Concerto Competition

Each year ULSO holds a concerto competition, open to its current and recent members. Winners are invited to perform a concerto with the Orchestra in a future project.

2021/22 Season

We are excited to announce that applications for the ULSO Concerto Competition 2022 are now live! The competition is open to all current and past members of the orchestra, and the winner(s) will have the opportunity to perform a concerto with ULSO in Summer 2022 or during the 2022/23 season.

The competition is held over two rounds:

In Round One, which will be held over the weekend of the 5th & 6th of February, applicants are expected to play the first movement of a concerto lasting no longer than 10 minutes. Successful candidates will progress to Round Two.

Round Two, for which the Music Director will be present, will be held over the weekend of the 5th & 6th of March and candidates should present selected passages from ALL movements of their concerto, totalling no more than 25 minutes. The panel may also ask to hear specific passages, so be prepared to play any part of your concerto.

For all rounds:

  • You must provide the panel with a copy of the piano or orchestral score of the piece you are performing
  • It is strongly recommended that you perform with accompaniment, especially for Round Two. Unfortunately, ULSO is unable to provide an accompanist.
  • If you are successful in the Competition, the concerto you perform with ULSO will be chosen in consultation with the Music Director, but is not limited to the work played during the Competition.

To apply for the 2021/22 Concerto Competition please complete the application form via the link below. Applications must be received by 2nd February 2022.

The winners of the 2018/19 competition were:

Anna Roder - Violin

Gabrielė Bekerytė - Piano

Alexei Watkins – French Horn

Previous winners of the competition include: