Young Artist Competition

The Fremont Symphony'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.

Looking forward to 2020

The 2020 Young Artist Competition will be for strings—violin, viola, cello and bass. Details will be made available soon…


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2019 Young Artist Competition Result

First Place

Shota Otaguro, 21 (Sarmientos Concerto for Marimba & Orchestra)

Other Prizes

  • Second Prize - Leyla Kabuli, 19 (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2)

  • Third Prize - Angela Tsang, 15 (Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1)

Nafisa Taghioff Award (under 16)

Erin Yu, 14 (Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, first movement)

Other finalists:

  • Jonah Cabral, 21 (Larsson Saxophone Concerto)

  • Nnamdi Odita-Honnah, 20 (Ibert Flute Concerto)

Honorable Mention was awarded to the following:

  • Spencer Cha, 14 (Schumann Piano Concerto)

  • Oliver Corro, 11 (Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11, third movement)

  • Daniel Mah, 16 (Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1)

  • Henry Smolen, 20 (Mendelssohn Piano Converto No. 1)

  • Ryan Wang, 12 (Ravel Piano Concerto in G, first movement)