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2015 finalists (L-R) Pianists Isabella Wu and Vivian Wilhelms,
violinist Julian Rhee and harpist Maya Pierick
THE 2015 BOLZ
YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION & WISCONSIN YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETE: THE FINAL FORTE

WED., MARCH 25, 2015:
"The Final Forte"
6:45 p.m.-Capitol Theater

2015 FINALISTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!
Maya Pierick, harp
Julian Rhee, violin
Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Isabella Wu, piano

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY-SPACE IS LIMITED!
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THE BOLZ YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is the final round of the MSO's Bolz Young Artist Competition. Young artists from across the state of Wisconsin compete in the Bolz Young Artist Competition's two preliminary rounds for a chance to perform a movement from a concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra during the final round, which will be held in the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center.

WISCONSIN YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETE: THE FINAL FORTE
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is a FREE concert and LIVE broadcasts that Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio produce. They have captured an enormous following and numerous honors, including an Emmy Nomination. The 90-minute WPT program features profiles of each of the finalists.

2015 FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES

MAYA PIERICK, HARP

Maya Pierick, age 17, is a senior at Madison West High School. Having started early in Suzuki violin, she began playing harp at age eight with Karen Atz. She currently studies with Danis Kelly of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Maya has played harp in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) from 4th through 11th grade. After playing for 6 years at the Youth level under conductor James Smith, she toured Argentina with WYSO in 2014.

Maya’s realized her love of singing with choir director Heather Thorpe at First Unitarian Society. In high school she has furthered her achievements in voice by successfully auditioning into the Cantabile choir of the Madison Youth Choirs under the direction of Michael Ross, as well as West High School’s Concert Choir under the direction of Anthony Cao – with whom she recently completed a semester as teaching assistant to the Freshman Choir.

In her spare time Maya also enjoys dance, ceramics, circus arts and photography. In college, Maya plans to study Harp Performance and Physics.

JULIAN RHEE, VIOLIN

Julian Rhee, age 14, is a freshman at Brookfield East High School. Julian recently won the 2015 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition; the 2015 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Concerto Competition; and the 2015 Concord Orchestra Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition. Also, Julian is one of the 11 violinists advancing to the semi-finals of the prestigious Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, where he will be traveling to Washington, D.C. representing Wisconsin.

Julian won the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Youth Concerto competition in 2011 and 2013. Julian has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Menomonee Symphony Orchestra, as well as being the youngest semi-finalist of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition at age 12.

In addition to violin, Julian has studied piano since age 7, and loves to read, play basketball and video games, and is an avid local sports team fan. Julian is Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Youth Senior Symphony Orchestra and is currently studying privately with Ms. Hye-Sun Lee at the Music Institute of Chicago.

VIVIAN WILHELMS, PIANO

Vivian Wilhelms, 16, is a sophomore at Waunakee High School. Vivian began playing piano at age four and currently studies with Mr. Bill Lutes. In 2010, she was the winner of the MSO Fall Youth Concerto Competition, and in 2013, she was a winner of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2014, she received first place in the UW Madison School of Music High School Piano Extravaganza Competition and was the runner-up in the WMTA Badger State Competition. This year, she also received an honorable mention in the Lacrosse Rising Star Concerto Competition. Vivian has studied violin with Ms. Janet Chisholm since she was eight years old and has been an active member of WYSO since 2011.

In school, Vivian is a member of the varsity forensics and Science Olympiad teams. She also loves volunteering as a mentor for beginning violinists through Madison’s Music Makers program and frequently visits the Waunakee Manor, a local retirement center. In her free time, Vivian enjoys swimming, writing, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends.

ISABELLA WU, PIANO

Isabella Wu, 16, is a sophomore at Madison Memorial High School. She began piano at age 5 with Shu-Ching Chuang. Isabella won the 2010 and 2012 Madison Symphony Orchestra Fall Youth Concerto Competitions, the 2014 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Youth Artist Competition, the 2014 Chippewa Valley Symphony Kristo Orthodontics Young Artist Competition, and received honorable mention at the 2013 Midwest Young Artists National Walgreens Concerto Competition. She also won the 2009 Wisconsin State Badger Competition and placed runner-up in the 2012 Music Teachers National Association Wisconsin State Competition.

Isabella additionally plays violin and studies with Liz Norton. A member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) since 5th grade, she has won the Philharmonia Concerto Competition on violin, the Youth Concerto Competition on piano, and served as concertmaster and principal second.

This year, Isabella is a percussionist in her school’s highest band. Outside of music, she is a Mathcounts coach, Lincoln-Douglas debater, member of Future Business Leaders of America, and writes for the school newspaper. Isabella enjoys art, literature, and philosophy, and can be found wandering through the woods on bike or foot.

HISTORIC COLLABORATION WINS AWARDS
The unique collaboration among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television is producing award-winning programming! In addition to an Emmy Award nomination, the Final Forte earned First Place in the "Special Interest" category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2007 and was rated the fifth most-watched program in the Feb 2007 Nielsen ratings (the television audience was 63 percent greater than WPT's average audience in the Madison market). The 2008 broadcasts on WPR and WPT reached more than 60,000 viewers in the Madison market alone and there were an estimated 200,000 statewide viewers and listeners for the 2009 broadcasts.

JOHN DEMAIN'S TAKE
"This has been a very auspicious partnership. The quality of the broadcasts and the performances of the finalists are simply spectacular. I think this sends a magnificent message to our community and to the entire state of Wisconsin about the importance and effectiveness of our music education programs. It is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to feel the commitment and energy of these young performers and to reflect on the central role the arts play in our lives. I look forward to these events with great joy."

TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM
Please contact Director of Development Casey Oelkers at (608) 257-3734 or coelkers@madisonsymphony.org.


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Watch Notes from the Final Forte above. Wisconsin Public Television
evokes the meaning of the Bolz Young Artist Competition
for the artists and the community!
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
THE BOLZ YOUNG ARTIST
COMPETITION is made possible by a generous endowment from
THE EUGENIE
MAYER BOLZ
FAMILY
FOUNDATION
WISCONSIN YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETE: THE FINAL FORTE concert and broadcasts are the result of a historic partnership among
Major funding
provided by
DIANE BALLWEG
FRED AND
MARY MOHS
STEPHEN D.
MORTON
Additional funding
provided by
A. PAUL JONES
CHARITABLE
TRUST
AHMC PROPERTIES
ANNE W. BOLZ
JAMES DAHLBERG AND ELSEBET LUND
W. JEROME FRAUTSCHI
JULIE AND
LARRY MIDTBO
KATO L.
PERLMAN
SENTRY
INSURANCE
FOUNDATION
MARGARET C.
WINSTON
FRIENDS OF WISCONSIN PUBLIC TELEVISION
Special thanks to Farley's House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions