After another competitive field of applicants, Michael Repper and the Chamber Music Society of Maryland are proud to present the 2018 Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Fellows.
Teddi Yoo, 16, Piano Caleb Young, 16, Cello Teddi and Caleb will present a concert in June 2018 with works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Martinu, and others, and they will be presented with $1000 scholarships to further their musical education. The concert will be the culmination of three months of intensive musical rehearsals and mentoring sessions with professional musicians in the Baltimore area.
Caleb Park, 16, Cello
Teddi Yoo, 16 years old, is currently a junior at Winston Churchill High School. She has been studying the piano under the instruction of Ms. Bonnie Kellert since she was 8 years old.
She has placed first in numerous competitions such as the WMTA Viola Hartman Competition, the Miriam Gottlieb Piano Competition, and the MSMTA Chamber Music Festival Competition. She has also placed first in the MSMTA Piano Solo Festival and the MSMTA Piano Ensemble Festival multiple times. Last year, she placed first in the WMTA Tselentis Bach Competition in the Senior Division.
A few years back, Teddi also was awarded Honors in both the MCMTA and WMTA Judged Recitals. She won the Gertrude Brown Memorial Piano Concerto Competition and had the honor of playing with an orchestra. She also had the honor of playing with the world renown pianist Lang Lang at the Kennedy Center.
Every year since she started learning the piano with Ms. Kellert, she has earned all Outstanding +’s on her Keyboard Musicianship Tests and earned both the Elementary and Junior Distinguished Musicianship Awards. This year, Teddi joined the Back to BACH Project where she plays both the violin and piano for young students, in hopes of encouraging them to learn an instrument. Besides the competitions she participates in, Teddiloves to improvise and compose music on the piano, especially jazz. Furthermore, she loves accompanying others at nursing homes. She is also part of NLF: New Life Foundation, where she travels to the more underprivileged areas every summer to perform and teach orphans all about music. Not only is Teddi a pianist, but she is also an accomplished violinist. Currently, she is Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra’s co-concertmistress of the Philharmonic group. She was selected to be a part of NAfME’s All National Orchestra and sat as assistant concertmistress in MMEA’s All State Senior Orchestra last year. She performed at Carnegie Hall last fall as one of the winners of the American Protégé International Competition.
Caleb Park is a principal honor roll junior at Long Reach High School in MD. He began the cello at the age of four and has been studying at the Peabody Institute with Alison Wells since 2011.
Caleb has won several competitions including the Johansen High School Competition, the Joseph and Goldie Feder Competition, the Columbia Orchestra Young Artists Competition (both junior and senior divisions), Peabody Young Artist Orchestra and Youth Orchestra Concerto competitions and the Peabody Part-Recital Competition. He won the MMTA Chamber Music Competition and was a quarter finalist in the 2015 National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Caleb has also been the recipient of the Peabody Preparatory Dean’s Recognition, Performance, Achievement Awards, Elmer Reid Burgess Prize and Washington Performing Arts’ Woman’s Committee Awards and Audience Award.
In 2016, Caleb performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Concert Artists of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Edward Polochick. He has also appeared as a concerto soloist with the Columbia Orchestra, Peabody Young Artist Orchestra, Peabody Youth Orchestra and has participated in the Howard County Concert Orchestra. Caleb has performed at the Candlelight Concert Society's Concert Series, Sunday’s at Three Concert Series, the Lynn Hebden Preparatory Recital, the Villa Silver Recitals, and was the featured soloist in the 2014 Peabody Preparatory Award Ceremony. He also joined the Peabody PCVP on their trip to Scotland in 2016 and performed solos in Edinburg and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Caleb has attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and has participated in masterclasses with Amit Peled, Zuill Bailey, Lynn Harrell, Matt Haimovits, Darrett Adkins, David Watkin and Julia Lichten.
In 2016 and 2017, Caleb participated in the prestigious Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. He was one of six cellists selected following a worldwide audition tour. He will be returning again this summer.