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01 Sep 2015

MUSLAB 2015 Muestra Internacional de Música Electroacústica

Discipline:
electroacustic- acusmatic music- and video
Place:
Mexico ( DF) Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) Argentina- (Buenos Aires), Mexico
Qualifications:
Categories: a. Category A is open to electroacoustic music compositions of autonomous art (music band), a single independent movement duration. b. Category B is open to compositions of autonomous art electro music, or only to electroacoustic and Video independent movement. c. Category C is open to compositions of Visual Art - Video Art. Formats : stéréo, 3.0, 4.0, 5.1, 6.0 8.0.
Dates:
from 01 Oct 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
Entry fee:
No entry fee
Prize:
concert in a public place
Description:
Call for Works MUSLAB 2015 Asociación Camin-Art y Ensamble MUSLAB invite: Composers, regardless their age and nationality are invited to submit their works of electro-acoustic music, electroacoustic music and video, Video Mapping, created after January 1, 2009. Guidelines for submission of works: • Deadline for receipt of entries will Date: August 29, 2015 They will participate works composed after January 2009 • The duration of the work will be between 5 and 20 minutes • Only one work per category defined by composer admitted • Entries must be signed by the author or authors (no pseudonyms) • Works that have been previously submitted to competitions and concerts, may participate if accompanied by a letter of consent for presentation and recording this show. • There is no charge for registration Categories: a. Category A is open to electroacoustic music compositions of autonomous art (music band), a single independent movement duration. b. Category B is open to compositions of autonomous art electro music, or only to electroacoustic and Video independent movement. c. Category C is open to compositions of Visual Art - Video Art. Formats : stéréo, 3.0, 4.0, 5.1, 6.0 8.0. Works submitted to the Muestra Internacional de Musica Electroacustica MUSLAB 2015, shall be electroacoustic pieces, composed and recorded in studio. Works have to be displayed by loudspeakers in concert, with no intervention of live sound sources. They may include a maximum of eight channels and should have duration between five and twenty minutes. Visual Art - Video Art could be projected in public buildings, you can ask for photos if you will present a mapping project. Each composer may submit only one entry for each category of no more than 20 minutes in length. Works may have participated in previous or ongoing contests, provided that a letter is submitted permitting the reproduction of the works published in this Exhibition. Works must specify the composer’s name. There is no registration fee. Muestra Internacional de Música Electro acústica MUSLAB 2015 is not a competition, it is an inclusive project that seeks to create opportunities for the diffusion and promotion of sound art using our public spaces for presentations. Our objective is to promote inclusion, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in society. MUSLAB Ensemble will select as many works as possible, prioritizing works in terms of sound and visual quality. We would like to know if you intend to attend the event. Confirmation of attendance will determine the order of programming and available space. All composers / sound artists’ works participating will be programmed regardless their assistance. MUSLAB will assist artists in their accommodation with the best artistic and humane conditions possible, but it will not assume the responsibility nor the expenses. However, MUSLAB will help artists fund their expenses through invitation letters or else, sent to the instances to whom it may concern. The jury in charge of selecting the works to be shown shall be appointed by the direction of Camin-Art Cultural Association and MUSLAB Ensemble. It will be composed of electro-acoustic composers of music, musicologists, and recording engineers Zero records who specialize in the field of electroacoustic music. Submission: A CD must be sent to the following address by August 29, 2015. Entries in category A, B and C, must be recorded at an appropriate technical level for playback and stereo / 4.0, 5.1 / 8.0 / format prints must be submitted on a CD or DVD, and cataloged for the full duration. Proposals in categories A, B and C must be accompanied by a note (if necessary), technical and artistic, name of the studio where the work was created, its duration, graphics, etc., to be included in the program description. E
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15 Sep 2015

The International Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition

Discipline:
Fortepiano, Square piano
Place:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates:
from 15 Oct 2015 to 18 Oct 2015
Description:
The International Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition aims to stimulate career development in performing on historic fortepianos and square pianos. It is part of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival organized around the Sweelinck Collection of historic pianos in Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This edition of the competition features two parts: (1) The International Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition 2015 (2) The Geelvinck Square Piano Award 2015. The Geelvinck Competition is open for young professional fortepianists and conservatory students in their master or post-master term, who are attending or have successfully attended the fortepiano course or the early keyboard course (including fortepiano). The applicant must have experience in performing on historic fortepianos. For increasing their experience, candidates also have the possibility to attend public masterclasses on 13, 14 and 19 October. For more information and application, please visit our website: www.geelvinckfestival.nl/competition/
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30 Sep 2015

