The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's (PSO) nationwide search for
a concerto soloist via an online competition has ended without a
winner. Four finalists, including violinist William Hagen, 19, from
Salt Lake City, and cellist Angela Park, 25, from Philadelphia,
auditioned for the chance to win $10,000 and perform with the
orchestra. But the jury of PSO conductors, staff and musicians
declined to offer any of the four that opportunity.
Robert Moir, the PSO's senior vice president of artistic planning and audience engagement, said: 'We were very pleased with the four finalists. But we always maintained the right not to pick a winner.' He described the competition as an 'interesting experience' that the orchestra would likely run again.
The competition received 104 video entries from which eight semi-finalists were chosen. The eight performance videos appeared on the orchestra's YouTube channel and a public vote decided the four finalists.