The Young Artist Awards (YAA), presented in partnership with Seattle Chamber Music Society and now in its tenth season, strives to give talented young musicians a bigger stage.

updated: Friday, February 19, 2021

About the Young Artist Awards

Child Girl Playing Piano, Close Up ViewYAA is a competition for young musicians in Washington State, open to soloists (instrumental or vocal) ages 6-20 in two age divisions: 1) ages 6-15 and 2) ages 16-20. A panel of world-class judges decide the finalists; the judges join with listeners (through votes submitted online) to pick the grand-prize winners in each age division.

Grand-prize winners will win a $500 cash prize provided by BECU. Finalists and grand-prize winners in each category may also perform live on KING FM’s NW Focus LIVE.*

*note: Due to current public health considerations, it is unknown at this time whether the traditional late spring/early summer broadcasts of NW Focus LIVE, featuring finalists and grand-prize winners of the Young Artist Awards, will be possible. For more details, see the Contest Rules, downloadable at the links below.

Contest Rules Downloads

Download the 2021 YAA contest rules:

2021 YAA Judges

  • James Ehnes, violinist, Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society
  • Anton Nel, pianist, faculty at Butler School of Music at University of Texas-Austin, SCMS Festival Musician
  • Andrés Díaz, cellist, faculty at Meadows School of Music at SMU and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, SCMS Festival Musician
  • Geoffrey Larson, music director at Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra
  • Ben Klinger, Classic Pianos, Bellevue
  • David Tan, chair, Community Advisory Board, Classical KING FM 98.1
  • Lisa Bergman, Classical KING FM 98.1
  • (an eighth judge, to be determined)

2021 Application Period: February 19 – March 22

The application period for the 2021 Young Artist Awards opened at 12:00 noon Pacific on Friday, February 19, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the deadline of Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific.

2021 Application

If you have difficulty accessing the application form embedded below, you can access it in a separate browser tab or window here. Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2021, at 11:59pm Pacific.

The 2021 Young Artist Awards are made possible through the generous support of: