Talented Teenage String Players
Talented Teenage String Players
Join us as we kick off our season of FTT Live! Listen to music from cellist, George Wolfe-McGuire (17) and violinists Célina Béthoux (17), and Yvette Kraft (18). Watch them perform, share stories, and even play musical trivia. All hosted by FTT's host, Peter Dugan
Nov 04, 2021
Talented Teenage String Players
Join us as we kick off our season of FTT Live! Listen to music from cellist, George Wolfe-McGuire (17) and violinists Célina Béthoux (17), and Yvette Kraft (18). Watch them perform, share stories, and even play musical trivia. All hosted by FTT's host, Peter Dugan
Talented Teenage String Players
Join us as we kick off our season of FTT Live! Listen to music from cellist, George Wolfe-McGuire (17) and violinists Célina Béthoux (17), and Yvette Kraft (18). Watch them perform, share stories, and even play musical trivia. All hosted by FTT's host, Peter Dugan
George Wolfe-McGuire
cello • Amityville, NY

George appeared on Show 403, airing October 4, 2021.

George Wolfe-McGuire (cello), 17, of Amityville, New York, has studied cello since age four and is now in his fourth year at the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School as a student of Fred Sherry.  George was a semifinalist in the 2020 and 2021 Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition and is a recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s MPower Artist Grant. In the summer of 2017, George attended the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he performed in the masterclasses of Richard Weiss, First Assistant Principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. An active member of the Metropolitan String Orchestra since 2013, George has performed as a soloist with orchestras and string ensembles in many venues in the New York metropolitan region. In 2019 he received the Paul Rudolff award, given as a second prize in the annual Island Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition.

Recently, George has also been awarded first prize as well as the Waltham Cello Scholarship at the 2021 Kings Peak International Music Competition. George has spent summers honing his cello skills at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Meadowmount School of Music, Junior Greenwood Music Camp, and The Heifetz International Music Institute. Since the spring of 2019, George has been volunteering as OMP Ambassador, mentor, and cello instructor at the Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit that provides free instruction, instruments, and performance opportunities to young musicians in diverse underserved communities in New York City that traditionally do not have access to classical music education. George is also a member of the Back to Bach Project (BTB), where he performs for and speaks to young school children to expose them to classical music, as well as a cello teacher at the Do Re Mi Project. George is a ranked saber fencer who has competed in tournaments around the country including Nationals and the Junior Olympics.

Célina Béthoux
violin • Shaker Heights, OH

Célina appeared on Show 404, airing the week of October 18, 2021.

Célina Béthoux (violin), 17, from Shaker Heights, Ohio, began her musical studies at the age of five with Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein. In the Spring of 2021, she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artist Program, where she studied with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet and Jessica Lee, Assistant Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. Currently, she is a freshman at the New England Conservatory, on the Presidential Scholarship, under the tutelage of Soovin Kim. Célina made her solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony as First Prize winner of the Duquesne National Young Artist Competition. As a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, she served as concertmaster several times, and gave solo performances of the Barber Violin Concerto with the orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition. During COYO’s 2019 European tour, she was selected by conductor Vinay Parameswaran to perform the Schubert Octet as first violinist in a cross-cultural exchange with musicians from the Anton Bruckner University of Linz, Austria, coached by Cleveland Orchestra Maestro Franz Welser-Möst. She also has performed as soloist with several local orchestras, including the Cleveland Pops Orchestra conducted by Carl Topilow. Célina has won top prizes in various competitions and was selected as one of five finalists in the 2020 Barbash International J.S. Bach String Competition. In addition, she received merit scholarships to attend the Music@Menlo and Heifetz International Institute music festivals. As a member of the Lumière String Quartet and Arcus Piano Trio, the ensembles have won numerous titles, including first place and grand prize at the 2019 Coltman National Chamber Music Competition (Junior Division) and silver medal at the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (Junior Division).

Yvette Kraft
violin • Spokane, WA

Yvette performs on Show 407.

Yvette Kraft (violin), 18,  hails from Spokane, Washington and is currently studying at San Francisco Conservatory of Music on full scholarship. Winner of the 2021 King FM Young Artist Award, Yvette is establishing a solid reputation both nationally and internationally. After distinguishing herself at the International Louis Spohr Competition in Germany she went on to win second prize at the 2020 Grumiaux International Violin Competition in Belgium. She was an MTNA National Finalist, received the coveted Festival Medal at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, and has won several local competitions including the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She made her solo debut with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at age eleven and has gone on to perform with the Seattle Symphony, the Washington/Idaho Symphony, Interlochen Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra. Yvette began violin with Mateusz Wolski in Spokane, WA and is currently a student of Simon James. She has performed in master classes with Augustin Hadelich, Vadim Gluzman, Stefan Jackiw, Ilya Kaler, Shlomo Mintz, Josef Špaček and Noah Bendix-Balgley, to name a few. She collaborates with the Music to Save Humanity Mentorship and Outreach Program to bring music and mentorship to the underprivileged.

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