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2018 Finalists


We are pleased to announce the Finalists of the 2018 Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition!



Erika Baikoff                Soprano

Brandon Bell              Bass-baritone

Trevor Cook               Baritone

Kanisha Feliciano     Soprano

Taylor Haines             Soprano

Nicole Hodgins          Soprano

Shereen Pimentel     Soprano

Thomas West             Baritone



Andrew Chang        Clarinet

Catherine Choi         Cello

Albert Gang              Violin

Mai Matsumoto       Violin

Sean Mori                  Violin

Danielle Nam            Harp

Claire Park                 Cello

Kevin Song                Cello



Umi Garrett              

Samuel Glicklich       

Jessica Li                    

Parker Ostrand         

Karina Tseng             

Charlotte Wong      


Congratulations to all of the semifinalists! We look forward to Finals Weekend in April.

2018 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition

The 2018 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition offers the $5000 Founders' Prize in Voice to vocalists ages 18-24.

In honor of the Centennial of the birth of American composer Leonard Bernstein, the 2018 competition will focus on the American Song repertoire, in partnership with the Hampsong Foundation Song of America project and Leonard Bernstein at 100. American baritone Thomas Hampson will serve as Honorary Chairman of the Competition.

The $1500 Young Artists Prize is offered to California-resident pianists and instrumentalists age 12-17.


More information about tickets for the 2018 Young Artists Competition Finals.


April 27: Finalists Showcase
The Young Artists Competition weekend kicks off with a very special opportunity to meet the 2018 Founders' Division finalists: eight of the most promising young American singers rising today, selected through nationwide live auditions under the guidance of international opera star Thomas Hampson, who serves as honorary chair of the competition.

The eight finalists will perform in a curated showcase and masterclass led by San Francisco Opera Center director Sherri Greenawald, singing repertoire chosen from the Hampsong Foundation Song of America project.

April 28: Competition Finals
Twenty two talented young singers, pianists and instrumentalists from across the United States take the stage before an internationally renowned panel of judges to compete for cash scholarships and a spot in the Young Artists Competition Winners Concert. This year the competition focuses on repertoire by American composers, in honor of the Centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.

April 29: Winners Concert
Lara Downes hosts the celebratory concert featuring the newly-announced laureates of the 14th 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. This year legendary American baritone Thomas Hampson serves as Honorary Chair of the competition, which celebrates the Centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with a focus on music by American composers.


About the Competition

At the Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition, we are proud to support young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to support their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis is one of the premier performance venues on the West Coast, featuring an annual concert season that includes many of the world’s greatest soloists, orchestras and chamber ensembles.

The competition occurs annually, and offers the Founders Prize ($5000) in rotating instrumental categories, as well as the Young Artists Prize ($1500) in both Piano and Instrumental divisions to musicians age 12-17.

The 2018 Young Artists Competition will offer the Founders Prize in Voice to vocalists age 18-24.


Individual support for the Young Artists Competition is generously provided by founding sponsors Barbara K. Jackson, Mary B. Horton and John and Lois Crowe.