10th Franz Liszt International Piano Competition - “PREMIO MARIO ZANFI”

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Parma, Italy
Qualifications:
The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1980.
Dates:
from 02 Nov 2015 to 07 Nov 2015
Entry fee:
€ 130,00
Prize:
First prize € 8.000,00 Euros Second prize € 4.000,00 Euros Third prize € 2.000,00 Euros
Description:
The 10th International Franz Liszt “Premio Mario Zanfi” Piano Competition will be held in Parma Conservatorio (Italy) from 2 to 7 November 2015. The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1980. The Jury will be formed by seven members, 3 Italian musicians (as stated in Maestro Mario Zanfi’s testament: Maestro Roberto Cappello, Director of the Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” as President, Maestro Azio Corghi, and another member to be designated) and 4 foreign musicians whose names will be revealed before the Competition. Three Competition prizes will be awarded: First prize € 8.000,00 Euros (Eight thousand/00 Euros) Second prize € 4.000,00 Euros (Four thousand/00 Euros) Third prize € 2.000,00 Euros (Two thousand/00 Euros). The winner and the other finalists will be recommended by the Jury to important concert institutions. The Competition will consist of three separate rounds: the repertoire must be chosen following the “programme of the rounds” (see below) 1) preliminary round – not public – will be held at the presence of the jury on 2 and 3 November; 2) semifinal round – public round – up to eight candidates will be admitted to this round; the semifinal round will be held on 4 and 5 November. 3 ) final round – public concert – a maximum of three candidates will be admitted to the final round with Conservatorio “A. Boito” Orchestra; the final round will be held on 7 November. Finalists will be awarded during the event. Rehearsal with Orchestra on 6 November. ROUND PROGRAMMES Round 1 - Preliminary Compulsory works: Franz Liszt: - Après une lecture de Dante, “Fantasia quasi Sonata” (Années de Pèlerinage. 2ème Année, Italie) - One study from “Grandes Études de Paganini” Round 2 - Semifinal Compulsory works: Franz Liszt: - B minor Sonata - A Paraphrase or Reminiscence on italian operas. Integral executions of one of the following groups (total of two pieces): Group A: Franz Liszt: - Fantaisie et Fugue sur le nom B.A.C.H. - Ricordanza (Étude d’exécution transcendante n.9) Group B: Franz Liszt: - St. François d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux (Légende n. 1) - Polonaise E Major One piece chosen from: Franz Liszt: - Au bord d’une source (Années de Pèlerinage. 1ère Année, Suisse) - Un sospiro (Étude de concert n. 3) - Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este (Années de Pèlerinage, 3ème Année) - Feux follets (Étude d’exécution transcendante n.5) - F minor (Étude d’exécution transcendante n. 10) - Mazeppa (Étude d’exécution transcendante n. 4) - Harmonies du soir (Étude d’exécution transcendante n. 11) - St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots (Légende n. 2) - Rhapsodie espagnole - Rhapsodie hongroise n. 12 - Unstern - Nuages gris - La lugubre Gondola (2nd version) Final Round (with orchestra) One of the following works: Franz Liszt: - E-flat Major Concerto - A Major Concerto - Totentanz Contestants are required to register at the Premio Zanfi’s Secretariat at Conservatory in Parma on Sunday, November 1st 2015 al 6.30 pm, with a valid document (id card or passport). The order of appearance of pianists will be determined by a drawing after the registration. This order will be maintained throughout all rounds. Applications for the Competition (downloadable here) are required to be sent in hard copy via mail to the following address: Concorso Franz Liszt – “Premio Mario Zanfi” Conservatorio di Musica “Arrigo Boito” Via Conservatorio, 27/A 43121 Parma (Italy) Applications must enclose: a photocopy of identity card or passport, two recent passport photos, a short curriculum vitae in Italian or English (studies, teachers, activities performed), invoice of the application fee’s payment, and a detailed list of the program chosen for each round. Application and documents requested must be complete as specified.
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01 Oct 2015

