Bolz Young Artist Competition
2020 Competition Information
Three rounds of the competition:
Preliminary Round: Video submission due with application, January 11
Semi-Final Round: No additional submission required
Final Round (The Final Forte): Wednesday, March 3, 2021, live on Overture Hall stage (no audience, piano accompaniment only)
The Final Forte 2021
We are pleased to announce the results of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition! The final round of the competition took place in Overture Hall on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The four finalists performed their concerto selections with piano accompaniment for a panel of three judges. Verbal introductions of the finalists and their musical selections were made from the stage by MSO’s Music Director, John DeMain, and MSO’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Kathryn Schwarzmann.
The Final Forte competition was captured by Audio for the Arts and Painted Post Multimedia in Overture Hall. Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte post-production will be done by PBS Wisconsin. The final production will presented online in the spring, and may also be broadcast.
First place: Sophia Jiang, piano, was awarded the Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement and a $2,000 scholarship.
Second place: Dexter Mott, violin, was awarded the Steenbock Youth Music Award and a $2,000 scholarship.
Honorable Mentions: Carrie Wang, violin and Qing Ng, violin each received a $1,000 scholarship.
About The Final Forte
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. Previous winners may not compete in consecutive years on the same instrument. Contracted musicians of the MSO are ineligible.
The four semi-finalists compete in The Final Forte, which we anticipate will be broadcast on PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio. Each winner 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.
Contact Education Assistant Lisa Kjentvet at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you to our partners
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
W. Jerome Frautschi
Fred and Mary Mohs
Additional funding provided by
Dr. A. Beyer-Mears
Julie and Larry Midtbo
Cyrena and Lee Pondrom
Anders Yocom and Ann Yocom Engelman
James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund
Sentry Insurance Foundation
Focus Fund for the Arts
Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale
Nick and Judith Topitzes
Friends of PBS Wisconsin
Special thanks to Farley’s House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions