Hannah Greenstein is a young and upcoming cellist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her ten years playing cello, she has played in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies for nine. This past summer, Hannah traveled with the top orchestra to Europe where they played with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and played many concerts in Poland and Hungary. In addition, this year she also joined the Minnesota Youth Symphonies where she is also in the top orchestra. She has played in numerous chamber music groups including an award-winning piano trio, a cello quintet, several string quartets, and many duets. As a student, Hannah has attended the Green Lake Chamber Music Festival where she studied with active chamber musicians such as members of the Calidore String Quartet, Tom Rosenberg, Andrew Armstrong, and Karen Kim. She has also attended the International Cello Institute where she played in masterclasses with Paula Kosower, Brant Taylor, Tony Ross, and Emmanuel Feldman. This past summer she attended Music Horizons, the Young Artists Program, at the Eastman School of Music. In the Twin Cities, she studies with former Minnesota Orchestra member, Mina Fisher. She just recently also started studying with University of Minnesota professor, Tanya Remenikova. In addition, she studies chamber music with Tom Rosenberg. Hannah is a student at St. Louis Park High School, however, she is finishing her high school graduation requirements at the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Hannah enjoys being with friends and family, reading, and hiking with her dog Charlie.
Madeline Halvorson is a seventeen-year-old violinist from Mankato, Minnesota. At age eight she began her violin studies with Patti Tryhus, and later received instruction from Marilyn Bos. She currently studies with Peter McGuire, principal second violin with the Minnesota Orchestra. Madeline served as concertmaster of the Mankato Area Youth Symphony as a freshman and sophomore, and currently plays with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony’s pre-professional orchestra. A lover of chamber music, she formed and lead a string quartet with peers from the Mankato area. She attended Stringwood Summer Chamber Music Festival as a freshman and sophomore and was also selected to participate in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music Institute with SPCO bassist Zachary Cohen as mentor. Additionally, she performs as a soloist regularly with the Bethany Chamber Orchestra and frequently plays for recitals, theater productions, and other events at Bethany Lutheran College. In addition to violin, Madeline enjoys dancing classical ballet, hiking, and playing folk music with her family.
Kiara Riehl is a Mankato East High School Senior and two time All State Band participant. She has served as principal flute with the Mankato Area Youth Symphony (MAYSO) for 5 years, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony (GTCYS)-Philharmonic for two years, the Mankato Area Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE) since inception, and the 2018 Minnesota Ambassadors of Music Program. Other performance opportunities include: guest soloist with the Bethany Lutheran College Concert Band and flute accompaniment twice with the Minnesota Valley Chorale. Kiara was awarded 1st place in the 2017 Laudie Porter Competition and in the 2017 and 2018 Mankato Area Youth Symphony Concerto Competitions. In addition, Kiara has performed in numerous Honor bands and in pit bands for State Street Theater and Bethany Lutheran College. At East High School, she participates in Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Bands.
In her spare time, Kiara has been a volunteer performer for Peace Lutheran Church, the Upper Mid-West Flute Association Flute Marathon, and Minnesota Valley Chorale’s Gala Event. A special highlight for Kiara in 2018 was being selected to participate in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Flute Academy Summer Flute Intensive with internationally renowned flutist Alexa Still. After High School, Kiara plans to major in flute performance to continue improving her musical abilities and expand her repertoire.
Brianne Ulrich is an eighteen-year-old pianist from Owatonna, MN. She began playing the piano at age nine and has studied with Dr. Paul Wirth since age ten
Recent awards include first place in the 2018 Minnesota Music Teachers Association Senior Young Artist Competition, second prize in the 2018 Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition, silver medal in the 2018 Steinway Senior Young Artist Competition, the Karen Holmes award in the 2018 Minnesota Orchestra YPSCA Competition, and state winner in the 2018 Music Teachers National Association Competition.
She has played as a soloist with the Young Artist World Piano Festival Orchestra, Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Cannon Valley Symphony Orchestra, Owatonna Symphony Orchestra, and recently played “Carnival of the Animals” with the Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra.
Besides piano, Brianne enjoys playing violin, teaching violin and piano, choir, orchestra, dancing, and being with her friends.