Bolz Young Artist Competition

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Bolz Young Artist Competition

2021 Competition Information

Three rounds of the competition:
Preliminary Round: Friday, January 14, 2022 (evening) and Saturday, January 15, 2022
Semi-Final Round: Thursday, January 27, 2022 (evening)​
Final Round (The Final Forte): Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

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 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

Madison Symphony Orchestra
Wisconsin Public Television
Wisconsin Public Radio

Major funding provided by

Diane Ballweg

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

Stephen Morton

Sentry Insurance Foundation

Focus Fund for the Arts

Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale

Kato Perlman

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

Farley's House of Pianos