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Symphony Names Young Artist Competition Winners

Women's City Club Charitable Foundation Young Artist Competition Names Winners

The 2018 Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation Young Artist Competition named 11th grade pianist Junhao Wang as first prize winner for his performance of the first movement of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto at the final round on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.

Junhao Wang

Wang was awarded $1,000 (sponsored by Dlabal Foundation). 

Second prize ($450 - sponsored by Kansas City Symphony Alliance) was awarded to high school senior saxophonist Jared Gutzmer for his performance of the second movement from Creston's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.

Third prize ($250 -  sponsored by Kansas City Symphony Alliance) was awarded to 8th grade violinist Kathleen Smith for her performance of Kabalevsky's Concerto in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 21, Mvt. 1.

Audience Favorite ($250 -  sponsored by Kansas City Symphony Alliance) was awarded to 11th grade violinist Zofia Farley for her performance of Mendelssohn's Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, op. 64, Mvt. 1.

A total of six students participated in the Final Round of the 2018 Young Artist Competition. Pictured below from left to right: Christian Atteberry (pianist), Andrew Aklagi (pianist), Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern, Dana Rath (cellist), Jake Kwon (cellist) and Cyrus Wallis (flutist).

About the Young Artist Comeptition
Each year, the Symphony invites music students between the ages of 13-18 to audition for a chance to perform with the Symphony and win nearly $2,000 in cash prizes. The Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation Young Artist Competition is part of the Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series. The competition includes a blind-juding preliminary round where applicants perform one prepared movement of a concerto or concert piece for solo and orchestra. From there, select students are then invited to advance to the final round.

To learn more about the program, visit the Young Artist Competition page, or contact Stephanie Brimhall, Kansas City Symphony education manager, at (816) 218-2639 or sbrimhall@kcsymphony.org.