Charlotte Marckx wins 2017 BSO Young Artist Concerto Competition

Charlotte Marckx, a 14-year-old violinist from Bellevue, is the first-place winner of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition, officials announced earlier this week.

Marckx claimed the honor with a rousing performance of performed Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto, first movement.”

The young musician has performed on NPR’s “From the Top” radio program and at their annual gala in Boston. She recently won the Washington state division of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition and will be advancing to the next round this winter.

Her previous honors include being one of four finalists in the 2015 Johansen International Competition held in Washington, D.C., and a winner of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.

Charlotte was the grand prizewinner of the 2015 KING FM Young Artists Awards and was presented by James Ehnes in a recital with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She has soloed with several orchestras including the Seattle Philharmonia Northwest and Seattle Festival Orchestras.

Most recently, Charlotte appeared alongside her cellist sister, Olivia, performing the Brahms “Double Concerto” with the Kirkland Civic Orchestra. Their duo, Sempre Sisters, performs a variety of genres and was featured in the 2016 October issue of Strings Magazine.

Charlotte began studying the violin with Jan Coleman at age 5 and currently works with Simon James. In the summer, Charlotte attends the Aspen Music Festival, where she studies with Paul Kantor. She also works with studio pianist collaborators Hiro David and Dr. Li-Tan Hsu. Charlotte receives support through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.

Outside of music, Charlotte loves to write fan fiction and watch the Food Network.

Young Park, a pianist, was awarded second place for her performance of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21, second and third movements.” And David Forman, on viola, was awarded third place for his performance of Walton’s “Viola Concerto, first movement.”

“It was a true pleasure to hear so many talented and capable young musicians,” said BSO music director Wesley Schulz. “Everyone displayed solid musicianship, careful preparation, and great confidence. It takes hundreds of hours, and months of dedication, stamina, and endurance to prepare for and participate in a competition such as ours.”