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2017 finalists (l-r): Julian Rhee, violin; Naomi Sutherland, harp; Michael Wu, piano; Yaoyao Chen, violin.

Final Round: "Final Forte"

Wed., Mar. 29, 2017, 6:45 p.m.
Overture Hall in Overture Center for the Arts
More information about the Final Forte can be found here.

2017 Finalists

Michael Wu, piano | Sun Prairie
Age: 14
School: Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Grade 9)
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22, Mvt. I (Saint-Saëns)
Yaoyao Chen, violin | Menasha
Age: 18
School: Xavier High School (Grade 12)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Mvt. I (Sibelius)
Julian Rhee, violin | Brookfield
Age: 16
School: Brookfield East High School (Grade 11)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, Mvt. I (Tchaikovsky)
Naomi Sutherland, harp | Viroqua
Age: 17
School: Interlochen Arts Academy (Grade 12)
Danse sacr ée et danse profane (Debussy)
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.
2016 Results:
First Place: Robert Rockman, marimba
Second Place: Tabby Rhee, violin
Honorable Mention: Liam Mayo, piano
Honorable Mention: Audrianna Wu, piano
2015 Results
First Place: Julian Rhee, violin
Second Place: Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Honorable Mention: Maya Pierick, harp
Honorable Mention: Isabella Wu, piano
The Bolz Young Artist
Competition is made possible
by a generous endowment from
The Eugenie Mayer
Bolz Family Foundation
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete:
The Final Forte concert and
broadcasts are the result of a
historic partnership among
Major funding
provided by
Diane Ballweg
Julie and
Larry Midtbo
Fred and
Mary Mohs
Stephen Morton
Joe and
Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
A. Paul Jones
Charitable Trust
Additional funding
provided by
James Dahlberg
and Elsebet Lund
W. Jerome Frautschi
Ann and Roger
Elaine and
Nicholas Mischler
Kato Perlman
Sentry Insurance Company
Paul Guthrie, in memory of
Ella Guthrie
Judith and Nick Topitzes
Special thanks to Farley's House of Pianos for
providing the pianos for our
Young Artist Competition auditions