Young Virtuosos

These young virtuosos have performed with the Plano Symphony at school concerts
  • Meet Nikki Naghavi

    17-year-old Nikki Naghavi was born in Dallas, Texas. She started violin lessons at the age of 4 and studies the violin with Emanuel Borok. She had her orchestral debut in January 2018 with the Baylor Chamber Orchestra, and she soloed with the Plano Symphony in March. Nikki was selected as concertmaster of the Texas All-State Symphony orchestra in 2017 and is also the concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Aside from playing the violin, Nikki is a well-rounded student among the top 3% of her class. She enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures, as well as spending time with her friends and family. She is an active volunteer of the Frisco Arts Youth council.

    • She has one dog named Coco!
    • She practices 2-3 hours a day.
    • She started playing the violin at age 4.
    • She attended a PISD elementary school!
  • Meet Yong-Ha

    2018 School Concert Soloist

    Yong-Ha Jung is an 12th grader at Flower Mound High School and has been studying viola for eight years with Ronald Houston in Plano. His foundation in music began when he was a young child listening to his mother play the piano. Her musical passion resonated with Yong-Ha and served as an inspiration for him to learn to play an instrument at the age of 9. With extraordinary passion and a dedicated focus, he practiced the viola two hours each day.

    On January 14, 2017, he was named a Grand Prize Winner at the Collin County Young Artist Competition and 3rd Place winner in Strings at the Juanita Miller Competition at SMU. A week later, he celebrated his 17th birthday by inviting a large group of friends to dinner at a Korean restaurant after winning Grand Prize at the Vernell Gregg Competition that day. With that honor, Yong-Ha would be the featured soloist with the Lewisville Lake Symphony on February 17. On January 28, Yong-Ha won Grand Prize at the Schmidbauer International Young Artist Competition in Nacogdoches and the opportunity to perform with the Stephen F. Austin Orchestra of the Pines on March 6. On March 5, he would perform with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as winner of the 2016 GDYO Concerto Competition. Not only is Yong-Ha a talented and aspiring musician but also an academically strong student. He is a member of the National Honor Society and ranked among the top 10% of his class. When Yong-Ha has time to relax, he enjoys spending time with friends, golfing, bowling, and watching movies. This was Yong-Ha’s first time to enter the Collin County Young Artist Competition and he feels “very excited” for this opportunity to perform with an outstanding orchestra like the Plano Symphony. This experience will be a major stepping stone to prepare him to major in music performance and pursue his passion for chamber music.

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  • Meet Alexander

    Alexander Davis-Pegis, cellist, is from Plano, TX. He began his cello studies at the age of four with his mother, Donna Davis. As a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra he toured China. He was a grand prize winner of the Collin County Young Artist Competition and performed with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.

    He studied music at the Suzuki Institute of Dallas playing in the advanced ensemble that performed in Spain in 2015. An avid chamber musician, he has attended the Chautauqua, Sound Encounters, Lonestar Young Artist, Heartland Chamber Music, and Colorado College Music Festival.

    Alex is attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he studies cello performance with Alan Harris. In addition to playing the cello, he enjoys playing the piano, riding his bike, and being outdoors.

  • Meet Sai Sai

    When he was 4 years old, he started playing the piano and wanted to become a conductor some day.

    • He has played the cello for 9 years and studies with Ko Iwasaki.
    • He attends McKinney High School.
    • He was born in Shanghai and moved to the Dallas area in 2012.
    • He won his first competition in Bejing at the age of 8!
    • He practices 5 hours daily during the week and 9 hours on weekends!
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  • Meet Claire

    Cello remains her true passion, and her long line of cellos are among her closest friends.

    • She started playing cello at 18 months old and called it her “lo-lo.”
    • She names her cellos. So far there has been Maggie, Morris, Alexander, Jean-Claude, Max, Anton and Theodore Cornelius “Teddy.” As kids grow they need a larger sized cello every year or so until they finally play a full sized one like an adult!
    • She attends All Saints Catholic School and plays in her school orchestra.
    • She is the youngest member of the cello section of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
    • She was a Grand Prize Winner in the Collin County Young Artist Competition in 2014 at age 11!
  • Meet Reid

    As a Young Virtuoso, Reid has enjoyed performing and speaking at various PISD elementary schools over the past two years as part of the Plano Symphony Orchestra outreach program.

    • He has studied piano for nearly eight years with Dr. Jiyun Yoo.
    • He practices piano 2 hours each day.
    • He enjoys playing tennis and was recently ranked in the top quartile of all super champ 12-year olds in the state of Texas by United States Tennis Association.
    • He was a Grand Prize Winner in the Collin County Young Artist Competition in 2013.
    • He was choir class president at his middle school last year and won 2nd place in the science fair.