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Celebrating 63 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 22 – July 27, 2024

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.

This is a unique opportunity for students to perform alongside a full symphony orchestra and showcase their inspiring growth cultivated over the summer.

Group photo of 2023's concerto competition winners, all posing with their instruments. They are posed underneath Guilford College's brick gazebo with green summer foliage in the background.
2023 EMF Concerto Winners - Not pictured Robert Burleson

Past Winners

2023 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Robert BurlesonOboeGoosens: Oboe Concerto Op. 45
Gabrielle GansViolinBruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46Movement 1
Gina GravagneViolaWalton: Viola Concerto
Angelina LimFluteNielsen: Flute ConcertoMovement 1
Kimberly NelsonTromboneGrøndahl: Trombone ConcertoMovements 1 & 2
Isabel RushallViolinLalo: Symphonie Español Op. 21Movement 1
Joshua SoOboeMartinů: Oboe Concerto H.353Movements 2 & 3

2022 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Brooke WaldenFluteHüe: Fantasy
Victoria BrambleViolinSibelius: Violin ConcertoMovement 1
Andrew RevenoPianoGrieg: Piano Concerto in A-minorMovement 1
Grace O’ConnellTrumpetBöhme: Trumpet ConcertoMovement 1
Ann GaoPianoChopin: Piano Concerto No. 2Movement 1
Jonathan DeckerClarinetCopland: Clarinet Concerto

2021 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Cameron JeppsonViolinProkofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op.63
Bonhwi KimPianoGrieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16Allegro molto moderato
Anastasia SamselFluteChaminade: Concertino for Flute in D major, op.107
Adrian WittmerBassoonVivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 477
Anthony WuPianoMendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.25

2019 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Nathaniel HoytCelloDvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104 Allegro
Elise KimFluteDevienne: Flute Concerto No. 7 in E minor Allegro
Jonathan Fong Ho ManCelloLalo: Cello Concerto in D minorPrelude, lento – Allegro maestoso
Clara SaïtkoulovViolinSibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47Allegro moderato
Ariel WangPianoRachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op.18Moderato

2018 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Asher HarrisClarinetCopland: Clarinet Concerto
Ela KodžasViolinBruch: Scottish Fantasy, op.46Introduction; 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 minorAllegro
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

2016 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Grace AndrianjatavoBassoonCrusell: Concertino for BassoonAllegro
Juliette AngoulvantViolinVivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C major
Drew DansbyCelloDvorak: Cello Concerto, op.104
Donald LeePianoLizst: Totentanz
Yejoo Esther LeeViolinTchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, op.35Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Dorien TateBass TromboneBrubeck: Bass Trombone ConcertoThird Movement
Yao-Yueh Jimmy TsengPianoProkofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3Allegro, ma non troppo

2015 Winners

NameInstrumentComposer: WorkMovement
Rixiang HuangPianoBeethoven: 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