The 2018 Bonnie & Lee Malmed

Young Artists Competition - May 12, 2018

Application Deadline MAY 1, 2018

Registration information is now Available.

About the Young Artists Competition

2018 marks the 38th year of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition. The purpose of the competition is to help ensure the future of classical music by providing the opportunity for young musicians to hone their audition skills as well as to perform with a high caliber symphony orchestra. At the Young Artists Concert held in January 2003, a resolution from the State of Illinois's House of Representatives was presented to the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra commending the organization for its commitment to quality classical music and its encouragement of young musicians. In 2014, the competition was named the Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition in honor of the Malmeds' longtime support of the competition.

The competition is open to young orchestral musicians (including piano, saxophone, and guitar) from the ages of 16 to 22, and attracts performers from all over the country. The First Prize winner will receive a $1200 cash award and the Second Prize winner $800.  SVSO. An honorable mention will also be selected; in the event one of the two winners cannot perform, this person will perform with the orchestra. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the final round of the competition, which begins at approximately 3:00pm.


Young Artist Winners since 2007

2007 - 08, 1st place Natsuki Kumagai, violin; 2nd place, An Qi, piano

2008 - 09, 1st place, Meredith Crawford, viola; 2nd place, Benjamin Lash cello

2009 - 10,  1st place, Zachary Spontak, violin; 2nd place, Kate Liu, piano

2010 - 11,    1st place Alexandra Switala, violin; 2nd place, Erik Umble, clarinet

2011 - 12,    1st place Gallia Kastner, violin; 2nd place, Claire Bourg

2012 - 13,   1st place, Will Sievern, piano; 2nd place, Lauren Tu, piano

2013 - 14,   1st place Joe Bricker, percussion; 2nd place, Ryan Little, horn

2014 - 15,   1st place Brannon Cho, cello, 2nd place, Esther Nyberg, piano

2015 - 16   1st place Joshua Brown, violin, 2nd place Karisa Chiu, violin

2016 - 17   1st place Maya Anjali Buchanen, violin, 2nd place Tabby Rhee, viola

Winners, please keep in touch with the SVSO. Let us know how your career is going. Email us at info@svso.org or through our contact page. We would love to help you publicize your career by blogging about you and liking you on Facebook. Photos are welcome!

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