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Each year after a rigorous audition process, Young Concert Artists chooses a new group of stunning young musicians to add to its roster with the promise of debuts in both New York City and Washington, D.C. followed by at least three years of career management. This includes providing performance opportunities, promotional and marketing services, travel arrangements, educational residency experience, and extensive professional development.
Young Concert Artists also discovers the most talented new composers through a rigorous selection process that takes place every other year. YCA’s new Composer-in-Residence collaborates closely with artists on the YCA roster to fulfill two commissions, bringing two new compositions to life in high-profile debut concerts in New York City and Washington, DC.
Winners of the auditions and composer-in-residence search represent the future of classical music and we invest in their careers so they may spend a lifetime bringing the gift of music to audiences around the world. Throughout their tenure, emerging artists benefit from YCA’s connections with the industry’s managers, concert presenters, conductors of major orchestras, and financial supporters, as well as its long-standing reputation for discovering and furthering the careers of extraordinary young artists.
2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Final Round: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Finals Jury List – coming soon!
Watch the livestream on Nov. 8 – coming soon!
2020 Young Concert Artists Composer Program
Young Concert Artists has been dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional young musicians for 60 years. Our alumni, active in every corner of the classical music world, embody our success. They solo with the top orchestras, perform on the most prestigious concert stages, serve as artistic directors, conductors, and professors, and are recognized as some of the most important ambassadors for this exquisite art form. With such celebrated names as Emanual Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Dawn Upshaw, and Pinchas Zukerman, YCA alumni stand as a testament to the importance of our mission.
Founded in 1961 by Susan Wadsworth, Young Concert Artists began presenting debut concerts in Washington DC in 1979 at the invitation of the Kennedy Center, as part of the inaugural season of the Terrace Theater.
Winners of the 2019 Auditions
See past winners
“Young Concert Artists’ track record for spotting the best new talent in classical music is legendary.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES