Young Artists

*Important information*

At this time, we are postponing the YAP auditions, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As soon as more information becomes available, we will set a new date for the auditions. Feel free to continue applying, as we will email each applicant with directives when a new date is set. Applications have been extended to JULY 1 2020. 

Thank you for your understanding!



On TBD, Virtuosi Concerts will be holding their 2020-2021 Season Auditions for Young Artists.

Application deadline is extended to July 1, and there is a $20 application fee.

“The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program is quickly becoming Winnipeg‘s most unique performing experience for senior music students. Our program marries two exceptional opportunities: performing for our attentive and enthusiastic Virtuosi patrons; and, interacting and sharing the stage with Virtuosi’s acclaimed international musicians,” says Madeline Hildebrand, former Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program Coordinator and VCI Board Member.

If you would like more information on the Young Artist Program contact:
Sydney Clarke, Virtuosi Concerts Administrator,

The support of young and emerging Manitoba artists is an integral part of VCI's artistic mission. 

In March 2014, VCI Artistic Director Harry Strub read a Winnipeg Free Press feature article on 14 year-old cellist David Liam Roberts. David Liam had just won the Winnipeg Music Festival's Aikins Memorial Trophy for top instrumentalist. Harry was quick to invite him to perform the very next week at the Virtuosi Concert. The following year, a similar invitation was extended to the 2015 Aikin's winner, violinist Gregory Lewis. 

VCI Executive Director Andrew Thomson, saw the audiences' enthusiastic response to David Liam's and Gregory's Virtuosi performances and realized the potential for making these periodic events a regular feature of every Virtuosi Concert. Together, he and Harry enlisted the skills and energy of Winnipeg pianist and newly recruited VCI board member, Madeline Hildebrand, to help develop what is now the Virtuosi Young Artist Program. Launched during Virtuosi's 25th Anniversary season, the Young Artist Program's mandate is to provide exceptional senior music students a true performance experience on a professional concert series. Each Virtuosi Young Artist receives an honoratium, concert tickets, program and social media profile, and an interview on Classic 107 FM. 

Since 2016, the Young Artist Program has developed structure and greater rigour. Annual juried auditions are held each April in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Scholarships are provided to the top three audition performances thanks to the generous support the Virtuosi audience provides each season, through a "Pass the Hat" event. 

During the 2019-2020 season, the Program expanded to present a full concert solely featuring Virtuosi Young Artists. An innovative selection process, suggested by Winnipeg soprano, Sarah Jo Kirsch, and VCI board member was employed. Virtuosi Young Artists from the 2016 season to the present were invited to submit a 20-minute programme of music on the theme [R]Evolution. Each artist was asked to include an essay discussing a moment of shift in a musical landscape, while maintaining a personal connection to their repertoire. Ten proposals were received. An independent outside jury selected the four performers. Noted Manitoba soprano Lara Ciekiewicz has commented, "This is a wonderful way to highlight young artists within the season, on top of all the support Virtuosi already extends to our next generation of performers. I think it will also be a great way for the Virtuosi audience to witness the growth in these artists since their last appearances."

In 2017, Virtuosi Concerts recognized the origins of the Young Artist Program by presenting an annual prize of a Virtuosi performance to the winner of the Winnipeg Music Festival's Aikins Memorial Trophy.