Young Artists Competition - Mondavi Center at UC Davis

The 2015 Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition offers the Founders Prize in Cello to U.S.-resident cellists ages 18–22, and the Young Artists Prize to California-resident pianists and instrumentalists ages 12–17.

2015 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition FAQs

Click here for a list of 2015 winners, which will be posted after the Young Artists Competition Finals on Saturday, February 28.


We are pleased to announce the finalist candidates of the 2015 Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition! Please join us for the Finals Weekend February 27-March 1.

Sophia Bacelar, cello Martinsville, NJ
Jared Blajian, cello Cleveland, OH
Brannon Cho, cello Ridgefield, NJ
Russell Houston, cello Evanston, IL
Anna Litvinenko, cello New York, NY
Charles Seo, cello Los Angeles, CA
Elena Ariza, cello Cupertino, CA
Tsutomu Copeland, violin Palo Alto, CA
Geneva Lewis, violin Irvine, CA
Mai Matsumoto, violin Cupertino, CA
Hannah Song, violin Irvine, CA
Marie Kelly, piano Napa, CA
Kevin Takeda, piano Indian Wells, CA
Elliot Wuu, piano Fremont, CA
Roger Xia, piano Davis, CA
Victor Xie, piano Palo Alto, CA
Final Auditions
February 28
and March 1, 2015
Davis, CA

Founders Division
  • Grand Prize: $5000
  • Runner-Up: $1500 
Young Artists Division
  • Piano Prize: $1500
  • Piano Runner-Up: $500
  • Instrumental Prize: $1500
  • Instrumental Runner-Up: $500  
Additional Prizes
  • Bouchaine Young Artists Prize:
    Napa Valley Festival Del Sole: $2,500
  • Special Prize for performance of American Power Suite: $500


Concert Artists Guild Napa Valley Festival del Sole
Steinway & Sons