Annual competitions with winners performing as soloists with our orchestras

SDYS offers two separate yearly concerto competitions to further its individual members’ opportunities at the highest level. One competition is for Showcase Program musicians and the other is for Ovation Program musicians. Winners perform their solos accompanied by a large ensemble.

This year, candidates for the Ovation competition must select a movement from a multi-movement concerto. Complete concertos will not be performed for the 2020-2021 season. Candidates for the Showcase competition must select a movement from the approved list of concertos below.

The competitions take place in two rounds. The preliminary round is for all candidates, however, a limited number of candidates will advance to a live performance final round via zoom.

Please be sure to review all competition details, application deadline, and full requirements prior to registering. 

 

Showcase Concerto Competition 

2020-2021 Showcase Concert Competition Information
 
Preliminary Round:  Saturday, October 24, 2020 Please plan to submit a single take video without stops or edits by this date. 
Final Round: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 5pm  Free & public live streaming event via Zoom.
Location: via Zoom
Application Fee: $40, payable by cash, check or credit card to SDYS.

 

Submit application and $40 application fee by Monday, October 5, 2020:

Please notify conservatory@sdys.org when payment has been mailed to San Diego Youth Symphony 1650 El Prado #207A, San Diego, CA 92101

Please call 619-233-3232 ext. 112 to make payment over phone with credit card.

 

Eligibility
Showcase Program students in Wind Symphony, Sinfonia and Sinfonietta in good standing with SDYS are eligible to apply for the Showcase Concerto Competition.  Showcase students may enter competition on their SDYS primary instrument. Any student auditioning must be enrolled or have paid the pro-rated, deferred tuition.

Repertoire
Please see the eligible repertoire lists for the Showcase Concerto Competition below.  Repertoire must be memorized for the preliminary round, if selected, final round, and if chosen as winner, the public performance.

Application Process
After submitting an application, students will need to submit a single take video with no stops or edits by October 24, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be processed or accepted.

Changes in Repertoire
Once an application is submitted, changes in repertoire by the student will not be allowed at the preliminaries, finals, or final concert (if selected as winner). The same movement of the same concerto is to be performed at each stage.

Collaborative Pianists ( Accompanists)
This year, concertos will be performed without piano accompaniment. Please do not submit a preliminary video with any live or pre-recorded accompaniment. Videos with piano accompaniment will not be accepted.

Memorization
Memorization is required for all contestants in the competition (including preliminary round and finals) and in the final performance if selected as the winner.

Music
Submit at least one original copy of your concerto and cadenza (if applicable) for the judges by scanning your part, including cadenza, and score and uploading to your application.

Awards
One winner from Sinfonietta, Sinfonia OR Wind Symphony will be selected to perform with the ensemble on one of the concert dates, depending upon our availability to reopen safely and resume in person rehearsals and concerts.

Ovation Concerto Competition

2020-2021 Ovation Concerto Competition Information
 
Preliminary Round: Sunday, October 18, 2020 Please plan to submit a single take video without stops or edits by this date.
Final Round: Sunday, November 1, 2020 5pm  Free & public live streaming even via Zoom.
Location: via Zoom
Application Fee: $40.00, payable by cash, check or credit card to SDYS to the office.
Application Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5pm
 

 

Submit application and $40 application fee by Monday, October 5, 2020:

Please notify conservatory@sdys.org when payment has been mailed to San Diego Youth Symphony 1650 El Prado #207A, San Diego, CA 92101

Please call 619-233-3232 ext. 112 to make payment over phone with credit card.

 

Eligibility
Ovation Program students in good standing with SDYS are eligible to apply for the Ovation Concerto Competition. Ovation students may enter competition on either their primary instrument or piano, but not both. Any student auditioning must be enrolled or have paid the pro-rated, deferred tuition.

Repertoire
One movement of a concerto is to be selected. Non-concerto works are not permitted for use in the Ovation Concerto Competition. Students must play the same movement from a concerto for the preliminary and for the final round. If selected, the winner performs for the orchestra performance. Repertoire must be memorized for the preliminary round, and if selected, for the final round.

Repertoire is open for the Ovation Concerto Competition but must be approved by SDYS upon receipt of application due to copyright and rental availability of music from the publishers. This year, the winning concerto will be performed by a chamber orchestra, rather than a full symphony orchestra.

Application Process
After submitting an application, the repertoire will be examined. Once approved, students will submit a single take video with no stops or edits by October 18, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be processed or accepted

Changes in Repertoire

Once an application is submitted, changes in repertoire will not be allowed. The same movement of the selected concerto is to be performed at the preliminary and final round.
 
Collaborative Pianists (Accompanists)
This year, concertos will be performed without piano accompaniment. Please do not submit a preliminary video with any live or pre-recorded accompaniment. Videos with piano accompaniment will not be accepted.
 
Memorization
Memorization is required for all competitors in the competition (including preliminaries and finals) and in the final performance if selected as winner.
 
