Madeline De Geest, age 13, is a homeschooled seventh grader. She moved from Belgium to St. Louis at age 2. She studies violin with Mr. Joe Kaminsky and made her orchestral solo debut on the violin as a winner of the 2016 Missouri Baptist Solo Concerto Competition. She is currently the youngest member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Madeline also plays the piano, studying with Ms. Zena Ilyashov. She is the 2017 State Winner of the MTNA Junior Piano Competition, a winner of the 2017 Missouri Baptist Solo Concerto Competition, the 2017 Mary Stillwell Young Artists' Concerto Competition Guild Award winner from the Alton Symphony Orchestra, and a winner at the International Great Composers Competition 2018, receiving first prizes for the best Ravel, Chopin, Bach, and German/Austrian Music Performance.

Madeline studies conducting under Dr. Robert Hart Baker and is intrigued by composing as well. In 2015, with Mr. John Thomas as her teacher, two of her compositions, "Waterfall" and "Mysterious," were performed at Webster.

Madeline’s long-term goals are to become a solo artist – performing the world’s most amazing repertoire along with her own compositions – and maybe, one day, travel the world as a conductor, creating beautiful soundscapes!

Madeline De Geest

"For the Love of Music Since 1866"