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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. A panel of three judges chose two young artists to perform a complete concerto or concert piece with the CYS Orchestra during the November or March concert series of the following season.

Application and detailed information will become available in February. 

IMPORTANT: The application fee of $75 is non-refundable, and payments are only accepted through PayPal. Before applying, please pay careful attention to the competition rules and guidelines for acceptable/non-acceptable concerti. 


Congratulations to our 2024-25 season prize winners!

The California Youth Symphony is thrilled to announce the winners of this year's Young Artist Competition. The competition took place on March 23, 2024, at Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center. This year, 11 students participated in the competition, which consisted of a preliminary round and a final round. 

All musicians exhibited exemplary musicianship and artistry and showed a broad depth of outstanding talent within the Bay Area. We encourage all applicants to continue their musical studies and further their artistic growth.

Bios available soon!

Honorable Mention: Brandon Kang, cello | Sergei Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante

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