BOLZ YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION

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

Download the 2018 application.
Application and $30 non-refundable entry fee due Fri., Dec. 15, 2017.

Preliminary Round

Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703
Closed to the public

Semi-Final Round

Sun., Jan. 14, 2017
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703

Final Round: "Final Forte"

Wed., Mar. 14, 2018, 6:45 p.m.
Overture Hall in Overture Center for the Arts
More information about the Final Forte can be found here.

2017 Results


First Place: Julian Rhee, violin
Second Place: Michael Wu, piano
Honorable Mention: Yaoyao Chen, violin
Honorable Mention: Naomi Sutherland, harp
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
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
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
Hauck

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