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.


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

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.

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 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

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.

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

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.