Youth Concerto Competition Results

2017 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceKristy Park, cello
Second PlaceTakumi Taguchi, violin
Third PlaceOlga Para, trumpet

2016 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceAdrian F. Steele, violin
Second PlaceJay Yang, cello
Third PlaceStephen Leou, cello
Third PlaceRyan Char, violin

The 2016 Youth Concerto Competition was held on Saturday, January 30th, at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. Several finalists auditioned for the opportunity to guest solo for the Sammamish Symphony's June concerts. Four winners were selected and offered a scholarship stipend.

The concert date featuring the first-place winner will be held Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at 2:00 pm, at Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish.

This year's distinguished judges included: Adam Stern, Conductor and Music Director of Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, Robin Miller, Allion Salvador.

2015 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceMira M. Yamamoto, violin
Second PlaceEvan F. Hjort, violin
Third PlaceAdrian F. Steele, violin

2015 Youth Concerto Competition was held on January 31st at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. 18 finalists auditioned for the opportunity to guest solo for the June concerts. Three winners were selected and offered a scholarship stipend.

Concert dates featuring a winning youth will be held Thursday, June 4th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue and Sunday June 7th, 2015, 2:00 pm at Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake HS, in Sammamish.

This year’s distinguished judges included Joseph Gottesman, Violist, Director of Chamber Music, Seattle Conservatory of Music; Kimberly Russ, Resident Pianist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Principal Keyboard, All Star Orchestra, Founder/Director, Harmony for Heroes, and R. Joseph Scott, Conductor and Music Director, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.

We wish to thank Eric Daane, Joan Selvig and John Kuehn for their contributions to the event and to event volunteers from General Federation of Women’s Clubs - Cascade - Kathie Jorgensen with granddaughter, Cindy Jorgensen, Gauri Sanghvi, Renee Kuehn, and Nancy Grossi.

2014 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceAudrey Chen, cello
Second PlaceQuinn Price, violin
Third PlaceRia Honda, violin

The 2014 Youth Concerto Competition was held on January 25th at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue. 17 finalists auditioned for the opportunity to guest solo for the June concerts. Three winners were selected and offered a scholarship stipend.

Concert dates featuring a winning youth will be held Friday, June 6th, 2014 7:30 pm at the Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue and Sunday June 8th, 2014, 2:00 pm at Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake HS, in Sammamish.

Lisa Bergman, Pianist and Radio Personality; Joseph Gottesman, Violist, Director of Chamber Music, Seattle Conservatory of Music; and R. Joseph Scott, Conductor and Music Director, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra were this year’s distinguished judges.

We wish to thank Bartell Drugs, Safeway, Joan Selvig and Renee Kuehn for their contributions to the event.

2013 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceOlivia Claire Marckx, cello
Second PlaceAmelia Yisin Sie, violin
Third PlaceKarissa Zadinsky, cello

Sammamish Symphony Orchestra was pleased to host its annual Youth Concerto Competition on January 26th 2013 at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue. 18 youth musicians ranging in age from 12 to 19 auditioned for the opportunity to guest solo with the orchestra at its concert on June 9th, 2013, 2pm at Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake HS, Sammamish. In addition, the top three finalists received a scholarship stipend.

The distinguished judges for the competition were Lisa Bergman, Pianist, Arts Administrator, and announcer for King FM; Walter Schwede, Professor of Violin at Western Washington University and Area String Coordinator; and R. Joseph Scott, Conductor and Music Director, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.

The following volunteers facilitated the event: Naoki Komoto, student of Economics from Bellevue College; Donna Mansfield, violinist, Sammamish Symphony; Renee Kuehn, marketing director, Sammamish Symphony.

2012 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceGloria Ferry-Brennan, violin
Second PlaceAudrey Chen, cello
Third PlaceEvan Hjort, violin

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, Washington. Many talented young musicians sent in applications and recordings.

The first place winner performed as a featured soloist with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

The distinguished panel of judges consisted of Lisa Bergman, Joseph Gottesman and R. Joseph Scott.

2011 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceAaron Hall & Sarah Hall, cello & violin
Second PlaceMina Park, violin
Third PlaceBenjamin Roidl-Ward, bassoon
Honorable MentionYesol Im, violin
Honorable MentionAmelia Sie, violin

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, Washington. Many talented young musicians sent in applications and recordings.

