The Riverside Symphonia is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Caprio Young Artists Competition, offering exceptional young musicians 22 years old and under who live or study in NJ, NY or PA the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. The $2000 First Prize recipient is Chelsie Lim, cello, a 16 year old student in the Pre-College Program at the Juilliard School of Music. The $1000 Second Prize recipient is Dylan Hamme, violin, a 17 year old student in the Pre-College Program at the Juilliard School of Music. The $500 Third Prize recipient is Yihang Li, cello, a 15 year old student who graduated from the Pre-College Program at the Juilliard School and is now a student at Northwestern University.
The Caprio Competition honors the life and memory of John Michael Caprio, founding Founding Music Director and Conductor of the Riverside Symphonia. Since 1998, many outstanding musicians have received financial support and performance opportunities. Over $50,000 in contributions has made this competition possible. Thank you to our 2020 sponsors. First Prize: The Arts & Letters Foundation, New York, NY; Second Prize: Barbara & Jay Belding, New Hope, PA; Third Prize: ShopRite of Flemington, Flemington, NJ.
Listen now to our winners:
Chelsie Lim, Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, 1st movement:
Dylan Hamme, Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,1st movement:
Yihang Li, Shostakovich Cello Concerto, 1st movement:
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Comments from Past Winners
“Winning the Caprio Competition was a very important milestone for me in the development of my musical life. The competition provided me the opportunity to perform with a wonderful orchestra and conductor, and experience the kind of preparation this would demand of a performer. It was a particularly special moment for me to play with the Riverside Symphonia in Lambertville since my grandparents have been long time residents of New Hope/Lambertville. I feel very lucky to have had this privilege and am grateful for the opportunities that this organization is offering to young artists today.”
Denise Djokic, Cellist. 2000 First Prize Winner.
Soloist, Teacher, Recording Artist.
“I have great memories of the Caprio competition! Everyone in the organization was so welcoming and friendly during the process. Since the final round was open to the public and followed by a reception where the audience met the performers, the sense of community was a very positive experience.”
Clare Semes, Violinist, 2010 First Prize Winner.
Performer, Les Deux Violins; Graduate of the Juilliard School.
“Participating in the Caprio Young Artists Competition was a memorable experience during my undergraduate studies. The competition served as a good performance goal to work towards, and the concert with the Riverside Symphonia was one of the first times that I had the opportunity to perform as soloist with a symphony orchestra. I learned a lot from these wonderful events and had fun as well.”
Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, Double Bass, 1998 First Prize Winner.
Principal Bassist, San Diego Symphony, Teacher, Recording Artist.
The Caprio Young Artists Competition was established in 1998 to honor the life and legacy of John-Michael Caprio, Founding Music Director and Conductor of The Riverside Symphonia. The mission of the competition is to motivate, recognize, promote and support young musicians with an opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra and work with a world class conductor. Preparing for a live competition and performing for a public audience are important steps in musical careers. John-Michael Caprio dedicated his life to sharing enthusiasm and encouragement to help developing musicians, first as a teacher in New Jersey, and later as a choir director of Ars Nova and music director at Church of the Resurrection, Rye, NY. His passion for music and ability to organize large-scale projects led to appointments as Choir Director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NY, NY and Director of Liturgical Music for the Archdiocese of New York. His many accomplishments are recorded in a chapter of the book “Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral”.