Competition Showcases Great Talent

Five talented musicians to compete live for a spot as a guest soloist

We are excited to welcome four outstanding young musicians to compete in the Live Audition Finals of the 2016 Young Artist Competition on September 18, 2016 – 3 PM at the University of Lethbridge Recital Hall.

For over 30 years, the Lethbridge Symphony has provided young and talented musicians from across Alberta a unique opportunity to showcase their talents in competition for a chance to perform as a guest soloist with the Symphony. The Young Artist Competition was started in 1985 and continues on with the generosity of the Helen Johnson Memorial Fund. Not only does the winner get the exciting chance to be a guest soloist, they also receive a generous cash donation thanks to the sponsorship of Mark and Bev Bellamy.

The field of competition is narrowed down to five finalists through a blind round of adjudication, no easy task. Blaine Hendsbee and Adam Mason heard some brilliantly impressive audition recordings. “It was not easy cutting the competition in half. We were in awe of the talent. Not surprisingly, it’s going to be extremely difficult picking just one winner out of these finalists!” said Hendsbee.

This year’s finalists are all passionate, experienced and ready to bring a powerhouse of talent to the competition. They include 13-year-old violinist Typhen Chan, 21-year-old violinist Daniel Dastoor, 20-year-old pianist Zain Solinski, and 17-year-old violinist Yan Li. All will bring something unique, fresh and exciting to the stage.

Live round adjudicators Rolf Bertsch (Artistic Director, Calgary Civic Symphony) and Norbert Boehm (Lethbridge Symphony Concertmaster) have their work cut out for them. Music Director Glenn Klassen agrees, “I’m always glad I don’t have to make the choice, because boy, it’s never easy!”

On September 18, these phenomenal musicians will perform all or part of the major solo work they would like to perform with the Lethbridge Symphony in the 2017-2018 Season in front of a dazzled crowd, and everyone is welcome to attend (admission by donation). The 2015 winner was violinist Isabella Perron, a 16-year-old who wowed the audience with her stunning talent during the 2015-2016 Season.