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Congratulations to the three Gold Medal winners of the 20th Annual VSO Young Artists Competition, sponsored by the Anna C. MacAskill Schwab and Dwight Schab, Sr. Charitable Foundation.

These talented Gold Medal winners will perform with The VSO in a sold out Skyview Concert Hall under the baton of internationally-renowned Maestro Salvador Brotons at concerts at Skyview Concert Hall on April 12 & 13. 


Valerie Ding, Piano Fumika Mizuno, Violin Hannah Moon, Piano

Over 40 area musicians, 18 and under, submitted audition recordings to the VSO in late 2013, with eight emerging as finalists. In previous years students competed only against other students in the same instrumental category. In an exciting new format this year, the eight young musicians competed head-to-head.

The Columbian. Community Begins Here.CLICK HERE to read Stevie Mathieu's article about the competition in The Columbian and enjoy a video of the amazing competition performances.


Each of the three gold medalists won a $1,000 scholarship. Winning $450 scholarships on Sunday were: double bassist Nicholas Arredondo, 15, of Vancouver School of Arts and Academics; pianist Ruta Kuzmickas, 17, of Clackamas, Ore., Web Academy; cellist Richard Lu, 15, of Skyview High School; violinist Kristin Qian, 16, of the Catlin Gabel School; and pianist Edison Tsai, 15, of Portland State University.



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