Current Competition

Announcing the Winner of the 28th
Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition


Violinist Mai Matsumoto has been named the Winner of the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Young Artists Concerto Competition. She will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D majorOp. 35, under the baton of Music Director Eric Hansen at the Prometheus Symphony’s concert on Sunday, January 29, 2017. (Concert information  on our Home page.)

About Prometheus’s Concerto Competition:

This is the 28th 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? The Competition marks the first step in young musicians’ careers. We are proud to follow our winners’ exceptionally successful careers as leading musicians throughout the U.S. and in Europe. You will enjoy glancing through sketches of our prior winner’s amazing achievements under the Previous Winners tab.


Inviting young artists to apply for the 2018 Competition


Auditions for next season will be held in early November 2017. 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 2018. That date will be set when auditions are announced.

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