2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition - Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition gives talented high school students from around the state the opportunity to showcase their talents with Music Director Andrew Sewell and the musicians of the WCO. The competition will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016, and is open to students in grades 9-12 residing in the state of Wisconsin. We accept applications from string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. 

The winner of the 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition will appear as a soloist at one of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s 2015 Concerts on the Square performances and will receive the David Lewis Crosby Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The runner-up will appear in concert at the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Youth Concerts on March 2, 2016 (performances at 9:20, 11:00) and will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500.

For more information, go to the bottom of the page to download our brochure, or call 608-257-0638.

Young Artist Concerto Competition 2015 Results

Winner of $1000 David Lewis Crosby Scholarship
Julian Rhee – performing Brahms Concerto in D minor

Runner up - $500 Scholarship
Antonia Rohlfing, piano – performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, mvt. 1

Highly Commended
Naomi Sutherland, harp
Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Samantha Carter, violin
Theodore Liu, piano

We’d like to thank all of our participants for their outstanding playing in the 2015 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. With the amount of memorable performances we saw they should all be proud of their musical accomplishments. The judges were impressed by the quality of this year’s applicants and commend each of them for their effort. 

About Julian Rhee, winner Young Artist Concerto Competition 2015

Julian Rhee, winner 2015 Young Artist Concerto CompetitionJulian Rhee, age 14,  is honored to be selected as the First Place Winner of the 2015 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and have the privilege to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, op 77 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. 

Julian was recently selected to move on to the final round of the 2015 Bolz Young Artist Competition, the Final Forte and will be performing with the Madison Symphony Orchestra; first place winner of 2015 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, where he will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Senior Symphony in May at Uihlein Hall of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts; the Carrie Rondeau Memorial Concerto Scholarship recipient, first place winner of the State and Midwest Division, and advancing to Nationals representing Wisconsin in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MTNA competition, and first place winner of the 2015 Concord Chamber Orchestra Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition. Also, Julian was one of the 11 violinists advancing to the semi-finals of the prestigious Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. A total of 19 different countries applied and he will be traveling to Washington, D.C. representing Wisconsin, U.S. Julian was the first Place winner of 2014 Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, where he will be the guest soloist with the Symphony, first place winner of the Junior String Division and Overall Junior Division Winner of the 2014 Midwest Young Artist 18th Annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition, winner of the 2013 and 2011 Madison Symphony Orchestra Fall Youth Concerto Competition, where he was the guest soloist with the MSO performing the Dvorak Violin Concerto conducted by maestro John DeMain at Overture Hall, and in 2011 performing Carmen Fantasy by Sarasate, first place winner of the both Junior and Senior Divisions of the Sejong Music Competition sponsored by the Korea Times of Chicago at ages 12 and 13 respectively, Society of American Musicians, Granquist  Music Competition, 2014 Grand Prize winner of the Satori International Competition, 2014 Frank Stehlik Memorial Scholarship recipient, 2014 Marge Rickert Scholarship recipient, Merit Scholarship to the Music Institute of Chicago, youngest semi-finalist of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition at age 12, winner of the 2011 and 2010 MYSO Concerto Competition at age 10 and 9 and a winner of the Bach Double Violin Competition sponsored by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at ages 7 and 8 where he performed side by side with the MSO. 

In addition to his commitment to violin study, Julian has been studying the piano with Stefanie Jacob since the age of 7. When he has free time he loves to read, plays basketball and video games, and is an avid local sports team fan. Julian is a member and a Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Youth Senior Symphony Orchestra and is currently studying privately with Ms. Hye-Sun Lee at the Music Institute of Chicago.