2023 Skip Gates Concerto Competition winners announced

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Skip Gates Concerto Competition! The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra held the annual competition on February 13, 2023, for members of both groups.

The winners are as follows:

1st Prize: Levi Davis, Bass, Bass Concerto in F Major, Mvt. 1 by Antonio Capuzzi

2nd Prize: Isabella Redder, Lidija Habekovic, Violins, Bach Double Violin Concerto, First Movement

3rd Prize: Alexander Byrnes, Violin, Concerto in A Minor, Op. 3, No. 6, 1st Movement. Vivaldi 


1st Prize: Benno Alderink, Clarinet, Mozart clarinet concerto

2nd Prize: Kaitlyn Lawrence, Flute, Chaminade Flute Concertino in D major

3rd Prize: Saiya Zeng, Horn, F. Strauss Concerto Op. 8 Mvt. 1

4th Prize: Heming Liang, Violin, Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 KV 219m Mvt. 1


The first-place winner from each group had been scheduled to perform with their ensemble at the spring concert on May 21, 2023 site DeVos Performance Hall.

Thanks to all of the musicians who participated!