|2015 Winner Maylynn Hu-Photo by Todd Maughan|
FALL YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 WINNERS
Meera Bradley, violin
Homeschool – Madison, WI
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Mvt. V
Meera Bradley is a homeschooled eighth grader. She has been playing the violin since she was three years old. She cunently studies with Eugene Purdue. She is a member of WYSO and a winner of the Philharmonia concerto competition. Meera is also a keen chamber musician and is part of the WYSO chamber music program. Other than music, Meera enjoys learning computer programming and is fond of math. She is an avid reader and one of her favorite things to do is snuggle up with a good book and the family cat on her lap. Meera also loves spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and birdwatching. She also enjoys helping monitor bluebird nest-boxes in the neighborhood.
Sophia Jiang, piano
2017 HONORABLE MENTION:
Chris Wu, 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.
Hamilton Middle School – Madison, WI
Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Mvt. III
A SPECIAL THANK-YOU TO FARLEY'S HOUSE OF PIANOS
For providing the pianos for our
Young Artist Competition auditions