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Every spring, Wisconsin Public Radio hosts a competition open to Wisconsin musicians aged 17-26 who demonstrate an exceptionally high level of artistry.  The Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition is funded by a grant from the estate  of the late UW-Madison professor Eduardo Neale-Silva, who emigrated to the US from Chile in 1925 and was a steady supporter of the Wisconsin Public Radio throughout his life.

The competition is open to soloists, duos, trios, quartet and quintets who either hail from Wisconsin (legal residents), or study in Wisconsin (any college/university in the state).  The preliminary round is by tape, followed by a live audition round on March 18 in the UW-Madison School of Music.  Winners receive a cash reward of $400 and a chance to perform live on WPR, broadcast from the Wisconsin Union Theater on Sunday, April 29th.

Danny Kim

2011 winner Danny Kim (viola), currently a graduate student at the Juilliard School, said of the competition: “I had a blast doing the Neale-Silva competition.

It was an excellent opportunity to perform at one of Wisconsin’s premier venues  (Wisconsin Union Theater) as well as performing liv

e on public radio for the first time. I’m very glad I did the competition and would highly suggest it to any young artist.”

Application materials (including the preliminary recording) are due February 3, 2012.