BSO announces Winner of the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Announces Charlotte Marckx
As 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition – Charlotte Marckx, a 14-year-old violinist from Bellevue, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, first movement. Charlotte has performed on NPR’s From the Top radio program and at their annual gala in Boston. She recently won the Washington State division of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition, and will be advancing to the next round this winter. Previous honors include being one of four finalists in the 2015 Johansen International Competition held in DC, and a winner of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Charlotte was the grand prizewinner of the 2015 KING FM Young Artists Awards, and was presented by James Ehnes in a recital with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She has soloed with several orchestras including the Seattle Philharmonia Northwest and Seattle Festival Orchestras. Most recently, Charlotte appeared alongside her cellist sister, Olivia, performing the Brahms “Double Concerto” with the Kirkland Civic Orchestra. Their duo, Sempre Sisters, performs a variety of genres, and was featured in the 2016 October issue of Strings Magazine. Charlotte began studying the violin with Jan Coleman at age 5 ½ and currently works with Simon James. In the summer, Charlotte attends the Aspen Music Festival, where she studies with Paul Kantor. She also works with studio pianist collaborators Hiro David and Dr. Li-Tan Hsu. Charlotte receives support through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. Outside of music, Charlotte loves to write fanfiction and watch the Food Network.

Young Park, piano, was awarded 2nd Place for her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, second and third movements, and David Forman, viola, was awarded 3rd Place for his performance of Walton’s Viola Concerto, first movement. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Music Director Wesley Schulz congratulates all participants in the BSO’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition, saying, “It was a true pleasure to hear so many talented and capable young musicians. Everyone displayed solid musicianship, careful preparation, and great confidence. It takes hundreds of hours, and months of dedication, stamina, and endurance to prepare for and participate in a competition such as ours.”

As 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s annual competition, Ms. Marckx will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on June 2 & 4. The BSO’s final concert of the season will also feature Williams’ Music from Lincoln as well as Copland’s nostalgic and moving Tender Land Suite.

Please join us for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert – Mahler Symphony No. 1 – on March 4 & 5 as well as our spring collaboration with Bainbridge Chorale – Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana – on April 22 & 23. Both of these concerts are off-site. Tickets and performance details are available online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the  BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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