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Announcing the 2013 Salomé Young Artists Competition!

The Salomé Chamber Orchestra, New York’s electrifying and conductorless string orchestra, is announcing its first annual Young Artists Competition in 2013. The Salomé Competition will be open to violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists ages 18 and younger (as of October 1st, 2013), currently living in the United States. Eligible candidates must submit an application and audio CD by September 18th, 2013 with the Semi-final and Final Rounds being held in New York City on October 18th and 19th.

Applicants are required to perform one work from the standard repertoire (for violinists, the first movement of Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto; for violists, the first movement of Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto in D Major; for cellists, the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major; for bassists, the first movement of Koussevitzky’s Concerto) as well as any work of their own choosing.

Once chosen from the preliminary round, applicants will compete in New York City at the Semi-Final and Final Rounds, the latter of which will be open to the public and include a ceremony and reception. Prizes will include a $3,000 Grand Prize, with the opportunity to perform with the Salomé Chamber Orchestra at a gala concert on a rare Italian instrument, cash prizes for First ($1,500), Second ($1,000), Third ($500), and Honorable Mention ($250) winners, and over a dozen cash Special Prizes including the “Audience Prize” and “Most Promising Young Artist Prize”.

The Jury Committee will be headed by star viola soloist and Artistic Director of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, David Aaron Carpenter, and will include both acclaimed soloists and patrons of the arts.

The Salomé Young Artists Competition is graciously sponsored by Carpenter Fine Violins LLC, a leading international dealer of fine musical instruments based in New York City. The company is generously providing the Grand Prize Winner a rare Italian instrument (likely an Antonio Stradivarius) to perform on at the Salomé Gala concert in 2014.

The Salome Chamber Orchestra was co-founded three years ago by the Carpenter siblings, Lauren, Sean and David Aaron Carpenter. Hailed by the New York Times as “Crisp and polished,” it is comprised of the top graduates from the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Princeton University, and Yale University. Salomé’s mission is to present classical music as relevant to today’s younger generations, while at the same time joining with philanthropic organizations to directly help those in need via charity concerts and events.

For a competition application, please click HERE or contact Lauren Sarah Carpenter at or (516) 353-3927. For more information about the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, please visit

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