The Hampton Roads Philharmonic would like to announce the results of its 7th annual Young Artists Competition. Our judges, violinist Simon LaPointe, pianist Dr. Seung-hye Kim, and HRP Music Director Steven Brindle, awarded a Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and two Honorable Mentions. No Encouragement Award was awarded this year as our Grand Prize winner was also our youngest soloist in the competition.

All 12 participating soloists demonstrated a high level of preparation. In particular, awards were given to performers that, in addition to their technical preparation, were able to command a performance by playing with intention, emotion, and finesse.

2022 Young Artists Competition


Benjamin Luo

Grand Prize – Benjamin Luo

Award: $500

Performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. I

Second Place
Benjamin Reed

Award: $250

Performing Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto in A Minor

Third Place
Noah Crumbly

Award: $150

Performing Lalo’s Cello Concerto, Mvt. III


Award: $50

Tyler Hyun performing Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata, Mvt. I

Leo Guo performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. I

Congratulations! Thank You to all who participated!

2023 Competition

Exact details regarding the 8th annual 2023 competition will be published as soon as they are available, but it is anticipated that the orchestra will continue to host this competition again in the first or second week of November 2023. Rules are expected to remain unchanged.

We are working to build this event into what we hope will stand as a well-regarded event within the performing arts community. Next year we aim to continue increasing our registration, fundraise to increase the award amounts and judge compensation, and provide a quality video recording of each performance.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you for your participation and support!

About the Competition

To foster musical talent in our community and give young musicians the valuable opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic is opening a portion of its season to feature a young soloist. Decided by an adjudicated competition, the winner will perform with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic as a featured soloist in March’s annual Young Artist Competition Showcase performance. This competition is open to instrumentalists up to age 21.