Lydia Evangeline Newton
Young Artists' Concerto Competition 2016 Winner
Lydia Newton, of Moss Point MS, is a 15 year-old home-educated high-school sophomore. She began music lessons at age four when a string teacher noticed Lydia humming along throughout an older sibling's lessons. Presently Lydia studies violin with Sonja Foster of Atlanta. Previous teachers include Enen Yu, Jivka Jeleva Duke, and Razvan Constantin. Lydia has been a recipient of the Irving Carr Award by New Orleans' Junior Philharmonic Society (2010); concertmaster at Alabama All-State orchestra festivals (2013, 2014); recipient of a Mobile Schumann Music Club scholarship (2015); 2nd-place winner in Birmingham Lois Pickard Competition (2014, 2015); 3rd-place winner in ENKOR International Violin Competition (2015); 1st-place winner in MS Music Teachers Pre-College Concerto Competition (2015); semi-finalist in Hilton Head Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2016); recipient of music-education funding from The Performing Arts Consortium; and a 1st-place winner in Great Composers Competition international internet series (2016). In 2016, Lydia represented Mississippi in MTNA Junior Strings Solo Performance and placed 1st at the nine-state Southern Division competition in Florida, from which she went on to perform as one of six finalists at MTNA Nationals in Texas. Last summer, she traveled in New York and Pennsylvania as a participant in the inaugural season of National Youth Orchestra Two (NYO2). In January of 2017, Lydia will give a recital with Young Artist Performances concert series in Hilton Head SC. Lydia has performed as soloist with the SELU Chamber Orchestra (2009, 2010), the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (2015), and the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra (2015). Apart from practicing and schoolwork, Lydia relishes family music-making, reading, running, drawing portraits, and church involvement.