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Young Artists Competition

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

The 13th annual national Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC) supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. This year the competition features the Founders Prize in Violin to U.S.-residents ages 18–22, and the Young Artists Prize to California-resident pianists and instrumentalists ages 12–17. 


May 5 - Rachel Barton Pine and Lara Downes in Concert - VANDERHOEF STUDIO THEATRE

Amy Beach: Romance for Violin and Piano, op. 23 (1893)                                                               

Selections from American Partitas for Violin (2017)
Bruce Molsky: Waltz
April Verch: Jig                                                                                                                          

Traditional: Shenandoah for Piano                                                                                                  

Scott Joplin: Elite Syncopations (1902)                                                                                          

George Gershwin: Three Preludes for Violin and Piano (1926)                                                    

Daniel Bernard Roumain: I Need To Cry But Can't (2017)                                                               

Daniel Bernard Roumain: Hip-Hop Dance 1 (2017)                

Daniel Bernard Roumain: Prayer from Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1 (2002)                                  

Two Movements from Suite for Violin and Piano (1943)                                                 
William Grant Still: Mother and Child 
William Grant Still​: African Dancer


May 6 - Competition Finals - JACKSON HALL
Talented young musicians from across the United States take the stage with their best repertoire before an esteemed panel of judges. The finalists will be competing for cash prizes and a spot in the Young Artists Competition Winners Concert.


MAY 7 - 10AM | Master Class - VANDERHOEF STUDIO THEATRE                         

Jury Chair Rachel Barton Pine will hold a public violin master class featuring the Founders Division finalists. This event is free to observe and does not require a weekend pass/ticket.


May 7- Winners Concert - JACKSON HALL
Mondavi Center resident pianist Lara Downes hosts the celebratory concert featuring the incredibly talented winners of the 13th annual Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition. The competition, held by live auditions in cities throughout the U.S., is juried by a panel of internationally renowned musicians, with winners in multiple instrumental categories.


The Young Artists Competiton is sold as a three-event package. 


Event Info

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
Jackson Hall

Artist Info

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Individual Support Provided By

  • John and Lois Crowe
  • Mary B. Horton
  • Barbara K. Jackson