Music
Submit at least one original copy of your concerto and cadenza (if applicable) for the judges by scanning your part, including cadenza, and score and uploading to your application.
 
Performances
One winner from this competition will perform as soloist with a selected Ovation ensemble in concert. This will be determined by the ensemble most appropriate to accompany the Finalists of the Ovation Concerto Competition. Winner may be selected to perform at a private SDYS donor event or at another SDYS community event during the season, depending upon our ability to reopen safely and resume in person rehearsals and concerts.
 

2020-2021 Concerto Competition Results

Ovation Concerto Competition 

  • First Place: Janice Hu – violin, Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 – Jean Sibelius
  • Second Place: Erica Wang– flute, Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313 – W.A. Mozart
  • Third Place: Andy Yang – cello, Sinfonia Concertante in E minor, Op. 125 – Sergei Prokofiev

  Finalists:

  • Emma Li – flute, Flute Concerto No. 7 in E minor – François Devienne
  • Lea Parseghian – violin, Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 – Sergei Prokofiev
  • Nathan Haghgoo – piccolo, Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, Op. 50 – Lowell Liebermann

 

Showcase Concerto Competition

Finalists:

  • Taichi Okumura – saxophone, Concertante – Clare Glandman
  • Seajoon Hong – violin, Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major – J.S. Bach
  • Julian Wu – cello, Concerto No.1 in C major – Joseph Haydn 
  • Claire Hwa – clarinet, Clarinet concerto in A Major, K. 622 – W.A. Mozart
  • Anthony Kim – violin, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major – W.A. Mozart

 

Past Winners

 

2019-2020 Concerto Competition Results

Ovation Concerto Competition 

  • First Place: Susan Lee – violin, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.6
  • Second Place: Yeonwoo Chu– piano, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor Op. 25
  • Third Place: Helen Zhu – flute, Mercadante’s Flute Concerto in E minor

  Finalists:

  • Darren Jiang – cello, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme
  • Saeji Hong – violin, Glazunov’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 82
  • Erica Wang – flute, Ibert’s Concerto for Flute

Showcase Concerto Competition

  • First Place: Lilian Franqui – violin, first movement of Haydn’s Concerto in G Major.
  • Second Place: Ellie Seohyun Lee – violin, first movement of  Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
  • Third Place: Jimyung Ellie We – violin, first movement of  Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
  • Honorable Mention: Hannah Lee – violin, first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K 219

Finalists:

  • Taichi Okumura – saxophone, Grundman’s Concertante, Op. 42
  • Petunia Rizo – flute, Bulla’s Rhapsody for Flute
  • Annette Ramos – flute, Chaminade’s Flute Concertino, Op. 107
2018-2019 Concerto Competition Results

Ovation Concerto Competition 

  • First Place: Kevin Song, Cello, Norquist Soloist Award Winner – Haydn’s Concerto for Cello in D Major, Op. 101 Hob. VII b:2, Movement 1: Allegro Moderato
  • Second Place: Pearl De La Motte, Viola – Bartók’s Concerto for Viola, Movement 1: Allegro Moderato
  • Third Place: Sara Maxman, Violin – Conus’ Concerto in E minor, Op. 1, First and Second Movements

  Finalists:

  • Josiah De La Motte, Violin – Glazunov’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 82, Movement 1: Moderato
  • Susan Lee, Violin – Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35, Movement 1: Allegro Moderato
  • Helen Zhu, Flute – Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39, Movement 3: Presto
  • Elizabeth Guañuna, Violin – Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47, Movement 1: Allegro Moderato

 

Showcase Concerto Competition

  • First Place: Minji Kim, Violin – Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 for Violin in A Major, K. 219, Movement 1: Allegro aperto
  • Second Place: Ellie Seohyun Lee, Violin – Vivaldi’s Winter from “The Four Seasons”, Op. 8, No. 4, RV. 297, Movement 1: Allegro non molto
  • Third Place: Emma Li, Flute – Mozart’s Concerto for Flute in D Major, K. 314, Movement 3: Rondo: Allegretto
  • Honorable Mention: Nina Bonaventure, Trumpet – Hummel’s Concerto for Trumpet in E Flat Major, Movement 1, Allegro con spirito

Finalists:

  • Nathan Haghoo, Flute – Vivaldi’s Concerto for Flute in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, RV. 428, Movement 1: Allegro
  • Caden Jiang, Violin – Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 for Violin in A Major, K. 219, Movement 1: Allegro aperto
  • Natasha Taveres, Violin – Vivaldi’s Spring from “The Four Seasons”, Op. 8, No. 1, RV. 269, Movement 1: Allegro
  • Elijah De La Motte – Cello – Haydn’s Concerto for Cello in C Major, Hob. VII:b1, Movement 1, Moderato

 

2017-2018 Concerto Competition Results

OVATION CONCERTO COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the winners of the soloist award for the 2017-18 Ovation Program Concerto Competition are:

