Young Artists Competition goes national

By September 05, 2012

The Young Artists Competition, held annually at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis, will increase its national reach and funding for the 2012–13 season.

This year the competition will hold regional auditions in Davis, as well as Portland, New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, the grand prize award has been increased to $6,000.

“In the past seven years, the competition has grown and expanded to welcome young artists from across the U.S.,” said Lara Downes, director of the Young Artists Competition. “This year, we are excited to further broaden the competition’s reach by holding regional auditions on both coasts, allowing even more gifted young musicians from outside California to benefit from this prestigious opportunity.”

The Young Artists Competition gives developing musicians an opportunity to receive exposure and performance experience. Applicants will compete in one of two divisions: the Young Artist Division for pianists and instrumentalists ages 10–16 and the Founder’s Division for vocalists ages 17–21.

The application deadline for both divisions is Aug. 31. Potential competitors must submit the downloadable application form, a video or audio audition and the other materials listed on the form — visit

Last year’s competition received submissions from more than 200 musicians from around the nation.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend regional auditions this fall. These auditions will be held on Sept. 29 at Sherman Clay in Portland, Ore., Oct. 13 at Steinway Hall in New York City, Oct. 28 at the Mondavi Center in Davis and Nov. 15 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Finalists will compete at the Mondavi Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013, and the winners will be showcased in the Young Artist Competition Winners Concert at the Mondavi Center on March 3, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Winners will also perform at the 2013 Napa Valley Festival del Sole and at the 2013 InConcert Sierra in Nevada City.

Winners will be invited to return to the Mondavi Center as part of the Debut Series in future seasons and to perform with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.

Top prizes in each division include a cash award with the grand prize winner of the Founder’s Division receiving $6,000. Another top award is the $5,000 Bouchaine Young Artists Scholarship from the Napa Valley Festival del Sole.

“The Young Artists Competition is about discovery,” said Downes. “Discovery of young talent, new ideas and new musical relationships. We bring gifted young artists together from all over the country and give them opportunities to perform on world-class stages. We foster mentorship and collaboration between today’s leading artists and the musicians of tomorrow, encouraging careers crafted with creativity, innovation and passion.”

Subscriptions are on sale now at 866-754-2787 and at Single tickets for all other 2012–13 performances will go on sale Aug. 10. Full schedule and images available for download at

The Young Artists Competition is generously supported by Barbara K. Jackson, Mary B. Horton and John and Lois Crowe. The jurors of this year’s competition include Lara Downes, Christian Baldini (UC Davis Symphony Orchestra), Sheri Greenawald (San Francisco Opera Center), Cindy Hwang (Concert Artists Guild) and Charles Letourneau (IMG Artists).

Mondavi Center

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