2019-2020 Winners


Congratulations to the winners and to ALL the participants of this year's OCO Youth Concerto Competition! 

The level of talent was unparalleled, and the final decision was a big challenge.


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SENIOR CATEGORY (18-21 yrs)
1st – Emily Bosenius, Violin

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JUNIOR CATEGORY (17 yrs and under)
1st – Sophie Van Der Sloot, Cello
2nd – Emad Zolfaghari, Viola
3rd – Kenneth Chen, Piano

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Finest Oakville-Based Musician Award
Emad Zolfaghari, Viola

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Honourable Mention
Elliot Sloss, Cello

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The 1st place winner will receive $500 and the opportunity to perform a full concerto 

for soloist and chamber orchestra with the OCO during the 2020/21 season.


2nd place winners also receive monetary prizes and the opportunity to perform one movement 

of a concerto for soloist and chamber orchestra with the OCO next season.

THANK YOU to all of the soloists, accompanists, judges, parents, teachers and volunteers 

for making the OCO’s 2020 Youth Concerto Competition the best one yet!

THANK YOU #oakvilleflowers for donating the beautiful bouquets for the award winners.

2018-19

Fostering excellence among young Canadian musicians, and
providing the winners with the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra!


Junior Category Senior Category
Grand PrizeRichard Gao, piano Grand Prize – Veronika Manchur, violin

2nd PlaceJason Cheng, piano

3rd PlaceYulai Duan, piano

 2nd PlaceAnna Wojcik, soprano
3rd PlaceIsabella Lecomte, soprano

Oakville’s Best: Jerry Yuan, marimba

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2017-18

Junior Category

Senior Category

 1st  Sunny Zhai, Piano

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1st  Myriam Blardone, harp

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2nd  J.J. Bui, piano

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 2nd  Yu Kai Sun, violin

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3nd  Jerry Yuan, Marimba

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3nd  Mariya Orlenko, piano

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2016-17

CC 2017

Junior Category  Senior Category

 1st  Dale Jeong, cello 1st  Lynn Sue-A-Quan, viola
2nd (tied)  J.J. Bui, piano,  Duncan McDougall, violin  2nd  Nicole Stocks, mezzo-soprano

You-Did-It-Congratulations

Thanks to Merriam School of Music for hosting our competition finals day.

Thanks to The Optimist Club of Oakville – Lead Sponsor of the OCO Annual Youth Concerto Competition.

2015-16

Junior Category Senior Category
Grand PrizeMyriam Blardone, harp Grand PrizeEric Guo, piano
2nd Place (tied) – Leslie Ashworth, violin, Linda Ruan, piano  2nd PlaceFeiran Bi, flute
3rd PlaceMatisse and Aled Blundell, trumpets

Oakville’s Best: Leslie Ashworth

Junior – Instrumental (17 and Under)

First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Senior – Instrumental (21 and Under), Vocalists (25 and Under)

First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Thanks to Merriam School of Music for hosting our competition finals day.