Young Composers Competition Winner

Having received submissions from young composers from across the United States and abroad, we are pleased to announce the results of our 2023 Young Composers Competition. 

Our selected composer: Charlie Zhong

Charlie Zhong is an award-winning composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. His music explores complex topics through themes of attention, memory, transformation, and balance, in a way that is accessible to audiences while still pushing the boundaries of unconventional sounds and techniques.

In addition to winning the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra Young Composers Competition, Charlie was a winner of the 2021 National Young Composers Challenge, which included a world premiere by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022; he was the 1st place winner of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Emerging Composers Competition (2022-23), and is currently a national semi-finalist, high school orchestral division, for the American Prize in Composition (2023-winner TBD). He has also been awarded the ASCAP Foundation Irving Berlin Summer Music Camp Scholarship (2022).

Charlie is currently a sophomore at the Commonwealth School in Boston, and has studied with Tak Cheung Hui, David Hodgkins, Julien Siino, and Marco Flores-Villanueva. Please visit the composer’s website for more information at