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Winner of the 2024 Youth Concerto Competition

May 21, 2024 | Announcements

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Elijah Song, age 12, was awarded first place in the 2024 Youth Concerto Competition for his inspired performance of the Cello Concerto in D minor (1st movement) by Édouard Lalo. He receives the prestigious Jeanne Marvin Phillips Prize and an invitation to perform with the BCSO at the 2024 Family Concert in December.

Elijah is a student at Tamanend Middle School, where he plays cello in the String Ensemble and piano in the Swing Ensemble. He participates in the Chess Club, UNICEF Club, STEM Club, and Reading Olympics.

Elijah’s musical journey began at the age of 5; he currently studies under the guidance of Priscilla Lee, Associate Principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a member of the Young Musician Debut Orchestra and the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. Since 2020, he has been an active member of the Grace Chamber Music Youth Club, dedicated to raising awareness about disabilities and fundraising. He has had the honor of performing several times at the Special Olympics Montgomery County Fundraising Concert. Additionally, Elijah takes pride in his membership in the Global Music Partnership since 2021. He frequently performs in concerts within the local community alongside his pianist mother and his violinist sister as a member of the Song Trio.

In recent competitions, Elijah was selected as a recipient of a scholarship from the Warminster Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded 2nd place for piano in the 18th Young Korean Musicians Competition and 1st place for cello in the 19th edition. Additionally, he achieved 2nd place at the Opus Music Competition.

In his free time, Elijah enjoys tennis, soccer and Lego building.

Winner of the 2024 Youth Concerto Competition

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