Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA | Young Artists Competition

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Congratulations to the winners of our 22nd Annual Young Artists Competition. Our 2016 Gold Medal Winners


In front of a packed house of family, friends and admirers at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver on January 31, eight of the area’s brightest young stars performed for scholarship money and an opportunity to solo with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


Congratulations to our three Young Artist Gold Medalists, winners of $1000 scholarships and the chance to play with Maestro Brotons and The VSO on April 9 and 10. A full house saw Anthony Zheng (piano), Lauren Yoon (piano) and Richard Lu (cello) wow the audience. The image above shows them accepting their awards from VSO Immediate Past Chair Kathy McDonald.


Gold Medal: $1000 scholarship

Richard Lu, cello

Lauren Yoon, piano
Anthony Zheng, Piano


Camas, WA
Lake Oswego
Portland, OR


Silver Medal: $500 scholarship

Nicholas Dill, violin
Christopher Yoon, piano


Brush Prairie, WA
Portland, OR


Bronze Medal: $250 scholarship

Monica Chang, piano
Joanne Lee, cello
Paul Lee, cello


Camas, WA
Portland, OR
Portland, OR


To qualify, dozens of area musicians under the age of 18 submitted audition recordings to the VSO in late 2015, with eight students chosen as finalists. Dozens of CD entries were submitted on CD and then judged by a blue ribbon panel of professional musicians. Each musician performed one classical composition with piano accompaniment.


To be eligible to compete in the three categories of piano, strings, and brass/woodwinds/percussion, students must have been 18 years of age or under as of January 1, 2016, reside within a 135-mile radius of Vancouver and be actively studying with a private music instructor.