2021 YCA International Auditions
The preliminary round of the 2021 YCA International Auditions has just concluded, including live auditions in NYC throughout the month of September, YCA’s first-ever west coast auditions at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, and recorded auditions submitted from artists around the world.
We congratulate 40 exceptional artists advancing to the semi-final round!
On Sunday, October 31, the final auditions will be livestreamed for free on YCA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Join us live from NYC starting at 10:00 AM (EST) to witness and discover with us classical music’s next superstars!
We thank the following jury members who adjudicated the preliminary round auditions: Edward Aaron, cello; Martin Beaver, violin; Steve Beck, piano; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Chu-Fang Huang, piano; Benedicte Jourdois, pianist and vocal coach; Ida Kavafian, violin; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Wolfram Koessel, cello; Karen Lindquist, harp; Marya Martin, flute; Jorge Mester; Makoto Nakura, marimba; conductor; Daniel Phillips, violin; Fred Sherry, cello; Ory Shihor, piano; David Shifrin, clarinet; Paul Sperry, tenor; Naoko Takada, marimba; DaXun Zhang, double bass.
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Winners of the YCA International Auditions and Composer-in-Residence Search represent the future of classical music, and we invest in their careers so they may spend a lifetime bringing the gift of music to audiences around the world. Throughout their tenure, emerging artists benefit from YCA’s connections with the industry’s managers, concert presenters, conductors of major orchestras, and financial supporters, as well as its long-standing reputation for discovering and furthering the careers of extraordinary young artists.
YCA Composer-in-Residence Program
Young Concert Artists also discovers the most talented new composers through a selection process that takes place every two years. Over the course of a two-year residency, YCA’s new Composer-in-Residence collaborates closely with artists on the YCA roster to fulfill two commissions, bringing two new compositions to life in high-profile YCA debut concerts. The composer-in-residence also builds relationships with YCA alumni through a third commission, and through a mentorship with a YCA alumnus/alumna composer.