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Young Performers Career Advancement Program

"I gained incredible insights into the music business and the relationships between all the people involved in producing performances and making a career. I gained a lot more confidence through this knowledge – and excitement to start applying these concepts to forge a unique career path." --Ayano Ninomiya, violinist and 2009 YPCA participant

YPCA performers at Carnegie Hall

About the Program 

The Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA) is a program of the APAP Classical Connections initiative designed to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers by offering opportunities to meet and work with established presenters, managers, agents and artists.

YPCA participants will attend intensive, specialized seminar activities at APAP|NYC 2014, January 10-14, where they will learn to set goals for longterm career development and create networking resources that last for an entire career. These sessions provide a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry and expert instruction in the development of audience engagement skills.

In addition to free access to APAP|NYC 2014, the world's largest performing arts conference, all YPCA participants will perform at Merkin Concert Hall in front of global arts leaders, performing arts presenters, managers, record company representatives and agents.

Through a national partnership developed with the Sphinx Competition, APAP also provides an opportunity for a Sphinx Competition alumni artist or ensemble to participate in the program each year.


YPCA benefits include:
YPCA seminar at APAPNYC

  • Access to APAP|NYC 2014
  • Special YPCA professional development seminars with leading arts professionals 
  • APAP showcase performance, 6 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2014 in Merkin Concert Hall 
  • Year-long access to national and international performance opportunities



If you have questions, please contact Laura Benson, APAP programs manager, at

Announcing YPCA 2014

Axiom Brass: Dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians, Axiom Brass has established itself as a prominent chamber group of its generation. Axiom’s commitment to education has inspired young audiences around the nation earning the group the 2011 Fischoff Educator Award. Internationally recognized for groundbreaking programming, the repertoire ranges from Latin jazz to string quartet transcriptions and original compositions for brass quintet. Axiom’s performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences leading them to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S.  

Cecilia String Quartet: The Cecilia String Quartet continue to win praise following their 2010 first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. “The balance between expressiveness and interplay was almost dauntingly perfect,” wrote the Berliner Zeitung after a performance in the Konzerthaus Berlin. Currently, the quartet is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. European tours have taken the four Toronto-based musicians to the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal (Amsterdam), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Wigmore Hall (London), and venues in Italy and Belgium. Their concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including in Australia, Canada and Germany.

Christine Lamprea: Noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian- American cellist Christine Lamprea is the first prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition. She has received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition and, most recently, the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. Ms. Lamprea has appeared as a soloist with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and has premiered works at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. She has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Beethovenhaus, the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music as well as non-traditional venues for performance and teaching.

Sean Chen: Pianist Sean Chen is being hailed as a rising star with a “million-volt smile” and a “formidable set of fingers” (Dallas Morning News). In 2013 Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist; he also won third prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. He received second prize at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, third prize at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition and was a semifinalist at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition.

WindSync: Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is a fresh and energetic touring ensemble based in Houston. WindSync’s mission to inspire audiences through innovative, interactive chamber music concerts and educational programs drives their highly creative approach. The group is a pioneer in unconventional performance practices such as adding costumes and choreography and teaching tolerance through music education in schools. WindSync joined the roster of Concert Artists Guild in 2012 as a winner of The Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition and was awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize.  

Read the 2013 full press release here. Read reflections from YPCA alumni featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Inside Arts and read the official press release to learn more about the artists selected for YPCA 2012.

Notable YPCA alumni include:

  • eighth blackbird (YPCA Class of 2002)
  • Imani Winds (YPCA Class of 2003)
  • Jennifer Koh, Violin   (YPCA Class of 2000)
  • Miró Quartet   (YPCA Class of 2001)
  • Inon Barnatan, piano (YPCA Class of 2007)
  • Thomas Meglioranza, Baritone (YPCA Class of 2005)
  • Calder Quartet (YPCA Class of 2005)
  • Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet (YPCA Class of 2003)
  • The Daedalus Quartet (YPCA Class of 2004)
  • Jason Vieaux, Guitar (YPCA Class of 1999)
  • Jacques Thibaud String Trio (YPCA Class of 2003)

The Classical Connections program is underwritten by the
APAP Classical Connections Endowment.

Photos, top to bottom: Catalyst Quartet, YPCA 2012 artist group, performs at the APAP showcase at Carnegie Hall, by Jacob Belcher; YPCA 2012 participants attend professional development sessions at APAP|NYC, by Juan Padron.