Concerto Competition

2022 Concerto Competition

The 2022 Concerto Competition will take place on Saturday, 5 February 2022, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Students wishing to enter the competition must apply online by Friday, 21 January 2022 at a link to be posted this fall.

Eligibility for the Concerto Competition is open exclusively to current Stanford University undergraduate or graduate students. The competition is a live event that takes place on the Stanford campus. Entrants must be available to participate in person. Video or long-distance participation is not permitted.

Current private study with a member of Stanford’s performance faculty is highly encouraged.

Eligible works include concertos or concert pieces of any duration specifically composed for solo instrument(s) or voice and orchestra. Works for more than one solo instrument (such as Brahms’s Double Concerto) are also eligible. Single concerto movements or excerpts of longer works are ineligible. Transcriptions of solo pieces for alternate instruments are ineligible unless specifically approved by the Director of Orchestral Studies (DOS); inquiries regarding works of this kind should be submitted to the DOS as soon as possible and no later than 10 January 2022. In the case of unusual or unpublished works, the entrant must clearly establish to the DOS that score and parts of the work are readily available for performance, through purchase or rental, before being allowed to enter the competition.

Concertos or concert pieces performed by the SSO and SP during the previous four years will be ineligible for that year’s competition. This list of works will be updated annually and made available with the Guidelines.

All entrants are required to have their work fully mastered by the date of the competition.

Memorization of the concerto or concert piece is highly encouraged but not required.

The Concerto Competition did not take place in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Concerto Competition

2020 Concerto Competition winners. Left to right Addison Jadwin, viola; Paul Phillips, Director of Orchestral Studies; Ethan Chi, piano

Ethan Andrew Chi ’22 is a senior majoring in Computer Science and Music, studying piano with Dr. Frederick Weldy and organ with Dr. Robert Huw Morgan.  Previously, Ethan studied with Erna Gulabyan. Ethan loves music and can’t imagine a life without it! He finds it gratifying to share the joy of music at senior centers and to perform with friends. Ethan has won awards at competitions such as the San José Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition, Ross McKee Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, San José International Competition, and Enkor International Competition. In addition, Ethan, who plays violin and keyboards in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, is past Co-Vice President of the Orchestra Committee. Outside of music, he is involved with the Stanford NLP Group and enjoys working as a section leader in the Computer Science Department. At home, he can be found playing with the family dogs Steinway and Stradivarius. Ethan will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the SSO in November 2021.  

Addison Jadwin ’22 is an undergraduate student studying symbolic systems. He started playing violin at age 8, and switched to viola at age 10. In high school, he studied viola with Robert Becker, and took part in regional and All-State honor orchestras. He has given several solo performances with his high school orchestra. At Stanford, he studies with Lesley Robertson and is an active member in various chamber music groups, and has served as Principal Violist of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Addison will perform the Walton Viola Concerto with the SSO in March 2022.


2019 Concerto Competition
2018 Concerto Competition