Previous Winners

The Winners and Where They are Now

We proudly present all the winners of the Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition since it began in 1989, listed by year and with the composition performed with the Prometheus Symphony in a live concert. All who audition must be 18 or younger – some of our winners are as young as 11 and 12.  Auditions attract many very talented young musicians from throughout the Bay Area, but only one or sometimes two can be chosen as a winner each year.

Click on the name to open a brief biography. Nearly all of these gifted artists have attended leading music schools and conservatories and now have impressive music careers. Information is drawn from reliable sources, such biographies published in programs or alumni publications, or on websites of orchestras and chamber groups. We provide links to individuals’ websites, although most do not have one. The Concerto Committee updates the information periodically (a note states when last updated).

  • Andrew Lee – 2016:  Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  • Charissa Leung – 2015: Dvořák, Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
  • Ila Shon – 2014 (co-winner): Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  • Kelvin Guo – 2014 (co-winner): von Weber, Concertino in Eb for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 26
  • Oliver Herbert – 2013: Bloch, Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra
  • Travis Chen – 2011: Elgar, Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85
  • Stephen Waarts – 2010 (co-winner): Mozart, Concerto for Violin No. 2 in D major
  • Ravenna Lipchik – 2010 (co-winner): Chausson, Poème for violin and orchestra, Op. 25
  • Joyce Park – 2009: Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68
  • Michael Severance – 2009: von Weber, Concerto for Bassoon in F major, Op. 75
  • Eunice Kim – 2008: Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  • Stephen Kim – 2007: Bruch, Violin Concerto in G minor
  • Lydia Kirchhofer – 2007: Hovhaness, Fantasy on Japanese Wood Prints (for marimba)
  • Paul Hyun – 2006: Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
  • James Jaffe – 2005: Bloch, Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra
  • Tessa Seymour – 2005: Boccherini, Concerto in B flat major
  • Zenas Hsu – 2004: Ravel, Tzigane for violin and orchestra
  • Jonah Levy – 2003: Hummel, Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
  • Alexander Reicher – 2002: Grondahl, Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
  • Karla Donehew-Perez – 2002: Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major
  • Clare Twohy – 2001 (co-winner): Beethoven, Romance in F major
  • Andrea Segar – 2001 (co-winner): Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
  • Rebecca Corrucini – 2000: Stravinsky, Violin Concerto in D
  • Evie Koh – 1999: Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  • Jia Yao – 1998: Vieuxtemps, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor
  • Jae Chung – 1997: Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole
  • Meeka Quan – 1997: Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op. 33
  • Sharon Bogas – 1996: Elgar, Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  • Nerina Mancini – 1995: Bloch, Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra
  • Nicole Joseph-Goteiner – 1994: Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  • Ruth-Angela Fears – 1993 (co-winner): Mozart, Bassoon Concerto in B flat major
  • Lilah Valfer – 1993 (co-winner): Ravel, Tzigane for violin and orchestra
  • Sophia Kessinger – 1992 (co-winner):  Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op.22
  • John Kendall Bailey – 1992 (co-winner): Telemann, Concerto for Oboe D’Amore in A major
  • Julia Tom –1991: Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  • Ilana Blumberg – 1990: Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor

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