Haifa Arts Foundation awarded winners of the first three places in the Young Player Competition. The competition took place as part of the 6thYotzrim Yotzim Festival in 2010, produced by the Youth Authority, municipality of Haifa and sponsored by Haifa Arts Foundation, Haifa Chamber Music Society and Haifa Symphony Orchestra. Seventeen classical music players—on piano, strings and wind instruments—from local music schools, grades 9 to 12, submitted into the competition. Eight of them made it to the final stage.
The artistic program of the final concert included performances by a chamber trio from the Dunie Weizman Conservatory, a saxophone quintet From Yuval Music Center, and the string orchestra of the Rubin Conservatory of music. Three female singers, one from each institute, sang opera selections as well.
The winner was 14 years-old Elias Sireen, who was commissioned to perform with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra at the Independence Day concert.
Jury members were:
Chair: pianist and conductor Yoni Farhi – Deputy Director, Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Mrs. Nellie Greenberg – concertmaster (lead violinist), Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Mr. Dennis Wall - First Trombone, Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Mr. Boris Baev – First Oboe, Haifa Symphony Orchestra