"Young Concert Artists has acquired a special status in the musical world, and deservedly so. Its auditions and concerts have brought to public attention a steady stream of remarkable musicians. It is extremely doubtful that any organization anywhere could have matched the YCA record for spotting great talent and helping it along."

- THE NEW YORK TIMES


 
 

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT

YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS!

 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS!
 

It was founded by Susan Wadsworth in 1961 as a professional non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world.


IS THIS ORGANIZATION NECESSARY?
 

Actually it is not easy even for an extraordinary artist to have the chance to be heard just because they are so gifted. Young Concert Artists does everything to open the doors to the international concert world by providing management services, important debuts and performing experience.


HOW ARE THE YCA ARTISTS CHOSEN?
 

Each YCA Artist has been chosen as a Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which differ in an important way from Competitions. The participants are competing against a standard of excellence – not each other. There is no specified limit to the number of artists who can win.

 

WHAT DOES YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS PROVIDE?


THE TWO YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS SERIES:
 

YCA artists are presented in the prestigious Young Concert Artists Series in New York and     

Washington, in recital and concerto debuts with orchestra.


MANAGEMENT:


We offer management services, booking concert engagements throughout the United States and abroad, debut recordings, publicity materials, promotion, and career development.


EDUCATION:
 

YCA artists bring their exciting music-making and youthful enthusiasm to young audiences through our Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program.  Each year, YCA artists give hundreds of lecture-demonstrations, mini-concerts and master-classes at schools, colleges      and community centers throughout the country in connection with their concert engagements.


COMPOSER PROGRAM:
 

We promote the creation and performance of new works through the YCA Composer Program which forges collaborations between YCA’s young performers and composers.


WHO ARE SOME OF YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS' FAMOUS ALUMNI?


Alumni include violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, and Chee-Yun;

pianists Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Christopher O'Riley,  Jeremy Denk and Olli Mustonen; flutists Paula Robison and Eugenia Zukerman; the Tokyo, St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets; cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; soprano Dawn Upshaw.

 

PRAISE FROM YCA ALUMNI

   EMANUEL AX:

"Young Concert Artists is the most wonderful start to any musician's life. The young musician needs concert experience and must be able to 'practice' this constantly. This is something that YCA provides in abundance.  It is because of Young Concert Artists that I am able to make music today."

 

   DAWN UPSHAW:

"I knew nothing about what was entailed in a singing career. Young Concert Artists gave me the chance to bloom. I don’t think I would have gotten that chance anywhere else. A lot of the things that have happened to me, happened because of the spotlight that Young Concert Artists shines on you.”

 

   PINCHAS ZUKERMAN:

"How amazing that 50 years have gone by! It feels like yesterday that I was traveling to play the concerts arranged through YCA.  It was such a fantastic time, starting off on the most incredible journey.”


FROM THE PRESS:

 

"Few musicians can launch major careers simply by appearing and announcing themselves, and that is where Young Concert Artists helps. Dozens of important musicians (Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Dawn Upshaw - the list goes on) can testify to the spirit of YCA.”

 

“Since 1961, Young Concert Artists has been perhaps the most important conduit for young performers from the conservatories into the professional world of music."
 

"Selling out the Terrace Theater for a debut by an unknown musician is a regular feat for Young Concert Artists. Washingtonians have come to trust YCA as they would their savviest stockbroker."
 

"Young Concert Artists has given a substantial start to 221 musicians and 11 chamber-music ensembles. There is no doubt that they have all enriched American musical life."

 

GOAL OF THE YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS

50th ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN:


To bring more people to Young Concert Artists to experience the joy of discovering the greatest young musicians in the world.

 

There will never be a time when young artists aren’t in need of help and support to achieve their dreams.  Young Concert Artists fills this need like no other organization.

There are numerous opportunities to celebrate Young Concert Artists in this landmark year, and to join those who treasure music as a vital part of life.  We welcome your participation in supporting YCA’s present programs and in ensuring the future of the organization.

 
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS:

Tax-deductible contributions from individual music lovers, and grants from corporations, foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts make the work of Young Concert Artists possible.

The Young Concert Artists Endowment Fund includes specially endowed gifts which underwrite special career opportunities, concerts and artistic and educational projects. If you wish to support the activities of Young Concert Artists or to contribute to the Young Concert Artists Endowment Fund, please contact Sara Sill at Young Concert Artists.

 
TO CONTACT YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS:
 

Telephone: (212) 307-6655
Fax: (212) 581-8894

Mail:

Young Concert Artists, Inc.
250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222
New York, NY 10107

 

 

YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
Administration

 

 
Susan Wadsworth, Director
Mark Hayman, Associate Director
Amy Gross, Director of Development
Monica J. Felkel, Director of Artist Management
Vicki Margulies, Artist Manager
Rong-Hong (Ron) Ma, Far East Representative, Financial Associate
Brian D. Bumby, Operations Manager
Jennifer DeCinque, Program Manager
Erol Gurol, Management Associate
Sarah Graham, Development Manager
Lianna Portnoy, Publicity Manager
Jenna Gould, Development Assistant
Rebecca Diallo, Administrative Assistant
Tim McCarthy, Information Systems Manager

Susan Wadsworth

Susan Wadsworth, Director of Young Concert ArtistsSusan Wadsworth is the Director of Young Concert Artists, Inc., the unique non‑profit organization which she founded in 1961, dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of gifted musicians from all over the world.  From the first Young Concert Artists Series in a Greenwich Village loft in 1961, this annual Series in New York is renowned for presenting the first New York concerts of many of today's renowned artists including the pianists Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Richard Goode, the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, Mendelssohn and Borromeo Quartets, the violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Chee-Yun and Ani Kavafian, cellists Carter Brey and Fred Sherry, and the soprano Dawn Upshaw.
 

