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Lavie Huang

2024 Cello Festival

Lavie Huang, now 13 years old, heard “The Swan” on the radio and immediately fell in love with the cello a couple of months before her sixth birthday. Soon after, she began her cello study and eventually landed with Avi Friedlander at Music Institute of Chicago in 2017. Lavie has played for masterclasses and workshop private lessons by renowned cello teachers including Wesley Baldwin, Amy Barston, Tanya Carey, David Cunliffe, Richard Hirschl, Yumi Kendall, Rick Mooney, Nick Photinos, and Steven Pologe.

Lavie has been a Merit Scholarship recipient in 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 at Music Institute of Chicago. She was also a recipient of Curry Award of Excellence through the University of North Florida in 2022-2023 for her cello study and Ilan Hurtado Cello Scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year. In January 2024 at Tennessee Cello Workshop Cello Competition, Lavie won first prize in the Junior High School Division as well as the special bow prize, which was awarded out of all of the division winners, including Collegiate/Young Professional.

In addition to her musical endeavors, Lavie maintains a healthy, eclectic mix of other passions. She loves to blend science, coding, robotics, writing, art, ballet, composition, and video games in creative ways. In 2021, Lavie converted a Lego grand piano model into an actual playing instrument using homemade touch sensors, which was selected Favorite Project by the Head of Product at LEGO Education in the International Coolest Projects technology showcase and featured in “Award-winning Builds” in The MagPi, the International Raspberry Pi Magazine. As an avid ballerina, she has performed before over 1,000 audience members for the 2022 and 2023 Holiday concerts with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. Lavie competed at the state robotics championship with her school robotics team 2 years in a row in 2023 and 2024, and in the most recent competition in February, her team won the best design award which was given to a team whose robot design was most sophisticated and best engineered.