Young violinist to play with orchestra

Kelly Talim
Kelly Talim

DeKALB – Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra invites the public to the annual Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, in the Northern Illinois University Music Building.

Competition winner Kelly Talim will perform at the concert as a guest soloist on violin on Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, by Johannes Brahms. Kelly, a junior at New Trier High School in Wilmette, was born in Japan, and started the violin at the age of 7. She has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Montgomery Symphony and Oregon Symphony, among others, and studies privately with Cyrus Forough. She has participated in master classes with James Ehnes, Mayuko Kamio, Nam Yun Kim, Koichiro Harada, Milan Vitek, Igor Ozim, Carlos Kalmar, Phillip Setzer, Joel Smirnoff and Vadim Gluzman at the Stradivarius Society in Chicago. Kelly previously studied with Carol Sindell and Hae-Jin Kim in Portland, Ore., before moving to the Chicago area in the summer of 2010.

Recently she was selected as a 2013 YoungArts Finalist and participated in YoungArts Week in Miami, Fla. She is a winner of both the 2012 Elaine and Jerome Nerenberg Scholarship and the 2011 Farwell-Trust Scholarship from the Musicians Club of Women. Other achievements include being the first-prize winner at the 2011 Blount-Slawson Competition in Alabama, a laureate at the 2011 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition and a participant at the 2011 Crain-Maling Foundation Youth Auditions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the 2011 Schmidbauer Competition in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition, she was a finalist for the 2012 Stulberg and 2012 Johansen International Competitions.

In 2011, Kelly and her brother founded Walk With Children, an organization that supports orphans from the 2011 earthquake and nuclear-reactor disaster in Japan with funds raised through an annual benefit concert. More than 30 of the top young musicians in the Chicago area have participated in the concerts, raising more than $5,000. The organization plans to expand to help children around the world. 

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit community orchestra that consists of professional, student and dedicated amateur musicians. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to the concert. All seats are general admission. Tickets prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors 62 and older, and $5 for children younger than 12. For more information, visit

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