Irving Ludwig Young Artists' Competition




The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists Concerts feature Young Artists’ Auditions winners performing with the LSO. The competition draws contestants from Pennsylvania and nearby states. Many LSO Young Artist soloists over the last 62 years have gone on to win other prestigious competitions, and/or have become professional musicians with illustrious performing careers.


Instrumentalists must be between 7-18 years of age (or singers up to age 23) and must be prepared to perform one movement of a solo (one player) concerto or an equivalent piece. The selection should be between 5-12 minutes in length and performed from memory.


Round 1 is online. Check back from Friday, March 1, 2019, until our deadline, Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm. If you’d like a reminder, please sign up for our mailing list.

For this round, we require:

- Contact information for the student, a designated family member, and teacher.

- Audio or video of the piece, with piano accompaniment

- $40 entry fee

 Round 1 results will be emailed to competitors on or by Monday, May 6, 2019. 


Round 2 will be on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8, 2019, and will comprise approximately 4-8 finalists. If selected, finalists must confirm attendance within one week of receiving their Round 1 result. The final round is normally at Settlement Music School, 4910 Wynnefield Ave., Philadelphia.  We anticipate having one hour for sound-checks shortly after midday and begin judging at 1:30 pm.


Two or three winners will perform with the LSO in the 2019-20 season, with the requirement that they be able to rehearse and perform with the orchestra for the concert in which they perform, in coordination with the conductor. The orchestra will also require performer biographies and an appropriate high-resolution photo.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will my piece be acceptable?

Probably. The LSO is an excellent orchestra and plays repertoire from a wide variety of composers and level of difficulty (for the orchestra). We have performed concertos through this competition that are rental. If you’re still concerned, click on this link and ask your question: we’ll respond, and add your piece to a list of approved works below.



Approved Works (a far shorter list than needed - a work in progress)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Mozart: Movements from all instrumental concertos

Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher

Piston: Viola Concerto

Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3, Movement 3

Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Walton Viola Concerto 

Vaughan-Williams: Tuba Concerto