WFMT Introductions

Live WFMT Introductions Performance

I was really excited to be able to play a full live recital on WFMT’s Introductions on December 10! I played music by Arutiunian, Perkinson, Bach, and Ravel, and was joined by the wonderful collaborative pianist Milana Pavchinskaya. Thank you to Robbie Ellis and WFMT for having me. You can view the livestream here.

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Playing Arutiunian

Arutiunian with Academy Orchestra

I had the privilege of performing the first two movements of Arutiunian’s Concerto for Violin and Strings (Armenia-88) with the Music Institute of Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra. Thanks to Mr. James Setapen for giving me this opportunity. You can view the livestream.

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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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Masterclass with Margaret Batjer

I was delighted to perform Ravel’s Tzigane for violinist Margaret Batjer as part of a Masterclass at Guarneri Hall. Thank you to Guarneri Hall and Stefan Hersh for the invitation (and loaning me a violin!). It was an extremely beneficial class.

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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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Spektral and hyacinth quartets

Spektral Quartet Masterclass

The Hyacinth Quartet enjoyed a masterclass this past April with the Spektral Quartet. We worked on the Grieg String Quartet and the Bacewicz String Quartet #4. Thanks to MIC and the Harris Theatre for making this class possible.

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Stella Chen Masterclass

I played on a masterclass for the amazing violinist Stella Chen, through a partnership between MIC, Harris Theater, and Chamber Music of Lincoln Center. Image credit: Music Institute of Chicago.

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