Five talented musicians compete in live competition for a spot as a guest soloist.

The Lethbridge Symphony is excited to welcome five outstanding young musicians to compete in the Live Audition Finals of the 2018 Young Artist Competition on September 9, 2018 – 3 PM in the ATB Community Room at Casa.

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. Catherine McLaughlin (principal bass, Lethbridge Symphony), Sarah Viejou (principal horn, Lethbridge Symphony), and Dr Janet Youngdahl (soprano, Lethbridge Symphony guest artist) heard some brilliantly impressive audition recordings. “I just know they had quite the job on their hands,” notes executive director Melanie Gattiker. “And I am very glad that I was not the one who had to complete this difficult task!”

This year’s finalists are all passionate, experienced and ready to bring a powerhouse of talent to the competition. They include 13-year-old Luka Coetzee (cello), 15-year-old Chris Fang (violin), 13-year-old Jacques Forestier (violin), 24-year-old Daniel Kim (piano), and 12-year-old Anna Stube (violin). All will bring something unique, fresh and exciting to the stage. Live round adjudicators Julie Amundsen (cello, Lethbridge Symphony), Airdrie Robinson (violin, Lethbridge Symphony associate concertmaster), and Magdalena von Eccher (piano, Lethbridge Symphony guest artist) have their work cut out for them.

On September 9, these five phenomenal musicians will perform all or part of the major solo work they would like to perform with the Lethbridge Symphony in the 2019-2020 Season in front of a dazzled crowd, and everyone is welcome to attend (advance tickets online are $6; $8 at the door, cash only). The 2016 winner was violinist Yan Li, who wowed the audience with her stunning talent at the 2017-2018 Season closing concert this past May.