Wyoming High School junior Ari Webb has been named a finalist in this year's Overture Awards! The final competition takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Aronoff Center. More information about the event can be found here.
The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student's academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Competition is the area's largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2022 competition, students may win $3,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or $1,000 finalist award.
Ari received a 2022 YoungArts award in music joining 720 highly-accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from around the country with this merit award. Ari is the first chair of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), first chair of Wyoming High School's Philharmonia Orchestra, and part of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nouveau Chamber Players and the Peraza Music Workshop Ensemble.
He made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall after winning the AFA International String Competition at age 6 and the American Protégé International String Competition at age 8, and performed at the Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall in 2017 as part of the Peraza Music Workshop Ensemble. Ari's orchestra solo debut was at age 12 with the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra as 1st Place Winner Junior Division of the 2018 Jack and Lucille Wonnell Young Artists Concerto Competition and he performed at the BOP STOP at The Music Settlement and the Judson Manor in Cleveland as 1st Place Winner of the 2018 and 2020 Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition.
Ari won the 2018 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Marylin Walters State Competition and made his international solo debut in April 2019 at the Amphithéatre Phillharmonie in Paris after winning 1st place at the International Music Competition “Grand Prize Virtuoso.” He is the 2019 State of Ohio Winner of the Music Teachers National Association-Yamaha Corporation of America Orchestral Strings Division Junior Performance Competition and the National Mary Alice Cox Award Senior Division and, in 2021, Ari won the State of Ohio Buckeye Auditions and was selected to perform on the NPR Radio Show From The Top.
He is a winner of the CSYO Concerto Competition and is looking forward to his performance with the CSYO in the Spring of 2022.
Ari loves to play chamber music and piano, and play video games with his brother and friends.