2019 James Yannatos Concerto Competition

Audrey Chen, 2017 James Yannatos Concerto Competition Winner

Audrey Chen, 2017 James Yannatos Concerto Competition Winner


The James Yannatos Concerto Competition, named in honor of HRO’s Music Director Emeritus, is held annually to select a soloist to perform a concerto with the orchestra in one of its concerts. The competition is only open to members of HRO unless applicants are auditioning on non-orchestral instruments (e.g. piano, saxophone, guitar) or voice.

This year the winner of the James Yannatos Concerto Competition will play with HRO its second concert of the season, on Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Sanders Theatre. Any piece for soloist and orchestra is permitted, although HRO reserves the right to disqualify any concerto for logistical reasons (e.g. length of the piece or instrumentation). We are not currently accepting applications at this time; please check back in mid to late August.

Application Procedure: All candidates must submit the below application by 6:45 pm on Wednesday, September 18. There will be no exceptions to this rule. There is an application fee of $20.00, to be submitted via Venmo (@hrorchestra) or check (made payable to the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and delivered to the HRO mailbox). The application fee helps us recoup the cost of judges and hall rental for the audition. If the application fee would be a financial barrier to your participation in the competition, please contact hro@hcs.harvard.edu for financial aid information.

The Auditions: All candidates must be prepared to play the entire concerto of their choosing by the day of the competition. Once all of the applications have been received, candidates will be notified of their selection for an audition by Thursday, September 19, and if applicable, receive instructions about the audition schedule and process. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. All pianists will use the same piano.

Application Form

An accompanist is advisable but not required. Music must be memorized, and each soloist is required to provide three scores of his or her solo for the judges.

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Please list movements (if applicable) and give approximate lengths for each.
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