Young Concert Artists and Concert Artists Guild announce 2020 winners

Posted on: November 20, 2020

Young Concert Artists and Concert Artists Guild—two non-profit organizations dedicated to discovering and promoting the careers of talented young classical musicians—have each announced winners of their competitions and auditions this fall. Chinese pianist Zhu Wang, American bass-baritone William Socolof, and American mezzo-soprano Megan Moore are the winners of Young Concert Artists 2020 International Auditions held earlier this month. The winners will join the YCA roster and receive management services for a minimum of three years, concert engagements including debuts in New York and Washington, D.C., publicity, and career guidance. Grand-prize winners of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition are cellist Gabriel Martins and violinist Geneva Lewis, who will receive performances in New York and London, professional career development and coaching, and international management jointly with CAG and London-based Young Classical Artists Trust. Percussionist Britton-René Collins, crossover trio Empire Wild (multi-instrumentalist Brandon Ilaw and cellists Ken Kubota and Mitch Lyon), and violinist Ariel Horowitz are inaugural winners of CAG’s Ambassador Prize, awarded “to a contestant from the semifinal and/or final round who has demonstrated a clear dedication to making an impact in the world through music.”