Results of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 17th Annual Young Artists Competition


Totaling $5250 in cash awards

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra winners of the Young Artists Competition Sunday, February 27th
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra winners of the Young Artists Competition Sunday, February 27th

(Vancouver, WA)  The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concluded its seventeenth annual Young Artists Competition Sunday, February 27th at TrinityLutheran Church, Vancouver, WA. In each of three instrument categories, first, second and third place winners were selected, with each receiving monetary awards. First place recipients will perform with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Salvador Brotons, April 9th and 10th at Skyview Concert Hall,Vancouver, WA.


  • 1st – Alexander Zhu                                 $1000
    Teacher – Kelli Stephens
    Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2, op. 18, 1st Mvt.
  • 2nd – Ruta Kuzmickas                              $500
    Teacher – Jean-David Coen
    ravel, Piano concerto in G major, 1st Mvt.
  • 3rd – Sherry Liang                                  $250
    Teacher – Barbara Parker
    Saint-Saens Piano concerto No.5, Mvt. 3

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  • 1st – Kenneth Fukumoto, Alto sax              $1000
    Teacher – Phil Baldino
    Concerto for Alto Sax, Glazunov
  • 2nd – John Church, Trombone                   $500
    Teacher – Henry Henniger
    Concertino for Trombone, David
  • 3rd – Nick Rector, Trumpet                       $250
    Teacher – Paul Nickolas
    Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet


  • 1st –  David Kim, Cello,                            $1000
    Teacher – Hyun-Jin Kim
    Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor
  • 2nd – Lauren Siess, Viola                          $500
    Teacher – Ann Medellin
    Walton Viola Concerto, 2nd Mvt
  • 3rd –  Kristin Qian, Violin                          $250
    Teacher – Carol Sindell
    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, 1st Mvt.

The nine finalists were chosen from thirty-seven entries submitted between October 2010 and January, 2011. Finalists were then judged on interpretation, technique, dynamics and overall musicality. Young Artists performed live in front of an enthusiastic audience of over 200 and a panel of five judges, music professionals from the Vancouver/Portland area. Judges included:

  • Sharon Hinckley
  • Tatiana Kolchanova
  • Don Appert
  • Igor Shakhman
  • Jim Obanian

David Smith, VSO board member, emceed the event and was preceded by Larry Easter, member of the Friends and long-time supporter of the Young Artists Competition.
Tickets for the April 9th and 10th concert are now available online at The April concert will also include A. Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by All-Classical FM’s Edmund Stone, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.8, Op.93 in F major.
The 2011 Young Artists Competition was sponsored by Friends of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. “Generosity of spirit is the commonality that men and women share in the Friends organization,” said Linda Odenborg, Chair of the dedicate group. “We believe in giving back through Education Outreach programs and fundraising events.”

Additional supporters of the Young Artists Competition included Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Liu. Proceeds from Virtuoso Music for Two Pianos, performed by Michael Liu, Fred Lu and Kate Hobbie January 9th at Sherman Clay & Moe’s Piano, Portland, Oregon also assisted in supporting the February 27th competition.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is a 70-member professional orchestra presenting international guest artists and varied programs, October through May. The concert season includes live classical performances led by Maestro Salvador Brotons as well as special events such as the successful February 12th performance of Aaron Meyer & The Vancouver Big Band, or the upcoming In-School concerts. Visit for tickets and information.