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 2019-20 season are now open. Applications are due April 22, 2019. Selected performers will be notified in May for concerts beginning in October 2019.

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: Piano Duo Kim and Piano Trio Tempest

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 pm

This concert features two chamber ensembles--Piano Duo Kim and Piano Trio Tempest. Jayden Kim and Noah Kim, both pianists, make up the duo, and recently performed at Carnegie Hall in the Winners Recital for the American Protege Duo Piano competition. Violinist Elle Cho, pianist Wooba Song, and cellist Jan Nedvetsky make up Piano Trio Tempest, and they enjoy sharing their music with others in many local venues. They have individually won awards in numerous local and national competitions.


Young Steinway Concert: Emilia McDougal, Piano, and Nicole Lim, Violin

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3:00 pm

Emilia McDougal, a sophomore at New Trier Township High School, studies piano with Soo Young Lee and recently participated in the 2018 International Piano Master Class in Arezzo, Italy. Violinist Nicole Lim is a freshman at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. She studies with Hye Sun Lee, where she is a merit scholarship recipient at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Past Events


Young Steinway Concert: Sidney Lee, Violin, and Myroslav Mykhailenko, Piano

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00 pm

Sidney Lee is a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School. She studies violin with I-Hao Lee at the Music Institute of Chicago and won Best Korean Music Interpretation in the 2018 Sejong Music Competition. Myroslav Mykhailenko is a freshman at Fenton High School in Bensenville. After starting his musical studies in Ukraine, he now studies with Lyudmila Lakisova and is a member of the Wood Dale Jazz Band.


Young Steinway Concert: William Tan, Cello, and Steffi Chen, Piano

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 3:00 pm

Cellist William Tan is a 9th grader at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. He studies cello with Hans Jorgen Jensen and was winner of the 2018 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artist Concerto Competition. Pianist Steffi Chen, a senior at Fremd High School in Palatine, performed in the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival 2018 Honors Recital. She studies piano with Laura Fenster and plays viola in her school orchestra.

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.