The FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition has been rewarding and encouraging the talents of young musicians since 1956. Competitors, up to the age of 25, are judged and critiqued by professional orchestra musicians through the preliminary and semi-final rounds. The Final round is judged by Maestro Osmo Vänskä, Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra.
First Prize is a solo performance opportunity with the Minnesota Orchestra and $7,500 in cash prizes. The Grand Prize, awarded at the discretion of the Music Director, elevates the first prize to a subscription series concert performance and $8,500 in cash prizes. Other prizes include performance opportunities, festivals, and monetary awards.
Save the Date: January 19, 2019
The next Young Artist Competition will be January 19, 2019
Get Involved with our 2019 Competition!
- Host a Competitor: Most of our competitors come from out of town, and so 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. Competitors will need to rehearse with their accompanists, so a piano in the home is preferred.
- Volunteer: We have volunteer duties to prepare for the competition as well as on the days of the semi-finals and finals. Duties range from hospitality to day-of logistics (timers, runners, ushers, etc.)
- Reserve Your Tickets: Come and cheer on the finalists as they perform for Osmo for a chance to win a solo performance with the Minnesota Orchestra!
- Donate: We hope you will considering 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Young Artist Competition finalists and final-round judges (from left to right):
Peter McGuire (Minnesota Orchestra Principal Second Violin), Caroline Bembia (harp), Joanna Wu (flute), Bixby Kennedy (clarinet), Osmo Vänskä (Minnesota Orchestra Music Director), Zachary Brandon (violin), Dr. Paul Shaw (pianist and University of Minnesota faculty), Chelsea Lane (harp)
2017 Young Artist Competition Award Winners:
Drumroll please!…the Young Artist Competition Grand Prize winner, receiving a subscribtion performance with the Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo Vänskä, to clarinetist Bixby Kennedy!
2nd Place: Joanna Wu, flute
3rd Place: Caroline Bembia, harp
Twin Cities Musicians Union Award: Chelsea Lane, harp
Saint Paul Civic Symphony Performance Award: Karen Baumgartner
Elaine Lagerstrom Memorial Award: Zachary Brandon, violin
Mathilda Heck Award: Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
Aspen Summer Program: Zachary Brandon, violin
Madeline Island Chamber Music: Russell Houston, cello & Hannah Ji, violin
|1958||James D. Johnson||Piano|
|1960||Mary Helen Schmidt||Piano|
|1963||Elsie Campbell Cadieux||Piano|
|1965||Won Mo Kim||Violin|
|1966||Mary Kay Belanger||Piano|
|1971||Chan Hee Kim||Piano|
|1974||Mark Ulmer||French Horn|
|1975||Cara Mia Antonello||Violin|
|1976||Neal Bolter||French Horn|
|1978||Ick Choo Moon*||Piano|
|1982||Jo Anne Fosselman||Oboe|
|1984||Joan DeVee Dixon*||Piano|
|1995||Lara Saint John||Violin|
|2000||Adriana LaRosa Ramson||Cello|
|2002||DaXun Zhang*||Double Bass|
|* Indicates a Grand Award|