Concerto Competition

Deadlines for the 2022 Concerto Competition have closed. We are delighted to announce our winner as Mark Zang (piano) and our two prize winners, Patrick Pan (piano) and Jacqueline Seki (violin). 

 These three talented student musicians will each perform a concerto with either the Cambridge University Orchestra or Sinfonia during the 2022-23 season.


Previous competition prize winners:

2020 Competition Joint Winners: Leo Appel (violin) and Kevin Loh (guitar)

2020 Competition prize-winners: William Hu (piano), Akihito Okuda (piano) and Ellis Thomas (piano).


The below contains information about the 2023 Concerto Competition. Applications will open in December 2022.

Students are invited to apply for the opportunity to perform a concerto with Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO), Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) or Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) in the academic year 2023-24. Applicants must be in statu pupillari at Cambridge University at the time of the auditions. You do not have to be in statu pupillari for the academic year 2023-24.

There will be 2 rounds of auditions. The first round will be held in West Road Concert Hall in early February 2023. Candidates will be asked to prepare one whole movement or two whole movements lasting no more than 10 minutes from a concerto, to perform to the panel. If you are successful in the competition you can choose a different concerto to perform in the following season.  No accompanist will be provided; candidates must organise and bring their own accompanist. Pianists must also provide an accompanist for their audition. The panel may also conduct a brief interview with each candidate.

The final round will be held in Late February 2023  as part of the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert series.  The finalists will be asked to perform a movement lasting no more than 10 minutes from a concerto to perform to the panel and the public audience. This can be the same movement as performed in the first round. No accompanist will be provided; candidates must organise and bring their own accompanist. Pianists should also provide an accompanist.

When applications open, candidates will be invited to send their CV, together with a formal letter of application, including details of the movement and concerto you will be performing and the name of your accompanist by email to Will Rose. All applicants will be able to take part in the first round of auditions.

There is a small budget to cover travel expenses and accommodation for winners who will not be in Cambridge at the time of their performance. This must be organised at the time of acceptance. For details please contact Chloe Davidson.