Young Steinway

Our Young Steinway concerts showcase young people with extraordinary talent, giving local audiences the chance to enjoy first-class music, for free, close to home. Many performers have gone on to great achievements as professional musicians.

Apply to perform

If you are an advanced classical musician who has not completed high school, you are eligible to apply for this concert series. Applications for the 2018-19 season are now open. Applications are due April 23, 2018. Selected performers will be notified in May for concerts beginning in September 2018.

Attending a concert

Concerts begin at 3 pm in the Petty Auditorium. Free tickets are distributed at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 2:45 pm, beginning with people with disabilities.

Past Events


Young Steinway Concert: Lauren Culver, Violin, and Won Yang, Piano

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3:00 pm

Violinist Lauren Culver, a junior at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, studies violin with Thomas Wermuth at Western Springs School of Talent Education and toured Cuba last summer with the Chicago Consort. Pianist Won Yang is a sophomore at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He is a merit scholarship student at the Music Institute of Chicago, studying piano with Elaine Felder, and also plays trumpet in school and in the North Shore Honor Band.


Young Steinway Concert: Irina Casasnovas, Violin, and Inyoung Nah, Piano

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:00 pm

Violinist Irina Casasnovas is a junior at Bridgeway Academy who studies violin with Almita Vamos as a merit scholarship fellow in the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. Pianist Inyoung Nah is a junior at Northshide College Preparatory High School in Chicago. She studies piano with Soo Young Lee and performs on the Ark Ensemble summer series of Korean American Community Services.


Young Steinway Concert: Jaime Chen, Piano, and Bianca Saputra, Violin

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:00 pm

Pianist Jaime Chen is a senior at William Fremd High School in Palatine who studies piano with Laura Fenster and plays violin in her school's orchestra. Violinist Bianca Saputra is a senior at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. She studies vioin with Desiree Ruhstrat and toured Prague last summer with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.


Young Steinway Concert: Claire Arias-Kim, Violin, and Trio Fiammata

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 3:00 pm

Trio Fiammata consists of pianist Kimberly Han, violinist Kirsten Lee, and cellist Matthew Udry.

Ethan Hoppe's story

Ethan Hoppe is an alum of the Young Steinway program. We spent some time with him to learn more his experience with the Young Steinway series and how it helped him pursue his career goals.