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BCO Concerto Competition - (formerly Young Artist Solo Competition)

2012 Young Artist Solo Competition Winner Matthew Goff, cello
Since its founding in 2007, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra has been proud to host and present the BCO Concerto Competition (formerly the Young Artist Competition). This annual competition is an opportunity for talented local musicians to work closely with the BCO and perform in concert. The BCO Concerto Competition is an important component of the orchestra's commitment to music education and outreach.

Auditions are held in February each year, and the three-member BCO Audition Committee chooses a winner to be featured in the orchestra's May concert. Winners receive a $500 prize. Other prize benefits include a high quality audio recording of the concert, and/or local media interviews and school tours, as appropriate.

Winner of 2017 Concerto Competition Announced

We are pleased to announce The 2017 winner of the Young Artist Solo Competition is pianist Sebastiaan West. Sebastiaan will be performing the first movement of Bach's D minor Keyboard Concerto at our season finale concert on May 13. Sebastiaan was born in the Netherlands, and moved to Vermont in 2010. He is a student of master teacher Paul Orgel, who teaches at UVM. In 2016, Sebastiaan accompanied the Vermont Youth Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Firebird, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat. In August 2016, he performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with VYO and Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival Artists in Randolph. Sebastiaan also plays in the Flynn Youth Jazz Combo and the  jazz combo Blue Slate, who have performed at Radio Bean, ArtsRiot, and 242 Main in Burlington. A sophomore at Mount Mansfield Union High School, Sebastiaan also plays marimba and bells in the school's marching band and orchestra. 
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Sebastiaan West

Past winners of the Young Artist Solo Competition include the following:

2016: Tommy Bergeron, horn (Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, K. 495)
David Bayard, saxophone (Glazunov - Concerto in E-flat for Saxophone and String Orchestra)
Cameron Zweber, violin (Beethoven - Romance in F Major for Violin and Orchestra)
David Horak piano (J.S. Bach - Concerto in F minor)
2012: Matthew Goff, cello (Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major) 
2011: Mitchell Goff, piano (Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21, movements 2 and 3)
2010: Emily Wiggett, flute (Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313)
2009: Dan Rome, saxophone (Glazunov - Concerto for Saxophone in E flat Major)
2008: Sally Bruce and Anna Landell, violins (Vivaldi Concerto Grosso Opus 3 No. 8)