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Watch 5th Almaty Piano Competition online live streaming

November 16, 2011

On Tuesday, November 15, the Big Concert Hall of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory opened its doors for the audience and participants of the 5th International Piano Competition in Almaty – one of the most important classical music events in Kazakhstan. The opening ceremony took place in the country’s leading music higher education institution, welcoming pianists from Russia, Singapore, Australia, Lebanon, Mexico, Japan, Georgia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Eighteen musicians have been selected to compete for the first prize of $20,000.

This year all the competition stages will be broadcast live and are available for watching right here on Bakitone. Enjoy the music making on the competition profile video page and cheer for your favorite participant on our facebook page today!

2012 Washington International Competition for Strings announced

November 14, 2011

The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 Washington International Competition for Strings which will take place in Washington DC on June 8, 9 and 10 2012. The semi-final rounds are on Friday and Saturday June 8 and 9 at the George Washington University. The finals are on Sunday June 10 at 2 p.m. in the Terrace Theatre of the Kennedy Center.

Since 1950 this competition has established itself as offering a very significant opportunity to emerging musical artists to launch their careers. The competition is only open to string players between the ages of 18 and 28 who are not yet under professional management. Past winners have gone on to win other important competitions and to achieve distinction in the fields of concerts, recitals and teaching.

The competition offers a first prize of $8000 each to a violinist, a violist and a cellist. A second prize of $5000, a third prize of $2500, finalist awards and an audience prize as well as performing opportunities in the Washington DC area at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection are also offered. This year’s distinguished panel of judges will consist of Joseph Silverstein, violin, Martha Strongin Katz, viola, and Marc Johnson, cello. Complete information listing the required repertoire and other requirements is available on the official FMMC website.

This year for the first time applicants will be able to submit their application, as well as pay the application fee and upload the three required pre-screening selections on line. By pressing the Apply button from the competition profile, applicants will be taken to the dedicated application portal, which will be open from January 1, 2012 until the application deadline March 1, 2012. Candidates selected for the semi-final round will be informed by the beginning of April.

The WIC offers housing in member’s homes for all those traveling to Washington DC to participate in the semi-final round.

Discovering world cultures through competitions - interview with Nigel Armstrong

November 6, 2011

Bakitone International is proud to present an interview with Nigel Armstrong, one of the most extraordinary young musicians today. The 21-year-old American violinist has recently been brought to international attention by winning several prestigious violin competitions. These wins include the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in Argentina, the Yehudi Menuhin Young Violinists International Competition in Norway, and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. Nigel met with Sergei Kuznetsoff to share his impressions about the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition and his experiences during his trip to Russia.

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