Musical Wunderkind - Strings

Award winning teen musicians accompany Moscow Ballet Ballerina in cities nationwide

Musical Wunderkind” youth musicians accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerinas in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in many cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the Great Russian Nutcracker in a duo of musician and ballerina to the delight of audiences.

Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” is a acknowledges the talent of pre-professional Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented live performance opportunity. The live experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. This program is one example of Moscow Ballet executing its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.

2017 “Musical Wunderkind – Strings”

helene-ryuAlbany’s Helene Ryu is the principal cellist of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York. She was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s 2017 All-National Honors Ensemble Symphony Orchestra in Orlando, Florida, the 2017 biennial All-Eastern Honors Ensemble Symphony Orchestra in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and 2016 All-State Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, NY. 



Bethesda’s Malva de Boor, violinist, has studied with Ronda Cole since age three.  Awards include first place in the Caurine Easterling String Achievement Awards, second place in the 2017 NVMTA Concerto Competition, and third Place in the International Enkor Chamber Music Competition. She has also played in the Young Artist series at the Alden Theatre.



Birmingham's Shelby Lynn Camp has been playing the cello since the age of five. She is now a freshman at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where she serves as principle cellist. Shelby also performed as principle cellist with Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, She is currently under the study of cellist Samuel Nordlund, on the faculty of Samford University and a member of the Capstone Quartet.



Cleveland’s Samuel Rosenthal, viola, age 16, is part of the Young Artist Program at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Jeffrey Irvine and has studied violin, viola, and chamber music at CIM since 2007. He was also in The Chamber Music Connection (Columbus, OH) and Phoenixphest (Ann Arbor, MI), and performed in master classes for members of The St. Lawrence, Ying and Cavani String Quartets.


nohemi-m-perez-barradas Detroit’s Nohemi M Perez-Barradas studies under Velda Kelly, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing in the orchestra at Farmington High School, she plays in the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and participated in the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 



Fairfax’s Hannah Whitlock studies with Professor June Huang. She has held the leadership positions of Principal Chair of Second Violins in the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Mason Opera Orchestra. In 2016, she was a winner of the concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra.