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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 residing in Canada can participate.

      Apply now!

      Canimex presents the 2021 Orford Music Award
    • The Future is Bright

      The Orford Music Award, whose objective is to provide a unique springboard for young musicians, will celebrate its fifth edition in 2021!

      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! The winner of the Quebec Special Edition of the Orford Music Award in 2020 was pianist Poom Prommachart.

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

      The 2021 Orford Music Award is presented by Canimex, in collaboration with the Municipalité d’Orford.

    • Are you a member of the public? If so, click here to view the Orford Music Award's public page.

    Prizes awarded are as follows:

    • 1st PRIZE

      • $8,000 in cash
      • Invitation to participate in the prestigious Orford Music Festival 2022
      • Full scholarship for a two-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2022
      • Concert opportunities
      • Professional audio-video recording session
      • Tailor-made coaching sessions
    • 2nd PRIZE

      • $4,000 in cash
      • Full scholarship for a two-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2022
      • Tailor-made coaching sessions
    • 3rd PRIZE

      • $3,000 in cash
      • Full scholarship for a one-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2022
    • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

      • $4,000 in cash
      • Invitation to participate in the prestigious Orford Music Festival 2022
      • Full scholarship for a one-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2022

    Prerequisites:

      • Must reside in Canada
      • Must be available from August 8 to 14, 2021
      • Must be between 18 and 35 years old

    Deadline:

    Audition material:

     

    • – A short biography in French or English (max. 250 words)

      – 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, 2020

      *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:

    • The competition will take place in the concert hall at Orford Music, but limited to a small audience. All public health measures in place will be rigourously applied while staff and participants are onsite.

      The Orford Music Award will also be filmed and broadcast live. Participants will be required to spend an entire week at Orford Music (from Sunday afternoon, August 8 to Saturday evening, August 14).

      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:

      Instrumentalists

      • 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.

       

      Singers

      • 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.