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Grace Roepke, winner of both the First Prize and Grand Prize of FRIENDS’ 2019 Young Artist Competition shares a performance of the cadenza from Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, performed recently at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Grace will be performing with the Minnesota Orchestra in April 2021.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Young Artist Competition due to the ongoing and worsening COVID-19 Pandemic. We look forward to the time when the pandemic has receded, and we can schedule another competition. Until then, we wish all competitors good health and safety, and success in their musical endeavors. Young Artist Competition updates  will be posted on our website.

60th Competition Winners

2019 Winners and their Awards

Grace Roepke, harp – Grand Prize and First Prize

  • Performance with the Minnesota Orchestra in a Subscription Series plus $1,000
  • $5,000 Founders Award
  • $2,500 FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Achievement Award

Alexander Hersh, cello – 2nd Place Prize

  • $4,000 FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Award
  • $500 Vincent R. Bastein Memorial Award
  • St. Paul Civic Orchestra Performance

Eva Aronian, violin – 3rd Place Prize

  • $2,000 FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Award
  • $1,000 Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Award

Jeremy Tai, cello

  • Aspen Summer program – value over $5,000

Zachery Mowitz, cello

  • $1,000 Elaine Lagerstrom memorial string award

Sahun (Sam) Hong, piano

  • $1,000 Twin Cities Musicians Union Award

Semi-finalist Hua Zhang, violin

  • Madeline Island Chamber Music, 5-week summer fellowship program

View all past winners.

On January 20th, 2019, FRIENDS held our 60th Young Artists Competition. Competitors 25 and younger were judged and critiqued by professional orchestra musicians, with Maestro Osmo Vanska joining the judging for the final round.

60th Competition finalists and judges
Grand Prize and First Prize Winner Grace Roepke with Osmo Vänskä.
Minnesota Orchestra Violinist Pamela Arnstein with Third Place Winner Eva Aronian.
Presidents Irene Suddard (FRIENDS) and Michelle Miller Burns (Minnesota Orchestra) celebrate the conclusion of the 60th Competition.
Grand Prize and First Prize Winner Grace Roepke’s finalist performance.

Did you miss the final round?

Click here to see the full video on the FRIENDS Youtube Channel.

Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss future videos.

60th Competition Winners

2019 Winners and their Awards

Grace Roepke, harp – Grand Prize and First Prize

  • Performance with the Minnesota Orchestra in a Subscription Series plus $1,000
  • $5,000 Founders Award
  • $2,500 FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Achievement Award

Alexander Hersh, cello – 2nd Place Prize

  • $4,000 FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Award
  • $500 Vincent R. Bastain Memorial Award
  • St Paul Civic Orchestra Performance

Eva Aronian, violin – 3rd Place Prize

  • $2,000 FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Award
  • $1,000 Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Award

Jeremy Tai, cello

  • Aspen Summer program – value over $5,000

Zachery Mowitz, cello

  • $1,000 Elaine Lagerstrom memorial string award

Sahun (Sam) Hong, piano

  • $1,000 Twin Cities Musicians Union Award

Semi-finalist Hua Zhang, violin

  • Madeline Island Chamber Music, 5-week summer fellowship program

View all past winners.

On January 20th, 2019, FRIENDS held our 60th Young Artists Competition. Competitors 25 and younger were judged and critiqued by professional orchestra musicians, with Maestro Osmo Vanska joining the judging panel for the final round.

60th Competition finalists and judges
Grand Prize and First Prize Winner Grace Roepke with Osmo Vänskä.
Minnesota Orchestra Violinist Pamela Arnstein with Third Place Winner Eva Aronian.
Presidents Irene Suddard (FRIENDS) and Michelle Miller Burns (Minnesota Orchestra) celebrate the conclusion of the 60th Competition.
Grand Prize and First Prize Winner Grace Roepke’s finalist performance.

Did you miss the final round?

Click here to see the full video on the FRIENDS Youtube Channel.

Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss future videos.

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