Classical Music

Classical Music is open to orchestral instrumentalists, pianists, and composers. The strongest auditions demonstrate excellence in the craft of playing or writing, the ability to reveal the nuances of each work, versatility, and a truly personal style.

Classical Music practice during National YoungArts Week

Are you a classical musician who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2023 YoungArts application closes on October 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.


To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

All the requirements for the 2023 competition are listed in the downloadable PDFs below.

Ask an Artist

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts? Complete the following form and you’ll get insight from a previous YoungArts award winner about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline. You will receive a response via email.

For questions about the application process, requirements and eligibility, please check out our FAQ or email

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Chase Park (2015 Classical Music)

Dave Eggar (1987 Classical Music), Guest Artist

Daniel Bernard Roumain, Guest Artist

Marina Lomazov, National Selection Panelist

Pascal Le Boeuf (2004 Classical Music, Jazz), National Selection Panelist

Select Performances from Winners

"Jeux de plein air" (1917, Tailleferre)

"Cinq Pièces en Trio" (1935, Ibert)

"Adiós Nonino" (1959, Piazzolla)

"Ecstatic Samba Piano Trio No. 3" (2018, Kevin Day)

"Passacaglia Duo for Violin and Viola" (1894, Halvorsen)

"Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11" (1797, Beethoven)

Andy Park (2020 Classical Music) performing during National YoungArts Week

My fellow Classical Musicians were the shining stars for me; their young yet accomplished talents always startled me with awe.”

— Andy Park (2020 Classical Music)