Young Concert Artists Announces Winners

Annual Competition Winners Live Streaming

By: - Nov 14, 2022

 Four First Prize Winners have been announced following the Finals of the 2022 Young Concert Artists International Auditions: 

Erin Wagner, mezzo-soprano (United States, 25)
Joseph Parrish, bass-baritone (United States, 24)
Chaeyoung Park, piano (South Korea, 24)
Chelsea Guo, soprano & piano (United Sates, 21)


These musicians now join the roster of Young Concert Artists, which provides management services for their tenure, concert engagements including debuts in New York and Washington, D.C., publicity, and career guidance.

The Winners Concert will take place live at Cary Hall at New York City's Dimenna Center for Classical Music and also be livestreamed at 7pm ET on Monday, November 14. The livestream will be available to watch on YCA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, as well as The Violin Channel’s Facebook page.

The Final Round of the auditions was livestreamed on Sunday, November 13 from Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and remains available on YCA’s YouTube and Facebook.

The YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions differ from a competition, as there are no rankings, and any number of winners can be selected – with each candidate competing against a standard of excellence in musicianship, virtuosity, individuality, projection as a performer, and promise. The 2022 Winners were chosen from an initial pool of over 100 applicants from around the world. 

Said YCA President Daniel Kellogg of the 2022 winners: “I’m so honored to share the winner’s of this year’s International Auditions with you all and welcome this group to the roster of Young Concert Artists’ incredibly gifted and aspirational artists. For over 60 years, YCA has discovered extraordinary young musicians, providing them with the support, clarity, and confidence to tell their stories, as well as with the tools, opportunities, and infrastructure to take their careers to the highest level. The International Auditions are just one vehicle for YCA to continue building on its mission and history of empowering the beyond brilliant young artist of today - to not only help put them on track for debuts in major markets like New York City and Washington DC, but to also have the experiences and skills they need to have careers of importance, so that they can truly lead us into the future of classical music.”

The jury members of the Finals were: harpist Barbara Allen, cellist Colin Carr, pianists Simone Dinnerstein and Olga Kern, Carnegie Hall’s Director of Festivals & Special Projects Adriaan Fuchs, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, violinist Ani Kavafian, YCA Chair Daniel Kellogg, flutist Demarre McGill, pianist & vocal coach Ken Noda, violinist Barry Shiffman, and YCA Founder Susan Wadsworth.

Founded in 1961, Young Concert Artists has launched the careers of such illustrious musicians as violinist Ray Chen and Pinchas Zukerman; pianists Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; soprano Julia Bullock; and composers Mason Bates and Kevin Puts.