Cameron Chiu – Founder/Director
Cameron Chiu, 18, is a senior at William Fremd High School and is a Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy program where he studies the cello with Horacio Contreras. Cameron has been playing the cello for 13 years and began his studies with Blake Brasch through the Suzuki Program. Uniquely, Cameron’s entire family are professional musicians who occupy positions in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, The Music Institute of Chicago, and Rice University.
Cameron won the first place prize at the 2018 Society of American Musicians National Competition, the 2019 Fox Valley Concerto Competition, and was named a winner at the 2020 YoungArts Competition. Cameron is a prize winner at the Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Competition, the DuPage Symphony Young Artists Competition, and the DePaul Concerto Competition. He has performed solo with the Fox Valley Orchestra and the Fremd High School Symphony Orchestra after winning his high school’s Concerto-Aria competition. In 2017, Cameron was selected as the assistant principal for the IMEA District 7 orchestra and participated in the Illinois All-State Honors Orchestra. Other musical experiences include playing on the radio station 98.7 WFMT, receiving the bronze medal at the Saint Paul National String Quartet Competition, participating at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and serving as the cellist for the Agora, Nova, and Gemini String Quartets for the past three years. Cameron has participated in music camps such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Center Stage Strings. He has played in solo and chamber master classes for distinguished musicians like Natasha Brofsky, Richard Aaron, Norman Fischer, Tanya Carry, Brandon Vamos, and The Calidore String Quartet. Besides playing cello, Cameron enjoys art, cooking, magic tricks, and tennis.
Cameron began Melodies on Canvas in the summer of 2018 and debuted the project’s first concert January of 2019. He regularly performs as a musician in Melodies on Canvas events.
Justin Chang – Assistant Director
Justin Chang, 17, is a senior in Fremd High School, currently studying the piano with Dr. Sung Hoon Mo of the Music Institute of Chicago. Justin began the piano at the age of six. Starting fall of 2020, he will begin his studies at Northwestern University through a dual degree in piano performance and chemical engineering. At the NU Bienen School of Music, he will continue his musical studies with Prof. Dr. James Giles.
Justin was the winner of the 2019 Robert Stanger Young Artists Concerto Competition and performed solo with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Justin’s awards include first prize at the Society of American Musicians Competition, second prize at the Sejong Music Competition and Clara Schumann International Piano Competition, and honorable mention at the Crain-Maling Chicago Symphony Orchestra Competition, Depaul Concerto Competition, and the Walgreens Concerto Competition. Justin is a regularly performing pianist and most recently played for Professor Asaf Zohar of Tel Aviv University. Justin also serves as the pianist for his high school’s Jazz Ensemble, which has participated in All-State and has won top prizes at local festivals. When he’s not playing piano, Justin enjoys playing basketball, volunteering for various causes, and hanging out with friends.
Justin joined Melodies on Canvas in March of 2019 as the Assistant Director and regularly performs as a musician in Melodies on Canvas events.
Tommy Filipiuk – Outreach Coordinator
Thomas Filipiuk, 17, is a senior at William Fremd High School and has been studying the piano privately with Dr. Janice Razaq for nine years.
Throughout his musical career, Thomas won the third place prize in the junior division and first prize in the senior division of the ISMTA competition. Recently, Thomas won third place in the 2019 Steinway Junior Piano competition and second place at the 2020 Sejong Music Competition. He has also won prizes in the Society of American Musicians piano competition and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, among others, and has soloed with his high school orchestra as a result of winning the Concerto-Aria Competition. In 2018, he attended the American Matthay Association festival in Jackson, Tennessee as a scholar and performer and in 2019 attended the Piano Academy at Indiana University. Thomas is also a seasoned violist, playing the instrument for 7 years in his school orchestras. In 2018, he was selected for the IMEA All-state Honors Orchestra as a violist. Outside of solo piano, Thomas regularly accompanies friends in performances and participates in his high school’s musical pit orchestra. Thomas also enjoys baking, travelling to other countries, watching YouTube videos, and playing the occasional casual chess game.
Thomas joined Melodies on Canvas the summer of 2019 as the Outreach Coordinator and regularly performs as a musician in Melodies on Canvas events.