Winner receives $2,000 prize and runner-up receives $1,000 prize to use toward their music education
Winner will perform on stage with the Las Vegas Philharmonic during the annual Youth Concert Series
LAS VEGAS (October 8, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic is pleased to announce the results of the Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition that took place Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus. The panel of judges selected violinist Kelsea Breanne Au as winner and violinist Erika Dalton as runner-up of the 2015 Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Au will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the opportunity to perform as soloist in all 10 performances of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series, which is scheduled for November 19 – 20, 2015 and January 6 – 8, 2016. Dalton will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to use towards her music education. The judges also announced two honorable mentions from the competition, cellist Devon Zubka and pianist Jenny Han.
Au is 16 years old and is a junior at Green Valley High School. A native Las Vegan, Au has been playing violin for 11 years and currently studies under Ms. Yuri Cho. She was awarded a scholarship to participate in the seven week Chautauqua Music Festival and has performed as soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Symphony and as concertmaster for the Honor Orchestra and Nevada All-State Orchestra. Au plans to use the prize money towards performing in a music festival next summer.
Dalton is 15 years old and attends Nevada Virtual Academy. She has played violin for 11 years and currently studies under Las Vegas Philharmonic Concertmaster, De Ann Letourneau. Dalton has won several competitions including last year’s concerto competition, the American Protégé International and the ENKOR International. Dalton’s goal is to attend a top music conservatory on full scholarship. She plans to use the prize money towards Meadowmount Music Camp to study with Sally Thomas in the summer of 2016.
The Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition has been a key component of the orchestra’s education and community outreach since 1999, with the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s free annual Youth Concert Series reaching 180,000 school children to date. By presenting a young musician on stage in close age to the children in the audience, the organization hopes to inspire young students to play an instrument and develop a life-long appreciation for classical music.
Cox’s support of The Las Vegas Philharmonic is part of the Company’s longstanding support of the arts – in particular, youth art education – and is part of the Cox Hearts for Arts program.