Programs

Bouchaine Young Artist Series


Festival Napa Valley has presented over 50 of America’s most talented young musicians in this popular admission-free concert series. Students selected to participate have the opportunity to hone their performance skills, and receive a generous scholarship from the festival. These young musicians serve as role models and contribute to the continued renewal and relevance of the performing arts. 

Below is a list of artists who have appeared at Festival Napa Valley, as well as a summary of our past Bouchaine Young Artist Series events.

Past Concerts

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Jordan Bak
July 23, 2022
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Jordan Bak

Award-winning Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak was recently hailed a "star in the making ...and a young artist to watch for” (Seattle Post Intelligencer). He makes his Festival Napa Valley debut in this Bouchaine Young Artist concert at CIA Copia. 

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Tabea Debus
July 20, 2022
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Tabea Debus

Called “one of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world” by Classic FM, Tabea Debus is constantly exploring musical horizons, challenging perceptions of the recorder. She brings her commitment to virtuosity, musicality, and innovation to this Bouchaine Young Artist concert, featuring multiple instruments from the recorder family.

 

 

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Amaryn Olmeda
July 18, 2022
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Amaryn Olmeda

Northern California native and San Francisco Conservatory of Music student Amaryn Olmeda began playing the violin at four years old and made her performance debut at the age of six. She has since been wowing audiences across the United States and Europe with her bold and expressive performances.

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Steven Banks
July 23, 2021
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Steven Banks

sold out

Recognized for his “glowing mahogany tone” (Seen and Heard International) and “pristine clarity, enviable precision, and emotional heat” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Steven Banks is establishing himself as an important young artist on the saxophone, which is rarely heard as a solo concert instrument.

Bouchaine Young Artist: Audrey Vardanega
July 22, 2021
Bouchaine Young Artist: Audrey Vardanega

sold out

Praised as a “musically eloquent” player (San Francisco Classical Voice) “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength… that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” (The Piedmont Post), Audrey Vardanega has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist across Europe, China, and the United States. In this admission-free concert, Vardanega performs works for solo piano by Chopin and Mozart.

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Fiona Khuong-Huu
July 16, 2021
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Fiona Khuong-Huu

sold out

Fourteen-year-old Fiona Khuong-Huu was a prizewinner at the Grumiaux and Spohr Competitions, and recently received the Salon de Virtuosi Prize in New York. She has performed at Buckingham Palace with Maxim Vengerov, and with orchestras in the United States, Italy, and Belgium. Currently a student of Kenneth Renshaw and Li Lin at the Juilliard School, she has taken master classes with Vadim Gluzman, Ivry Gitlis, Shlomo Mintz, and Menahem Pressler.

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Russian Renaissance
July 28, 2018
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Russian Renaissance

The captivating ensemble Russian Renaissance, a Moscow-based quartet that won last year’s $100,000 grand prize at the University of Michigan’s M-Prize chamber music competition, performs traditional Russian folk music filtered through a modern sensibility, playing fiery and lyrical music on balalaika, contrabass balalaika, button accordion and the lute-like domra.

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Yoonah Kim, clarinet
July 26, 2018
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Yoonah Kim, clarinet

Napa audiences will have their first chance to hear the sterling young Korean-Canadian clarinetist Yoonah Kim, who made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall this year after becoming the first solo clarinetist in 30 years to win the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A Juilliard graduate, she’s making a name for herself with orchestras and festivals around the U.S. and Canada.

Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Sophia Bacelar, cello
July 24, 2018
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Sophia Bacelar, cello

The dynamic multinational cellist Sophia Bacelar, a Cuban-Chinese-American who studied at the Paris Conservatory, made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie this season and has been booked for performances from New York to Geneva. She is one of the rising stars introduced to the festival audience through the Bouchaine Young Artists Series.