The Yen Liang Young Artist Competition is an annual concerto competition presented by the Diablo Symphony Association, showcasing the depth of the young local talent in Contra Costa County and beyond. The competition is dedicated to the memory of Yen Liang (1908-2000), a noted artist, architect, and long time resident of Rossmoor who also played second violin in the Diablo Symphony for many years. The competition rotates every year between strings, winds/brass/percussion, and piano; the competition will be open to piano players in the 2022-2023 season.
For this year’s Concerto competition, in celebration of the orchestra’s 60th anniversary, potential candidates are asked to play George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The first prize winner will be offered an opportunity to perform Gershwin’s work with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra in two concerts in the Spring of 2023, as well as a $1000 cash honorarium.
Applicants to the 2022-2023 competition must be born after April 1, 1999, and must submit applications to the competition (including video recording) by no later than February 3rd, 2023. For the application form, please click here. The final round of the concerto competition itself takes place at 5 pm on February 19th, 2023, at the Steinway Gallery, 1605 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.