Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is proud to sponsor its annual concerto competition for young classical artists. The 2017 Competition will be held on March 18th and March 19th. Launched in 2005, the goal of the competition is to identify gifted young classical musicians and encourage their professional advancement while providing an opportunity to perform with a professional symphony orchestra.

The participants will compete for a total cash prize of $2,500. In addition, the first prize winner will be invited to perform a complete concerto with Atlantic Symphony Orchestra during the following season. The second prize winner will appear as a soloist in ASO’s chamber concert.

The competition is open to all orchestral instrumentalists (no piano) between the ages of 18 and 32. The applicants must select a standard classical concerto and prepare the entire work by memory for the competition. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the competitor.

The ASO Concerto Competition is organized in three stages. After the competition committee reviews the submitted applications in the first round, the invited applicants will be asked to perform their repertoire without accompaniment in a closed blind audition. For those invited to the third and final round, the applicants perform with a staff pianist in front of a live audience for a separate panel of distinguished judges.

In addition to the music director of Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, jurors for the final round have included: Leslie Parnas, cellist; Ludovic Morlot, conductor; Eric Rosenblith, violinist; Steven Ledbetter, musicologist; Larry Wolfe, bassist; Tony Beadle, bassist & executive director, Rockport Music Festival; Anthony Fogg, artistic administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Previous Winners

20161st prize: unawarded2nd prize (tie): Jane Soh, harp Pierné: Concertstück in G-flat Major; Shuxiang Yang, violin Chausson: Poèm, Op. 25 3rd prize: Philip Zuckerman, violin Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 
2015Competition cancelled due to weather
20141st prize: Sam Boutris, clarinet Mozart: Clarinet Concerto2nd prize: Dakyung Kwak, viola Bartok: Viola Concerto 3rd prize: Adam Gautille Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
20131st prize: Jun Hong Loh, violin Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 2nd prize: Caitlin Kelley, violin Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 3rd prize: Jessica Appolinario Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1
20121st prize: Francisco Garcia-Fullana, violin Sibelius: Violin Concerto2nd prize: Wenting Kang, viola Bartok: Viola Concerto 3rd prize: (tie) Weichen Lin, marimba Abe: Prism Rhapsody Audrey Wright, violin Beethoven: Violin Concerto
2011 1st prize: Jin-Sung Moon, clarinet Rossini: Intro, Theme and Variations2nd prize: Eleanor Kendra James Walton: Viola Concerto3rd prize: Dennis Shafer, sop. sax Berio: Chemins IV
2010 1st prize: Ethan Wood, violin Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 22nd prize: Ryan Yure, bass clarinet Bloch: Schelomo 3rd prize: Aleksey Klyushnik, bass Hoffmeister: Concerto No. 3
2009 1st prize: Lie Chen, piano Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 22nd prize: Michael Maganuco, harp Ravel: Introduction et Allegro3rd prize: Chung Lim, piano Schumann: Piano Concerto in A
20081st prize: Jou-Won Lee, piano Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 2nd prize: Sheng Cai, piano Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 3rd prize: Anne Groenewege, saxophone Glazounov: Saxophone Concerto
20071st prize: Yoonji kang, viola Walton: Viola Concerto2nd prize: Matthew Ara, trumpet Hummel: Trumpet Concerto 3rd prize: Sarah Darling, viola Schinttke: Viola Concerto
2006 1st prize: Yevgeny Kutik, violin Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 12nd prize: Alexei Doohovskoy, trombone Martin: Ballade 3rd prize: Matthew Ara, trumpet Haydn: Trumpet Concerto