The Final Forte

Young Artist

The Final Forte

The Final Forte will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. in Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts

The Final Forte finalists are selected from a group of young Wisconsin artists who competed in the Bolz Young Artist Competition’s two preliminary rounds. The event gives these four artists the chance to perform a movement from a concerto with the MSO.

The Final Forte is a free concert broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). This competition has captured an enormous following and numerous honors, including an Emmy nomination, First Place in the “Special Interest” category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2007, and fifth most-watched program in the February 2007 Nielsen ratings. The 2008 WPT and WPR broadcasts reached more than 60,000 viewers and listeners in the Madison market alone and the 2009 broadcasts reached an estimated 200,000 statewide.


…though I have competed nationally and internationally, nothing has surpassed the excitement and experience with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. I was called “an inspiration” and “a hero” by some of the kids I met from the audience, which were words that have inspired me to work even harder to continue to inspire and motivate other kids my age to strive for their goals as well.

– Julian Rhee, 2015 First Place Winner

It is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to feel the commitment and energy of these young performers and to reflect on the central role the arts play in our lives. I look forward to these events with great joy

– John DeMain, MSO Music Director

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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

Wisconsin Public Radio

Major funding provided by

Diane Ballweg

Fred and Mary Mohs

Julie and Larry Midtbo

Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner

Stephen Morton

Additional funding provided by

A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust

Ann and Roger Hauck

Sentry Insurance Company

James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund

David and Kato Perlman

Marc Vitale and Darcy Kind

W. Jerome Frautschi

Cyrena and Lee Pondrom

Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

Special thanks to Farley’s House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions

Farley's House of Pianos