2021 Youth Concerto Competition Winners
Tobias Liu - 1st Prize
Tobias Liu is a seventeen-year-old violinist who currently studies with Nadir Khashimov and previously studied with Sonja Foster and Keiko Furness. Recently, he was named a winner of the YoungArts National Competition. He was also selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of the America and will tour Europe with NYO-USA in the summer of 2022. Tobias made his solo debut at age eleven with the Georgia Philharmonic as the first prize winner of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition. In addition to winning the Georgia Music Educators Association Instrumental Concerto Competition, he was also a winner of the concerto competitions of Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, and Augusta Symphony
Orchestra and received the special achievement award from the Philadelphia International Music Festival at the Hilton Head Symphony Youth Concerto Competition. At age ten, he performed solo at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of the American Protégé Piano and Strings International Competition.Tobias has served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the GMEA All-State Orchestra. His piano trio won the Grand Prize in the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition in multiple years, and their winners’ concert performances at Spivey Hall were broadcasted on WABE Radio. He was honored to perform Osvaldo Golijov’s Nonet “Last Round” with principal players of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Through his participation in the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Orford International Music Festival, he has worked with distinguished artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Robin Scott, Nelson Lee, Renee Jolles, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Mark Kaplan, Ani Schnarch, Karen Gomyo, and Steven Copes.Tobias is a senior at the Westminster Schools, where he serves as a school newspaper editor, music service club president, and a captain of his state championship winning Varsity Swim Team. A recipient of the Swimming All-American National Recognition, Tobias has won multiple gold medals in the Georgia High School Swimming State Championships and has been a year-round swimmer at Dynamo Swim Club for ten years. In addition, he has studied abroad in Spain and Argentina through global education programs.