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Concerto Competition

The Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition

Hawai‘i's First Youth Concerto Competition

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition will be held virtually—via recorded auditions.

The competition features young performers from all over the state of Hawai‘i, of all age ranges, up to the age of eighteen. The 2020-21 competition focuses on the woodwind, brass, percussion, and piano families.

Winners of the competition will receive the opportunity to perform with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra during its spring concert on Sunday, April 18, 2021. This date is tentative at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth Concerto Competition Flyer
Sevastyan Swan – 2019 Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition Winner

About the Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition

To honor our founder and Conductor Emeritus, the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra named our annual concerto competition the Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition.

In just a few short years, the Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition has become a popular and beloved part of the performing arts community in the state of Hawai‘i. Taking place on Hawai‘i Island, but often drawing in students from many neighboring islands, the competition is an essential part of the Kamuela Philharmonic’s mission, as well as the focal point for one of our season concerts at Kahilu Theatre.

Young players up to the age of 18 from the state of Hawai‘i are eligible to compete.

There are three different categories in the competition based on age.

• 12 and under
• 13-15
• 16-18

During the competition, each contestant is asked to perform one movement of a concerto from memory, with piano accompaniment, before a panel of judges.

Winners from each age group are selected to perform their piece during one of the season concerts at Kahilu Theatre with the entire Kamuela Philharmonic. Winners also receive their awards at that performance.

Past Winners

See who has won over the years
Youth Concerto Winners: Sevastyan Swan, Alexander Canicosa-Miles, Mira Hu
Sevastyan Swan

11 yrs old / O‘ahu / Violin
Student of Sheryl Shohet
The Four Seasons, Spring, op. 8, no. 1 by Antonio Vivaldi

Alexander Canicosa-Miles

15 yrs old / O‘ahu / Cello
Student of Jonathan Koh
Concerto in E minor for Cello, op. 85 by Edward Elgar

Mira Hu

16 yrs old / O‘ahu / Cello
Student of Nancy Masaki
Concerto in G minor for Cello, op. 49, mvt. 1 by Dmitri Kabalevsky

2018-19 Youth Competition Winners: Davan Sagara, Isabella Liu, and Kiana Kawahara
Davan Sagara

17 yrs old / O‘ahu / Trumpet
Student of Kenneth Hafner
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Alexander Arutiunian

Isabella Liu

10 yrs old / O‘ahu / Piano
Student of Dr. Thomas Yee
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15, mvt.1 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Kiana Kawahara

16 yrs old / O‘ahu / Flute
Student of Sabrina Saiki-Mita
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, op. 107 by Cécile Chaminade

17-18 Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition Winners
Celina Lim

11 yrs old / O‘ahu / Cello
Student of Nancy Masaki
Cello Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 65, Mvt. #3 by George Golterman

Joshua Chang

18 yrs old / O‘ahu/ Cello
Student of Nancy Masaki
Cello Concerto in E minor, Mvt. #1 by Edward Elgar

Allyson Kwong

14 yrs old / O‘ahu / Violin
Student of Sheryl Sohet
Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21, Mvt. #1 by Éduoard Lalo

Jeremy Lee

15 yrs old / Honolulu / Piano
Student of Bichuan Li
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, Mvt. #3 by Frederic Chopin

Isabella Liu

8 yrs old / Oahu/ Piano
Student of Dr Thomas Yee
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50, Mvt. #1 by Dmitry Kabelevsky

Max Arakaki

18 yrs old / Honolulu / Clarinet
Student of Lynne Nakaura
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622, Mvt #1 by Wolfgang Mozart

Alexander Canicosa-Miles

12 yrs old / Honolulu / Cello
Student of Lifen Anthony
Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 51, Mvt. #1 by Georg Goltermann

William Suh

16 yrs old / Maui / Cello
Student of Jonas Carlson
Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, Mvt. #1 by Antonín Dvorák​

Erin Nishi

13 yrs old / Honolulu / Violin
Student of Helen Higa
Concerto in C major, Op. 48, Mvt. #1 by Dmitry Kabalevsky

Carter Nakagawa

12 yrs old / Honolulu / Piano
Student of Thomas Yee
Piano Concerto #21 in C major, Mvt. #1 by Wolfgang Mozart

Jeremy Lee

13 yrs old / Honolulu / Piano
Student of Bichuan Li
Piano Concerto #1 in E minor, Mvt. #2 by Frédéric Chopin

Noe Baladad

17 yrs old/ Honolulu / Piano
Student of Thomas Yee
Piano Concerto #2, Mvt. #3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Kisa Uradomo

Maui / Violin
Student of Robin Sharp
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. #64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Allegro molto appassionato

Elizabeth Sekona

17 yrs old / Hawai‘i Island / Violin
Student of Ursula Vietze
Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21 by Éduoard Lalo
Allegro non troppo

Eugene Son

11 yrs old / Waipahu / Piano
Student of Dr. Thomas Yee
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn

Noe Baladad

15 yrs old / Honolulu / Piano
Student of Dr. Thomas Yee
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor by Camille Saint-Saëns

Evan Lin

17 yrs old / Honolulu / Piano
Student of Joanna Fan
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major by Sergei Prokofiev

Minseon Kim

10 yrs old / Honolulu / Violin
Student of Sheryl Shohet
Concerto No. 2 in G major by Joseph Haydn

Elizabeth Sekona

15 yrs old / Honoka‘a / Violin
Student of Ursula Vietze
Concerto No. 1 in A minor by Jean-Baptiste Accolay

Daniel Lucas

17 yrs old / Honolulu / Cello
Student of Nancy Masaki
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major by Dmitri Shostakovich

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