Musicians from Carmel Valley schools progress to Concerto Competition finals

Nine musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s advanced ensembles will compete for the prestigious award of Concerto Competition Winner, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.

“These annual Concerto Competitions present the chance for SDYS’ most advanced students from the Ovation Program to showcase their talent in an intensive and collaborative soloist competition,” said Jeff Edmons, SDYS Music Director. “From the preliminary round, nine finalists have been selected to perform at the Mingei International Museum.”

These young musicians will perform some of the most challenging concerto pieces with astonishing poise and skill. The winner is awarded the exciting opportunity to take center stage as the soloist at San Diego County’s top concert halls, including the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

The winner from the 2013-14 Concerto Competition, violist Andrea Fortier, is now studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

The 2014-15 Concerto Competition finalists and their schools:

• Omar Gairdarov, flute (Torrey Pines High School)

• Sophia Hashemi-Asai, violin (Greater San Diego Academy)

• Allan Huang, violin (Canyon Crest Academy)

• Flora Li, violin (Del Norte High School)

• Paul Maxwell, cello (Julian Charter Academy)

• Andrew Rim, cello (Torrey Pines High School)

• Jay Shankar, clarinet (The Bishop’s School)

• Wade Streit, cello (Serra High School)

• Ashley Wang, piccolo (Carlsbad High School)

Tickets at the door are $10 adults, free to students. Tickets include entrance to the Mingei International Museum’s exhibitions, “Surf Craft” and “In the Realm of Nature.” Visit