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Yoon Jae Lee, Conductor & Artistic Director
Kyunghun Kim, Principal Associate Conductor
Nina C. Young, 2015-16 Composer-in-Residence

Ensemble 212
2015-16 Young Artist Competition
Instrumental (Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass)

Yoon Jae Lee, Artistic Director, Ensemble 212
Kyunghun Kim, Principal Associate Conductor

Ensemble 212 wishes to congradulate Grand Prize Winner 15 year old violinist Nathan Meltzer and 2nd Prize winner 17 year old violinist Jessica Yang. Honorable mention goes to 11 year old cellist Ian Maloney.



Objective: To showcase outstanding young instrumentalists from the greater New York metropolitan area by providing opportunities to perform as a soloist with a professional orchestra.

How to apply: Please read the complete rules and regulations and repertoire list carefuly to determine eligibility.

Download the application form below and submit completed application form along with a $75 check payable to Ensemble 212. Audio or video files may be submitted on CD, DVD, Blu-ray or uploaded via file sharing services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or video sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. All applications must be postmarked by Thursday March 3. Electronic media files must be uploaded by 12:01 AM Friday March 4. After all submissions have been pre-screened, results for the preliminary round will be sent by email to all applicants by Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Procedure: Up to 8 applicants will be selected for the final round which will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon on the 3rd floor, time TBA. The final round is open to the general public. Each applicant will be alloted 12 minutes minutes of performance time and perform all works from memory. Performances that exceed 12 minutes may be interrupted by the jury. Applicants will make provisions for his/her own accompanist and three copies of the score should be prepared for the jury. The scores will be returned after the performance.

Two overall winners of the competition (one grand prize winner and one 2nd Prize Winner) will perform with Ensemble 212 at the Season Finale & Annual Young Artist Showcase concert at Good Shpeherd-Faith Presbyterian Church in New York City on Saturday April 2, 2016. The Grand Prize winner will also be awarded a cash prize of $250. In case either winner cannot perform at the concert, an alternate selected by the jury will perform in the winners’ place. Winners of the 2015-16 competition are ineligible to compete in any other Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition for the following 2 years. This does not apply to the alternate if he/she does not take the place of the winner. Any applicant who is unable to attend the final round for any reason will be disqualified. No make-ups are allowed. The decisions of the jury at every round of the competition are final and beyond appeal.

Mail all materials to:
Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition
c/o Kyunghun Kim
601 W 110th Street #10R1
New York, NY 10025

Links to electronic media files must be sent to competition@ensemble212.org.

Instrumental Category: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass born on or after March 1, 1998
Preliminary Round: Submit completed application along with $75 application fee by Thursday March 3. Annoucement of 8 finalists on Monday March 7.
Final Round: Friday, March 18, 2016 at Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon 689 5th Ave 3rd floor (entrance on E 54th St) from time TBA
Performance: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church at 8:00 PM
152 W 66th St (between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave)

Click here to view the complete repertoire list

Click here to view the Competition rules and regulations

Click here to go to donwload the pdf application form

For more information, please contact us at competition@ensemble212.org or call 917 302 9714.

Winners of the Young Artist Competition Series
2015-2016
Nathan MELTZER (Violin)
Jessica YANG (Violin) (2nd Prize)
Ian MALONEY (Violoncello) (Honorable Mention)
2014-2015
William CHEN (Piano) (Co-Grand Prize)
Alyssa KIM (Violin) (Co-Grand Prize)
Mia CHEUNG (Piano) (Honorable Mention)
Dylan WU (Violoncello) (Honorable Mention)
2013-2014
Alice IVY-PEMBERTON (Violin)
Derek LOUIE (Violoncello) (2nd Prize)
2012-2013
Noah LEE (Violoncello)
Yun HAN (Violoncello) (2nd Prize)
2011-2012
Instrumental William McGREGOR (Contrabass)
Sydney LEE (Violoncello) (2nd Prize)
Vocal Perri SUSSMAN (Mezzo-Soprano)
2010-2011
Piano Yun WEI
Viola Sophia SUN
2009-2010
Piano Rossina GRIECO
Violin Matthew KIMURA
2008-2009
Violonello Sarina ZHANG
Alex CHANG (Alternate)
Piano No winner selected
Voice
Bass-Baritone
Matthew CURRAN
2007-2008
Piano Angie ZHANG
Clare YEO (Alternate)
Violin Caroline SUH
Diomedes B. SARAZA Jr. (Alternate)
2005-2006
Voice
Soprano
Mary Elizabeth MACKENZIE