The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the United States announces the winners of the 2021 competition for young artists
Open for applications nationwide for the first time, nine of the country’s top young musicians competed in three categories: piano, strings, and wind / brass. These talented students were chosen from over 100 applicants for their remarkable musical ability and virtuosity.
“The artistry on display this year was incredible,” says VSO’s musical director and conductor, Salvador Brotons. “It is an honor to host this annual gathering of talent and we look forward to welcoming our gold medalists on stage for their VSO debut in January.” All finalists receive generous cash prizes. Gold medalists are rewarded $ 5,000 each; Silver medalists, $ 2,000 each; Bronze medals, $ 1,000 each.
The final round of the competition was judged by an extraordinary panel of five renowned artists and educators, including:
- Maestro Salvador Brotons– Music director and conductor of the VSO
- Zuill Bailey – GRAMMY award-winning cellist
- Pedro diaz – English horn solo for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
- Dr. Igal Kesselman – Artistic Director of the Kaufman Music Center International Piano Competition
- Dr. Stephen shepherd – VSO and Associate Principal Violin of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Prior to the competition, VSO hosted its “Distinguished Speakers Series: Panel Discussion” with four judges – Bailey, Díaz, Dr. Kesselman and Dr. Shepherd. Free and open to the public, the discussion was enthusiastically received across the community as the VSO continues to share the indomitable spirit of music.
About the VSO
The VSO, now in its 43rd season, has been a cornerstone of southwest Washington artistic community, providing symphonic music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls and throughout the community. For more information, please visit vancouversymphony.org.
Patricia Price, General manager
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SOURCE Vancouver Symphony Orchestra United States