Serge Kalinovsky, 17, studies cello with Richard Aaron and Susan Moses. He lives in his hometown of Bloomington, IN, and is a merit scholarship student at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. In past summers, Serge has participated in Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program, the Indiana University Summer String Academy, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. In Spring 2022, he performed the first movement of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and participated in the inaugural “Food for Music” Benefit Concert in Bloomington. As part of the Heifetz Ensemble in Residence (HEIR) program, he performed in several concerts in Virginia, including playing the Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 with famed violinist and pedagogue Ani Kavafian. Serge was a finalist at 2019 International Popper Competition, 2nd prize winner of the 2020 Association of the Louisville Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the winner of the 2020 MTNA statewide competition, First Prize winner of the 2020 Indianapolis Symphony Maurer Young Musicians Contest, and First Prize winner of the 2021 Philadelphia International Music Festival Competition. In 2021-22, he was a member of the Peresson Quartet, an MIC Academy group, which won the Grand Prize at St. Paul String Quartet Competition and 3rd Prize at Fischoff Competition, Junior Division in Spring 2022. In 2023 he became a winner of the DePaul Concerto Festival, the winner of the Senior Division of the Orchestra Indiana Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition, and tied for runner-up at the International Young Artist Concerto Competition.