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The Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition is dedicated to fostering and recognizing extraordinary young talent in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition is open to all accomplished young instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists who reside and/or study in the Greater Philadelphia area. Entrants are divided into categories by age: Children’s Division, ages 12 and under; Junior Division, ages 13 to 16; and Senior Division, ages 17 to 21 for instrumentalists and ages 17 to 29 for vocalists. The young musicians compete against a standard of excellence and are evaluated on the following merits: exceptional talent, virtuosity, artistic individuality, and comportment as a performer.

Since the Orchestra’s first student concerto competition, initiated by Leopold Stokowski in 1933, more than 550 young artists have been named as competition winners. Previous winners of the Competition who have gone on to international solo careers include sopranos Judith Blegen and Benita Valente and mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar; pianists André Watts, Richard Goode, and Eugene Istomin; and violinists Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Arnold Steinhardt. Current Philadelphia Orchestra musicians who are former winners of the Competition include violinists Juliette Kang (first associate concertmaster), Richard Amoroso, and Yayoi Numazawa; violist Burchard Tang; bassoonist Mark Gigliotti (co-principal); bass trombone Blair Bollinger; and pianist Kiyoko Takeuti.

Applications and Preliminary Audition Videos should be submitted via Acceptd prior to January 15, 2020. Students who are invited to the live audition will be notified by emailed by the end of February 2020.

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