Kai Skaggs, violin Nico Miller, cello Andrew Nix, viola
First Place Award (tie) in the Ensemble Division of the 2019 Young Artists’ Competition
Rondo from Serenade, Op. 10
by Ernő Dohnányi
Kai Skaggs is a senior at Canyon Del Oro High School. As the winner of the Sr. Strings Division of the 2017 Young Artists’ Competition, he performed a solo with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson (COT) that year. He has also played solos with Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra and Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, and will perform a solo with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra this spring. He is currently busy with college auditions.
Andrew Nix, a high school junior, has played the violin for 14 years. He learned the viola specifically to play in this ensemble. He has played in Arizona All-State and Idyllwild Summer Orchestras and is currently co-concertmaster of Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. As Sr. Strings Division winner of the 2018 Young Artists’ Competition, he performed a solo with COT. Goals include auditioning for the National Youth Orchestra, New World Symphony, and eventually a prestigious orchestra such as the Chicago Symphony.
Nico Miller, 16, is a junior at BASIS Tucson North. He has been studying cello since he was six years old. In 2015, he was named a winner of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition. Nico also enjoys playing piano, composing music, and reading classical Chinese poems.