Annual Concerto Competition
Each year, GPYO invites members of the Symphonic Orchestra to compete for an opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Symphonic Orchestra at the annual Richardson Auditorium Concert. In addition to Symphonic Orchestra students, Concert Orchestra members who play piano are also eligible to audition, if piano is their primary instrument. Concerto auditions are held in January.
Interested students apply to audition, noting the repertoire selected for the competition, by an announced deadline. The Music Director approves the choice of concerto prior to the application. The entire composition must be memorized. There is no charge for a concerto audition. Accompanists (provided by the students) are allowed but not required.
2014 – 2015 Concerto Competition Winner
Louis is a high school Junior at the Rutgers Preparatory School and is a member of the Westminster Conservatory “Young Artist Program” in Princeton. He started piano at the age of six, and by the time he was 13, he was performing on piano biannually, both solo and in chamber groups. When he was 15, he joined the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) Concert Orchestra, as a flutist, and has since joined the Symphonic Orchestra. In 2012 and 2013, Louis was a member of the “Young Artist Summer Program” at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is currently a piano student of Dr. Nina Lelchuk’s, who is an esteemed teacher at Queens College, and is a flute student of Kevin Willois’s. He hopes to attain an MD/PhD degree in order to pursue the interfaces of scientific research, medicine, and technology to help solve some of humanity’s greatest health problems.
2013 – 2014 Concerto Competition Winner
2012 – 2013 Concerto Competition Winner