Current Competition

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

Davis You, Cello Soloist

Andrew Lee Headshot 250x177Prometheus Symphony welcomes 16-year old Davis You as the winner of this season’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. To say his talent is astounding is not saying enough about this remarkable young musician from Palo Alto High School. His choice of the challenging Shostakovich Concerto for his audition was remarkable enough, but his artistic and technically amazing rendition made him the clear winner over a field of 11 talented young auditioners (age 9 to 16).

It takes talent but also dedication to get where he is already. Davis is Principal Cellist of the 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, Davis 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 held in​ ​Astana,​ ​Kazakhstan.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​in master​ ​classes​ ​of​ leading cellists including ​Martti​ ​Rousi,​ ​Kirill​ ​Rodin,​ ​Sergei​ ​Roldugin,​ ​Laszlo​ ​Mezo,​ ​Ruslan​ ​Biryukov, Andrew​ ​von​ ​Oeyen,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Horszowski​ ​Trio.​ ​

An​ ​avid chamber​ ​musician,​ ​Davis ​plays​ ​in​ ​a​ ​trio​ (cello, piano and violin) ​with​ ​Young​ ​Chamber​ ​Musicians​and has ​spent​ ​three​ ​summers​ ​studying​ ​chamber​ ​music​ ​at​ ​California​ ​Summer​ ​Music.

A child composer? Yes indeed. Davis You’s exceptional talent is further demonstrated by the fact that 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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