Youth Concerto Competition

Our annual Youth Concerto Competition commenced in 1988. The aim of the competition is to give young musicians the opportunity to play with a symphony orchestra under concert conditions. Previous competition winners.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the auditions on Thursday 8th June for the 2017 competition. There were a larger number of entries than recent years, with a very high standard.

2017 YCC finalists and conductor Robert Dora

The Winner from 2017:

Charlotte Miles cello
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo theme

The other finalists from 2017:

Phoebe Fan violin
Bruch violin concerto, 1st & 2nd movements 

Leon Fei violin
Tchaikovsky violin concerto, 1st movement

Po Goh piano
Rachmaninoff piano concerto no 2, 1st movement

Minwu Hu flute
Ibert flute concerto, 1st & 2nd movements

Rachel Shindang piano
Mendelssohn piano concerto no 1, 1st & 2nd movements

They played with the orchestra at the concert on Sunday 17th September at Northcote Town Hall.

2018

The competition will take place again next year; details about applying will be available here in March 2018 and entries will open during April 2018.

Any queries should be directed to info@prestonsymphony.org.au

Competition rules 2018

Age Limit
The Competition is open to players of orchestral instruments and piano who are 18 or under on 1 July 2018.

Work
A complete work with orchestral accompaniment or selected movements may be submitted. Maximum duration should be about 15 minutes. For unusual works please check the availability of orchestral parts: if these cannot be obtained the orchestra reserves the right to request a change of work.

Applications
(Applications for 2018 are not yet open)
• Applications are made online (see here in March for details)
• Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Secretary
• An audition fee of $10 will be charged on the evening to defray the orchestra’s costs

Finalists
At least 5 entrants will be selected to perform with the Preston Symphony Orchestra.

Previous Winners & Finalists ‘Lockout’
The aim of the competition is to provide the opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra to as many young musicians as possible. Hence there is a ‘lock out’ period for previous winners and finalists before they can enter again: players who have won may not enter in the following two competitions after winning, and finalists may not enter the following year. This does not apply for entrants on a different instrument.

Adjudication
Preston Symphony Orchestra will supply the adjudicator(s) whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Prizes
The winner receives $500. Other finalists receive $100.
As well as the overall winner’s prize, there is an Audience Prize, chosen by ballot at the end of the concert.