skip to Main Content

FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra announces the 61st Young Artist Competition to be held live in Minneapolis at Orchestra Hall on January 9, 2022.

This competition is aimed at exceptional musicians age 25 or younger who are actively pursuing musical careers. The top prize is an opportunity to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, several cash prizes and performance opportunities are available.


Applications are now being accepted through October 15, 2021.

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.

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.

Copyright 2021 - Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

Back To Top