Michael Ben & Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest

The 2020-21 Contest took place in a virtual setting and we are pleased to announce the following results:

First Prize ($2,000) winner performs their winning concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the annual Side-by-Side Concert. A tie between Micah Young, piano and Serge Kalinovsky, cello was determined. Both Micah and Serge will perform with the ISO in 2022.

Third Prize ($750), given by the The William Murphy, CPA Charitable Foundation, has been awarded to Cooper Olsen, violin.

Honorable Mention has been awarded to Nathan Shepherd, bassoon and Abigail Ko, violin.

Finalist Awards of Excellence have been awarded to all of our finalists, which includes the students listed above, as well as, Ethan Murphy, cello, Lily Sullivan, violin, and Ethan Watts, piano.

Meet the 2020 Finalists

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Micah Young, piano

Micah is a high school student in Fishers, IN. He will be performing this Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto with the ISO in 2022.

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Serge Kalinovsky, cello

Serge lives in Bloomington, IN and studies at the IU String Academy. He will perform Herbert's Cello Concerto with the ISO in 2022.

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Cooper Olsen, violin

Cooper is a high school student who lives in Bloomington, IN. Read more about Cooper in his bio.

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Nathan Shepherd, bassoon

Nathan lives in Lanesville, IN and has been playing bassoon since he was 10. He competed with a concerto by Hummel.

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Abigail Ko, violin

Abby is a high school student in Carmel, IN and studies violin in Bloomington. Read more about Abby in her bio.

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Ethan Watts, piano

Ethan is an aspiring composer who lives in Westfield, IN. Read more about Ethan in his bio.

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Ethan Murphy, cello

Ethan is a Bloomington, IN resident who has been playing cello since age 5. He competed with a concerto by Shostakovich.

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Lily Sullivan, violin

Our youngest finalist, Lily, is a resident of Bloomington, IN. She competed with a concerto by Saint-Saëns.

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