Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition is Emily Jeeho Park (piano) for her performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 (1st movement). Renee Ruiyi Qin (harp) was awarded 2nd Place for her performance of Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 4 No. 6 HWV 294. Also this year, the judges issued an Honorable Mention to Yvette Kraft (violin) for her performance of Karl Goldmark’s Violin Concerto in A minor (1st movement). The competition’s 1st Place Winner Emily Jeeho Park will join the BSO for their spring concert, Rebellion! on April 13 & 14 to perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor, Op. 16.

2019 – 1st Place Winner Emily Jeeho Park, piano

Emily Jeeho Park, 16, is a junior at Skyline High School in Sammamish. She began her piano studies at the age of six-and-a-half and has been studying under Dr. Sasha Starcevich since the age of eight. Emily made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Orquesta Filharmónica de la Universidad de Alicante, Spain at age 13. She has been a top prize winner in many competitions, including the Solo and Concerto divisions of the Eastside Music Teachers Association Scholarship Competition, the Chopin Northwest Competition, the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest, the Music Teacher National Association Competitions, and the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. She was also awarded third prize at the 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition and more recently, Emily performed as a soloist with the Seattle Youth Symphony at Benaroya Hall as the winner of the 2018-2019 SYSO Concerto Competition. Additionally, she performed and was interviewed twice on air in a broadcasting of Classical King FM’s Northwest Focus Live as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Young Artist Awards. Emily has had the honor of working with renowned artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Perry, Boris Slutsky, and Ilana Vered.

This past summer, Emily had the pleasure of performing with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini” di Firenze at MusicFest Perugia in Italy, as well as attending the John Perry Academy of Music. In the upcoming year, she looks forward to competing in the Minnesota International Piano e-Competition and attending more festivals in the summer.

Aside from piano, Emily studies violin with Jan Coleman and plays in Seattle Youth Symphony and Evergreen Philharmonic – putting together chamber music to play for senior homes, and organizing fundraisers for her club, Girl Up.

2019 – 2nd Place Winner Renee Ruiyi Qin, harp

Renee Ruiyi Qin is a junior at Sentinel Secondary School. She studies harp under UBC professor and retired Vancouver Symphony Orchestra principal harpist, Elizabeth Volpé Bligh. Renee is the principal harpist in the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Lions Gate Youth Orchestra. In 2018, Renee performed Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz along with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. She also performed as a guest harpist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Center. Renee is a first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition in 2018 and received a scholarship from the West Coast Harp Society. Convinced that Music can positively change people's lives, she leads her youth non-profit organization to promote music in the communities for years, including lecturing in public libraries and performing in senior centers and hospitals.

2019 – Runner Up Yvette Kraft, violin

Yvette Kraft, 16, made her debut with the Spokane Symphony at the age of eleven.  Since then she has won or distinguished herself in multiple competitions and summer camps. This past summer she attended Center Stage Strings in Michigan and the Liberec International Violin Academy in the Czech Republic. She currently studies with Simon James in Seattle, WA.  

The annual BSO Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to all instruments and voice for young musicians, ages 12-21. The application deadline for 2019 is to be announced. The competition winner  must be available to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) during the 2019 - 2020 season at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA). 


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.


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. Standard repertory works are encouraged, though rental works will be considered provided that applicants are willing to assume the costs of music rental if selected (this can average $400-$900 per concert set).

All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by Maestro Torres. 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 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.


Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres at


2018 1st Place Winner – Phoebe Rawn, flute, Flute Fantaisie by Hüe
2018 2nd Place Winner – Carson Ling-Efird, cello, Sant-Saens Cello Concerto in A
2018 Honorable Mention – Owen Espinosa, piano, Ravel’s Concerto in G
2018 Honorable Mention – Adlai Erickson, cello, Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody
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


2019 – 1st Place Winner Emily Jeeho Park, piano

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2019 – 2nd Place Winner Renee Ruiyi Qin, harp

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2019 – Runner Up Yvette Kraft, violin

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