Young Artists' Competition

Young Artists Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023-2024 Young Artists Competition!

Junior Strings

  • 1st Place – Andrii Padkovskyi, violin
  • 2nd Place – Ethan Song, bass

Junior Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

  • Winner – Ethan Nealis, trumpet

Senior Strings

  • Co-Winners – Grayson Cicilioni, violin and Verse Tomac, bass

Senior Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

  • 1st Place – Alexa Helton, clarinet
  • 2nd Place – Grace Helton, horn

Each year, up-and-coming young musicians from across the region gain valuable experience participating in our annual Young Artists Competition.

Open to all instrumentalists residing in Charlotte, Manatee, or Sarasota Counties.  Sarasota Youth Orchestras students residing in another county are eligible to participate.

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Junior – Ages 9-14
Senior – Ages 15-19
(Age as of February 1, 2024)


The Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Competition was established in 1966. The Wilkofs wanted to plant a seed in talented youth and encourage them to aspire to professional heights. The couple’s endowment is an outgrowth of the artistic devotion Mr. Wilkof has shown to the Sarasota Orchestra for decades, as a generous philanthropist and longtime member of the orchestra’s Board of Directors.


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And at the concert venue one hour prior to showtime.

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