Semi-Finalists Announced for New York’s Young Concert Artists Auditions

The 32 candidates advancing to the Semi-Final stage of the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions have been announced


The 32 candidates advancing to the Semi-Final stage of the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, in New York City, have this week been announced.

The 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions Semi-Finalists are:

  • Quartet Amabile
  • Saxophonist, Steven Banks
  • Pianist, Martin James Bartlett
  • Baritone, Dominik Belavy 
  • Violinist, Clarissa Bevilacqua
  • Callisto String Quartet
  • Pianist, Albert Cano Smit
  • Violinist, Angela SinYing Chan
  • Violinist, Songha Choi
  • Baritone, Dennis Chmelensky
  • Clarinetist, Víctor Díaz Guerra
  • Violinist, Alexis Hatch
  • Soprano, Rebekah Howell
  • Iceberg String Quartet
  • Violist, Dongyeob Kang
  • Violinist, Gyehee Kim
  • Mezzo-Soprano, Sae Lin Kim
  • Saxophonist, Matthew Koester
  • Violinist, Masha Lakisova
  • Violist, Haesue Lee
  • Pianist, Ying Li
  • Tenor, Daniel McGrew
  • Violinist, Elias David Moncado
  • Clarinetist, Hector Manuel Noriego Othon
  • Trumpeter, Ansel Norris
  • Violinist, Kyumin Park
  • Mezzo-Soprano, Devony Smith
  • Violinist, Max Tan
  • Violinist, Belle Ting
  • Trumpeter, James Vaughen
  • Pianist, Arthur Wang
  • Pianist, Zhu Wang

Open to international instrumentalists aged 16 and 26, the 2019 winners will join the Young Concert Artists roster, granting access to a minimum of 3 years management services, career engagements, publicity and career guidance – plus coveted recital debuts in New York City and at the Washington DC Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Founded in 1961 by Susan Wadsworth, The Young Concert Artists International Auditions differ from a competition, as there are no rankings, and any number of winners can be selected – with each candidate competing against a standard of excellence, not each other.

Previous recipients include: Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Chee-Yun, Emanuel Ax, Murray Perahia and Anne Akiko Meyers – and VC Artists Paul Huang, Bella Hristova, Benjamin Beilman, Ray Chen, Stephen Warts, Zlatomir Fung, Edgar Moreau, Xavier Foley, SooBeen Lee, Risa Hokamura and Zlatomir Fung.

The Final round of auditions, to be held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on the 17th of November, will be streamed live on The Violin Channel.