Congratulations 2017 Young Artist Competition Winners!

The final round took place Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Orchestra Hall

The FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition has been rewarding and encouraging the talents of young musicians since 1956. Competitors, up to the age of 25, are judged and critiqued by professional orchestra musicians through the preliminary and semi-final rounds. The Final round is judged by Maestro Osmo Vanska, Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra.

First Prize is a solo performance opportunity with the Minnesota Orchestra and $7,500 in cash prizes. The Grand Prize, awarded at the discretion of the Music Director, elevates the first prize to a subscription series concert performance and $8,500 in cash prizes. Other prizes include performance opportunities, festivals, and monetary awards.

2017 Young Artist Competition Award Winners:
Drumroll please!…the Young Artist Competition Grand Prize
winner, receiving a subscribtion performance with the Minnesota
Orchestra led by Osmo Vanska, to clarinetist Bixby Kennedy.

Congratulations to all the Winners
Grand Prize and 1st Place: Bixby Kennedy
2nd Place: Joanna Wu, flute
3rd Place: Caroline Bembia, harp
Twin Cities Musicians Union Award: Chelsea Lane, harp
Saint Paul Civic Symphony Performance Award: Karen Baumgartner
Elaine Lagerstrom Memorial Award: Zachary Brandon, violin
Mathilda Heck Award: Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
Aspen Summer Program: Zachary Brandon, violin
Madeline Island Chamber Music: Russell Houston, cello & Hannah Ji, violin