The Final Forte 2021
Experience the beauty of musical expression and the drama of competition as four gifted young artists vie for top honors in the final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition. Recorded at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison on March 3, 2021 the live concert was hosted by John DeMain, Music Director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra; and Kathryn Schwarzmann, the Orchestra’s Director of Education and Community Engagement.
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Meet the Finalists
Qing Ng, a finalist in the 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a sophomore at Madison Memorial High School. She began violin lessons at the age of eight and currently studies with Davis King. Qing has been a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for six years and received an Honorable Mention in the WYSO Philharmonia Concerto Competition in 2018.
Sophia Jiang, a finalist in the 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a freshman at Madison Memorial High School. She took up the piano at the age of four and currently studies with Bill Lutes. Sophia won the National Steinway Junior Piano Competition (Division II) in 2019 and the Madison Symphony Orchestra Fall Youth Concerto Competition in 2017.
Carrie Wang, a finalist in the 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a junior at Brookfield East High School. She began piano lessons at age four, and currently studies with Sang Mee Lee. Carrie won the 2019 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony Concerto Competition and received honorable mention from the DePaul Music Concerto Competition.
Dexter Mott, a finalist in the 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition, is a senior at Madison LaFollette High School. He has been playing violin for 15 years, and currently studies with Eugene Purdue. Dexter won the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2018 and the Middleton Community Orchestra’s Concerto Competition in 2019.
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is a partnership among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. Funding for the Final Forte is provided by Diane Ballweg, W. Jerome Frautschi, Julie and Larry Midtbo, Fred and Mary Mohs, Stephen Morton, James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund, Kato Perlman, A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Sentry Insurance Foundation, Nick and Judith Topitzes, Cyrena and Lee Pondrom, Dr. A Beyer-Mears, Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale, Anders Yocom and Ann Yocom Engelman, the Focus Fund for the Arts, and Friends of PBS Wisconsin.