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28 Feb 2015

The International Folk Music Competition "Harmony"

Discipline:
Accordion, Balalaika, Domra, Guitar, Voice
Place:
Perm, Russia
Dates:
from 06 Mar 2015 to 08 Mar 2015
For more information visit the official site
01 Mar 2015

The 5th Open Gnessin-Festival for Young Musicians

Discipline:
Piano, Violin, Saxophone
Place:
Moscow, Russia
Dates:
from 25 Mar 2015 to 27 Mar 2015
Entry fee:
free
For more information visit the official site
01 Mar 2015

22nd Jeunesses International VIOLIN Competition 2015

Discipline:
VIOLINE
Place:
Bucharest, Romania
Qualifications:
Applicants must be born in or between the years: Age category B – born between 1.01.2001 - 31.12.2008 Age category C – born between 1.01.1997 – 31.12.2000 Age category D – born between 1.01.1985 – 31.12.1996 Younger competitors may apply for a superior age category.
Dates:
from 16 May 2015 to 23 Aug 2015
Entry fee:
100 Euro / band
Prize:
10.000 Euro: cash (in Romanian currency), instruments or scholarships. The prize-winners will have priority in being included in the programmes organized by jmEvents, both nationally and abroad.
Description:
With a tradition of 22 years, Jeunesses International Music Competition is a successful programs. It discovers and promotes young talents, combining competition with master-classes and classical music concerts for worldwide fans. The competition takes place annually since 1994 for different disciplines: piano competition, flute competition, clarinet competition, violin competition, composition competition. The competition jury is international, made up of performers and professors, the field’s renowned experts with a wide experience in acknowledging and educating new talents of the classical music world. Year by year, the event takes on a wider visibility, at the moment the competition reuniting over 150 musicians from 30-40 countries. Each year we set out to overstep the bounds and to offer more to the young musicians by acknowledging their talent and efforts. Therefore, we are organizing master-classes for contestants, led by the jury members.
For more information visit the official site
01 Mar 2015

SAMADIS’ International Composition Competition 2015

Discipline:
COMPOSITIONS for solo Piano works and/or Electroacoustic compositions (with or without piano)
Place:
New York, United States of America
Qualifications:
There is no discrimination of age or nationality. Solo Piano works and/or Electroacoustic compositions (with or without piano) can be submitted. Award-winning compositions will be performed in New York. All compositions must range from 7 to 15 minutes. The scores must be unpublished. In addition, the work(s) should not have had previous performances, been broadcasted, or awarded a prize in other competitions.
Dates:
from 19 Oct 2014 to 01 Mar 2015
Entry fee:
$50 USD
Prize:
Award-winning compositions will be performed in New York.
Description:
The deadline for entering the competition is March 1st, 2015. Scores arriving after this date will not be considered. 
All packages should include the score, registration fee, and application form. Please note that a signature should NOT be required. 
Send all documents in one package to the following postal address: 
SAMADIS’ International Composition Competition
 Adelphi University
 1 South Avenue
 Garden City, New York 11530 
ATTN: Department of Music The package should contain the following: * Score(s) and/or sound file(s) without the composer’s name * Each composer may submit more than one work to the competition as long as they mail a separate registration fee for each entry. * A sealed envelope containing the composer's real name, mailing address, birth date, a brief description of the work(s), biography and curriculum vitae, as well as a signed and fully completed application form. * All compositions entered in the competition will not be returned. * Winners will not be reimbursed for travel to the performances, however The SAMADIS are available to give advice on finding methods of travel and nearby hotels. * The compositions will be judged by the SAMADIS. Once the results are published, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Also, the adjudicators reserve the right to refrain from choosing a winner if the feel the submitted works were not worthy of a prize. Entry Fee: $50 USD check or money order made out to Kristin Samadi and mail it to: 

SAMADIS’ International Composition Competition 
Adelphi University 
1 South Avenue 
Garden City, New York 11530 
ATTN: Department of Music 

 Applicants can also pay via PayPal through the SAMADIS’ official website www.samadis.net. * The competition entry fees are not refundable. * The results of the SAMADIS’ International Composition Competition 2015 will be published on the website www.samadis.net on 15th May 2015. * SAMADIS will not consider pieces that do not fit the guidelines outlined mentioned above. * SAMADIS are not responsible for scores (or any other materials) that are lost, stolen, or damaged while being mailed. * By signing the application form, the applicant is accepting all of the items listed above. This signature also allows SAMADIS to use the contestants personal data.
For more information visit the official site
09 Mar 2015

