YCA International Auditions


October 25 - 31, 2021


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YCA International Auditions 2021

The YCA International Auditions 2021 are now open.

Each year after a rigorous audition process, Young Concert Artists chooses a new group of stellar young musicians to add to its roster with the promise of debuts in both New York City and Washington, DC, followed by at least three years of career management.  This includes providing performance opportunities, promotional and marketing services, travel arrangements, educational residency experience, and extensive professional development.  

The final YCA International Auditions will take place on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Winners of the YCA International Auditions and Composer-in-Residence Search represent the future of classical music, and we invest in their careers so they may spend a lifetime bringing the gift of music to audiences around the world. 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.

Winners are selected by a jury of distinguished musicians. The criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, individuality, projection as a performer, and promise. Musicians compete against a standard of excellence – not each other, and there can be any number of winners each year.

Young Concert Artists has been dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional young musicians for 60 years. Our alumni, active in every corner of the classical music world, embody our success. They solo with the top orchestras, perform on the most prestigious concert stages, serve as artistic directors, conductors, and professors, and are recognized as some of the most important ambassadors for this exquisite art form. With such celebrated names as Emanual Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Dawn Upshaw, and Pinchas Zukerman, YCA alumni stand as a testament to the importance of our mission.

Founded in 1961 by Susan Wadsworth, Young Concert Artists has presented nearly 300 artist debut concerts, has commissioned more than 30 compositions from YCA composers, and has facilitated thousands of residencies through the Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program.

YCA International Auditions Deadline: Monday, August 2, 2021

  • Application Deadline Date: August 2, 2021


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