BSO 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO  Announces Winner of 2017 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. Read more.

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.”

The 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition is January 7, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts.  Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2017.

The competition is open to all instruments (instrumental and vocal) for young musicians ages 12-21. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to perform with Maestro Schulz and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra.

All instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, harp and voice, are welcome to audition.
Applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 21 years old as of the competition date.
Applicants need not be residents of Bainbridge Island.

Works should be between 5 and 20 minutes in length.

Acceptable works include a movement from a multi-movement concerto or single movement solo works that meet the time requirements. Duos and trios are not permitted. Maestro Schulz has final say on what works are permissible for competition. We encourage musicians to audition with standard repertory works, however, rental works are permitted as long as competitors are willing to assume the cost (rental works average $400-900).

All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by Maestro Schulz. This step is required to ensure feasibility by the BSO in regards to personnel, music procurement and preparation. 

Music must be memorized. 

Accompaniment is required.

There is an audition time limit of 10 minutes. Cuts are permissible and will have no negative impact on the judge’s evaluation. Mark any cuts clearly in the scores (i.e. orchestra tutti’s). Applicants must present two copies of the score for use by the judges (photocopies are permissible). These will be returned. Please number your measures and mark cuts.

The application fee is non-refundable after the application due date.

One winner will be chosen to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra each Season. This person will receive publicity from Bainbridge Performing Arts, the opportunity to work with Maestro Schulz, and the privilege of performing with the BSO. The judges may designate a runner-up and/or honorable mention at their discretion. In the event a suitable winner cannot be determined, the judges reserve the right to declare no winner. All competitors will receive written comments from the judges.


2017 Winner Charlotte Marckx, violin, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, 1st movement
2016 Winner – Leah Deobald, piano, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, 1st movement 
2015 Winner  Andrew Barnwell, piano, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement
2015 Runner Up – Shintaro Taneda, violin, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, 1st movement
2014 Winner – Christopher Son Richardson, piano, Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54, 1st movement
2013 Winner – Marianne Martinoli, violin, Julius Conus: Concerto for Violin in E minor