2016 Concerto Competition Winners

Adrian F. Steele – First Place

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Adrian Steele, aged 16, has studied violin with Ron Patterson since 2010, having previously studied with Mihoko Hirata and Tracy Helming. A sophomore at Garfield High School in Seattle, he is a member of Garfield’s Symphonic Orchestra and also pursues music academics at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. This April, Adrian was awarded the Grand Prize and named “National Young Artist of 2016” at the Pepsico – Charleston Symphony Orchestra National Young Artist Competition in Charleston, South Carolina. Other recent awards include winning the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Association’s 2016 Concerto Competition and Festival Medal, the 2016 Washington Music Educators Association State Solo Contest, the 2015-2016 Orchestra of Seattle Concerto Competition, the 2015 Coeur d’Alene National Young Artists’ High School competition and the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Association’s 2014 Concerto Competition.

Jay Yang – Second Place

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Jay Yang, 16, a sophomore at Newport High School in Bellevue, WA, began cello studies with Dr. Kevin Krentz at age 10. He competes in a variety of local competitions, and his accomplishments include first place in the cello division at the 2015 WMEA State Competition, and honorable mention in the Senior Strings of the WMTNA competition. In addition to solo work, he has been a consistent participant of chamber and orchestral activities as a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony, and as a member of the Mobius Quartet, competing regularly and playing in various concerts held by the Seattle Chamber Music Society and KingFM. When not playing music, he enjoys playing basketball and competing with the school debate team.

Stephen Leou – Third Place

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Stephen Leou, 14, is a ninth grader at Bellevue High School. He began studying the cello at age four with Mary Walters and has studied with Leslie Marckx for the past six years. In 2014, he was the featured soloist with the Cascade Symphony as their “Rising Star” Concerto Competition Winner under the baton of Michael Miropolsky.

Stephen has served as principal cellist and as a soloist with the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestra. He and his sister will be making their debut with the Seattle Symphony in December as winners of the 2016 Seattle Symphony Young Artist Auditions. He has had the honor of playing for Ron Leonard, Ray Davis, Chuck Jacot, David Requiero, John Michel, Natasha Brofsky, Eric Han, and Hans Jørgen Jensen.

Stephen loves playing duets with his sister, eating, playing chess, building Legos, and playing games on his iPad. His favorite subjects in school are math and biology, and he hopes to pursue a career in medicine as well as continue to play cello.