The first, second, and third place winners performed as featured soloists with the Sammamish Symphony on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

2010 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceDong Won Lee, piano
Second PlaceOliver Aldort, cello
Third PlaceLennart Jansson, cello
Honorable MentionNatalie Dungey, trumpet

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, Washington. Many talented young musicians sent in applications and recordings. There were 16 finalists selected.

The first, second, and third place winners performed as featured soloists with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, May 2, 2010.

2009 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceMarié Rossano, violin
Second PlaceJila Dabestani, piano
Third PlaceGloria Ferry-Brennan, violin
Honorable MentionKaveh Waddell, piano
Honorable MentionKarissa Zadinsky, cello

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, Washington. Many talented young musicians sent in applications and recordings. There were 14 finalists selected. The breakdown by instrument was three pianos, seven violins, three cellos and one trumpet.

We were pleased to have a very distinguished judging panel: R. Joseph Scott, Music Director and Conductor of the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra; Walter Schwede, Associate Professor of Music, Western Washington University and former Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony; and Mark Salman, Concert Pianist.

Our thanks also goes out to our hard working support staff: Andy Hill, James Poirson, Isah Webb, Mark Wiseman and Dr. Linda Wiseman.

The first, second, and third place winners performed as featured soloists with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

2008 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceMichael Lee, piano
Second PlaceJila Dabestani, piano
Third PlaceGrace Choi, violin

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, Washington. Many talented young musicians sent in applications and recordings. There were 12 finalists selected. The breakdown by instrument was six pianos, five violins, and one voice.

We were pleased to have a very distinguished judging panel: R. Joseph Scott, Music Director and Conductor of the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra; John Pilskog, Assistant Concertmaster with Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Concertmaster with the Auburn Symphony; and Mark Salman, Concert Pianist.

Our thanks also goes out to our hard working support staff: James White, Scott Sellevold, Mark Wiseman and Dr. Linda Wiseman.

The first place winner, Michael Lee, performed as a featured soloist with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, June 8, 2008.

2007 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceJulian Schwarz, cello
Second PlaceRhiannon Bronstein, flute
Third PlaceNazila Dabestani, piano

The 2007 competition presented some unique difficulties for everyone involved. The competition was originally scheduled for January 13. A severe snow and ice storm forced Eastlake High School to close for several days and we were unable to hold the competition on that date. We tried to reschedule the competition and were not able to find a date that would work for the venue, competitors, accompanists, judges and staff.

For this year only, we used an alternate method of judging the competition. Our three judges were given recordings of the twelve finalists and based on those recordings, three winners were selected. We were pleased to have a very distinguished judging panel: Melia Watrous, Michael Jinsoo Lim, and R. Joseph Scott.

The first place winner, Julian Schwarz, performed as a featured soloist with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, April 15, 2007.

2006 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceMikaela Holland, violin
Second PlaceHelen Cho, violin
Third PlaceNathan Vedal, bass

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra held its annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish, Washington. Many talented young musicians, ranging in age from 6 to 18, sent in applications and recordings. There were 12 finalists selected. The breakdown by instrument was five pianos, five violins, one flute, and one double bass.

We were pleased to have a very distinguished judging panel: R. Joseph Scott, Music Director and Conductor of the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra; John Pilskog, Associate Concertmaster with Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Concertmaster with the Auburn Symphony; and Kimberly Russ, Keyboard Artist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Our thanks also goes out to our hard working support staff: Dita Hagen, James White, Scott Sellevold, Mark Wiseman, Dr. Myrl Venter and Dr. Linda Wiseman.

The first place winner, Mikaela Holland, performed as a featured soloist with the Sammamish Symphony on Sunday, April 30, 2006.

2005 Youth Concerto Competition

First PlaceIsmail Akmuradov, clarinet
Second PlaceIan Ma, violin
Third PlaceAri Livne, piano

The finals of the competition were held at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center on January 29, 2005. The judging panel consisted of Deborah Dewey, John Pilskog and R. Joseph Scott. The winner performed with the Sammamish Symphony on May 1, 2005 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center.