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The Experience

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Colorado and play for the judges, audience and my peers. It is sometimes very hard as a young musician to find rewarding venues to play for. Here, the music is obviously treasured by the listeners and participants alike. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I could not have hoped for a better weekend.”

– Finalist

“The finalists are all winners! It was a very exciting event to judge. It was revitalizing to be able to listen to such high quality performances, which reflect the musicians' dedication to their art. It made me want to go home and practice!”

– Judge

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra


2014 International Young Artists Competition – Instrumental

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2014 (1/4/2014)
1 Danny Lai (Viola) Viola Concerto in B♭, BB 128 - Bartók
2 Robert Chien (Violin) Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 - Sarasate
3 Emma Hoeft (Cello) Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33 - Tchaikovsky

Danny Lai, 1st Place winner (viola)

Emma Hoeft (3rd Place), Danny Lai (1st Place), Robert Chien (2nd Place)

Video from the Denver Post.

YouTube performances – 2014 finalists (where available).

Pictures – finalists and judges, 2014 competition.

OpusColorado review of Danny Lai's performance with the Jefferson Symphony.

Co-Sponsored by the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Started in 1959, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition celebrates the talent of outstanding young musicians. Held annually, this one-day competition – originally a contest meant to give local students their first experience at public performance – has evolved into a gathering of international musicians competing for substantial cash awards.

Piano competitions are held in odd-numbered years. Instrumental competitions take place in even-numbered years.