For Musicians

Young Artist Competition

The California Youth Symphony is thrilled to announce the winners of this year's Young Artist Competition. The competition took place on March 27, 2022, at Stanford University. This year, 33 students participated in the competition, which consisted of a preliminary round and a final round.

Congratulations to our 2022-23 season prize winners!

We are looking forward to some extraordinary performances next year!

Bios coming soon!



Bravo to all contestants. We also honor the following finalists:

  1. Clara Schultz, cello
  2. Erica Liu, violin
  3. Jeston Lu, piano
  4. Shannon Ma, violin
  5. Starla and Valery Breshears, violin and cello
  6. Dustin Breshears, violin

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.


2023 Young Artist Competition

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 2023-24 season. A monetary award will also be presented to the winners.

Applications open in mid-January. 

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