31st Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition
Maya Stock, an extraordinary 15-year-old flutist, is the Winner of the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition. She will perform Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, under the baton of Music Director Eric Hansen at the Prometheus Symphony’s concert on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
This year, 17 talented young Bay Area musicians ranging in age from 10 to 17 participated in these highly competitive auditions. Selecting a winner from this remarkable group was difficult. Prometheus Symphony is proud to introduce Maya as the Winner of the 31st Annual Competition, and looks forward to presenting her superb performance of this beautiful and challenging work.
Maya began playing flute five years ago at the age of ten, and soon began studying with Andrei Gorchov, noted flute teacher and Associate Conductor of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. She quickly gained recognition in Marin County’s music-rich environment, being named a winner in Marin Music Chest’s junior and senior division competitions in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she performed in Marin Music Chest Young Artist Concert where she was awarded, by unanimous vote of the judges, the Alma Tomlinson Award for the most outstanding performance. Maya also won the 2019 Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition, performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major with the Marin Symphony.
Maya’s talent is quickly gaining broader recognition, underscored by her winning this competition that draws contestants from throughout the Bay Area. She has been selected for the annual California All-State Concert Band two years running. As a member of the highly regarded Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, which sends its alumni to leading symphony orchestras across the country, she joined in its first Eastern European tour in the summer of 2019, performing in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.
Maya also has been studying piano for seven years with Janice Clark, and she enjoys running cross country with her high school team. She is a sophomore at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo.
About the Competition
The Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition, open to Bay Area string, woodwind, brass, harp and percussion players, has been a notable element in the Bay Area’s rich offering of opportunities for young musicians for over 30 years. Many gifted young musicians audition every year, seeking the exceptional opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra before a live and appreciative audience. The Competition Winner will gain the valuable experience of working with our Music Director, Eric Hansen, and will be featured on Prometheus Symphony’s website and in concert publicity, including KDFC and other listings. The Winner will receive a professional recording of the performance, a framed certificate, and a $200 award. Even the audition itself is a valuable educational experience for all who apply, as auditioning will be a significant aspect of aspiring musicians’ future careers.
Each season, we are faced with the challenge of naming just one of the exceptionally talented auditioners as the Winner, who will join our panoply of amazing past winners, some of whom have been as young as 10. Go to Previous Winners to read about all of their careers as leading musicians throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
Who is eligible? Applicants must be 18 or younger on the audition date and ready to play from memory a complete concerto at the audition. Applicants must be able to perform at Prometheus’s concert in Oakland on the last Sunday afternoon in January, and must be available to attend Monday evening rehearsals in Oakland. Contestants from prior seasons are urged to audition again, as our winners have often auditioned more than once.
Questions? The Application & Rules page addresses most frequently asked questions, but don’t hesitate to email any further questions to us at ConcertoCompetition@PrometheusSymphony.org. You may also request email notice when the audition date is set for the next Competition.
Story of the Concerto Competition
This youth concerto competition was initiated in 1989 at the instigation of the late Dorinda Chase, extraordinary music educator and long-time principal clarinetist for Prometheus Symphony. The Competition is named in honor of Felix Khuner, who played with Prometheus after retiring from a career as a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and California String Quartet. His son, Jonathan Khuner, conducted the Prometheus Symphony for 13 years before moving on to be music and artistic director of the Berkeley (Left-Coast) Opera, an assistant conductor with the San Francisco Opera, prompter for the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, and guest conductor for major opera companies throughout the country.
Since 1997, Eric Hansen, current Music Director of the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, has served as Audition Judge. He works closely with the winners, providing an extraordinary educational experience as these young artists learn what is involved in performing with a live orchestra. The Competition is administered by members of Prometheus and is supported by orchestra members’ dues, modest contest fees, and audience donations.
Please consider joining our generous group of donors and help us continue to offer this excellent opportunity for young Bay Area musicians. DONATION