Prometheus Symphony welcomes 16-year old Davis You as the winner of this season’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. To say his talent is astounding is not saying enough about this remarkable young musician from Palo Alto High School. His choice of the challenging Shostakovich Concerto for his audition was remarkable enough, but his artistic and technically amazing rendition made him the clear winner over a field of 11 talented young auditioners (age 9 to 16).
It takes talent but also dedication to get where he is already. Davis is Principal Cellist of the California Youth Symphony. He studies cello with Jonathan Koh who is on the faculties of U. C. Berkeley and the California Music Preparatory Academy. Davis previously studied with noted cellist Irene Sharp. Last summer he attended the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY – a summer school for young classical musicians training for professional music careers.
Already making his mark as a solo performer, Davis took first place in the 2016 California solo competition of the American String Teachers Association, first place in the 2017 California Youth Symphony Young Artist Competition, and has received five invitations to perform in the prestigious Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley. He also is a past winner of the CYS Associate Orchestra’s concerto competition. He was a semifinalist at the 2017 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians held in Astana, Kazakhstan. He has performed in master classes of leading cellists including Martti Rousi, Kirill Rodin, Sergei Roldugin, Laszlo Mezo, Ruslan Biryukov, Andrew von Oeyen, and the Horszowski Trio.
An avid chamber musician, Davis plays in a trio (cello, piano and violin) with Young Chamber Musiciansand has spent three summers studying chamber music at California Summer Music.
A child composer? Yes indeed. Davis You’s exceptional talent is further demonstrated by the fact that he began studying composition at age seven, and has participated in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Summer Music West intensive composition workshop.
This is the Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition’s 29th year. Every year a remarkable array of youthful musicians (age 18 and under) audition. We have difficulty selecting just one young talent as Competition Winner. Our alumni have had remarkable careers through this country and in Europe. Visit our website to find out more about the Competition and about each of our prior Winners: www.PrometheusSymphony.org, Concerto Competition tab.