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 number 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 promotes 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; flutists 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.

Conductor James Levine was awarded the Lotus Award ("for inspiration to young musicians") from Young Concert Artists.[1]

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Young Concert Artists refers to its winners as alumni:[2][3]









  1. ^ Concert programs, Season 127, 2007-2008, Subscription, Volume 02 (PDF). Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. 2008. p. 25.
  2. ^ "Young Concert Artists Alumni". Young Concert Artists.
  3. ^ "Alumni by Year". Young Concert Artists. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  4. ^ "Debut Music Series Set: 9 Programs Listed Here by Young Concert Artists" The New York Times October 5, 1961
  5. ^ a b "Young Sextet Gives A Chamber Concert" The New York Times, April 25, 1964
  6. ^ The New York Times, May 5, 1968
  7. ^ The New York Times, February 3, 1992
  8. ^ Quartet, Violinist, Cellist, Pianist, and Soprano Win 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Young Concert Artists. November 12, 2012 (Press Release; PDF).
  9. ^ Although Balch is on Young Concert Artists' alumni list under 2016 and 2017, other sources do not support the earlier date, see "Young Concert Artists International Auditions". WQXR. December 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Announcing the 2021 YCA Composer-in-Residence Young Concert Artists. April 9, 2021 (Press Release).

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