25-year-old violinist Lun Li, 23-year-old pianist Ying Li, 15-year-old pianist Harmony Zhu from Canada and 28-year-old vocal tenor Daniel McGrew from the United States have been award 1st prize at the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, in New York City.
All four winner will join the Young Concert Artists roster — granting access to a minimum of three years of management services, career engagements, publicity, and career guidance, plus coveted recital debuts in New York City and at the Washington D.C. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Throughout their tenure, all four will also 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.
Founded in 1961 by Susan Wadsworth, The Young Concert Artists International Auditions differ from a competition, as there are no rankings, and any number of winners can be selected – with each candidate competing against a standard of excellence, not each other.
The jury for the final round comprised: soprano Amy Burton, flutist Brandon Patrick George, conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya and David Alan Miller, vocal coach Kayo Iwama, YCA President Daniel Kellogg, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianists Cecile Licad and Anne-Marie McDermott, Philadelphia Orchestra Vice President of Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman, violist Marcus Thompson, YCA Founder Susan Wadsworth, and cellist Paul Watkins.
Previous YCA recipients include Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Anne Akiko Meyers, Emanuel Ax, and Murray Perahia — and VC Artists Paul Huang, Ray Chen, Stephen Warts, Zlatomir Fung, Xavier Foley, SooBeen Lee, and Jonathan Swensen.
Each of this year’s 1st prize recipients each perform at tomorrow evening’s Winners Concert at 7:00PM (ET) at Gilder Lehrman Hall, at New York City’s Morgan Library & Museum – which will also be streamed LIVE here on The Violin Channel.