Finalists selected in 12th annual Concerto Competition for SD Youth Symphony

Carolyn Lee, a junior at Westview High School, performed Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” to win The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s 2010 Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition on Nov.14 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Lee will play her concerto with full orchestra at the youth symphony’s Spring Ovation Concert on Jan. 30 at Copley Symphony Hall.

“We are extremely proud of all of our symphony orchestra concerto competition participants and finalists,” said Jeff Edmons, SDYS&C artistic director.

“Carolyn gave an outstanding performance and we look forward to her appearance with the orchestra.”

Lee, 16, studies violin with Michael Tseitlin. She has been a SDYS&C member since 2003. Lee performs with Philharmonia, and is the Maurice Kawashima Associate Concertmistress of Symphony Orchestra.

As first place winner, Lee was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Advocates for Classical Music, an organization that has supported classical music in San Diego schools for 15 years.

Second place winner, Pin Cheng (Leonard) Chen, 14, of Torrey Pines High School, received a $500 scholarship. Chen performed the Khachaturian Violin Concerto.

Alice Fang, 17, also of Torrey Pines High School, won third place and a $350 scholarship. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

SDYS&C, based in Balboa Park, is the sixth oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, and serves more than 600 students (ages 8-25) annually in eight different training ensembles.

In addition to its large ensemble programs, SDYS offers a number of chamber music opportunities. Annual student placement auditions are held each June. SDYS&C student musicians routinely participate in national and international music camps, including Tanglewood, Interlochen, Aspen, and the Kennedy Center. In addition to students’ musical successes while enrolled with SDYS&C, many have gone on to leading conservatories and professional careers in performance, composition, and music education.

San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory

• (619) 233-3232•