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A winner of Astral's 2016 National Auditions, violinist Katie Hyun has been praised for her "sensitivity and top shelf artistry" by In advance of her upcoming Astral recital, she visits WRTI to play music by David Lang and Astor Piazzolla. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host. 

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Her concerts have earned her praise for her "prodigious ability" (The New York Sun) and "lyrical and beautiful" playing (Classical Post). Astral Artist Natalia Kazaryan visits WRTI on Friday, December 13th at 12:10 PM to play works by Boulanger, Messiaen, Bacewicz, and Ravel. Susan Lewis is host.

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A winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions, flutist Annie Wu performs everything from the traditional repertoire to a work for beat box flute, and embraces music as a way to tell stories. Annie and pianist Feng Niu visited the WRTI Performance Studio to play works by Robert Schumann, Gabriella Lena Frank, and Thierry Lancino. WRTI’s Susan Lewis, host.

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Gorgeous music, an elegant venue, exciting new artists. The 2019 Astral Winners Concert, presenting all the winners of the Astral 2019 auditions to Philadelphia is coming up. Join WRTI's Debra Lew Harder at Stotesbury Mansion on Rittenhouse Square, Wednesday, October 16th at 7 PM for a beautiful evening of music for piano, cello, oboe, soprano, and mandolin.

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Join us on Friday, September 13th at 12:10 PM  in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio, when two stellar Astral artists give us an exciting sneak preview of this year’s upcoming Astral WRTI 90.1 Block Party.

Wanna party with WRTI? Come to our block party with Astral for a fun, free afternoon of music played by rising classical stars, outdoors in the Midtown Village section of Center City, Philadelphia.

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Listen to a live performance from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio by cellist Timotheos Petrin, an Astral artist. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder was host and accompanied Tim at the piano. This dynamic, young Greek cellist presented a program of lyricism, lush harmony, and energy.

Praised for her "superb technique" and "mesmerizing grace" (New York Classical Review), violinist Danbi Um visited WRTI on January 25, 2019 to play highlights from her upcoming Philadelphia recital and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

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Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her "big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch," pianist Zhenni Li is a winner of numerous competitions, including the Councours Musical de France and Astral Artists’ 2016 National Auditions.

Skillful young athletes might get their career bearings on a pro team, but what’s the equivalent for promising artists in the classical music world? One organization has mentored some of the best in the field, including guitarist Jason Vieaux, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, flutist Mimi Stillman, soprano Angela Meade, and the string trio Time For Three.