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The Fall Youth Concerto Competition provides outstanding young instrumentalists in grades 3-8 with the opportunity to perform solo repertoire with John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the annual Fall Youth Concerts. Winners also receive a scholarship to attend the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic.
“How fortunate I am to be able to play with a professional orchestra at the age of 11. Thank you MSO for the most wonderful opportunity to perform with you on the Overture Stage! I will cherish this moment forever!” – Past Winner
Meera Bradley, violin
Homeschool – Madison, WI
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Mvt. V
Meera Bradley is a home-schooled eighth grader. She started taking violin lessons at age three with Heidi Kenney and the Suzuki Strings of Madison. She currently studies with Eugene Purdue. She is a member of WYSO (Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras) and had the opportunity to solo with the Philharmonia Orchestra in May. Meera is also a keen chamber musician and is part of the WYSO chamber music program.

One of Meera’s favorite things to do is spend time with her sister. She is an avid reader and loves to snuggle up with a good book and the family cat. She also enjoys learning computer programming and math. Meera likes spending time outdoors hiking, biking, birdwatching, and monitoring bluebird nest-boxes in the neighborhood.
Sophia Jiang, piano
Jefferson Middle School – Madison, WI
Mozart: Concerto No. 12 in A Major, Mvt. I
Sophia is a ten year old sixth grader, and has been playing piano since she was four. Her current teacher is Mr. Bill Lutes. Sophia was the first place winner of the 2017 Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition organized by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and PianoArts. In 2017, she was also a winner of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association State Badger Keyboard Competition, and won multiple prizes in the global online Great Composers Competition series, taking First Prize in Best Mozart Performance, Second Prize in Best Chopin Performance, and Third Prize in Best Bach Performance in age group II. She also won the first place in the 2015 Sonatina Festival, Verona, Wisconsin, and in the same year received an honorable mention (second place) at the state level of the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs (WFMC) piano solo competition.

In addition to piano, Sophia plays violin and is a first violinist in the Sinfonietta Orchestra of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. She loves music, and has participated in many musical activities including school talent shows and recitals. Besides music, she enjoys swimming, ice skating, soccer and tennis, and is an avid reader. She also would like to thank Mr. Kangwoo Jin for his accompanying and guidance with the concerto piece.
Chris Wu, piano
Hamilton Middle School – Madison, WI
Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Mvt. III
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