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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.

      The format of this year’s Orford Music Award has been adapted as a result of the public health situation around the world.  Once restricted exclusively to musicians from the Orford Music Academy, the competition will now be open to all musicians and singers residing in Quebec!

      Prix Orford Musique 2020
    • The Future is Bright

      The Orford Music Award is ready to launch the career of another brilliant young musician, and this year’s winner will be from Quebec!

      This could be your chance to join a distinguished list of semi-finalists and finalists, including the five 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 and pianist Poom Prommachart in 2020 !

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

    • 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

      • $6,000 in cash
      • Invitation to participate in the prestigious Orford Music Festival 2021*
      • Full scholarship for a two-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2021*
      • 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 2021*
      • Tailor-made coaching sessions
    • 3rd PRIZE

      • $2,000 in cash
      • Full scholarship for a one-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2021*
    • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

      • $3,000 in cash
      • Invitation to participate in the prestigious Orford Music Festival 2021*
      • Full scholarship for a one-week stay at the Orford Music Academy 2021*

    *These privileges are still to be confirmed due to the uncertainty surrounding the holding of festivals and large gatherings.

    Prerequisites:

      • You must be a resident of Quebec
      • Must be available from August 10 to 15, 2020
      • Must be 16 years of age or older

    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, 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:

    • The competition will take place in the concert hall at Orford Music, without an audience.  Semi-finals will be held on August 10 and 11, and the Final will take place on August 14.  All public health measures in place will be rigourously applied while staff and participants are onsite.

      The Orford Music Award will be filmed and made available online to the public the following day.  Rehearsals, dress rehearsals and competitions will be scheduled on the same day. Lodging will not be available on campus.

      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.