Richmond Symphony League’s
50th Annual Student Concerto Competition


2019 Winners:

1st: Romain-Olivier Gray, cello

2nd: Ari Han, violin

Honorable Mention: Lira Masuda, violin; Eliza Willett, violin; David Smith, cello



Richmond Symphony League’s
50th Annual Student Concerto Competition
Saturday, January 4, 2020
8:00am – 4:00pm
W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University


Once each season, the Richmond Symphony League (RSL) hosts a student concerto competition to encourage and recognize talented young musicians from Virginia. First-prize winners receive a cash award plus an invitation to perform with the Richmond Symphony during the 2019-20 season. The competition is open to Virginia students in elementary through senior high school who play piano, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp or percussion.  Complete details below:


The first place winner will receive $500 and an invitation to play with the Richmond Symphony.  The second place winner will receive $250 and a performance opportunity.  The decision of the judges is final.  If, in the opinion of the judges, no contestant is qualified, any of the awards may be withheld.  First-place winners are disqualified from participating in the year immediately following their award.

Music Selection

Competitors may pick their selection from an approved list of concertos. Competitors must perform the selection indicated on their Application Form.  Substitutions are not allowed.


  1. The applicant must be prepared to play, in its final form, the concerto or movement(s) that he/she wishes to perform.
  2. Memorization is required.
  3. The applicant must bring his/her own accompanist to play orchestra reduction.  If you are in need of an accompanist, please contact Logan Massey, for assistance.
  4. The applicant is required to bring two original scores of the soloist’s part for the judges.  If the edition of the music is in the public domain, copies or print-outs from the internet are acceptable.
  5. Mark any cuts with sticky notes.
  6. Competition performance including stage time will not exceed ten minutes.  If stage time is longer than the time allotted, the judges will terminate the performance without disqualifying the participant.  Accompanists should take appropriate cuts in tutti sections.
  7. When choosing repertoire, please keep in mind that the conductor has the right to cut the piece to fit programming requirements (typical length is 8-10 minutes)

Deadline to apply: December 9, 2019
Application Fee: $25, non-refundable

RSL Concerto Competition 2020

Please complete the form and submit the $25, non-refundable, application fee. Applications must be submitted by Monday, December 9, 2019. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis in the order in which they were received.
  • Competition is open to Virginia students in elementary school through senior year in high school.
  • Competition Info

  • Musician will not be placed on schedule without providing accompanist's name.
  • Payment Information

    Entry fee is $25 and is non-refundable.
  • Price: $25.00
  • American Express