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2017 finalists (l-r): Julian Rhee, violin; Naomi Sutherland, harp; Michael Wu, piano; Yaoyao Chen, violin.

2017 Results

First Place: Julian Rhee, violin | Brookfield
Age: 16
School: Brookfield East High School (Grade 11)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, Mvt. I (Tchaikovsky)
Second Place: Michael Wu, piano | Sun Prairie
Age: 14
School: Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Grade 9)
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22, Mvt. I (Saint-Saëns)
Honorable Mention: Yaoyao Chen, violin | Menasha
Age: 18
School: Xavier High School (Grade 12)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Mvt. I (Sibelius)
Honorable Mention: Naomi Sutherland, harp | Viroqua
Age: 17
School: Interlochen Arts Academy (Grade 12)
Danse sacrée et profane (Debussy)
Learn more about the finalists and The Final Forte (final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition).
The Bolz Young Artist Competition is a highly regarded statewide competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as soloists with the MSO. The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9-12 who play violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, percussion, saxophone, organ, or classical guitar. Previous winners may not compete in consecutive years on the same instrument. Contracted musicians of the MSO are ineligible.
Winners of the Bolz Young Artist Competition are featured as soloists with the MSO during the Spring Young People’s Concert. Each winner also receives a $2000 scholarship and the Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement or the Steenbock Youth Music Award. Up to two Honorable Mention scholarships of $1000 may also be awarded.
2016 Results:
First Place: Robert Rockman, marimba
Second Place: Tabby Rhee, violin
Honorable Mention: Liam Mayo, piano
Honorable Mention: Audrianna Wu, piano
2015 Results
First Place: Julian Rhee, violin
Second Place: Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Honorable Mention: Maya Pierick, harp
Honorable Mention: Isabella Wu, piano
The Bolz Young Artist
Competition is made possible
by a generous endowment from

The Eugenie Mayer
Bolz Family Foundation

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete:
The Final Forte concert and
broadcasts are the result of a
historic partnership among
Major funding
provided by

Diane Ballweg

Julie and
Larry Midtbo

Fred and
Mary Mohs

Stephen Morton

Joe and
Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner

Additional funding
provided by

A. Paul Jones
Charitable Trust

James Dahlberg
and Elsebet Lund

W. Jerome Frautschi

Ann and Roger

Elaine and
Nicholas Mischler

Kato Perlman

Sentry Insurance Company

The Estate of
Norene A. Smith

Paul Guthrie, in memory of
Ella Guthrie

Judith and Nick Topitzes

Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

Special thanks to Farley's House of Pianos for
providing the pianos for our
Young Artist Competition auditions