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

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.

Upcoming Events


Young Steinway Concert: Sameer Agrawal, Violin, and Tyler Wang, Piano

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 3:00 pm

Sameer Agrawal attends Northside College Preparatory High School. He recently performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Oistrakh Symphony, among other solo and chamber music performances. Sameer has received a merit fellowship in the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago each year since 2018. He also plays viola and piano and composes music.

Tyler Wang attends New Trier Township High School, where he participates in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and has played both euphonium and tuba. With his primary instrument, piano, he performed in 2021 with the Oistrakh Symphony after winning the 2021 DePaul Concerto Competition. He is a three-time merit scholarship recipient of the Music Institute of Chicago.


Young Steinway Concert: Samuel Lam, Piano, and Simon Updegraff, Cello

Sunday, November 6, 2022, 3:00 pm

A senior at Libertyville High School, Samuel Lam studies piano with Soo Young Lee. He recently received honorable mention in the Beethoven with a View Festival. Samuel also enjoys participating on his high school math team, and playing and watching basketball.

Cellist Simon Updegraff is a sophomore at New Trier High School. He studies cello with Avi Friedlander and is a member of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. He recently performed in the 2022 Music Institute of Chicago Families in Concert fundraising event, and he enjoys math, gaming, and tennis.


Young Steinway Concert: Henry Auxenfans, Violin, and Samuel Kim, Piano

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 3:00 pm

A sophomore at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Henry Auxenfans studies violin with Frank Almond. He has performed in Washington, DC, as the 2022 winner of the United States Marine Band Concerto Competition. Henry also enjoys soccer and reading and writing.

Samuel Kim, a junior at Libertyville High School, studies piano with Soo Young Lee. He performed as a soloist with the Northeast Illinois University Orchestra as winner of the Chicago Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition. He is a member of his high school's tennis team.

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.