On Deck

Each Saturday at 5 All Classical Portland celebrates what’s next in our community, with profiles of young musicians and explorations of musical opportunities for young people in the northwest.

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




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

Erwin Kim

July 13, 2019

On Deck with Erwin Kim

17-year old Erwin Kim just wrapped up his junior year at Central Catholic High School, and is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony as BOTH a violinist and a French hornist. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Erwin is also a member of his school’s baseball team AND volunteers for a local… More

June 22, 2019

On Deck with Israel Perez

Though 17-year old flutist Israel Perez only recently started taking private lessons, he has already won the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and was one of 5 finalists nationwide in the US Marine Corps Concerto Competition.  Israel is incredibly self-driven; as one of 9 siblings he the first in his family to go to college. … More

Claire Ku

June 8, 2019

On Deck with Claire Ku

Claire Ku is a 15-year old sophomore at Tualatin High School, and until recently has been studying both piano and ballet.  She made the decision to stop dancing in order to focus more of her attention on the piano.  Then she won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert.  We’ll hear a… More

May 25, 2019

On Deck with Tristan Peng

Tristan Peng is a 16-year old junior at Catlin Gabel School who has won numerous competitions and scholarships as a pianist… but he also sings with the Pacific Youth Choir, and plays saxophone (both jazz and classical)!  In addition to that he’s heavily involved with the robotics team at school, which not only challenges him… More

April 27, 2019

On Deck with Noah Carr

Noah Carr is one of the youngest musicians to have appeared “On Deck” – he’s a 13-year old violinist who performs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  In this episode, Noah also dives in to a topic not frequently raised on the show:  racism in classical music. It’s a subject Noah cares deeply about. In Noah’s… More

Taylor Yoon

April 6, 2019

On Deck with Taylor Yoon

Taylor Yoon is a 17-year old cellist who has had a very big year.  She won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut Concert AND she was just named All Classical Portland’s first-ever Young Artist In Residence. Combined with recent awards she’s received for her visual art, she admits she’s had a hard… More

March 30, 2019

On Deck with Micah Ng

Micah Ng is a 17-year old pianist who has been a finalist in numerous competitions (Jewish Community Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jewish Community Orchestra), though he believes his success is due more to hard work than to any innate talent. The church is also very important to Micah; he’ll tell us about a recent mission… More

March 9, 2019

On Deck with Zayan Akmal

Zayan Akmal is a 16-year old junior at Sunset High School, and was a finalist in the recent Portland Youth Philharmonic Piano Concerto Competition. (He’ll be playing a movement of the Scriabin Piano Concerto with PYP’s Conservatory Orchestra next season.) The humanities are deeply important to Zayan and he enjoys communicating his feelings through both poetry and musical… More

February 16, 2019

On Deck with Alesandra Pardini

Alesandra Pardini is a 17-year old junior at Lincoln High School.  She is a self-professed “opera nerd,” but choir also plays a huge role in her life.  She has been part of the Pacific Youth Choir since the age of 5. We’ll learn how choir got Alesandra through a very dark part of her life… More

February 2, 2019

On Deck with Adam Broce

Adam Broce is a 17-year old cellist who began playing only 5 years ago.  In this episode of “On Deck” Adam talks about the pros and cons of starting an instrument at a relatively late age.  He is passionate about music (he is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony), and says he wants to… More