Nevada City resident wins area competition |

Nevada City resident wins area competition

The Best Overall Winner title of the recently held Auburn Symphony’s Young Artists Competition went to pianist Lyell Sakaue of Nevada City. He also was awarded first place in the combined Division III and IV category for musicians ages 17 through 25, performing “Two Motions in 1 Movement” by Samuel Zuyman.

In Division I, for ages 7 through 11, first-place split winners were a pianist from Granite Bay and violinist Anne Begin of Colfax, who performed “Concerto in A minor, movement No. 3” by A. Vivaldi. Second-place shared winners were pianist Keaton Hild, a resident of Nevada City, who performed Sonatina in G major by Diabelli, and a Roseville violinist.

“It was an excellent competition this year, said Karen Anderson, one of the organizers of the event. “They are such normal children and, yet, they have this enormous talent.”

The competition was open to young musicians, ages 8 to 20, and vocalists, ages 8 to 25, residing in Placer, Nevada, or El Dorado counties. Their performances were judged by the Auburn Symphony’s musicians, concertmaster and music director. The contest gives the students an opportunity to perform in a competitive environment and receive feedback on their performances, which helps prepare them for future auditions.

For information on the Young Artists Competition or to volunteer as a sponsor, call 823-6683 or visit

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