Music in the Alps’ International Concerto-Aria Competition

Douglas Bish Chairman and Conductor

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Culminating in a “Command Performance” Concert, where selected winners perform a concerto movement or aria with the Music in the Alps Festival Orchestra, this competition gives accepted participants the chance to showcase their skills and musicianship on a world stage. Competing for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, the competition is organized in two age groups: age 18 and older, and up to age 17, and will consist of full-term registered Music in the Alps Festival participants.  Students with Austrian residence can enter the competition at no cost as a courtesy, although they are welcome to be full-term festival participants. Competition categories are Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds, and Brass.  Unedited videotapes must be submitted digitally by April 1, 2018. They will be screened by an international panel of renowned musicians, and selected participants will be notified by May 1st,2018.

The selected winner(s) of the “Solo” Concerto-Aria will be invited to perform at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall* in New York City, USA during the 2018-2019 Concert Season*. “Music in the Alps” is excited to collaborate with the Concert Festival (concertfestival.org) organization, which takes pride in empowering talents in all musical genres, and providing them with meaningful and diverse performance opportunities.

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*The performer(s) at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall will be selected based on the common decision reached between the Music in the Alps and Concert Festival organizational committee and jury members, which will be cumulative upon three completed rounds. The dates of the performances will be discussed no later than September 2018. Performers will be responsible for financing their travel to New York; they will be hosted in private residences with pianos during their stay at no cost. Accompanists for their pieces will be provided. Performers whose instruments require an extra airline ticket should inquire about rental possibilities in advance.

 

INITIAL SCREENING

Unedited video received no later than
April 1st including the following:

A concerto movement from the standard Classical or Romantic period instrumental repertoire (Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn etc) or an approved Mozart aria or piece from the Classical period for voice and orchestra.

Competition Chairman Douglas Bish at

[email protected]


With the exception of the solo piano
works, piano accompaniments
should be used on all recordings. The
screening panel will evaluate the
recordings based on the performer’s
versatility, virtuosity, stage presence
and overall professionalism. From this
initial screening, participants will be
selected to compete in Bad Gastein at
the Music in the Alps Festival.


ROUND ONE

A virtuoso piece and art song or aria for your instrument or voice,
respectively.
A piece or a sonata movement by a Baroque or Classical composer
(contestant’s choice, 6-8 min)
A piece written during the period from 2000-2017 (contestant’s
choice, 4-6 min).


OPEN DISCUSSION

Realizing a Future in Music
The competition participants will
meet for an informal discussion of
performance practices, voluntary
stories by participants of individual
career goals and how they reached
this point in their musical journey, and
necessary steps to move forward as
serious musicians. Moderated by
members of the adjudication panel.


ROUND TWO

Each competitor will perform one
movement from the standard Classical
or Romantic period instrumental
repertoire (Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin,
Mendelssohn etc) or an approved
Mozart aria from the Classical or
Romantic period for voice and
orchestra.
Following Round Two: Gold, Silver, and
Bronze medals will be awarded.


Winners’ Concert with Orchestra
“Command Performance” Concert with
Orchestra. Performers will be selected
from among the Gold medal winners.

Featuring Guest-Performer, winner of the ConcertFestival 2018 Tour.


Additional Benefits of Competition Participation

  • On-site one-on-one work with recording engineer.
  • Participation in promotional video and possible documentary.
  • International press releases.

Repertoire

Repertoire

Unedited video received no later than April 1st including the following:

You may do so on our application page

See required repertoire list for each instrument/voice.  If applicants for competition wish to propose an alternative solo or concerto movement, that petition must be submitted through email no later than March 1st.  The panel will consider the request and notify the applicant immediately of their decision.

With the exception of the solo piano works, piano accompaniments should be used on all recordings.  The screening panel will evaluate the recordings based on the performer’s versatility, virtuosity, stage presence and overall professionalism . From this initial screening, participants will be selected to compete in Bad Gastein at the Music in the Alps Festival.

Competition participants will be notified of their acceptance by May 1st

Initial Screening Repertoire

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty

Douglas Bish

Music In The Alps - Douglas Bish

Dr. Bish has conducted professional, community, and academic orchestras around the world. Considered an expert on adjudication and music competitions, he is the former President of the National Association of Music Festivals.

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