Young Concert Artists
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Young Concert Artists is a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting the careers of talented young classical musicians from all over the world. The competition, founded in 1961, allows artists from all over the world to compete as individuals or in a chamber group, such as a string quartet. The amount of winners varies from year to year as there is no specified limit to the number of participants who can win.
Winners of the competition receive a cash prize and are provided the opportunity to perform in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Winners are also provided with an artistic manager who tries to promote the artist through booking concert engagements both in the United States and abroad and providing publicity materials, promotion, and career development. Many artists in the program's history have also made their debut recordings through the help of the Young Concert Artists program.
Notable past winners include violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, and Chee-Yun; pianists Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Christopher O'Riley, Ruth Laredo and Olli Mustonen; flautists Paula Robison, Mimi Stillman, and Eugenia Zukerman; the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Borromeo String Quartets; violist Antoine Tamestit; cellists Ronald Thomas, Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; trumpeter Stephen Burns; and sopranos Marvis Martin and Dawn Upshaw.
List of winners