Congratulations to the talented winners of the North Carolina Symphony’s 2018 Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition!


Senior Division


First Prize: Morgan Short, harp

20-year-old harpist Morgan Short has given nine performances as a concerto soloist, including the Debussy Dances with the U.S. Navy, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with David Cramer of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Handel’s Concerto in B Flat Major with the North Carolina Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, and the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra. As Guest Artist for the 25th Anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Morgan was invited to perform Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with Emma Resmini, a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. Presently she is competing with Pierne’s Concertstuck, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, and Glière’s Harp Concerto, to perform with orchestras.

Notable performance venues include Carnegie Hall, where she performed as Principal Harpist with Virginia Tech’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble at age 15; Galeri Caernarfon (Wales, U.K.); and the Móra Ferenc Museum (Szeged, Hungary), where she performed in several international harp competitions and in a harp documentary, which aired on Hungarian Duna TV. She has also been a featured performer at Arthur Zankel Music Center (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) for the Saratoga Harp Colony summer festival, broadcast and archived on Livestream in 2014 and 2015.


Second Prize: Adithya (Adi) Muralidharan, cello


Junior Division


First Prize: Catherine Yates, cello

Catherine Yates, 12, has studied cello with North Carolina Symphony Associate Principal cellist Elizabeth Beilman since she was five years old. She is principal cellist with the Triangle Youth Symphony, and co-principal cellist with the Silver Strings orchestra at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh, where she has been an “A”-Honor Roll student the past two years. She is cellist with the Amici String Quartet and (with her brother Max) in the Cadenza Piano Trio, as part of the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, which she has participated in for the past five years.

In addition to winning the junior division of the North Carolina Symphony’s Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition, Catherine was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 North Carolina Bach Festival Youth Concert; the first place Junior Strings winner in the 2018 Raleigh Music Club Competition; and first runner-up in the 2016 state finals of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Royalty Competition. Through the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, she has participated in master classes with the Aizuri Quartet and the Bird’s Eye Trio.

Catherine is an avid reader and is passionate about classical music, attending live performances, and playing chamber music with her brother and friends.


Second Prize: Hyunmin Ra, clarinet