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14 Feb 2016

IV Open International Competition for Young Pianists "Muzychnaya Lіleya"

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Novopolotsk, Belarus
Dates:
from 14 Apr 2016 to 16 Apr 2016
Entry fee:
30 EUR
For more information visit the official site
15 Feb 2016

International Competition for Young Pianists « Merci, Maestro ! »

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Brussels, Belgium
Qualifications:
The competition is intended for young talents of three categories: - Category A: for candidates younger than 11 years old at the time of the competition; - Category B: for candidates from 12 to 14 years old at the time of the competition; - Category C: for candidates from 15 to 19 years old for the time of the competition. No nationality restrictions.
Dates:
from 16 Apr 2016 to 17 Apr 2016
Entry fee:
See website for details
Prize:
Category A: ◾First prize: 200 euro ◾Second prize: 150 euro ◾Third prize: 100 euro Category B: ◾First prize: 400 euro ◾Second prize: 300 euro ◾Third prize: 200 euro Category C: ◾First prize: 600 euro ◾Second prize: 400 euro ◾Third prize: 250 euro
Description:
The first edition of the International Competition for Young Pianists « Merci, Maestro ! » will take place the 16th and 17th April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Thanks to its advantageous geographical location in the very heart of Europe, this competition will give young international talents a platform that will help them make themselves known throughout the world, and also give them the opportunity to meet and build relationships between them. For further information, please visit the website of the contest: www.mercimaestro.be or contact us by e-mail: info@mercimaestro.be or phone number: +32 (0)496 48 87 80.
For more information visit the official site
25 Feb 2016

Young Classics

Discipline:
Composition
Place:
Vologda, Russia
Dates:
from 25 Feb 2016 to 25 Mar 2016
For more information visit the official site
15 Mar 2016

Washington International Competition for Singing

Discipline:
Voice
Place:
Washington, DC, United States of America
Qualifications:
Ages 18 - 32, not yet under professional management.
Dates:
from 18 Jun 2016 to 19 Jun 2016
Entry fee:
$120.00
Prize:
First Prize $10,000; 2nd, $5,000, 3rd, $3,000; Performance Awards: Orchestral with Avanti Orchestra and Solo at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Description:
Established in 1950, The Washington International Competition (WIC) supports outstanding young artists on the cusp of their careers by providing monetary awards and performance opportunities. Competition winners have a significant opportunity to rise from the ranks of talented students to recognition as professionals. Judges: Frederica von Stade, Diana Soviero, and David Effron
For more information visit the official site
08 Apr 2016

XI Mozart International Piano Competition

Discipline:
Piano
Place:
Frascati (Rome), Italy
Dates:
from 07 May 2016 to 08 May 2016
Entry fee:
from € 40 to € 80
Prize:
Concerts, Prize in money, cups, medals, diplomas
Description:
Junior section uo 20 years old with 5 categories - Senior Section up 35 years old
For more information visit the official site
15 Apr 2016

2016 Burke & Bagley Prize for Brass Quintet

Discipline:
Brass Quintet
Place:
United States of America
Qualifications:
Any brass quintet from anywhere in the world. No age or nationality restrictions.
Entry fee:
ZERO - no entry fee!
Prize:
$500
Description:
Announcing the 2016 Burke & Bagley Prize for Brass Quintet: $500 will be awarded for the best video of "Stargazing from the Ramparts." Make a video of your performance of "Stargazing from the Ramparts." post the video to YouTube, submit the link, and win $500! Sheet music for "Stargazing from the Ramparts" is available for FREE download from the Burke & Bagley website. There is NO FEE to enter. ANYONE may participate. There are no age or nationality restrictions. The international panel of judges include these outstanding musicians: Louis Hanzlik, trumpet, American Brass Quintet; Alex Freund, trumpet, METALES M5 Mexican Brass; Ben Jacks, horn, Australian Brass Quintet; Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone, The Canadian Brass; and Sergio Finca Quirós, tuba, Spanish Brass. Please download the flyer and spread the word! For the flyer & full details: www.burkeandbagley.com/prize/2016prize.html
For more information visit the official site
30 Apr 2016

The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments

Discipline:
Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Place:
Düsseldorf, Germany
Dates:
from 13 Sep 2016 to 18 Sep 2016
For more information visit the official site
20 May 2016

We Sing Pop! International Music Competition

Discipline:
Modern Voice, including Pop, Jazz, Funk, Folk, and Rock music.
Place:
New York, United States of America
Entry fee:
See website for details.
Prize:
USD 5,000 Grand Prize, 2 USD 1,000 Distinction Prizes, numerous other awards
Description:
Submit a video recording of your performance of at least two modern music pieces, either through YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc. or through a DVD submission, with an application form. Final round participants are selected from the initial applicants and invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, in front of a live panel of judges. Winners are selected at the performance and prizes are awarded.
For more information visit the official site
31 May 2016

Basel Composition Competition

Discipline:
Composition
Place:
Basel, Switzerland
Dates:
from 16 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017
Entry fee:
50 CHF
Prize:
First Prize: Second Prize: Third Prize: CHF 60,000 CHF 25,000 CHF 15,000
Description:
The first edition of the Basel Composition Competition, or BCC, shall take place from on 16 – 19 February 2017. Directed by the Head Juror Wolfgang Rihm, the international event was conceived by the Basel music manager Christoph Müller and the Paul Sacher Foundation as a means to attract the most exciting composers of today to Basel and have their works premiered by Basel orchestras. In this respect, the competition carries the spirit of the late Basel-born conductor and patron Paul Sacher. The BCC is open to composers of all ages and nationalities and welcomes new, non-premiered orchestral works. Ten of which shall be shortlisted by jury members Wolfgang Rihm, Michael Jarrel, Oliver Knussen and Felix Meyer to be premiered by Sinfonieorchester Basel and Kammerorchester Basel in the Competition, open to the public. The three winning works shall receive prizes for a total of CHF 100,000.
For more information visit the official site
01 Oct 2016

All Russia TV Vocal Competition

Discipline:
Popular music
Place:
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Dates:
from 02 Nov 2016 to 04 Nov 2016
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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