Concerto Competition

Each year, Eastern Music Festival holds a concerto competition. Auditions are open to all Young Artists. Contestants may perform any solo work with orchestral accompaniment that was originally composed for their instrument and that does not exceed 18 minutes in length. Preliminaries are held on the second Sunday of the Festival; finals are held on the third Sunday. Concerto Competition Finale held the final Thursday of the season. Memorization of standard solo repertoire is required for the final round and the performance.

Past Winners

2020 Winners

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival and 2020 Concerto Competition did not occur.

2019 Winners

Nathaniel Hoyt, Cello

Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104

Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

Elise Kim, Flute

Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 7 in E minor

Elise Kim
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

Jonathan Fong Ho Man, Cello

Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor
Prelude, lento – Allegro maestoso

Ho Man Fong
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

Clara Saïtkoulov, Violin

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47
Allegro moderato

Clara Saitkoulov
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

Ariel Wang, Piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op.18

Ariel Wang
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

2018 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Asher HarrisClarinetCopland: Clarinet Concerto
Ela KodžasViolinBruch: Scottish Fantasy, op.46 Introduction; Grave, Adagio cantabile
Abigail LeidyCelloLalo: Cello Concerto in D minorPrelude, lento – Allegro maestoso
Jon McGarryHornR. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op.11 Allegro
Jonathan MillerDouble BassBottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor Allegro
Morgan ShortHarpPierné: Concertstück, op.39
Yihan SunPianoChopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op.11Rondo – Vivace

2017 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Madison BlakePianoBeethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op.73Allegro
Nathan LowmanViolinVieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, op.37Allegro non troppo
Keeheon NamClarinetDebussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
Elena RubinFluteReinecke: Flute Concerto in D major, op.283Allegro molto moderato
Zesen WeiMarimbaSéjourné: Marimba ConcertoTempo souple