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Welcome to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition!

This annual competition honors the top young violin, viola, and cello players, ages 18-25, from major national and international conservatories. Approaching its 49th year, this extremely competitive weekend will take place at Vassar College's Skinner Hall in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 11-13, 2022.
Note: due to the pandemic, this has been changed to a virtual competition for 2022. The winners will be webcast on Bardavon Presents YouTube channel on April 10th and 3 pm.

Our 2021 winners are:
First place - Leland Ko, cello
Second Place - Chiara Sannicandro, violin
Third Place - Jakyeung Huh, cello
Randall Craig Fleischer Prize - Kristine Clair Galano, violin


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Instituted in 1966 under Claude Monteux, former director of the Philharmonic, with the exception of a five-year hiatus the Competition has added to the diversity of cultural offerings in the Hudson Valley and provided serious-minded, young classical musicians an opportunity to further their careers. Winners from past years have advanced with, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with symphony orchestras in the US and abroad, as faculty members at conservatories worldwide, in winning international prizes, and as members of esteemed Chamber music ensembles. 

The first prize winner receives a cash award of $4,000 and will perform their winning concerto as guest soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic during the following season. He or she will also have the opportunity to travel to Italy for a week to perform a recital at the Musical Landscapes of Tuscany festival in August. Second prize receives $2,000; third prize, $1,000. There will be only ONE first place winner. In the case of a tie between second and third places, the prizes will be added together and then split.

In 2021, a new $1000 prize was established in honor of Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer who passed away in August, 2020. Competitors may compete for this prize, however it is optional and will not affect judging of the other prizes.
The entry shall be a video recording of any non-classical piece of the competitors choosing. The video should be approximately 3 to 7 minutes long. It should feature the competitor but may include other musicians. Maestro Fleischer loved to combine classical orchestras with rock, pop and other genres of music, and submissions for this prize should be in that spirit. For more information, please contact the HVP String Competition.

In the unlikely event of a COVID resurgence this fall or winter, it is possible that Vassar College will close again to outside visitors. If that happens we will switch to a virtual competition, like the one held in 2021.  All applicants will be contacted as soon as possible about how to proceed.

Below is a video of of our 2021 virtual competition. Although we couldn't be together, we think that the competitors did a wonderful job under difficult circumstances. Watch the finalists here and enjoy some extra special moments.