Founded in 1961 by Susan Wadsworth '02 hon. D.M.—who still leads the organization—Young Concert Artists has been discovering musicians of great talent, launching careers and invigorating the cultural life of our country for half a century. YCA selects its artists through the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Adjudicated by a distinguished panel of performers, many of them YCA alumni, the auditions are considered among the most selective in the world.
Winners become members of the roster of Young Concert Artists, Inc., which provides all management services, including the booking of concert engagements throughout the United States, and publicity, promotional materials and career guidance for three or more years at no cost to the artists. Winners are presented in recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York; in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center; and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Many NEC musicians have gotten their start with YCA, beginning with the organization's own startup year. We acknowledge these artists, listed by year they joined the YCA roster.
2017 Katherine Balch '17 Tufts/NEC
2010 George Li '09 Prep
2009 Charlie Albright '11 Harvard, '12 M.M. NEC
2008 Narek Hakhnazaryan '11 A.D.
2005 Jupiter String Quartet '06
2000 Anton Belov '00
1997 Karen Gomyo '05 Dip., '07 A.D.
1992 Christophèren Nomura '92, '94 A.D.
1991 Borromeo String Quartet '92
1987 Hung-Kuan Chen '88 A.D.; Rina Dokshinsky '86, '98 M.M., '93 A.D.
1986 Christopher Costanza '86, '89 A.D.
1984 Daniel McKelway '89 A.D.
1981 Christopher O'Riley '81 A.D.
1978 Lynn Chang
1974 Ronald Thomas '74
1971 Donald Palma (Speculum Musicae)
1967 Marcus Thompson
1966 Donald Weilerstein
1961 Paula Robison