Press release: Bloomington students win music competition

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The following was shared with the Bloomingtonian Monday:

The Goya Piano Trio—violinist Lily Sullivan and cellist Serge Kalinovsky, who are both from Bloomington, and pianist Noah Kim from the Chicago suburb Vernon Hills—won first place yesterday (Sunday 2/12) at the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians 28th Annual Chamber Music Competition, which took place at North Park University in Chicago. Trio members are merit Scholarship Fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. The group, coached by Music Institute President Mark George and Academy faculty member Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, has been together since September. Lily and Serge travel to the Academy each Saturday from Bloomington.

Rembrandt founded its highly acclaimed Annual High School Chamber Music Competition in 1995. Winning ensembles receive cash prizes, coaching sessions from Rembrandt musicians, and performance opportunities and participate in educational outreach projects for Chicago-area schools.

Later in the day, the Goya Piano Trio performed on the Pilgrim Chamber Players’ “Stars of Tomorrow” Concert featuring Chicago’s top talent from area music schools.

Here is more information about the musicians:

Lily Sullivan, 15, a student of Grigory Kalinovsky, was the Third Prize Winner of the 10th International Louis Spohr Competition. She was also the first-prize winner of the Bellegrande International Music Competition, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and Oklahoma City Orchestra League Keith Competition, among many others. She has attended the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Huberman Project at the Jerusalem Music Center.

Serge Kalinovsky, 16, a student of Susan Moses, was the first-prize winner of the 2020 Indianapolis Symphony Maurer Young Musicians Contest and the 2021 Philadelphia International Music Festival Competition. As a previous member of the Peresson Quartet, he was the grand-prize winner of the St. Paul String Quartet Competition and third-prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Noah Kim, 16, a student of Marta Aznavoorian, was the first-prize winner of the 2022 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition and will appear as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at a 2022/2023 Youth Concert. He has won numerous other competitions such as the DePaul, Walgreens, Sejong, and ISMTA Competitions.

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