Akshar Barot, a junior at Rock Falls High School, is the 2023 Young Artist at the Clinton Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.

“Akshar Barot, a junior at Rock Falls High School, has been chosen as Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist for 2023,” states an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (2/1) Clinton Herald (Iowa). “He will play his flute solo accompanied by the orchestra in concert Feb. 19 in the Morrison High School auditorium. Barot was chosen at the annual Young Artist Auditions, held Jan. 14, open to high school musicians … In addition to his performance opportunity with the orchestra, he will receive $300 in prize money from the Symphony. A runner-up, violinist Clara Ashdown, a junior at Erie High School, will also receive a cash award from the Symphony. Barot’s solo piece … will be the first movement of a Flute Concerto in G Major by Mozart. Akshar is the son of Varsha and Parimal Barot of Rock Falls, and a flute student of Julie McCord. He has also recently appeared as soloist with his high school band and with the Sterling Municipal Band… [He will perform at] the Symphony’s annual Family Concert … [which is] aimed at an audience of young musicians and potential young musicians, according to Executive Director Robert Whipple.”