A Del Norte High School senior was recently selected to compete as a finalist at the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s (SDYS) annual Concerto Competition with eight other young musicians from the SDYS advanced ensembles. At 17 years of age, Flora Li has already been studying music for a decade and been a member of the SDYS for seven years.
Playing the violin, she is currently the Jeffrey Dan Sollender Concertmistress of the Symphony Orchestra and has won and placed in many competitions throughout the years. Her accolades include 2nd place at the 2011 Goodlin Scholarship Competition, 3rd place at the 2011 SDYS Concerto Competition, two 1st place wins at the North San Diego County MTAC VOCE Competition, and 2nd place at the 2013 MTAC Concerto Competition. She won the 2013 American Protégé International Concerto Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall.
Flora excels in her other interests as well, keeping straight As while serving as vice president of Del Norte’s Mock Trial team and participating in Academic League and Science Olympiad. She was also featured in 92127 Magazine in 2011. “I am honored to have been selected as a finalist this year, and look forward to being able to perform my concerto for the community in the finals,” said Flora before the Concerto Competition.
“These annual Concerto Competitions present the chance for SDYS’s most advanced students from the Ovation Program to showcase their talent in an intensive and collaborative soloist competition,” said Jeff Edmons, SDYS Music Director. The Concerto Competition Awards are sponsored by Pat Baker and Larry Norquist – for more information visit www.sdys.org.