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2015 Winner Maylynn Hu-Photo by Todd Maughan


This event was Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
at Bethel Lutheran Church.
The Fall Youth Concerto Competition provides outstanding young instrumentalists in grades 3-8 with the opportunity to perform solo repertoire with John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the annual Fall Youth Concerts. Winners also receive a scholarship to attend the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic.
“How fortunate I am to be able to play with a professional orchestra at the age of 11. Thank you MSO for the most wonderful opportunity to perform with you on the Overture Stage! I will cherish this moment forever!” – Past Winner
Antonio Wu, piano
Jefferson Middle School, Madison, WI
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103, Mvt. I
Antonio Wu, age 13, is an 8th grader at Jefferson Middle School in Madison, WI. He began taking piano lessons at age 5 with Shu-Ching Chuang. Antonio has won several awards and honors including winner of the 2014 Badger State Music Competition, honorable mention in the 2014 and 2015 Madison Symphony Orchestra Fall Youth Concerto Competitions, and winner of the 2016 Philharmonia Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition. In addition to the piano, he studies violin with Cynthia Bittar and enjoys playing in the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. In his free time, Antonio enjoys biking, reading, playing tennis and spending time with his family.
Monona Suzuki, violin
Hamilton Middle School, Fitchburg, WI
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
Monona Suzuki, age 13, is an 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School. She began violin at age 3 with Maria-Rose Germain. For the past 5 years, she has been studying with Eugene Purdue. Monona also plays piano and currently studies with Irmgard Bittar. She is winner of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Philharmonia Competition 2016, and played solo with WYSO in May 2016. At the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival, she won the Exemplary Soloist award in violin. Aside from music, Monona has participated in the Dane County Math Meet and Mega Math Meet. In her free time, Monona enjoys future problem solving, reading, teasing her siblings, swimming, badminton, and Cross Country Club.
Zehavi Rodriguez, cello
Homeschool, Darlington, WI
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Mvt. I
Jessica Jiang, piano
Jefferson Middle School, Madison, WI
Mozart: Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453, No. 17, Mvt. III
For providing the pianos for our
Young Artist Competition auditions