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    • Who will take home the grand prize?

      Join us every summer for an intense week of competition featuring the best new talent in classical music.

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      Prix Orford Musique 2019
    • The Future is Bright

      Back for its fifth edition, the Orford Music Award provides a springboard for Academy students looking to launch their musical career. To mark the event, all musicians who participated in the Orford Music Academy from 2015 to 2020 are invited to submit their application!

      This could be your chance to join a distinguished list of semi-finalists and finalists, including the four previous grand prize winners; violinist Mai Tategami in 2016, pianist Dong-Wan Ha in 2017, cellist Gabriel Martins in 2018 and pianist Saeyoon Chon in 2019!

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

      The format remains the same; twelve of the Academy’s best students will compete in front of a live audience over the course of one week, from August 9 to 15, including three semi-finals and one grand finale.

      Contestants will also get the chance throughout the week to participate in career development workshops given by experienced professionals.

      Apply now!

    Prizes awarded are as follows:

    • 1st prize

      $ 10 000 cash prize

      An invitation to participate in the Orford Music Festival 2021

      A full scholarship for two weeks at the Orford Music Academy 2021

      Concert opportunities

      A professional photo shoot

      A professional recording session


    • 2nd prize

      $ 5000 cash prize

      A full scholarship for two weeks at the Orford Music Academy 2021

      A professional photo shoot


    • 3rd prize

      Cash prize

      A full scholarship for a one-week stay at the 2021 Orford Music Academy 2021

    • Audience Award

      Cash prize

      Invitation to participate in the prestigious 2021 Orford Music Festival

      A full scholarship for a one-week stay at the 2021 Orford Music Academy


      • Must participate in at least one master class or workshop during the 2020 Academy and/or have participated in a previous edition of the Academy from 2015 to 2019
      • Must be available from August 9 to 15, 2020
      • Must be 16 years of age or older


    Audition material:

    • A high quality video recording including* :

      • Two works of various styles, which must include a work from the standard virtuosic repertoire
      • Maximum 15 minutes in length
      • Recorded after July 1, 2019

      *Please send one or more public or unlisted links on YouTube or Vimeo platforms, accessible directly without a password at admissions@orford.mu

    Competition process:

    • For the semi-finals and grand finale, 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 voice and piano from the standard repertoire

      Important: make sure that these four languages are found in your selections: French, Italian, German and English.


      During the semi-finals and finale, you will be invited to choose your first piece and then the jury will select the other works they want to hear, up to about 20 minutes per candidate. Please note that the entire program must be played from memory, except contemporary pieces. The service of a collaborative pianist will be provided for all steps of the competition.