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Young Artist Competition

The FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition has been rewarding and encouraging the talents of young musicians since 1956:  come celebrate our 60th Young Artist Competition in January 2019

Competitors 25 and younger are judged and critiqued by professional orchestra musicians, with Maestro Osmo Vanska joining the judging for the final round.  First prize is a solo performance opportunity with the Minnesota Orchestra and a $7,500 cash award. A Grand Prize may be awarded at the discretion of the Music Director; this prize elevates the first prize to a subscription series concert performance and $8,500 in cash. Other prizes include performance opportunities, festivals, and monetary awards.

We invite you to join us to hear the performances of the Competition finalists on January 20th, 2019, beginning at 1 PM in Orchestra Hall.  At the conclusion of the judging (after 3 PM) you are also invited to raise a glass of champagne with us to toast the 60th Competition winners.

Seats to view the finalist performances are available free of charge:  however, please reserve your seat online prior to January 20th  in order to secure your place.

Please note that in deference to the musicians and judges, children under 10 years of age will not be admitted to watch the final performances, sorry.

View all past winners.

Join us on January 20th from 1-3pm to hear the Competition finalists and the announcement of the 60th Competition winner!

Get Involved with FRIENDS’ 60th Young Artist Competition:

  • Host a Competitor: Most of our competitors come from out of town, and we offer host family housing to help them manage their travel expenses. Hosts are responsible for transportation to and from the airport and to the different rounds of the competition. A piano in the home is preferred for some but not all competitors.
  • Volunteer: We have volunteer opportunities  on the days of the semi-finals and finals including hospitality and  day-of logistics (timers, runners, ushers, etc.)
  • Donate: We hope you will consider making a donation to help fund the prizes we provide to these talented competitors each year.

To get more information about any of these opportunities please contact us at: 

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