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 comprehensive management services, debut recitals in New York City and Washington, DC, extensive performing opportunities at recital halls and with orchestras across the US and abroad, and ongoing career guidance and support.
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. More information
WHAT DOES YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS AWARD THE WINNERS?
Young Concert Artists Series:
Each YCA artist is presented in debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center.
Upon winning the auditions, YCA artists are awarded a minimum three-year comprehensive management contract. During this time, Young Concert Artists launches their careers by booking recital and concerto engagements throughout the US and abroad, including debut concerts in New York and Washington, and providing full management services, professional press and publicity materials, and ongoing career guidance and development. Throughout their tenure, emerging artists benefit from YCA’s connections with the industry’s managers, concert presenters, conductors of major orchestras, and financial supporters, as well as its long-standing reputation for discovering and furthering the careers of extraordinary young artists.
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:
The YCA Composer Program was founded by the Young Concert Artists Alumni Association in 1994 to discover exceptional young composers and to provide them the same career-changing opportunities that YCA is known for. Every two years, a composer-in-residence is selected and awarded a three-year management contract, along with two $5,000 commissions. These new works are written in close collaboration with up-and-coming YCA artists for premieres in the Young Concert Artists Series, and receive additional performances on the artists’ national tours. Since the inception of the program, eleven YCA composers have been honored with major awards including the Pulitzer Prize, Musical America’s Composer of the Year (2017 & 2018), the Grawemeyer Award for Music, a Heinz Medal in the Humanities, three Rome Prizes, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others. More information
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS’ ILLUSTRIOUS ALUMNI?
Among the renowned musicians whose careers began with Young Concert Artists are violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Paul Huang and Chee-Yun; pianists Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Fazil Say and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; the St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets; harpist Emmanuel Ceysson; sopranos Dawn Upshaw and Julia Bullock; mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; and composers Kevin Puts, Andrew Norman and Mason Bates.