2016 Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition

Discipline:
Harpsichord
Place:
Oberin, Ohio, United States of America
Qualifications:
Harpsichordists under age 35 at the time of the competition are eligible to enter.
Dates:
from 23 Mar 2016 to 26 Mar 2016
Entry fee:
$115 (US)/$95 for HKSNA members.
Prize:
PRIZES: First Prize – $5000 (US); Second Prize – $2500 (US); Third Prize – $1500 (US); Jurow Prize – $750 to be awarded to a promising non-finalist (Mae and Irving Jurow, donors).
Description:
The Historical Keyboard Society of North America is pleased to announce the eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, to take place March 23-26, 2016 at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA. Harpsichordists under age 35 at the time of the competition are eligible to enter. The deadline is October 1, 2015, for preliminary qualification by recording, submitted electronically (required, no CDs accepted). Semi-final and final rounds will be held at the HKSNA conclave at Oberlin College, 2016. A maximum of twelve players from the preliminary round will be admitted to the semi-final round. PRIZES: First Prize – $5000 (US); Second Prize – $2500 (US); Third Prize – $1500 (US); Jurow Prize – $750 to be awarded to a promising non-finalist (Mae and Irving Jurow, donors). JURY: Jane Chapman (Professor of Harpsichord, Royal College of Music, London), Lisa Goode Crawford (Professor of Harpsichord, Emerita, Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Catalina Vicens (Ensemble Servir Antico, Basel/ Leiden), Hank Knox (Professor of Harpsichord, Schulich School of Music of McGill University), Vivian Montgomery (Early Music Faculty, Longy School of Music).
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01 Oct 2015

Crystal Star

Discipline:
Vocal and instrumental music, as well as many other genres
Place:
Prague, Czech Republic
Dates:
from 25 Oct 2015 to 31 Oct 2015
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17 Oct 2015

Wideman International Piano Competition

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
Qualifications:
Please visit our website for more information
Dates:
from 04 Dec 2015 to 06 Dec 2015
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26 Oct 2015

Third International Violin Competition Vasco Abadjiev

Discipline:
violin
Place:
Sofia, Bulgaria
Qualifications:
For contest participation, violinists from all countries and nationalities, that to the date of opening of the contest are not older than 30 years, or not born before 30.12.1985 can apply. They all have to meet the conditions of the regulations.
Dates:
from 26 Nov 2015 to 29 Nov 2015
Entry fee:
The fee for participation is 50 (fifty) euro or 100 (hundred) leva.
Prize:
1. First prize: 1500 (thousand five hundred) euro, a statuette, diploma-charter, rank of laureate. 2.Second prize: 1000 (thousand) euro, a statuette, diploma-charter, rank of laureate. 3.Third prize: 500 (five hundred) euro, a statuette, diploma-charter, rank of laureate. 4. Prize for young talent: 300 (three hundred) euro. 5.Special Prize will be announced later
Description:
The International violin competition “Vasco Abadjiev” – Sofia is held each 2 years and is organized by Club UNESCO “Leonardo Da Vinchi”, with the support of Ministry of Culture, and main purpose is retaining the name and heritage of Vasco Abadjiev in the global historical and cultural landscape.
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01 Nov 2015

4th International Contest–Festival of Chamber Ensemble Performance named after T. A. Gaidamovich

