2020-2021 Borchardt Concerto Competition

In this unusual year, the format of the competition will be slightly different. We have implemented a few changes to our annual competition, in order to continue to offer this very special opportunity to our students, per our tradition, despite the different and limiting circumstances of the current season.


With this competition, we want to encourage and honor live performance for our students as soloists, and showcase their immense talent. In that light, the essence and purpose of the competition is no different than in the past. Only, we will not able to guarantee students a performance with a full symphonic orchestra as in previous seasons. But we are able to offer them the opportunity to be featured as soloists, and the experience of preparing and performing a concerto, and we feel that this is the most important thing, and such an invaluable element of our educational offering. 


We are tentatively planning to hold the competition on Sunday, May 2, 2021 and we ask students to apply and get their repertoire approvals in no later than Friday, March 26, 2021. We are simplifying the process for approval by providing an online form to submit your repertoire. Details about choosing your piece are provided in the guidelines under “Choosing a piece.”

This year, the competition is open to any student who is enrolled in a CKYO Spring Session (any session held January thru May 2021) who has not previously won the CKYO Concerto Competition. The complete guidelines for this season’s competition are attached and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We are proud to continue this beautiful tradition, and hope our students will enjoy such a great opportunity to perform their favorite concertos in a formal concert setting and for a panel of experts who can give them valuable feedback!








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Photos of 2016-2017 Concerto Competition Winners (Amber Adkins, Andy Du, and Madison Jones) performing at CKYO Teen Arts Festival on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Photography by Sally Horowitz Photography