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Pa. symphony ends YouTube video contest for instrumental soloist without picking winner
PITTSBURGH (AP) ' The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has chosen to not name a winner in its nationwide online concerto competition.
Music director Manfred Honeck announced the first-of-its-kind contest in February. Honeck and symphony officials came up with the idea in hopes of finding talented musicians who weren't already represented by talent agencies and who otherwise might not have come to the symphony's attention.
Orchestra official Robert Moir didn't explain Monday why no winner was chosen.
Soloists entered by downloading 10-minute clips onto a symphony YouTube website. A panel of musicians and other experts picked eight semi-finalists from the 104 eligible videos, and the public voted on them in April. The top four were flown to Pittsburgh for auditions.
The winner was to receive $10,000 and a solo slot at two symphony concerts.