Orford Music Award
Back for a fourth edition, the Orford Music Award offers a unique springboard for Academy students looking to launch a musical career.
This could be your chance to stand out from the crowd and join a distinguished list of semi-finalists and finalists, including previous grand prize winners, violinist Mai Tategami in 2016, pianist Dong-Wan Ha in 2017 and cellist Gabriel Martins in 2018!
The format remains the same for 2019: twelve of the best Academy students will compete in front of the public over the course of a single week, from August 12 to 16, including three nights of semi-finals and one grand finale. Contestants will also get the chance throughout the week to participate in intensive career development workshops given by experienced professionals.
Several prizes will be offered:
For the semi-finals and finals, we will ask you to submit a recital program of about 45 to 50 minutes, including at least:
• A complete sonata;
• A romantic work;
• A baroque work;
• A work of virtuosity;
For musicians other than pianists, one of these pieces must be a solo piece (without piano accompaniment).
Important: concertos are not accepted.
• One selection from an oratorio or cantata;
• One opera aria of your choice;
• One solo piece without piano accompaniment;
• One work or song cycle for and piano from the standard repertoire;
Important: make sure that these four languages are found in your selections: French, Italian, German, English.
During the semi-finals and final, you will be invited to choose your first piece, and the jury will then choose other works from the list that they want to hear for up to about 20 minutes per candidate. The repertoire will be the same for both rounds. Please note that the entire program must be played by memory, except sonatas and contemporary pieces. The service of a collaborative pianist will be provided for all steps of the competition.
Following the confirmation of your stay at the Orford Music Academy, you will be invited to send us the following audition materials by April 30, 2019:
- A professional quality video recording (Uploaded on YouTube)
Two works of various styles, which must include a work from the standard virtuosic repertoire. They must have been recorded after July 1st, 2017. The applicant’s name and title of pieces must be clearly identified. Note that it is possible to use the same recording you used when you applied to the Orford Music Academy.
Audition MaterialPlease post on YouTube per the following instructions:
- Log into YouTube. To do so, you have to create a free account at: www.youtube.com
- Click «Upload»
- Select «Unlisted» (see the following video for more information about privacy settings on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j3pGmiKvxU#action=share)
- Send the new link by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org (the video will only be available to people with the link to that particular file