Virtuosi of Houston Alumni & Senior Students

Picture from Left to Right: Wilson Hui, Violin |  Andrew Cliburn, Clarinet  |  Drew Cain, Violin

Virtuosi students

 

Wilson Hui, Violin

Wilson Hui, in his eighth season with Virtuosi, is currently a senior attending Stratford High School where he is a member of the Symphonic Orchestra and Band.  He has performed with the Orchestra of Children’s Palace, Guangxi Normal University Orchestra, GHYO, HYS, and AFA, He also participated in numerous TMEA Region and Area Orchestras for the past five years.  He was awarded second prize in China’s Outstanding Expertise Competition and has won 4th, 3rd, and 4th place consecutively in Virtuosi of Houston’s Concerto Competition. He enjoys playing chamber music.  Wilson also participates in the Stratford Marching Band (flute), robotics club, water polo team, and the Sherwood Aquatics Swim Team.

Wilson Hui is currently a senior at Baylor University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Chemistry) and on the pre-med track. At Baylor, Wilson works for Dr. Lee’s materials deposition lab as an undergraduate researcher, and as a freelance photographer who assists Baylor University’s social media platforms. Wilson continues to perform with Baylor Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Waco Symphony for two seasons. After graduation, Wilson hopes to attend medical school.

Drew Cain, Violin

Drew Cain, age 18, has been studying violin since age six and for the last eight years has been under the tutelage of Sophia Silivos. Drew’s previous teachers were Quan Jiang and Sojin Kim.  Drew studied piano with Timothy Hester for five years as well.  This season is Drew’s seventh as a Virtuosi member and his last as a high school student. Drew previously received an honorable mention in the Helen B. Olshan Foundation Concerto Competition and previously auditioned for and was placed in a Region 23 TMEA regional orchestra.  Drew is currently a 12th grade student at Emery Weiner School where he enjoys friends, theater, music, and his teachers.

 

 

 

Andrew Cliburn, Clarinet

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Cliburn is a graduated senior from Langham Creek High School and plans on attending the University of Houston in the fall to begin his studies in music education. His passion for music was ignited through beginner band in sixth grade, where he discovered how much he loves playing clarinet. Ever since, Andrew has gone through numerous endeavors that have resulted in the success he has as an aspiring musician.

At the end of sixth grade, Andrew received the music award from his band director. Starting in seventh grade, he earned consistent first-division ratings at solo and ensemble contests. In eleventh grade, he became the principal player in the Langham Creek Wind Ensemble.

He made the Region XXVII All-Region Band ever since seventh grade (serving as principal in twelfth), the All-Region Symphony Orchestra in eleventh and twelfth grade (serving as principal in twelfth), and earned himself a spot in the prestigious All-State Symphonic Band in tenth and eleventh grade. That is, however, before making All-State for a third time in twelfth grade and making fourth in the state overall, thus earning a spot in the All-State Symphony Orchestra.

He was a member of the Virtuosi of Houston orchestra for three consecutive years from tenth through twelfth grade. During his final year with the orchestra, he competed in and won first prize in the annual concerto competition, resulting in a solo performance with the orchestra in the concerto concert at the end of the season.

Other honorable performances include a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Langham Creek Symphonic Band in ninth grade, a concert at the Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, UK with Virtuosi of Houston in tenth grade, and a Midwest Performance in Chicago, IL with the CFISD Honor Clarinet Choir in twelfth grade.

He began private studies with Jo Lena Dial in seventh grade, and transferred to working with Houston Symphony member Alexander “Sasha” Potiompkin in tenth grade. However, in the middle of his junior year in high school, he took his final private lesson with Sasha before bringing his private studies to halt. With confidence and trust in his abilities, he has not studied with anyone ever since.

 

 

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