Nine musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s (SDYS) advanced ensembles, including TPHS students Omar Gairdarov and Andrew Rim and CCA student Allan Huang, recently competed for the prestigious Concerto Competition Winner award at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. According to SDYS, these young musicians performed some of the most challenging concerto pieces ever composed. Congratulations to Allan Huang who has received the Soloist Award for his performance of the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, III. “I was deeply honored to be a finalist alongside all of the other great musicians selected,” stated Allan. Allan will perform his concerto at either the Jan. 18 Artist Series Concert at California Center for the Arts in Escondido or the Winter Ovation Concert at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

Allan Huang was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2012-2013 SDYS Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the 2013-2014 SDYS Concerto Competition. The Concerto Competition awards are sponsored by Pat Baker and Larry Norquist. Visit www.sdys.org for more information about the awards.