LPO Annual Young Artists’ Concerto Competition

Concert Competition Winners will perform their winning concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at one of its Young People’s Concerts in February 2023!

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

The LPO Annual Young Artists’ Concerto Competition will take place at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Participants will be required to perform one movement of a standard concerto or short piece for their instrument and orchestra. The selection should be no longer than ten minutes in duration and must be a piece that has an orchestra accompaniment (no solo piano sonatas, for example). Contestants must also provide their own accompanists. The competition will be divided into two categories: Grades K-8 and grades 9-12. All previous contestants are strongly encouraged to participate (winners of previous year’s competition are ineligible). A committee of musicians from the LPO will select the winners.

Congratulations to our previous winners!

Arthur Stoecker – Audubon Charter

Arthur first began viola at age 5 placing his feet carefully on the foot chart while holding a cardboard instrument.  He’s now 13 and honing spiccato on Suzuki Book 6, pizzicato on La Folia, and double stops on Wolfhart. 

He enjoys playing Anime and video game theme songs by ear.  When not shredding on Schradieck sheet music, he enjoys reading novels like Six of Crows, The Keeper of the Lost Cities, and Scythe.  His favorite Creole Creamery ice cream flavor is Black and Gold Crunch, and he’s currently saving up for a gaming laptop. 

He has studied viola with Katie Carrington (who moved to Texas), Lois Geertz (who moved to Texas), and Lee Coker (who moved but not to Texas).  He currently studies with Catherine Matushek who plays in the LPO, and (thankfully) has not made any plans to move to Texas.

He plays on a Julius Hermann Prell 15 inch viola from Keller Strings.  The viola was made in 1925 in Markneukirchen, Germany from thin pieces of maple and spruce.  The lightweight of this viola has given his teacher hope that he might keep his scroll up during the performance.

Sophia Vu – Northshore High School 

Sophia Vu – Northshore High School 
“Sophia Vu is a 14-year-old freshman at Northshore High School in Slidell.  

Sophia started violin lessons at age 5 with the school Suzuki program. She has been studying under Mrs. Zorica Dimova since age 6.

She joined the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) in 2015 and was the winner of the Young Soloist Concerto Competition of GNOYO from the Sinfonia division in 2016, 2017, and the Philharmonia division in 2019. 

Sophia was selected to perform at the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans concert in 2017 (violin), 2018 (piano), and 2019 (violin).

She received the “Emily Friend Bayle Award” in 2017 and “Platzer Award” in 2019 from the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans. Sophia was the winner of 2019 LPO Annual Young Artists’ Concerto Competition for Grade K-8 category.

During the summer, she enjoys attending summer music programs like Acadian Suzuki Strings camp, Lone Star Young Artist Program in Dallas, and the Austin Young Artist Program. 

Sophia loves to read. She enjoys her free time playing with family, friends, and the family dogs, Phantom and Teddy. She wants to become a musician and a music teacher when she grows up.

Sophia will be playing the first movement of  Lalo Concerto – The Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21″

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