For Musicians

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, on Date TBD. 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 2022-23 season.

Application form and detailed information become available in mid-January. The deadline to submit the completed application and fee is March 31, 2022.

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.



Congratulations to our 2020-21 season winners:

  • 1st Prize Instrumental Division Winner: violist Emily Hwang, performing Stamitz's Viola Concerto in D Major.
  • 2nd Prize Instrumental Division Winner: violinist Andromeda Kepecs performing Glazunov's Violin Concerto.
  • Honorable Mention Piano Division: pianist Kevin Yang on Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor.

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)

Recent Performance Photos