2023 NJS
Korean Young Artist
Music Competition

Application Deadline: May 7, 2023
Competition for Koreans and Korean Descent



    NJS is happy to announce the winners of 2023 Korean Young Artist Music Competition. All the prize winners are as follows:

    Grand Prize: Ga Eun Kim, Violin (Yewon School, Korea)
    1st Prize:
      Sophia Nam, Viola (Juilliard Pre-College, USA)
      Hyun Jun Jung, Violin (Yewon School, Korea)
    2nd Prize: Andrea Kim, Cello (Royal Northern College, UK)
    3rd Prize:
      Angela Kim, Violin (Eastman School of Music, USA)
      Madison Lee, Violin (Manhattan Pre-College, USA)

    Grand Prize: no winner
    1st Prize: Su Hyeon Park (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, USA)
    2nd Prize: Juyoung Ma (Mannes School of Music, USA)
    3rd Prize: Sea Jeong Jang (Manhattan School of Music, USA)

    Congratulations to all the winners!
    Many thanks to all participants and wish everyone all the best!

About Competition

    New Jersey Sinfonietta (NJS) is hosting 2023 NJS Korean Young Artist Music Competition, sponsored by the Songdang Arts Association. The Songdang Arts Association is a non-profit, cultural organization established in South Korea that focuses on discovering talented, young musicians, creating opportunities to perform on the world stage, and promoting their musical excellence to the international audience.

    Building on our success with the first Young Artists Recital in 2023, we invite talented Korean musicians to shine on the debut stage at the historic concert hall 'Laeiszhalle’ in Hamburg, Germany in 2024. The unique opportunity in Hamburg, the birthplace of Brahms and Mendelssohn that boasts world-class concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle, will grant invaluable experience to aspiring young musicians.

    We hope that many Korean musicians (nationals or descendants abroad) take the opportunity to showcase their musical brilliance on an European stage.
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Competition Detail

  • Vocal: 29 years old or younger (as of May 7, 2023)
  • String (violin, viola, cello): 27 years old or younger (as of May 7, 2023)
  • A musician who is able to perform a 30 minutes solo recital program
  • All Korean (nationals and/or descendants) who meet the above criteria
  • Grand Prize: Total 2 winners will be selected (1 from each category)
  • Grand Prize winners will be awarded $1,000 and a European debut recital, worth $5,000 each (The cost of the recital will be funded by Songdang Arts Association of South Korea)
  • Grand Prize Winner Recital
    • Venue: Laeisehalle, Hamburg, Germany
    • Date: January 6, 2024 2:00PM
  • Grand prize money of $1,000 will be paid after the airplane ticket to Hamburg is confirmed.
  • If the grand prize winner cannot attend the Hamburg performance for any reason, all qualifications including prize money will be forfeited.

  • Other Awards for Vocal and String Category
    • 1st Prize: $300 of prize money each, certificate
    • 2nd Prize: $200 of prize money each, certificate
    • 3rd Prize: Certificate
  • Both the preliminary and the final round with YouTube videos only
  • Video recordings for the preliminaries and finals must be produced within one year from May 7, 2023.
  • The orchestral performance videos can be submitted.
  • There are no formal restrictions, but we recommend videos with sound quality that show the applicant's musicality.
  • Video recording that has been arranged or shortened from the original music cannot be submitted.
  • All performances in the video must be played from memory.
  • The Jury's decisions are final and beyond appeal.
  • Vocal Category (3 songs in total)
    • Art song (Italian, German, French, or English): 1 selection
    • Opera Aria or Oratorio: 1 selection
    • Korean Art Song: 1 selection
    • All songs should be with accompaniment, and the total length must be within 15 minutes.
  • String Category
    • One movement of a concerto or an equivalent solo piece with accompaniment (from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or 20th century period)
  • Vocal Category
    • 20 to 25 minutes of videos for the solo recital program
    • It can be composed freely, including opera arias, oratorios, art songs, and Korean art songs.
    • Works in three languages ​​(Italian, German, and French) must be included.
    • Videos submitted for the preliminary round can be used again.
  • String Category
    • 25 to 30 minutes of videos for the solo recital program
    • It can be composed in various ways such as one movement of concertos, sonatas, virtuosic piece, and unaccompanied piece, etc.
    • Videos submitted for the preliminary round can be used again.
  • Preliminary Round Application: by May 7, 2023
  • Finalist Announcement: May 12, 2023 (individual email notice)
  • Final Round Video Submission: by May 31, 2023
  • Winners Announcement: June 7, 2023 (website announcement)
  • All schedules(including the recital) can be subject to change depending on the organizer's circumstances.
  • Website: njsinfonietta.com
  • Application Fee: $200, Payable by Paypal or credit card
  • Submit the copy of passport or government issued photo ID to identify the applicant's nationality, legal name and date of birth.
  • The videos must show clearly the face of the performer to be identified.
  • For vocal category, it must be sung in the original language. (Opera arias must be sung in the original language and original key)
  • Application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
Hamburg, Germany
Laeiszhalle Recital Hall
Venue for Solo Recital
Jan 6, 2024 2:00PM
2023 NJS Young Artists' Recital
After the Concert
Laeiszhalle Recital Hall