In 2002, the GSO initiated this competition to offer talented young musicians the opportunity to perform a full concerto as part of our regular concert series. The age has been carefully selected to be open to students who are working on or have completed their undergraduate studies.

The 2019 Under 23 Concerto Competition will be open to ALL instrumentalists. Candidates will be required to submit an application form, with a link to a performance of one movement of a concerto or concerted work, in which they are the featured soloist.  Candidates may elect to play a different concerto than in the link provided, if selected for the final round.  Finalists will be invited to audition live before a jury. The Winner will be invited to perform a full concert, at a concert in the GSO’s 2019-20 season. The runner-up will be invited to play a single movement.

Application Deadline:  Thursday January 3rd, 2019, midnight.

Finalists will be notified by email, by 4pm on Saturday January 5th.

Finals:  will be held on Sunday January 13th at 1:30pm-4pm, in the Recital Hall of the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St., in Guelph. Finalists will be expected to perform the entire concerto in this final round. The finals will be open to the public.

NOTE: Applicants must arrange for their own piano accompaniment  A list of local accompanists will be provided upon request.  The second piano provided will be a digital one. Applicants may enter the competition with any concerto of their choice, but may be asked to select another work to perform in consideration of the program and cost/availability of   orchestral parts.

Concerto Competition Application

  • The entry fee must be paid for the application to be considered complete.


For queries or additional information contact  gm@guelphsymphony.com

Past Winners

• 2002 Sarah Choi (piano)
• 2003 Judith Manger (cello)
• 2004 Cecilia Kang (clarinet) and Mark Laver (saxophone)
• 2005 Todd Yaniw (piano)
• 2006 Desiree Abbey (cello)
• 2007 joint winners Colin Liu (clarinet) and Winston Hind (tuba)
• 2008 Ben Chapman (piano)
• 2009 Amir Safavi (violin)
• 2010 Afendi Yusuf (Clarinet) and Hugo Lee (oboe)
• 2011 Sarah Whynot (piano)
• 2012 William McLeish (cello)
• 2013 Laura Andrews (flute)
• 2014 William Bellehumeur (piano)
• 2015 Emma Meinrenken (violin)
• 2016 Coral Soloman, piano
Runners-up: Leslie Ashworth, violin, Morgan Melbourne, piano, Felix Hong, piano
• 2017 Jillian Carney, Flute
•2018 (tie): Samuel Choi, Viola and Lynn Sue-A-Quan, Viola
Runners-up: Natania Fok, Piano , Livia Coburn