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The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists
Concerto Competition:
2015 Winner

Nathan Mo

He performed with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Northern Illinois University Music Building. He played Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 107, by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Kelly TalimNathan Mo is a 16-year-old cellist from Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is a Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre- college training program. He has previously studied with Gilda Barston and is currently studying with artist faculty Hans Jorgen Jensen.

Nathan has won awards in a number of competitions, including first place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, where he performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May of 2014. In 2013, Nathan performed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the De Paul Concerto Competition. Nathan has received first prize from the Society of American Musicians competition, second prize from the Chinese Fine Arts Competition, and honorable mention from the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. He was also the finalist at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

As a member of the Vox String Quartet, he received a silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May of 2014. The Vox Quartet was also awarded first prize in the overall division in Discover National Chamber Music Competition, and was the first prize winner of the Rembrandt Chamber Players Music Competition. Previously as a member of the Giocoso Piano Trio, he has performed in Menahem Pressler's master class.

Nathan participated in the Meadowmount School of Music this past summer, and for two summers he has participated in the String Academy in Bloomington, Indiana, where he studied with Susan Moses, Richard Aron, and Amir Eldan. He is currently a sophomore in Fremd High School and he enjoys basketball in his spare time.


Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists
Concerto Competition:
2015 Runner-up

Cindy Yang

 Genevieve SmelserCindy Yang, age 15, is currently a sophomore at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois. She started piano lessons at the age of five and currently studies piano with Sueanne Metz. Cindy has won awards at various piano competitions, including the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) Competition, the North West Music Teachers Association Awards (NWMTA) Competition, and the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius. In 2010, she performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner in the American Fine Arts Festival. She was also a prize winner in the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA) Competitions, the CAMTA Sonata Festivals, the Grandquist Music Competition, the Illinois Music Association Competition, and the MACMO Piano Contest. In 2013, she was the winner of the Piano Category of Walgreens National Concerto Competition and was a second-place winner of the American Fine Arts Festival Piano Concerto Competition. Last year, she won first place at the 2014 Emilio del Rosario Concerto Competition and performed with the Harper College Symphony Orchestra. She also won honorable mention at the Music Teachers National Association Competition in 2014.

Other than piano, Cindy enjoys reading, painting, math, and sleeping, and is involved in many other activities such as math team, Science Olympiad, Model United Nations, swimming, Student Council and Titan Learning Center tutoring.

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