Winners Announced in 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions

By Logan Martell

Three First Prize Winners have been named in this year’s Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

The winners include pianist Zhu Wang, bass-baritone William Socolof, and mezzo-soprano Megan Moore.

The trio will receive management services for a minimum of three years, as well as career guidance, publicity, and concert engagements in New York and Washington, D.C.

The Winners Concert at Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center, as well as the final round of the auditions, were made available for streaming; both videos can be found on YCA’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

“During this time it is more important than ever to offer opportunities to young musicians and forge the future of classical music,” writes Young Concert Artists President Daniel Kellogg. “Both the artists and the jury have found it profoundly moving to share live music with each other during the final round of our auditions. We are reminded of the power of live music, and hope you will celebrate with us at the Winners Concert.”

Drawing from over 100 applicants worldwide, the YCA differs from normal competitions in that there are no rankings, with any number of artists able to be selected as they strive for excellence.

The jury members included Daniel Kellogg, J’Nai Bridges, Eugene Drucker, Wolfram Koessel, Micahel Stern, Howard Watkins, Susan Wadsworth, and more.