Young Artist Competition

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competitions are open to students up to 23 years of age who live or attend school in one of the nine Bay Area counties, and who can perform from memory an entire concerto or single major work for solo instrument and orchestra of at least 15 minutes' duration.

Those under 16 years of age can compete for the Nafisa Taghioff Award, playing a single movement of a concerto or similar work.

2018 Young Artist Competition

The 2018 Competition was for violin, viola, cello and bass and was held on January 6-7. The Phyllis Merrifield Award (First Prize) was awarded to Eunha Kim, 17, from Campbell, who performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Second Prize was awarded to both Joseph Wong, 17, of Cupertino, who performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and Sharon Yuan, 15, from Moraga, who played Bruch's First Violin Concerto. The Nafisa Taghioff Award went to Grace Huh, 15, from San Jose, who played Ravel's Tzigane.

2019 Young Artist Competition

The 2019 Young Artist Competition will be for all orchestral instruments other than violin, viola, cello and bass - that is, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano and harp.

Date: TBD
Location: First United Methodist Church, 2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539


Deadline for application submission: December 15. Those competing for the Nafisa Taghioff Award can perform a single movement.