The Young Concert Artists Series is presented at Carnegie's Zankel Hall and Merkin Concert Hall with special events and at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


Mrs. Wadsworth's organization, now in its 50th season, has set the standard for assistance to young musicians, developing the first non-profit management in the world, which provides individual guidance, management services and performance opportunities to YCA artists chosen through the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions.


In 2005, Mrs. Wadsworth accepted the Angel Award presented to Young Concert Artists by the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators.

In 1993, at the request of Isaac Stern, Susan Wadsworth presented a concert by YCA artists at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton, for the evening in honor of the recipients of the National Medal of Arts.

 

Mrs. Wadsworth has received Honorary Doctorates from the Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the New England Conservatory, and received the Frances Riker Davis Alumnae Award of The Brearley School.  In 1999 she was honored as a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France.  Mrs. Wadsworth is an Honorary Board Member of Young Concert Artists Trust in London, England, which she helped to found.

 

Mrs. Wadsworth has served on numerous music competition Juries, including the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Scholarship Competition, the New Jersey Symphony Young Artists Competition, and the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition, and concerto competitions at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Yale School of Music.

 

Mrs. Wadsworth authored a chapter in Volume II of The Musical Woman, an anthology published by Greenwood Press in 1985.

 

She has served as a consultant to the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a member of the National Advisory Committees of the Avery Fisher Prize Program, the Van Cliburn Competition, the Vendôme Prize Piano Competition, and Young Audiences, Inc.

 

Susan Wadsworth was born in New York City.  She studied piano with the distinguished Polish pianist and teacher Mieczyslaw Munz.  She earned a BA in English from Vassar College, where she studied piano and violin and was a member of the Vassar Orchestra, the Ballet Club and the Vassar Chorus.  Mrs. Wadsworth attended the Fontainebleau Conservatory in France, studying with Jean Casadesus and Nadia Boulanger, and also studied at the Mannes College of Music.  Mrs. Wadsworth is married to the pianist Charles Wadsworth.

 

 

 

 

YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
Board of Directors

 

Chairman
Michael Nash Ambler
  
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Sheldon Soffer
 
Vice Chairmen

Esther B. Ferguson
Sahra T. Lese
Ellen Marcus

Treasurer
John W. Thorne, III

Secretary
Annaliese Soros
 

Josh Aronson Memrie M. Lewis
Jean M.H. Fergus Karen Lindquist
Barbara E. Field Michael L. Lubin
Stephen Fischer Ann O'Keefe
Beatrice Francais Judith Pisar
Dr. Joel Goldin Kathleen Ritch
Alexis Gregory Jane F. Ross
Paul Gridley Dr. Marvin Rotman
Dr. William A. Haseltine Roger H. Samet
Marlene Herring Margo Pollins Schab
Ajit G. Hutheesing Judith G. Schlosser
Mimi Levitt Leonard Tow
Susan Wadsworth

Bernard Goldberg, Frayda B. Lindemann, Honorary Directors
 

Mortimer Levitt, Chairman Emeritus, in memoriam

 

 
YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
Advisory Board

Chairman
Emanuel Ax
 

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Heiichiro Ohyama
Leon Botstein Itzhak Perlman
Carter Brey Leontyne Price
Kyung-Wha Chung Paula Robison
Van Cliburn Ned Rorem
John Corigliano Julia Salvi
Peter Duchin Gerard Schwarz
Christoph Eschenbach Joel Shapiro
Leon Fleisher Leonard Slatkin
Gary Graffman Isaac Stern *
Nobuko Imai Jean-Yves Thibaudet
James Levine Michael Tilson Thomas
Jerome Lowenthal Dawn Upshaw
Yo-Yo Ma Charles Wadsworth
Kurt Masur Robert White
Zarin Mehta Hugh Wolff
Jorge Mester Eugenia Zukerman
Scott Nickrenz Pinchas Zukerman
 
* in memoriam

 

 

YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
OF WASHINGTON

 

 Since 1979, the Young Concert Artists Series at the Terrace Theater in the Kennedy Center has presented the Washington debuts of exceptional young musicians from all over the world, all of whom are Winners of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
 

 
Board of Directors

Gilan Tocco Corn, Chairman
Hon. Mary V. Mochary,
Vice Chairman
Hon. Aniko Gaal Schott, Vice Chairman

 

Dr. David M. Bachman Glenn Mitchell
Miriam Benbassat Jeanne Mitchler-Fiks
Suzanne M. Broyhill Dr. Eric Motley
E. Edward Bruce Susan Porter
Laryssa Courtney Lisa Pumphrey Turner *
Karon N. Cullen Nikki Ballard Rosengren
Isabel Cutler Sheila Saleh
Anthony E. DiResta Diane H. Sappenfield
Judy Esfandiary Carmen Shippy
Dr. Magda Gohar-Chrobog Juliet G. Six
Susan Horwitz Goldberg Linda Reynolds Stern
Keiko Kaplan Michael Strum
Barbara Kapusto Annie Totah
Carol Kuehl Susan Wadsworth
Dr. Thomas A. Mathews * Dr. Sidney Werkman
Anne E. McLean Dorothy B. Wexler
Christopher Wolf


* in memoriam


 
YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
Alumni Association

 

Ani Kavafian, President

 


 

 

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250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222
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