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About the Competition

At the Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition, we are proud to support young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to support their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis is one of the premier performance venues on the West Coast, featuring an annual concert season that includes many of the world’s greatest soloists, orchestras and chamber ensembles.

The competition occurs annually, and offers the Founders Prize ($5000) in rotating instrumental categories to musicians age 18-22, as well as the Young Artists Prize ($1500) in both Piano and Instrumental divisions to musicians age 12-17.

The 2017 Young Artists Competition will offer the Founders Prize in Violin to violinists age 18-22.

2017 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition Finalists

Young Artists – Pianists
April Chen
Tyler Kim
Andrew Semenza
Talon Smith
Parker Van Ostrand 

Young Artists – Instrumentalists
Ann Kuo
Nathan Le
Theresa Lee
Javier Morales-Martinez
Woojin Nam
Nicholas Padmanabhan
Claire Park
Sophia Valenti
Clara Yang

Founder’s Division
Annelle Gregory
Strauss Shi
Tristan Siegel
Sophia Stoyanovich
Yue Qian
Jonathan Yi


Individual support for the Young Artists Competition is generously
provided by founding sponsors
Barbara K. Jackson, Mary B. Horton and John and Lois Crowe.

Thanks to our national partners and hosts:
Cleveland Institute of Music
Napa Valley Festival del Sole
Peabody Conservatory
Pianoforte Foundation Chicago
Portland Piano Company
Steinway Gallery Beverly Hills
Steinway Hall Dallas
Steinway Hall New York

Applications closed for 2017.

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2016 Winners

The 12th Annual Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition offers the Founders Prize in Piano to U.S.-resident pianists ages 18–22, and the Young Artists Prize to California-resident pianists and instrumentalists ages 12–17.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition!

Founders Prize in Piano
Hugo Kitano

Founders Division, Runner Up
Sahun Sam Hong

Special Jury Prize for Best Performance of Daniel Felsenfeld's Stardust Etudes
Hugo Kitano

Founders Division, Honorable Mention
Patrick Elisha

Young Artists Pianists Prize
Ophir Horovitz

Young Artists Pianists Division, Runner Up
Shiyi Andy Sheng

Young Artists Instrumentalists Prize
James Poe

Young Artists Instrumentalists Division, Runner Up
Aileen Chung

Bouchaine Young Artists Prize for Festival Napa Valley
James Poe