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Competition for Young Musicians

to the 2016–2017 Winners
Sehyun (Eunice) Lee Felix Yu-Shuan Shen
Sehyun (Eunice) Lee

soloist (at right)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Opus 15
(1st movement)
by Beethoven

Felix Yu-Shuan Shen
soloist (at left)
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Opus 47
(1st movement)
by Sibelius

General Information

The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association conducted its 44th Competition for Young Musicians on October 9. The winners performed as soloists with the Symphony on February 18, 2017, and were awarded $500.00.

The annual competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists who reside or attend school in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, or San Ramon, California. Students are eligible through grade 12. If not enrolled in high school, the maximum age is 17. All instruments will be considered.

Applicants must submit a completed application form, a non-refundable fee of $8.00, and, for preliminary screening, a recording of their playing. Applicants may post a recording (preferably a video) to YouTube and send a link via e-mail. The application deadline for 2017–18 will be September 10, 2017. (For your reference, see the 2016–17 application form.) (New applications are not yet available.) Music should be chosen from the standard repertoire for orchestra, with some restrictions: for 2017–18, compositions performed or to be performed by the Symphony in 2016–2017 (Grieg piano concerto, voice—Mozart “Exsultate, Jubilate”) and 2017–2018 (Korngold violin concerto, Elgar cello concerto) are not to be chosen. The selection, one movement of a concerto or a comparable work, should have a minimum length of approximately 10 minutes. For the preliminary screenings, recordings for non-pianists should have piano accompaniment. For piano recordings, accompaniment is not essential. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the preliminary screening and all recordings will be returned.

Those accepted to compete will be expected to perform in person on Sunday afternoon, October 1, 2017, before a panel of judges, including the Music Director. Contestants must provide their own accompanists. Each student will receive a written evaluation. Taken into consideration are intonation, tone quality, technique, style/interpretation, and memorization. The judges are requested, but not required, to select two winners not competing on the same instrument. The decision of the judges is final. If, in the opinion of the judges, none of those competing is qualified, a winner will not be selected.

(See a list of past winners and the pieces they played.)

Winners, as soloists, will perform the same music with which they competed. Previous winners may re-apply after an intervening year. However, anyone who has performed two times as a soloist with the Symphony cannot be considered as a contestant. If you have any questions or need an e-mail address you may phone JoAnn Cox at 925.447.1947.

2015–2016 Winners

photo of Jiho Choi photo of Tony Kim

Jiho Choi (left) and Dong Hui (Tony) Kim (right) performed with the Symphony on February 20, 2016.

2014–2015 Winners

photo of Misha Galant photo of Vincent Liu

Misha Galant (right) and Vincent Liu (left) performed with the Symphony on Feb. 21, 2015.

2013–2014 Winners

photo of Arie Chen photo of Robert Shi

Arie Chen and Robert Shi performed with the Symphony at its concert on February 22, 2014.

2012–2013 Winners
photo of Angel Kim photo of Vivian Sung  
Young Sun (Angel) Kim and Vivian Sung performed with the Symphony at its concert on February 23, 2013.

2011–2012 Winners
photo of Clifford Tam photo of Christine Xu 
Clifford Tam and Christine Xu performed with the Symphony at its concert on February 11, 2012.


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