International Piano and Strings Competition 2015

The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2015 is open to school students and adults of all nationalities and countries.

All instruments, including piano, strings, voice and winds are welcome to participate in the Competition.

Participants are required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition.

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Eligibility

We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

 

School Students: Adults (19 and older):
6 - 10 Amateur without professional degree
11 - 14 College students and professional musicians
15 - 18  

 

Awards

 Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Winners Concerts will take place on

    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM (Easter) at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day) at 8:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Judges' Distinction Award and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

Judges

Four qualified judges will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season.

Dr. Sophya Genis is invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition 2015. A graduate of the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music, Mrs. Genis holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree. She studied piano with such renowned professors as Alexander Yoheles, Yakov Milstein and Yakov Zak.

How to Apply

 To apply for the Competition participants must submit:

Mailing Address

Mail DVD/CD and Application Fee to: American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128

International participants must use express shipment services to the following street address and provide the tracking number.

Application Deadline


Application materials must be postmarked no later than January 20, 2015. The application packages acceptance will be closed on January 27, 2015.

Application Fee

Application Fee for solo performers - $150

Application Fees for duo, trio and quartet participants in all categories are reduced to $100 per person

Application Fees are not refundable.

U. S. participants should make a check or money order payable to American Protégé.

International participants may use:

Certified bank check payable to American Protégé
International money order payable to American Protégé
PayPal (See bottom of this page).

American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition Rules:

1. Audition time limit for the application DVD:

 

Category  Age Recital Performance Time limit First Piece (required) Additional repertoire (optional)
Young Musicians  6 to 10 5 minutes Not to exceed 5 minutes in duration Any piece from the Standard Repertoire
Junior  11 to 14 6 minutes Not to exceed 6 minutes in duration Any piece from the Standard Repertoire
Intermediate  15 to 18 6 minutes Not to exceed 6 minutes in duration Any piece from the Standard Repertoire
Amateur without Professional Degree 19 and up 6 minutes Not to exceed 6 minutes in duration Any piece from the Standard Repertoire
College Students and Professional Musicians 19 and up 7 minutes Not to exceed 7 minutes in duration Any piece from the Standard Repertoire

 

2. Repertoire Requirements:

- Applicant may choose one or two pieces from the standard repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods).

       - One movement of Sonata could be accepted as a separate piece.

- First (required) piece will be included into the Recital program if the participant is selected as a winner.

- Only one piece could be performed at the Winners Recital. Set of different works is not acceptable for the Winners Recital.

- Applicants who submitted for the audition first (required) piece longer than performance time limit will be requested to provide video recording of another shorter piece to meet time limit requirement with $50 additional payment for a second audition.

 

3. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (no video clips).

4. Recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant's abilities, but need not be of a professional quality. Recording materials must be labeled.

5. Contestants must perform from memory. No repeats. Music for the ensembles does not have to be memorized.

6. The DVD/CD will not be returned.

7. Judges comments will not be disclosed. Judges' decisions are final and can't be appealed.

8. First Prize Winners may not submit the same audition program for the following season.

9. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the audio/video recordings submitted.

10. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece selected by the judges from the participant's audition repertoire.

11. No changes to biographical information are allowed after the application is submitted.

12. Competition results will be published on American Protégé web-site on February 28, 2015.

13. The Certificates will be granted to the performing winners only, after the Winners Recital.

14. Winners who have chosen not to participate in the Winners Recital for any reason may be disqualified.

Winners Recital Information:

1. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece selected by the judges from the participant's audition repertoire.

2. Only one piece could be performed at the Winners Recital. Set of different works is not acceptable for the Winners Recital.

3. Participants' fees for the Winners Recital at the Hall, including free admission for Participant, four complementary tickets, Winner's Certificate, Teacher's Diploma and a set of digital photos of the participant's stage performance.
Recital and Photo Fees for soloists are $330. Recital and Photo Fees for ensemble are $190 per member plus $80 Photo Fee per group.

If duration of music selection exceeds time limit, $100 must be paid for any additional time of up to one minute.

Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

3. Detailed Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the winners.

5. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accomodations, etc.)

6. For extra tickets please visit the Carnegie Hall website at http://www.carnegiehall.org.

 

To pay the Application Fees on-line please select the payment amount from the drop-down window and click on the button below. A transaction fee of $10.00 will be added to the fee amount. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal

Application fee