About . . .
‟Young Concert Artists has acquired a special status in the musical world, and deservedly so. Its auditions and concerts have brought to public attention a steady stream of remarkable musicians.
It is extremely doubtful that any organization anywhere could have matched the YCA record for spotting great talent and helping it along.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
TELL ME ABOUT YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS!
Young Concert Artists is a non-profit organization founded by Susan Wadsworth in 1961, dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world.
IS THIS ORGANIZATION NECESSARY?
Even for an extraordinary artist, it is not easy to have the chance to be heard. Young Concert Artists does everything to open the doors of the international concert world to our Artists by providing all management services, New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston debuts, extensive performing experience, and career guidance.
HOW ARE YCA ARTISTS CHOSEN?
Each YCA Artist is chosen by winning the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Auditions differ in three important ways from Competitions: YCA hears instruments, voice and chamber ensembles; there is no limit to the number of artists who can win; and the participants are competing against a standard of excellence – not each other. For more information, please click on Auditions.
WHAT DOES YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS AWARD THE WINNERS?
Young Concert Artists Series:
Each YCA artist is presented in a debut recital in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center.
YCA artists receive all management services, which bring recitals, educational activities, and concerto appearances with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, as well as publicity materials, promotion, career guidance and development.
After initial residency training, YCA artists bring their extraordinary talent, virtuosity and energy up close to young audiences through our Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program. Each year, YCA artists give hundreds of lecture-demonstrations, mini-concerts and master classes at schools, colleges and community centers throughout the country in connection with their concert appearances.
THE YCA COMPOSER PROGRAM:
Since 1994, Young Concert Artists has chosen a composer every two years to be added to the management’s roster as a Composer-in-Residence. For the composers, YCA secures commissions and provides publicity, promotion, and two YCA commissions written for new Auditions Winners to premiere in the New York and Washington, D.C. Young Concert Artists Series.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS’ ILLUSTRIOUS ALUMNI?
Among the renowned musicians whose careers began with Young Concert Artists are violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, and Chee-Yun; pianists Emanuel Ax, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Olli Mustonen, Ursula Oppens, Murray Perahia, Fazil Say and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; flutists Paula Robison, Marya Martin and Eugenia Zukerman; the St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets; cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; soprano Dawn Upshaw; and composers Kevin Puts, Andrew Norman and Mason Bates.