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Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition


The 2017-2018 season will mark the 29th annual Felix Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra since 1989. See the side-bar for our story.

About Prometheus’s Concerto Competition:

The Competition is open to Bay Area string, woodwind, brass, harp and percussion players who are 18 years of age or younger. Remarkable musicians audition each year for the rare opportunity to perform a concerto with a symphony orchestra before a live and appreciative audience. The audition itself provides an exceptional educational experience for aspiring young musicians, for whom auditioning is a significant aspect of a future career as a professional musician.

Where are they now? Every year we select from a group of exceptional young musicians one individual as our Competition Winner. We proudly follow our past winners’ successful and often extraordinary 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.

Apply for the 2019 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.  Concerts are presented in Oakland on Sunday afternoons.

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