Announcing the 26th Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition
The Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition was initiated in 1989 and administered for 23 years by the late Dorinda Chase, Prometheus Symphony’s long-time principal clarinetist and extraordinary music educator. The Competition is named to honor Felix Khuner, who played with the Prometheus Symphony 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 director of the Berkeley Opera, conductor for the San Francisco Opera, prompter for the Metropolitan Opera, and guest conductor of major opera companies.
The Prometheus Symphony Orchestra is now preparing for the 2014-15 concerto competition, which is open to Bay Area string, wind and percussion players, 18 years of age or younger. Talented young musicians audition each year for the rare opportunity to perform a concerto with a symphony orchestra. Many have gone on to successful careers as professional musicians.
Auditions will be held in early November in the East Bay. The date and location will be posted here as soon as the date is confirmed, so please check back here frequently. Requests for email notification of the audition and application information may be sent to:
When the audition date is set, application forms and contest rules will be available for download.
Rules in brief: Those auditioning must:
· Be 18 or younger
· Play from memory a complete concerto or work for solo instrument and orchestra for which orchestra parts are readily available
· Supply your own piano accompanist for the audition.
· To be eligible to win, contestants must be able to perform with the Prometheus Symphony on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 3 pm in Oakland.