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CMS Students Place at 2019 Chicago Music Festival

Ilya Rice at CIMF 2019  Alex Chen at CIMF

photos above:  Ilya Rice with Steven Spooner (left) and Alex Chen with Steven Spooner (right).  Steven Spooner is co-founder and Artistic Director of Chicago International Music Festival

September 1, 2019

On August 2, 2019 Ilya Ricepiano (Ilyashov) and Alex Chen, piano (Ilyashov) performed at the 2019 Chicago International Music Festival Winners Concert at the Wheaton College Recital Hall. Ilya Rice won second place in the in the Young Artist I Competition (12-14 years) and because Alex Chen won the Young Artist I division last year, he competed in the Young Artist II level this year (15-17) where he won 2nd place - even though he is just 14.

Congratulations to both of these young pianists on this outstanding accomplishment. And thank you to faculty member Zena Ilyashov for her devotion to her students. "Words are simply inadequate in expressing the gifts to students that Zena provides to each and every one she works with. To us, she is family and always will be" says parent, David Rice.

For more about the Chicago International Music Competition and Festival please click here.