Cellist Lydia Rhea, 18, is a scholarship recipient Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians. Lydia studies with artist faculty member Hans Jørgen Jensen. Her previous teachers include Dr. Kurt Fowler and Susan Moses.
In the 2016-2017 season, Lydia won the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Side-by-Side Concerto Competition, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artist Competition Senior Division, and second prize in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She subsequently earned engagements with all three orchestras. In March 2017, Lydia performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, both as the soloist and as the principal cellist of the Side-by-Side orchestra. In the 2015-2016 season, Lydia won first place in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the New World Youth Orchestra Young Artist Competition Senior Division, and subsequently performed with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in January 2016 and with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra in May 2016. She also received Honorable Mention with Distinction in the DePaul University Concerto Festival. As a finalist and the third prize winner at the 2016 Maurer Young Musicians Contest, Lydia’s performance was featured on WICR-fm 88.7.