Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty founded Cincinnati Young Artists in 2009. Initially they hoped to offer chamber music and cello workshops for local students.


In nine years the former fledgling organization has grown into a nationally recognized program that attracts music students from all over the country to work with CYA’s esteemed faculty that includes Tim and Catharine Lees, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Giora Schmidt, Won-Bin Yim, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Janet Sung, Rictor Noren, John T. Posadas, Debbie Price, Joyce Chan Grabell and Marion Peraza de Webb.

This year 100 students converge on CCM from June 4-9 for CYA’s Chamber Music Festival to be followed by their 9th annual Cello Workshop also at CCM.

The Chamber Music Festival Schedule highlights include the debut of violinist Giora Schmidt with CYA, joined by Artistic Director Alan Rafferty and pianist Sandra Rivers in a performance of Brahms epic Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major on June 5, 7 pm in Werner Recital Hall at CCM

On Friday June 8th, at 7 pm in Werner Recital Hall the CYA faculty will take you on an Iceland to Italy musical journey culminating in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

The festival concludes with Emerging Artist performances in Werner Recital Hall or in Patricia Corbett Theater also at CCM on June 7 at 6 pm, June 8 at 7 pm, and June 9 at 10 am and 1 pm.

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