, and The Strad, as well as reviews of my Second Round and Third Round. Thank you to all of the participants, the jury, the Coopers, the Canton Symphony Orchestra with Gerhardt Zimmermann, and especially my pianist Hyunsoo Kim for an amazing learning experience.

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Youth in Music Fest

Chicago Youth in Music Festival

I was honored to be one of the co-concertmasters for the Chicago Youth in Music Festival, under Riccardo Muti and Lina Gonzalez-Granados. This event was sponsored by the Negaunee Foundation of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NIMAN, and CMPI. Find out more here.

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Jessie Montgomery Masterclass and Concerts

The CMPI Quartet has had a number of great opportunities lately! We performed Jessie Montgomery’s Strum on a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Salon Series on April 26. Then, we had a masterclass with Jessie Montgomery, working with her on her own work. We also are playing a series of pre-concert performances for the CSO May 5-7.

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Johansen Competition

I had the honor of competing as a semifinalist in the Johansen International Competition. I had a wonderful time performing, visiting Washington D.C., seeing old friends, and making new friends.

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WMFT Anniversary Celebration

The CMPI Quartet performed a featured recital on WFMT during their live 70th Anniversary Celebration. Works included George Walker’s String Quartet #1 and Jessie Montgomery’s Strum. You can listen to the livestream here.

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Hilary Hahn Masterclass

I had the honor of participating in a masterclass with violinist Hilary Hahn. I performed the first movement of the Dvorak Concerto. Thank you to Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for this amazing opportunity. Photo credit: Anne Ryan and Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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