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$66,000 in Prize Money for 13-17 year-old String Players

June 22, 2011

It is rare for $66,000 in prize money to be earmarked for young string players 13-17 years of age.  Yet that is what happens every three years, when the Johansen International Competition (JIC) for Young String Players takes place. There are separate awards for violin, viola, and cello. First prize for each category is $10,000; second prize is $7,000; and third prize is $5,000. Performance opportunities for winners may include appearances with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (PA), Capital City Symphony (DC), Prince Georges Philharmonic (MD), London Master Classes (England), and a Winners Recital in Washington, D.C.

The Johansen International Competition was founded in 1997 through the generosity of a trust fund established by Anna Storch Johansen. Mrs. Johansen wanted to encourage young musicians with significant prize awards at a time when they need it most – when they must make decisions about whether to continue with their dedication to music, or perhaps move away from it as they look to college and other interests. This will be the sixth time the Johansen Competition has been held.

The Johansen International Competition is open to students of violin, viola, or cello and will be held March 21-24, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Application package and audition CD must be postmarked by December 1, 2011.

Application process for Albert Mamriev Competition to end June 30

June 4, 2011

"We are looking for the Great and Natural Music Talent. We give a chance to all musicians - without the limits of age, nationality, and the Music Style - to show their talents in front of the concert managers." That's how the rules of the 1st Albert Mamriev International Music Competition start. Participants of the competition will have to prepare a 20-minute program and try to impress the jury comprised of concert agents, as well as critics, producers, festival and competition directors invited to attend the auditions. The jury panel will award a monetary prize of 5,000, a one-year management contract, and a CD recording and its distribution in Germany to the winners of the competition.

Organized by the "Neue Sterne Classical Artists" concert agency, the competition will take place in the German town of Braunschweig from September 23 until 25, 2011. Applications from all instrumentalists, singers and chamber music ensembles must be submitted not later than June 30, 2011.

WIC: Piano 2011 Winners Announced

June 2, 2011

The winners of the Washington International Competition for Piano, held at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 28, 2011 are:

  • First Prize - Yoonjung Han
  • Second Prize - Yejin Noh
  • Third Prize - Anna Shelest
  • Audience Prize - Anna Bulkina

Judges: Jane Coop, John O’Conor and Andre-Michel Schub.

During the intermission, French semi-finalist Arthur Ancelle performed his original piano transcription of Paul Dukas’ L’apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) to the audience’s delight.

Established in 1950, WIC competitions for singers, pianists, and string players are held each spring in annual rotation. The next 2012 Washington International Competition will be open to string players and composers.

Argento Competition enjoys record-breaking year

June 1, 2011

Unprecedented for the International Music Competition Pietro Argento, 180 young artists from 29 countries applied for the competition this year. With such a high number of participants the organizers had to add an extra day of preliminary auditions beginning from June 2, 2011. Competition Director Paola Sorentino said the organizing committee is very pleased with response from the global music community and adds: "The numbers speak for themselves. It secures the competition's place at the top of international music competitions in Europe."

The International Music Competition Pietro Argento takes place in a Puglia region of Southern Italy every year. It is open to pianists, chamber music performers and singer with no age limit. The 14th edition will take place from June 1 until 5, 2011 with closing ceremony at the Rossini Theatre in Gioia del Colle of Bari province.

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