2015 Washington International Competition for Strings

Discipline:
Strings
Place:
Washington, DC, United States of America
Qualifications:
ages 18-28, not yet under professional management
Dates:
from 05 Jun 2015 to 07 Jun 2015
Entry fee:
$120
Prize:
$33,000 in prizes, distributed between violin, viola and cello. First prizes for each instrument category.
Description:
Highly prestigious 62nd Annual Competition to promote young artists. Performances at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (with Orchestra) and the Phillips Collection (solo). All housing provided. Applications open January 1, 2015 online at app.getacceptd.com/wic.
For more information visit the official site see "Competitions", "2015 WIC Competition"
11 Mar 2015

2015 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Jacksonville, United States of America
Qualifications:
The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition is open to any age acoustic jazz pianist who does not currently have or has not previously had a contract with a record label. •Previous winners of the competition cannot apply. •Previous finalists may apply. •Finalists participating two consecutive years may not apply the third year. Please visit the site for repertoire requirements.
Entry fee:
$40 USD
Prize:
$First Place Winner $3,500 USD •Second Place Winner $1,500 USD •Third Place Winner $750 USD •In addition to the award, the competition winner will perform in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Performance by the winner on this day is required, as the cash award will be provided at the conclusion of the performance. •Each finalist will receive four complimentary Jacksonville Jazz Festival passes for Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24, 2015.
Description:
The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition has been a Jacksonville tradition for the past 30 years. The competition is presented by the City of Jacksonville, Yamaha and Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs on May 21, 2015 at The Florida Theatre, where five finalists, chosen through “blind” judging in March, will compete for the honor of this award. The winner will receive a monetary prize and will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 23, 2015.
For more information visit the official site
15 Mar 2015

Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Competition

Discipline:
Chamber Music
Place:
Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America
Qualifications:
Any instrumentation or genre 2-6 players preferable (larger groups possible) Established, emerging, and student groups welcome Interdisciplinary groups welcome Minimum age: 18 Previous first place winners are not eligible to apply Ensembles must be tour ready, with: a. An ensemble website b. Promo shots c. The ability and desire to tour
Entry fee:
$40 ($20 for Chamber Music America members)
Prize:
Prizes include management, a 2016 Chamber Music America national conference showcase, paid university residency, professional development, and more!
Description:
The 2015 Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Competition seeks ensembles of any instrumentation or genre that feature artistic excellence and innovative event design.
For more information visit the official site
15 Mar 2015

Malta International Music Festival & Competition

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Malta
Qualifications:
Senior Category (18 years - 35 years) Junior Category (14 years - 17 years) Children Category (13 years and under)
Dates:
from 07 May 2015 to 09 May 2015
Entry fee:
100 Euro
Prize:
Coming soon
Description:
Mediterranean Cultural Foundation for Music and Mediterranean Centre of Culture & Art proudly presents Malta International Music Festival & Competition from 27th of April till 9th of May 2015 Malta International Music Festival 27 April – 6 May 2015 series of piano, saxophone, violin, cello, chamber ensembles and voice master-classes and concerts Participation fee: 900 Euro Package includes: Master-classes Participation in concerts in leading halls of Malta & Gozo Accommodation (incl. breakfast) Sightseeing tour * Passive participation in master-classes is 600 Euro including accommodation and breakfast * Maltese participants willing to take part in the Festival can apply for a sponsorship Malta International Music Festival – Competition 7 May – 9 May 2015 Participation fee: 100 Euro 50 Euro discount for early applicants. Deadline is on the 30th November 2014
For more information visit the official site
16 Mar 2015

2015 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Discipline:
All
Place:
Washington, D.C., United States of America
Qualifications:
Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25. All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World.
Dates:
from 12 Dec 2014 to 16 Mar 2015
Entry fee:
none
Prize:
Winners of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition receive $2500 and are brought to Washington, D.C. for the VSA International Young Soloists Professional Development Weekend, which includes pre-professional activities such as master classes, rehearsals, and roundtable discussions with distinguished music professionals. Winners also perform on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
Description:
Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
For more information visit the official site
25 Mar 2015

The 4th International Youth Competition

Discipline:
Solo, ensembles
Place:
Russia
Dates:
from 11 Apr 2015 to 12 Apr 2015
For more information visit the official site
   
 

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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