2024 NJS
Korean Young Artist
Music Competition

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024
Category: String and Woodwind
Competition for Korean and Korean Descent




2024 NJS Young Artist Award

Jihoo Hwang, Violin Youtube

Yewon School (Korea)

Grand Prize Winners

Yunseo Cho, Cello Youtube

Korea National University of Arts (Korea)

Seoyoung Lee, Cello Youtube

Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany)

Seah Park, Viola Youtube

Seoul National University (Korea)

Group A (age 8-11)
1st Prize:Sarang Kim, Violin (Korea)
3rd Prize:Doyeon Kim, Cello (USA)
Group B (age 12-14)
1st Prize:Anthony Kim, Cello (USA)
2nd Prize: Rubi Yujin Kang, Violin (USA)
Yoojun Curtis Lee, Violin (USA)
3rd Prize: Julia Jang, Violin (USA)
Honorable Mention:
Serin Yoon, Violin (Korea)
Group C (age 15-18)
1st Prize:Nathan Sang Lee, Violin (Korea)
2nd Prize: Oan Woo Park, Cello (USA)
Katherine Eunbee Song, Viola (USA)
3rd Prize:Khaos Kook, Violin (USA)
Mina Kim, Cello (USA)
Honorable Mention:
Brendan Cho, Cello (USA)
Seogyeom Kim, Cello (USA)
Olivia Kim, Viola (USA)
Group D (age 19-25)
1st Prize:June Chung, Violin (USA)
Soo Min Kim, Cello (USA)


2024 NJS Young Artist Award

Chaeyeon Oh, Oboe Youtube

Yewon School (Korea)

Group B (age 12-14)
2nd Prize: Hanjoong Kim, Flute (Korea)
Group C (age 15-18)
1st Prize:Aiden Hong, Clarinet (USA)
Honorable Mention:
Daniel Lee, Clarinet (USA)
Group D (age 19-25)
1st Prize:Minseo Choi, Oboe (Swiss)
2nd Prize: Ray Ahn, Bassoon (Korea)

About the Competition

    The Korean Young Artist Music Competition, organized by the New Jersey Sinfonietta (NJS), provides a unique opportunity for Korean musicians from around the world to compete and showcase their talents.

    NJS has been discovering exceptional Korean musical talent and providing them with the stage for recitals annually, reaching audiences in Europe. To date, eight Korean musicians have successfully debuted at the 'Laieszhalle' in Hamburg, Germany. Encouraged by the enthusiastic response from German audiences, in January 2025, a recital will be held at the landmark 'Elbphilharmonie' in the music city of Hamburg.

    The Elbphilharmonie is a world-renowned concert hall located in Hamburg, Germany, completed in 2017, famous for its modern design and state-of-the-art acoustics. This venue is also renowned for hosting performances by world-class musicians, providing a significant opportunity for the ultimate musical experience.

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Competition Detail

  • String Category: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Woodwind Category: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
  • Age Group (as of May 31, 2024)
    • Group A: age 8 - 11
    • Group B: age 12 - 14
    • Group C: age 15 - 18
    • Group D: age 19 - 25
  • All Korean (nationals and/or descendants) who meet the above criteria
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Winner Announcement: June 3, 2024 (website)
  • NJS Young Artist Award Announcement: June 18, 2024
  • On-line application
  • YouTube video submission
  • Application Fee: $150 by Paypal or credit card
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention award winners are selected in each category and age group, and winners are awarded e-certificates.
  • Grand prize winners will be selected in each category, and each winner will receive a e-certificate and $300 in prize money. Eligible to advance to additional competition for ‘NJS Young Artist Award’.
  • Winners of the NJS Young Artist Award will be selected in each category, receiving a total of $1,500 in prize money along with an opportunity to perform on the German recital stage.
  • Applicants are required to submit a YouTube video for audition.
  • Audition Repertoire: a single solo piece or one movement from a Sonata, or Concerto with accompaniment (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th/21st Century period)
  • Audition video must be produced within one year before May 31, 2024.
  • There is no limit for video duration.
  • Video recordings arranged or shortened from the original music will not be accepted.
  • The videos must show clearly the face of the performer to be identified.
  • Set the visibility of the YouTube video to either ‘unlisted’ or ‘public’.
  • The Jury's decisions are final and beyond appeal.
  • Submit the copy of passport or government issued photo ID to identify the applicant's nationality, legal name and date of birth.
  • Individuals born after June 1, 1998, are eligible to apply.
  • Application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
  • Candidates: Grand Prize Winners of each category
  • Additional Video Submission: Submit one solo piece (must be different from the previously submitted video)
  • Submission Deadline: June 16, 2024
  • Among the candidates, the top scorer in each category will be selected to receive the NJS Young Artist Award
  • Award Announcement: June 18, 2024

  • NJS Young Artist Award winners will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a recital opportunity.
  • NJS Young Artist Award Recital (20 - 25 minute solo recital)
  • If the NJS Young Artist Award winner cannot attend the recital for personal reasons, all privileges granted will be forfeited. However, their qualification as a Grand Prize laureate will be maintained, and they will be awarded a certificate and a prize of $300. The organizer reserves the right to offer the opportunity to other performers, based on its discretion.
Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
Elbphilharmonie Kleiner Saal
Venue for Recital
Jan 2, 2025 7:00PM