Discipline:
Chamber ensembles with piano and bowed strings instruments; piano and woodwind instruments; piano duets; stringed quartets; vocal-instrumental performance in the ensemble.
Place:
Magnitogorsk, Russia
Qualifications:
The audition contest of the 1-st and 2-nd rounds is held in December 1 – 4, 2015 in the Big Concert Hall of the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (academy) named after M.I. Glinka. The contest is held in the following nominations: • chamber ensembles with piano and bowed strings instruments (duet, trio, piano quartets, piano quintets); • chamber ensembles with piano and woodwind instruments (duet, trio, piano quartets, piano quintets); • piano duets; • stringed quartets; • ensembles with wind instruments (quartets and more homogeneous wind instruments, brass quintets, holts-quintets); • vocal-instrumental performance in the ensemble (i.e. voice with the piano and different instruments accompaniment (duet, trio, quartet and so on). The contest is open to the participants of 18 to 40 years old (including December 1, 2015).
Dates:
from 01 Dec 2015 to 04 Dec 2015
Entry fee:
50 EUR
Prize:
• the 1-st award – 2950 €; • the 2-nd award – 2 000 €; • the 3-rd award – 1300 €; • the 4-th award – 820 €; • Diploma – 400 €. All prizes are paid in Russian currency, i.e. in rubles.
Description:
Dear colleagues, You are welcome to take part in The IV International Contest-Festival of Chamber-Ensemble Performance named after T.A. Gaidamovich. It will be held in December 1-4, 2015 in the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M.I. Glinka (Russian Federation). The Contest is set up in honor of the outstanding Russian musician, teacher and researcher Tatyana Alexeyevna Gaidamovich who contributed greatly to the development of chamber-ensemble art. We hope that The Contest will promote broadening connections among talented musicians and will contribute to further development of chamber-ensemble performing art in the world. Looking forward to your participating in The Contest. Sincerely, Alexander Bonduryansky, People’s Artist of Russian Federation, Moscow Laureate in the field of Literature and Art, Vice-Rector of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, Candidate of Art Criticism, Professor.
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05 Nov 2015

Forte International Music Competition

Discipline:
Piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and voice
Place:
New York, United States of America
Qualifications:
This event is open to piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and vocalists ages 4 - 35 from any country. See website for repertoire requirements.
Dates:
from 06 Dec 2014 to 31 Jan 2015
Entry fee:
See website for details
Prize:
Platinum Award - $1,000; 1st Prize - $150; medals, certificates, and other special awards
Description:
Forte International Music Competition is an annual winter event open to piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and vocalists ages 4 - 35 from any country. Preliminary Round - December 6th, 2014 (in person or online) Semi-Final Round - December 7th, 2014 (in person or online) Final Round on January 31st, 2015 at Carnegie Hall (in person) In order to register, submit an online entry form and registration fee for participation. Early bird deadline is Oct. 15 Regular deadline is Nov. 5 Late fee deadline is Nov. 20
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09 Nov 2015

7th International JOSEPH JOACHIM Chamber Music

Discipline:
Chamber Music, Piano Quartet, String Quartet, Piano Trio
Place:
Weimar, Germany
Qualifications:
Avarage age of the ensemble members no higher than 35
Dates:
from 01 Apr 2016 to 08 Apr 2016
Prize:
Cash prize: 1st Prize: 10000 Euro 2nd Prize: 5000 Euro 3rd Prize: 2500 Euro Other prize: Spezial Awards CD Recording Concerts
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Among MusicaNeo community members there are a lot of talented musicians, excellent performers and gifted composers who have already won awards at various international music contests or are preparing to take part in them. To support this most brave, venturesome and determined part of our community, MusicaNeo curates a list of music competitions. We are inviting you to take part in enriching our list and post information about international Performing/Composing contests and competitions that will take place in years 2012 – 2013 in different parts of the world. Listed are competitions for pianists, composers, vocalists, violinists, cellists, performers on wind and percussion instruments, as well as contests for choirs and chamber ensembles. In order to find a competition in the list, use the search tool by nomination, country, application date and set the earliest date suitable for you.

For any musician entering a competition is a bold step that can completely change his/her creative career. To participate in a music competitions is very time-consuming – the process of preparation itself takes up plenty of time, efforts and resources, not talking about the numerous rehearsals that turn into real proof of stamina for musicians. Despite all that, for some well-known artists taking part in a music contest became a turning point in their professional careers. Among academic performers who gained popularity after winning in an international contest are: Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Maxim Vengerov, Anna Netrebko. Music competitions played an important role in the development of many now famous artists and bands – Julio Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, ABBA, Celine Dion, Toto Cutugno, Secret Garden – to name just a few.

Of course, many have different attitudes to competitions in general and to a jury’s competency in particular. But no one would argue that it takes great effort from contestants, training, practice and endurance to get through in a competition, especially those open to participants form all over the world. The most talented and technically advanced performers compete and there is no chance for a second try.

It goes without saying that regardless of the results, being accepted and participating in an international contest is always a victory in itself and a big step to the next professional level in music.

 
   
 
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