Young Artist Awards

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Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

Takumi Taguchi, violin, age 15

Alexander Lu, piano, age 16

Hear them perform live in our studios, Friday, June 24th at 8pm on NW Focus Live.

The KING FM Young Artist Awards, presented in partnership with the Seattle Chamber Music Society and now in its fifth season, strives to give talented young musicians a bigger stage. This competition is one element of our promise to the community of more support for arts education, community partnerships with the arts, and more live broadcasts.  The competition will be open to musicians (solo instrumental, vocal, or chamber groups) ages 6-20 in two age divisions – 1) ages 6-15 and 2) ages 16-20.  Through a combination of world-class judges and listener votes, 10 finalists are chosen and perform live on the air before a winner in each of two age divisions is crowned.

The Young Artist Awards competition is presented by Classical KING FM 98.1 in partnership with the Seattle Chamber Music Society and Alana Jewelry. 


1. The top ten finalists perform in a live broadcast on either June 3 or June 10, 2016.
2. The Grand Prize Winners will perform on KING FM’s NW Focus LIVE, Friday, June 24 at 8pm, and at select outdoor concerts in Summer 2016. They may also be invited to perform in community concerts through April 2017.


James Ehnes
International concert violinist
Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society

Julie Albers
International concert cellist
Assistant Professor, McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Max Levinson
International concert pianist
Faculty at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Lorna McGee
International concert flutist
Principal flute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Karen P. Thomas
Artistic/Executive Director, Seattle Pro Musica
Choral conductor and composer

Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist

Julian Schwarz
International concert cellist

Stephen Stubbs
GRAMMY Award-winning conductor
Lutenist and early music specialist


DANIEL RICHARDSON, pianist, playing Stravinsky in the KING FM Studios

CHARLOTTE MARCKX, violinist, playing Fiddle Tunes with her sister Olivia in the KING FM Studios