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Concert Grand Harp to be awarded at Moscow International Competition

May 26, 2011

In preparation for its 3rd edition, The Moscow International Harp Competition has just announced a total of $20,000 as prize money for the competition winners. The main prize, however, will be awarded to the winner of the oldest age group (Professional Division) - a Concert Grand Harp "Lyon & Healy" Style 100 introduced in 1964 to commemorate Lyon & Healy's 100th anniversary and originally referred to as the "Centennial" model.

The 3rd Moscow International Harp Competition will be held in the Russian capital in May 2012. It is dedicated to the great harpist Vera Dulova, who at the opening of the first competition said: "Participation in a competition is not only a great opportunity to present oneself, but most importantly - a powerful incentive to improve one's performance skills."

The competition is divided into four age groups: Junior and Intermediate for young performers up to 21; Senior and Professionals for harp players of up to 30 years old.

May 31 Deadline for Taneyev Competition Approaches

May 16, 2011

Just two weeks left until the postmark deadline for applications to the 4th Sergei Taneyev International Chamber Music Competition in Russia. The competition is open to chamber music ensembles with piano (duo, trio, quartet and quintet) whose members are between 16 and 34 years of age. Applicants are required to submit a CD or DVD recording not later than May 31, 2011, which will be reviewed by a preliminary jury. Ensembles admitted to the Second round will be notified before June 15.

Named after a brilliant composer, scientist, teacher, a prominent pianist and conductor, the Sergei Taneyev International Chamber Music Competition was first held in 1996 in the City of Kaluga. Only two hours away from Moscow, the competition is held in a 735-seat concert hall of the Kaluga Philharmonic Society once every three years. With $20,000 in prize money this year, the 4th edition will take place in Kaluga, Russia from October 30 until November 6, 2011. The winner's concert will be held at the Rachmaninov Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory.

Application process for Argento Competition ends May 20

May 10, 2011

In ten days, on May 20th, current application process for the 14th International Music Competition Pietro Argento will be officially closed. With total fund of €10,000 the competition is open to pianists, singers, and chamber music performers with no age limit. There is also a number of categories for younger pianists, as well as for chamber music performers with the average age of up to 16. This year's auditions will be held from June 1 until June 5 at the Rossini Theatre.

The competition takes place in a town of Gioia del Colle in a Pulgia region of Southern Italy - the birth place of a renowned conductor, pianist and composer Pietro Argento. Sponsored by the Mediterranean Department of the Puglia Region, the International Music Competition Pietro Argento is organized by the Music Association Daniele Lobefaro in collaboration with the Department of Culture of Gioia del Colle, under the artistic direction of Dr. Paolo Sorrentino.

2012 Johansen International Competition Opens to Young String Players Worldwide

May 4, 2011

Young string players ages 13-17 are invited to compete for $66,000 in prize money in the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, which will be held March 21-24, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The competition attracts the highest level of string players worldwide. Celebrated violinist Pamela Frank served as one of the 2009 judges, commented: "I am impressed with the unanimous level of playing. …Everybody I’ve heard so far has something unique to offer." Judges for the 2012 competition are Hiroko Yajima, violin, Michael Tree, viola, and Ronald Leonard, cello.

Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) Foundation, Inc., The Johansen International Competition is open to students of violin, viola, or cello. Eligible contestants must be not younger than 13 nor yet 18 on March 24, 2012. In addition, applicants must not be under professional management. The first round of the competition takes place through a CD audition. It is strongly preferred that the application be completed online. Application package and audition CD must be postmarked by December 1, 2011.

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