  • First Place: Song (Amy) Lee, Violin, Norquist Soloist Award Winner – Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77, Movement IV: Burlesque: Allegro con brio – Presto
  • Second Place: Michelle Liu, Flute – Ibert’s Flute Concerto, Movement I: Allegro
  • Third Place: Susan Lee, Violin – Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7, Movement III: Rondo a la clochette

SHOWCASE CONCERTO COMPETITION

  • First Place: Stacy Widyono, Violin – Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216, Op. 35, Movement I: Allegro
  • Second Place: Michael Wu, Cello – Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, Movement I: Moderato
  • Third Place: Emma Li, Flute – Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 218, Movement I: Allegro aperto
  • Honorable Mention: Natasha Tavares, Violin – Vivaldi’s Four Season, Op. 8, Movement I: Spring: Allegro
2016-2017 Concerto Competition Results

OVATION CONCERTO COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the winners of the soloist award for the 2016-17 Ovation Program Concerto Competition are:

First Place:

Erica Yeawon Hwang, Violin – Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14, Allegro
Christine Kim, Flute – Reinecke’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 283, Allegro molto moderato

Second Place: David Zeng, Piano – von Weber’s Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79
 
Third Place: Michelle Liu, Flute – Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra


SHOWCASE CONCERTO COMPETITION

First Place:  Sara Maxman, Violin – Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, Movement 1: Allegro

Second Place: Eliana Petreikis, Violin – Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 315, Allegro non molto
 
Third Place: Athena Tsai, Flute – Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major, K.313/285c, Rondo: Temp di Menuetto
2015-2016 Concerto Competition Results

OVATION CONCERTO COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the winners of the soloist award for the 2015-16 Ovation Program Concerto Competition are:

Sofia Hashemi-Asasi, Violin 

Paul Maxwell, Cello

Sofia performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. Paul performed Saint-Saens’s Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, First Movement. The two played their winning pieces with orchestras in the Ovation Concert in June 2016.

Second Place: Yeawon Erica Hwang, Violin

Third Place: Jay Shankar, Clarinet

SHOWCASE CONCERTO COMPETITION

First Place:  Michelle Liu, Flute

Second Place: Amanda Martin, Violin

Third Place: Susan Lee, Violin

2014-2015 Concerto Competition Results

OVATION CONCERTO COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the winners of the soloist award for the 2014-15 Ovation Program Concerto Competition are:

Sofia Hashemi-Asasi, Violin – Watch her performance here

Allan Huang, Violin – Watch his performance here Sofia perfermed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 first movement and Allan performed Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major third movement.

They will play their winning pieces with orchestras on the Artist Series Concert in January and Ovation Concert in February 2015.

Second Place: Paul Maxwell, Cello

Third Place: Ashley Wang, Piccolo

SHOWCASE CONCERTO COMPETITION

First Place: Luke Kim, Cello Luke performed Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, first movement The first place winner Luke Kim will perform his winning concerto at the Showcase Concert onFebruary 1, 2015.

Second Place: Susan Lee, Violin

Third Place: Chae Yoon (Gemma) Baek, Clarinet

2013-2014 Concerto Competitions Results

Symphony Orchestra / Philharmonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Andrea Fortier – Viola
  • Second Place: Omar Gaidarov – Flute
  • Third Place: Richard Xu – Violin

Finalists:

  • Allan Huang – Violin
  • Sara Kornfeld-Simpson – Oboe
  • Clara Lee – Violin
  • Flora Li – Violin
  • Ashley Wang – Flute

Wind Orchestra Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Ashley Wang, Flute
  • Second Place: Austin Su, Alto Saxophone
  • Second Place: Jay Shankar, Clarinet

Sinfonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Christine Kim, Flute
  • Second Place: Song Lee, Violin
  • Third Place: Emily Naseul Jeong, Clarinet

Wind Symphony Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Chae Yoon Baek, Clarinet
  • Second Place:, Elvin Schlanger, Flute
2012-2013 Concerto Competitions Results

Symphony Orchestra / Philharmonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Jasmine Wang – Violin
  • Second Place: Jarvis Chang – Violin
  • Third Place: Omar Gaidarov – Flute
  • Third Place: David Mrdjenovich – Cello

Finalists:

  • Joshua Lee – Marimba
  • Flora Li – Violin

Sinfonia Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Ryan Park – Violin
  • Second Place: Leonard Yoon – Clarinet
  • Third place: Michelle Ju – Violin

Finalists:

  • Marcos Espinosa – Marimba
  • Song Lee – Violin
  • Albert Lee – Cello

Honorable Mentions: Russell Chiang – Cello Vivian Shing – Violin David Zeng – Cello   Wind Symphony/Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition:

  • First Place: Sara Kornfeld Simpson – Flute
  • Second Place: Yenny Zhang – Alto Saxophone
  • Third Place: Kenneth Xu – Flute

Finalists:

  • Emily Jeong – Clarinet
  • Jay Shankar – Clarinet
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