Current Competition

Announcing the Winner of the 29th Annual
Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition

Cellist Davis​ ​You is the Winner of the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition. He will perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126, under the baton of Music Director Eric Hansen at the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Sunday, January 28, 2018. (See main page for concert information.)

We are again honored to have met the talented young Bay Area musicians (ranging in age from 9 to 16 this season) who participated in the highly competitive auditions in November 2017. Selecting a winner from among these gifted young people is always difficult. Our Winner, in addition to the opportunity to perform in concert with a symphony orchestra, is granted a monetary award and receives a professional recording of the performance.

Davis You is 15 years old, a sophomore at ​Palo​ ​Alto​ ​High​ ​School and is ​the​ ​Principal​ ​Cellist in​ ​California Youth Symphony​.​ ​He​ ​studies​ ​cello​ ​with​ ​Jonathan​ ​Koh who is on the faculties of U.C. Berkeley and the California Music Preparatory Academy. Davis ​previously​ ​studied​ ​with​ ​noted cellist Irene​ ​Sharp. Last summer​ ​he​ ​attended ​the​ ​Meadowmount​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music​ in Westport, NY – a summer school for young classical musicians training for professional music careers.

​Already making his mark as a solo performer, he took ​first​ ​place​ ​in​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​California ​solo​ ​competition of the American String Teachers Association,​ ​first​ ​place​ ​in​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​California​ ​Youth​ ​Symphony​ ​Young​ ​Artist Competition,​ ​and​ has received ​five​ ​invitations​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​in​ ​the​ prestigious ​Junior​ ​Bach​ ​Festival in Berkeley.​ ​ He also is ​​a​ past ​winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​CYS​ ​Associate​ ​Orchestra’s​ ​concerto​ ​competition.​ ​He ​was​ ​a​ ​semifinalist​ ​at​ ​the 2017 Tchaikovsky​ ​Competition​ ​for​ ​Young​ ​Musicians​​in held in​ ​Astana,​ ​Kazakhstan.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​in master​ ​classes​ ​of​ ​Martti​ ​Rousi,​ ​Kirill​ ​Rodin,​ ​Sergei​ ​Roldugin,​ ​Laszlo​ ​Mezo,​ ​Ruslan​ ​Biryukov, Andrew​ ​von​ ​Oeyen,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Horszowski​ ​Trio.​ ​

Also an​ ​avid chamber​ ​musician,​ ​Davis ​plays​ ​in​ ​a​ ​piano​ ​trio​ ​with​ ​Young​ ​Chamber​ ​Musicians​ ​during​ ​the​ ​school year​ ​and​ ​spent​ ​three​ ​summers​ ​studying​ ​chamber​ ​music​ ​at​ ​California​ ​Summer​ ​Music. His exceptional musical talent is further demonstrated by his interest in composing. He began studying composition at age seven, ​and​ ​has​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Conservatory of Music’s​ ​Summer​ ​Music​ ​West​ ​intensive composition​ ​workshop.

About Prometheus’s Concerto Competition:

This is the 29th consecutive annual Felix Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Prometheus Symphony since 1989. See the side-bar for our story.

The Competition is open to Bay Area string, woodwind, brass and percussion players, 18 years of age or younger. Remarkable young musicians audition each year for the rare opportunity to perform a concerto with a symphony orchestra. The audition itself provides an exceptional educational experience for aspiring young musicians.

Where are they now?  We are faced with the challenge of naming just one of the gifted auditioners as our Competition Winner. Last season, the brilliant 16-year-old violinist Mai Matsumoto was our winner, joining our panoply of amazing young artists. We proudly follow our past winners’ careers as leading musicians throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Click this link Previous Winners to read about Mai and all of our 29 years of winners.

Inviting young artists to apply for the 2019 Competition

Auditions for next season will be held in early November 2018. Application forms, with the date and location of auditions, will be posted here as soon as the audition date is confirmed. Application forms will be downloadable from the website at that time. Contact us at with questions or to request email notification of the audition date.

Competition Rules in brief: Auditioners must (1) be 18 years of age or younger; (2) be prepared to play from memory at the audition a complete concerto or work for solo instrument and orchestra for which orchestra parts are readily available; and (3) bring a piano accompanist to the audition. To be eligible to win, contestants must be able to perform with the Prometheus Symphony on a specified concert date in January 2019. That date will be set when auditions are announced.

Questions? The application form answers most questions, but you are welcome to email us:


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