The Final Forte 2020
On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7 p.m., the beauty of musical expression, the drama of competition and the inspiring tale of dreams come true went on display as four gifted young artists vied for top honors in the final round of the 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition. Broadcast from Overture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, the concert featured the magnificent Madison Symphony Orchestra led by Associate Conductor Kyle Knox.
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Meet the Finalists
Emily Hauer, a finalist in the 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a homeschooled senior from Appleton. She began violin lessons at the age of two and currently studies with Ilana Setapen, Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Emily won the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition in 2017 and is currently in her fourth year as the concert-mistress of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Jessica Jiang, a finalist in the 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a junior at Madison Memorial High School. She took up the piano at the age of four and currently studies with Bill Lutes, Emeritus Professor at the UW-Madison School of Music. Jessica received the Steenbock Youth Music Award in the 2018 Bolz Young Artist Competition and took second place in Division III of the National Steinway & Sons Piano Competition in 2019.
Jonah Kartman, a finalist in the 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a homeschooled senior from Glendale. He has been playing violin for 13 years, and currently studies with I-Hao Lee at DePaul University’s School of Music. Jonah was a finalist in the 2019 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow competition, and a two-time winner and scholarship recipient in the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Competition.
Michael Wu, a finalist in the 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a senior at Sun Prairie High School. He began piano lessons at age five, and currently studies with Bill Lutes, Emeritus Professor at the UW-Madison School of Music. Michael received the Steenbock Youth Music Award in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition and took first place in Division III of the National Steinway & Sons Piano Competition in 2018.
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is a partnership among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin and is made possible by the contributions listed below.
Major funding provided by:
W. Jerome Frautschi
A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust
Julie and Larry Midtbo
Fred and Mary Mohs
With additional support from:
James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund
Cyrena and Lee Pondrom
Sentry Insurance Foundation
Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale
Dr. A. Beyer-Mears
Nick and Judith Topitzes
The Focus Fund for Young Performers
Friends of PBS Wisconsin