Aria Messina, age 17, and Lara Villano, age 17, have been performing together for five years. Lara Villano currently studies with Sally Gross and Brant Taylor. Aria Messina has been studying with Addison Teng for six years at the Music Institute of Chicago. Messina and Villano are currently the concertmaster and the principal cellist of the Jones College Prep Symphony Orchestra. In addition to their school orchestra, the two have performed in numerous chamber ensembles. Together, they have received gold medals for IHSA Solo and Ensemble and CPS Solo and Ensemble. Both plan on continuing their musical education through college and beyond.
You can find the duet’s performance here.