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    • Have you got what it takes to win the Orford Music Award?

      This summer, join us for an intense week of competition featuring the best new talents in classical music. All instrumentalists and singers can participate.

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      2022 Orford Music Award - Jessica Yuma
    • The Future is Bright

      The Orford Music Award, whose objective is to provide a unique springboard for young musicians, will celebrate its sixth edition in 2022!

      This could be your chance to join a distinguished list of semi-finalists and finalists, including the previous grand prize winners; violinist Mai Tategami in 2016, pianist Dong-Wan Ha in 2017, cellist Gabriel Martins in 2018, pianist Saeyoon Chon in 2019, pianist Poom Prommachart in 2020 and violinist Isabella D’Éloize Perron in 2021.

      It’s now your time to stand out and win prestigious prizes!

      The 2022 Orford Music Award is presented by Canimex, in collaboration with the Municipalité d’Orford.

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    Prizes awarded are as follows

    • 1st PRIZE

      • Cash prize – To be announced
      • Invitation to participate in the prestigious Orford Music Festival 2023
      • Full scholarship for a two-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2023
      • Concert opportunities
      • Professional audio-video recording session
      • Tailor-made coaching sessions
    • 2nd PRIZE

      • Cash prize – To be announced
      • Full scholarship for a two-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2023
      • Tailor-made coaching sessions
    • 3rd PRIZE

      • Cash prize – To be announced
      • Full scholarship for a one-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2023
    • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

      • Cash prize – To be announced
      • Invitation to participate in the prestigious Orford Music Festival 2023
      • Full scholarship for a one-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2023

    General Conditions

      • The Orford Music Award reserves the right to change the text of the Rules & Regulations at any time and without prior notice.
      • The Orford Music Award is open to all musicians aged 16 and up (July 1st 2022). It is not necessary to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident to participate.
      • The competition is not open to winners of a First Prize in any previous edition of the Orford Music Award.
      • By entering, the candidate agrees to abide by all the terms and conditions of the competition as well as the decisions of the Orford Music Award committee and jury, which shall be final and binding.
      • Any candidate who fails to comply with any of the rules of the Orford Music Award will be subject to disqualification without appeal.

    Application

      • The registration form and all documents required to complete the application must be submitted no later than April 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Any incomplete application will be rejected.
      • Each application must contain the following:
        • A video recording (captured after July 1, 2021) for the Preliminary round, shared as an unlisted YouTube link
        • An up-to-date biography in English and French (maximum 250 words in each language), in Word format
        • A high-resolution headshot (minimum 300 DPI, approximately 15cm x 20cm) in JPEG format
        • A complete list of repertoire for all rounds
        • A PDF of the sheet music for all pieces performed in the Preliminary round (single file containing all works, with visible titles, in order of performance)

    Rounds & Procedure

     

      • The Orford Music Award comprises three rounds : Preliminary, Semi-final and Final.
      • The Preliminary round consists of an evaluation of the application materials and video recording.
      • The Semi-Final and Final rounds will be held at Orford Music from August 7-13, 2022.
      • Candidates must ensure that they can be present at Orford Musique for the entire week of August 7-13, 2022.
      • The Semi-Final and Final rounds may be broadcast on the web and available to the public.
      • In the Semi-Final and Final rounds, the candidate will choose the first piece to be performed. The jury will select the other works they wish to hear, for a maximum of approximately 20 minutes per candidate per round.

    Repertoire  

      • Preliminary round : two contrasting works, including at least one work from the virtuosic repertoire, for a total duration of 15 minutes
      • Semi-Final and Final rounds:
        • Instrumentalists
          • A complete sonata
          • A Romantic work
          • A Baroque work
          • A virtuosic work
          • For musicians other than pianists, one of these pieces must be a solo work, without piano accompaniment.
          • Important : concerti are not accepted
        • Vocalists
          • An excerpt from an oratorio or cantata
          • An opera aria
          • A solo song (without piano accompaniment)
          • A song or cycle for voice and piano
          • Important : Please ensure that the following four languages are represented: French, Italian, German and English

    Cession of Rights

      • The candidate must forfeit to Orford Musique all filming, broadcasting and recording rights, as well as any residual rights to his/her performance within the framework of the Orford Music Award, for a period of 50 years from the date of the performance.
      • By finalizing his/her application, the candidate consents to the use of the video recordings submitted to the Orford Music Award.

    Promotion

      • The candidate authorizes Orford Music to use his/her biography (in whole or in part), photos, and any other necessary material for the promotion of the Orford Music Award and Orford Music.
      • The candidate agrees to remain available to meet with partners and sponsors for the duration of the Orford Music Award.
      • The candidate agrees to remain available for media promotion purposes before and during the Orford Music Award.
      • The candidate agrees to provide a verbal and written testimonial of his/her Orford Music Award experience.

    Collaborative Pianist

      • Orford Musique will provide the candidate with (and pay for) a collaborative pianist during the week of August 7-13, 2022.

     Commitment of the Candidate

      • The candidate must be available for the week of August 7-13, 2022 and must travel to Orford Music.
      • The recipient of the First Prize must mention the prize in his/her promotional materials (biography, website, liner notes, etc.) for a period of five years from the awarding of the prize.

     Authority of the Orford Music Award

      • The jury of the Orford Music Award reserves the right not to award a prize.