Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte
Watch Live on Wednesday, March 29
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Experience the beauty of musical expression, the amazing technical mastery of young musicians and the drama of competition as four gifted young artists vie for top honors in the final round of the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition from the Overture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. The concert features the magnificent Madison Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director John DeMain.
The 2017 finalists: violinist Julian Rhee, harpist Naomi Sutherland, pianist Michael Wu, and violinist Yaoyao Chen (featured left to right). Learn more about each finalist below.
Tune in to the live broadcast on both Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio at 7 p.m. or livestream the concert online or on the WPT Facebook Page.
The concert will rebroadcast Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m on Wisconsin Public Television. Learn more about The Final Forte.
Meet the Finalists:
Julian Rhee, a finalist in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a junior at Brookfield East High School. He began playing violin at age five and currently studies with Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee at the Music Institute of Chicago. Among Julian’s First Place awards are the 2017 La Crosse Rising Stars Concerto Competition and the 2015 Milwaukee Symphony Young Artist Competition.
Naomi Sutherland, a finalist in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she has studied for the last two years with Joan Holland, Associate Professor of Harp at the University of Michigan. Naomi was a finalist in the 2015 La Crosse Rising Stars Concerto Competition and was invited by the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra to perform on their 2015 Chamber Concert.
Michael Wu, a finalist in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a 9th-grader at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie. He began piano lessons at the age of five and currently studies with Bill Lutes, Emeritus Professor at the UW-Madison School of Music. Michael won first prize in the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 Youth Concerto Competition as well as the 2013 Rhapsody Arts Center Sonatina Festival.
Yaoyao Chen, a finalist in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a senior at Xavier High School in Appleton. Born in Zhanjiang, China, she came to America in 2013 to study violin with Dr. Wen-Lei Gu at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Yaoyao has performed solo with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay and the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra as the winner of both organizations’ concerto competitions.
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is a partnership among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television and is made possible by the contributions listed below.