The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is proud to announce the winners of its 2011 Wind Symphony and Sinfonia Concerto Competition, Sara Kornfeld Simpson, flute, and Pin-Cheng (Leonard) Chen, violin. The final round of the competition was held on March 3, 2011 at the Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla.
Cheng and Kornfeld Simpson will perform their pieces with full ensembles at the youth symphony’s Spring Showcase Concert on June 11, 2011 at Copley Symphony Hall. Additionally, each will receive a scholarship to support their music education, provided by the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.
“We are so proud of all of our talented Wind Symphony and Sinfonia musicians,” says San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Artistic Director, Jeff Edmons. “Both Sara and Leonard demonstrated a very high level of excellence in their solo performances.”
Leonard, a freshman at Torrey Pines High School, will perform the first movement of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K219,” with Sinfonia. He has been a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory since 2006. Chen, 14, currently plays with Symphony Orchestra, and is Concertmaster of Sinfonia. Also a finalist in last November’s Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, he studies violin with youth symphony faculty member John Ramirez.
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is the sixth-oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, and serves over 600 students annually in eight different training ensembles. Skill levels range from beginner to pre-professional, with participating students ages 8 to 25. In addition to its large ensemble programs, SDYS offers a number of chamber music opportunities. Student placement auditions for next season will be held June 16-20, 2011.
For more information about the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory or to make a donation, call 619-233-3232 or visit