Jefferson Symphony Orchestra International Young Artists Competition

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra International Young Artists Competition

Started in 1959, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition celebrates the talent of outstanding young musicians. Held annually, this one-day competition – originally a contest meant to give local students their first experience at public performance – has evolved into a gathering of international musicians competing for substantial cash awards.

Piano competitions are held in odd-numbered years. Instrumental competitions take place in even-numbered years.

Eleven talented young pianists will participate in a live competition on January 5, 2013 here at the Arvada Center. The top three finalists will perform in recital on the evening of the competition.

Finalists will compete for a $5,000 annuity (payable at $1,000 per year for five years) to the first-place winner, as well as cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 to the first-, second- and third- place awardees. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities where the competition and evening recital will be held is a co-sponsor of the event. In addition, the competition is underwritten by the Golden Civic Foundation, Wilmot Charitable Trust, Kinder Morgan and Fine Arts Foundation.

The competition offers a unique opportunity to hear up and coming stars in the world of classical music throughout the day at the final (live) round of the annual competition. The public is invited to attend any or all auditions at no charge. Judges will announce the winners late that day.

This year’s finalists range in age from 17 years old (a Denver area high school senior) to 23 years old (a graduate student at CU-Boulder). Six of the finalists were born in the United States of America. The other five were born in Brazil, Canada, China, Peru and Taiwan. All are currently attending schools in the USA including Julliard, Eastman, Texas Christian, Indiana, University of Southern California, University of Houston, Queens College and Florida Gulf Coast University.

The judges for the first round of competition were Alejandro Cremaschi (piano faculty member at CU Boulder and current president of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association), Nancy Kaesler (former president of CSMTA) and Olga Dashevskaya (pianist and music historian). All commented on the high technical proficiency of the musicians. Three other distinguished area musicians will judge the final round of competition on January 5.

Main Stage Theater
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013

Times and Pricing:
Contestant Auditions: 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Free to the public

Evening Recital: 7:30 p.m. (ticket required)
Adults (ages 13 and up): $10
Children (ages 0-12): $5
     ** child tickets are not available for purchase online. Please call the Box Office at 720-898-7200


JSIYAC schedule

Times are approximate and performance slots may change.