Carmel Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018 Young Artist Competition Winner – Violinist Maya Kilburn

Clay Township Presents Side-by-Side Concert Featuring Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra and 2018 Young Artist Competition Winner – Violinist Maya Kilburn

Fifteen-year-old violinist Maya Kilburn will be the featured guest artist with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on Sunday, November 18 during the innaugural Clay Township Presents Side-by-Side Concert at the Palladium. Kilburn is from Muncie, Indiana and took first place honors in the CSO’s 38th Young Artists Competition. The concert also includes the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra, who will open the performance with Stravinsky’s “The Inferno Dance.” The group will also perform three movements of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” with the CSO.

“Honestly, I was pretty surprised when I was announced as first prize,” says Kilburn. “I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m playing my dream piece with the orchestra. I hope that I can make the performance so special that the audience connects to the music right away and loves the piece just as much as I do.” Kilburn also receives a scholarship award of $1000, made possible by the generous sponsorship from the Meridian Music. She will be performing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major.”

Kilburn, who has played violin since age four, currently studies under Mimi Zweig at Indiana University Jacobs School String Academy, after first working with Anna Vayman and Chin Mi Kim. The daughter of a pianist and singer, she knew from the beginning that music would always be a big part of her life, and plans to have a career as a professional violin soloist and would love to study at The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music or one of the great music conservatories.

She has won numerous competitions, including the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s National “Rising Star” Competition, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artist Solo Concerto Competition – Junior Division, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the New World Youth Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Additionally, she was a second prize winner in the Louisville Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Michael Ben and Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artist Solo Concerto Competition – Senior Division, a third prize winner in the MTNA Junior Strings Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2018 Johansen International Violin Competition. As a result, she has had many opportunities to perform as a soloist and tour the United States, Central American and Japan.

Kilburn has performed in master classes and lessons for internationally renowned violinists such as Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jinjoo Cho, Henryk Kowalski and Sarah Kapustin. She has been featured on both radio and television broadcasts, and performed with artists David Chan, Atar Arad and Joseph Swenson.  In 2017 and 2018, she was a featured guest at the Universidad National de Costa Rica and the La Castella Arts School in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she performed recitals and taught masterclasses.

“Maya brings a skilled presence to the stage and performs with a mature sound well beyond her years,” says Kimberly Dimond, executive director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. “We are proud to be part of her professional journey and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Maya in the future.”

Purchase concert tickets online here or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.

Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Kimberly Dimond, Maya Kilburn, Young Artists Competition

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