On Deck with Young Musicians

On Deck with Young Musicians – showcasing the incredibly talented young musicians who live and perform in the Pacific Northwest. This weekly interview segment highlights their many accomplishments. Hosted by Christa Wessel, Adam Eccleston, and Raúl Gómez-Rojas, the program reveals a deep appreciation for the value of youthful energy in the world of classical music.

If you know of a young musician who should be profiled On Deck, please email Christa Wessel at christa@allclassical.org.

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Support for On Deck comes from individual donors. Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony.


Miranda Newman

May 18, 2024

On Deck with Miranda Newman

Adam Eccleston introduces us to violinist Miranda Newman, a third-year political science major and music minor at Reed College. Her first year of college she received the Kaufman Fellowship for violin performance and has been a part of many of Reed’s music local ensembles including orchestra and chamber music. She started violin at 4 years… More

May 11, 2024

On Deck with Haruka Sakiyama

Haruka Sakiyama is a 17-year old junior at West Linn High School, and one of All Classical Radio’s 2024 Young Artist Ambassadors.  Haruka is a French horn player, a violinist, a composer… and she also plays the koto.  In this episode of On Deck, Raul Gomez-Rojas talks with Haruka about all of these talents, and… More

Ian Sage

May 4, 2024

On Deck with Ian Sage

Ian Sage is a 21-year-old junior at Portland State University currently studying composition and percussion. In college, composing has become a natural extension of his love for playing and listening to music. In this episode hosted by Adam Eccleston, Ian talks about taking influences from classical, jazz, film, and video game music in his works… More

Cellist Pearl Liao

April 27, 2024

On Deck with Pearl Liao

Raul Gomez-Rojas talks with 18-year old cellist Pearl Liao, a cellist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Pearl has some wisdom to share about practicing, and she also tells us about her future goal to be a surgeon.

April 20, 2024

On Deck with Nikita Istratov

Christa Wessel chats with 17-year old pianist Nikita Istratov, a senior at Sunset High School and one of the winners of Cognizart’s Young Artist Debut Concert on May 17th.  In this episode of On Deck, Nikita talks about his love of classical music, his curiosity about how creative people became creative, and about getting his… More

Katelyn Nguyen

April 6, 2024

On Deck with Katelyn Nguyen

Raul Gomez-Rojas chats with 17-year old bassoonist Katelyn Nguyen, one of All Classical Radio’s 2024 Young Artist Ambassadors.  In this episode of On Deck, we’ll learn not only why she chose the bassoon, but why she has chosen to play in both the Metropolitan Youth Symphony AND the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  As she heads to… More

Sophie Bergkvist

March 30, 2024

On Deck with Sophie Bergkvist

Sophie Bergkvist is in the midst of her first season with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS), where she plays trumpet with the Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  She began playing trumpet at the age of 10 by joining her school band.  She enjoyed it so much, that she decided to study under Jim Kvech,… More

Eden Warmflash

March 9, 2024

On Deck with Eden Warmflash

Eden Warmflash is a 16-year old junior at Portland’s Cleveland High School, and a percussionist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  In her chat with Raul Gomez-Rojas, Eden talks about the various categories of percussion instruments, some misconceptions about percussionists, and how playing in musical ensembles helps her as a dragon boat captain.

Kaden Prichard

March 2, 2024

On Deck with Kaden Prichard

Kaden Prichard is a 15-year old freshman at Rex Putnam High School where he plays in the Wind Ensemble under Jeff Wilson. He started playing clarinet in the third grade and has been a student of Dunja Marcum since then. When he’s not gaming or relacing a pair of sneakers, he enjoys cooking, swimming and… More

Abe Tsai

February 10, 2024

On Deck with Abe Tsai

In this episode of On Deck, Raul Gomez-Rojas chats with Abe Tsai, a 16-year old high school junior from Corvallis, Oregon.  Abe plays both violin and oboe, and even dabbles in composing.  He is the founder and president of Casa Musica, a community music organization that brings music to people who have difficulty attending live… More

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