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Young Artist Competition

2020-21 Young Artist Competition

Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition to select soloists for the following season. This year’s Competition will be held at Stanford University, Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. 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: Application form and detailed information becomes available in mid-January! The deadline to submit the completed application and $55 audition fee is April 12, 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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