The Jefferson Symphony awarded bassist and USC Thornton graduate student William Cravy (BM ’14, MM ’16) third place in their 2016 International Young Artists Competition. Cravy won the award for his performance of Koussevitzky’s Concerto for Double-Bass in F# minor, Op. 3.
The Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition has taken place since 1959, and rotates between piano and instrumental competitions every other year. It is a one-day competition that began as a local contest, but has since expanded to attract performers from around the world. Cravy was one of three finalists for the first place award — an $8,000 cash prize and a solo performance with the Jefferson Symphony. Earlier this year, he was also awarded second place in the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition.