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2018 Young Artist Competition Winners

Kasey Shao

1st Place Winner Piano

Kasey Shao, 15, lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a 10th grader at Walnut Hills High School  she began her piano studies when she was 6 years old and is currently studying with Professor Ran Dank. She has won numerous awards and scholarships, including first place at the 2018 Steinway and Sons Piano Competition, first place at the 2018 ETSU International Piano Competition, second place and the Best Chopin prize at the 2018 MTNA national competition, second place at the 2018 Cooper Piano Festival Competition, second place and the Best Solo Prize at the 2017 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, second prize at the 2017 WV International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2017 Clifton Music Festival, winner of the New Jersey state and the Eastern Division at the 2016 MTNA competition, the grand prize twice at the National League of Performing Arts, first prize at the Crescendo International Music Competition, first place at the Princeton Festival Piano Competition, and the grand prize and first place at the Steinway Society of New Jersey Young Pianist Competition.

Kasey made her orchestral debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 12, by winning the children’s division at the Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition.

Kasey has performed in venues such as the Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center and the Weil Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.

Maya Kilburn


 A native of Muncie Indiana, Maya Kilburn is 15 years old and currently studies with Mimi Zweig at the Indiana University Jacobs School String Academy. She began playing violin at age 4 working first with Anna Vayman and continuing with Chin Mi Kim. Maya has won first prize in a number of concerto competitions including the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s national “Rising Star”, Carmel Symphony, and the junior divisions of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Muncie Symphony, and the New World Youth Orchestra. She has also won second prize in the Louisville Symphony (twice), the Carmel Symphony (twice), Maurer Indianapolis Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic senior division competitions. As a result, she has had many opportunities to play concerti with orchestra, most recently performing 3 concerto appearances in spring 2018.

In 2017, Maya won a national 3rd prize in the MTNA Junior Strings Competition, and in 2018 competed as a semi-finalist in the Johansen International Violin Competition. She has been active performing and touring with the IU String Academy Violin Virtuosi. Highlights include a 3-week concert tour throughout Argentina, performances at Circle Theatre in Indianapolis and the Indiana Landmarks Center, and opportunities to perform with such artists as David Chan, Atar Arad and Joseph Swenson. She has also performed in master class and lessons for internationally renowned violinists such as Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jinjoo Cho, Henryk Kowalski, and Sarah Kapustin. Maya has performed on many recitals with her parents in the Midwestern US, Japan, and Central America, and has been featured on both radio and television broadcasts.  In the spring of both 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 enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her dogs Cocoa and Sophia.

Skye Park

3rd Place


Skye Park has performed across the US, Europe, and China since her solo debut at the age of ten with the Cincinnati Symphony under the direction of Robert Trevino. She won the Jack & Lucille Wonnell Young Artist Concerto Competition performing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She had a stunning solo performance at the Rising Stars Recital by the Laredo Philharmonic. She is the youngest prize winner of the Great Wall International Music Academy’s Violin Concerto Competition, the second and third prize winer of the Young Artist Competition presented by the Association of the Louisville Orchestra, and two time winner of the Borchardt Concerto Competition by Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra.

Skye has been featured on NPR’s hit show From The Top, hosted by the acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, which showcases outstanding young classical musicians. She first recorded with the show in Beijing, China at the Great Wall International Music Academy. Two years later, she performed once again for the show celebrating Starling Chamber Orchestra’s 25th anniversary in Cincinnati, OH.

Skye is a devoted orchestral musician as concertmaster of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra’s Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky All State Orchestra, and Starling Chamber Orchestra.

Skye is a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus of College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, Margie Karp of University of Kentucky, and David Kim of Philadelphia Orchestra. Skye is a junior high school student in Lexington, KY. Her favorite season is winter for she is an avid skier. Skye plays the 1751 Giovanni Battista Gabrielli violin.

Kasey Shao

1st Place

Maya Kilburn

2nd Place

Skye Park

3rd Place

The ALO was honored to have strong judges for the Finals Recitals representing different classical music genres and backgrounds. The 2018 judges were

Robert Simonds, 1st Chair Second Violin, Louisville Orchestra

David Stern, Visiting Conductor, Kentucky Opera and Chief Conductor of the Palm Beach Opera

Meme Tunnell, Assistant Professor of Music, Bellarmine University