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Young Artist Competition

2020-21 Young Artist Competition

NOTICE: DATE CHANGES

Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition to select soloists for the following season. This year’s Competition held on Sunday, May 3, 2020 will now be postponed to a later date. All applicants will be notified of the new date by email once it becomes in available. The competition will be held at Stanford University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. 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.

IMPORTANT: The application fee is non-refundable, and payments are only accepted through PayPal. Please pay careful attention to the rules and guidelines for acceptable/non-acceptable concerti before submitting an application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Application form and detailed information is now available! The deadline to submit the completed application and $55 audition fee is 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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