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Young Artist Competition

2020-21 Young Artist Competition

NOTICE: NEW FORMAT AND DATES (as of June 9, 2020)

Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition to select soloists for the following season. The Competition is open to pianists and instrumental soloists under age 19. Two young artists will be chosen by a panel of three judges to perform with the CYS Orchestra during the November or March concert series of the 2020-21 season. A monetary award will also be presented to the winners.

This year’s Competition format has changed. All applicants have been notified of the new format and guidelines by email on June 9, 2020. A separate email was sent from cysauditions@cys.org with a link to upload the files. The competition location has also changed and will no longer be at Stanford University. The 2020 Young Artist Competition will consist of two rounds:

  • A preliminary round that will consist of an unedited video submission; and,
  • A final round that will consist of a live audition to take place at Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland CA 94612, on the afternoon of Sunday, July 12.

Finalists will be notified on July 3, 2020. Please note that all applicable COVID-19 precautions will be observed at our live Final audition on Sunday, July 12, including appropriate social distancing for all participants, staff, and judges, and the wearing of masks for anyone who is in proximity to other people. We will send more specific guidelines to finalists when they are notified of their selection.

APPLICATION DEADLINE CLOSED: The deadline to submit the completed application and $55 audition fee was May 17, 2020 at 11:59pm.



Congratulations to our 2019-20 season winners:

1st Prize Instrumental Division Winner: violinist Christine Lee, performing Korngold's Violin Concerto.
1st Prize Piano Division Winner: pianist Solomon Ge performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.

We are looking forward to some extraordinary performances this year!

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Honorable Mention, Instrumental Division: violinist Baha Kwon (Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1)
2nd Prize, Piano Division: Ethan Yuen (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1)

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