BOLZ YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
2017 finalists (l-r): Julian Rhee, violin; Naomi Sutherland, harp; Michael Wu, piano; Yaoyao Chen, violin.
First Place: Julian Rhee, violin | Brookfield
School: Brookfield East High School (Grade 11)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, Mvt. I (Tchaikovsky)
Second Place: Michael Wu, piano | Sun Prairie
School: Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Grade 9)
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22, Mvt. I (Saint-Saëns)
Honorable Mention: Yaoyao Chen, violin | Menasha
School: Xavier High School (Grade 12)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Mvt. I (Sibelius)
Honorable Mention: Naomi Sutherland, harp | Viroqua
School: Interlochen Arts Academy (Grade 12)
Danse sacrée et profane (Debussy)
Learn more about the finalists and The Final Forte (final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition).
The Bolz Young Artist Competition is a highly regarded statewide competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as soloists with the MSO. The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9-12 who play violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, percussion, saxophone, organ, or classical guitar. Previous winners may not compete in consecutive years on the same instrument. Contracted musicians of the MSO are ineligible.
Winners of the Bolz Young Artist Competition are featured as soloists with the MSO during the Spring Young People’s Concert. Each winner also receives a $2000 scholarship and the Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement or the Steenbock Youth Music Award. Up to two Honorable Mention scholarships of $1000 may also be awarded.
First Place: Robert Rockman, marimba
Second Place: Tabby Rhee, violin
Honorable Mention: Liam Mayo, piano
Honorable Mention: Audrianna Wu, piano
First Place: Julian Rhee, violin
Second Place: Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Honorable Mention: Maya Pierick, harp
Honorable Mention: Isabella Wu, piano