The triennial Singapore International Violin Competition was launched in June 2014 as a landmark cultural initiative for Singapore and beyond, and has since grown to become one of the most globally distinctive of its kind.
The competition serves to promote the continued growth and strength of classical music, as well as to provide a showcase for violinists from around the world against the backdrop of Singapore’s world-class performance venues, its national orchestra, and its internationally renowned music conservatory.
The competition is open to all violinists below the age of 30 (at the start of the competition year).
The competition will be preceded by a pre-selection round involving blind-listening of submitted recordings.
Live rounds in Singapore
Four live rounds will be held in Singapore. Our substantial First Round will allow competitors to showcase different aspects of their playing through solo-violin as well as violin-and-piano works. Competitors who advance to the Semi-Final will present full recital programmes. Six finalists will then be chosen to perform in the chamber music Final, from which the top three will advance to perform concerti in the Grand Final.
All live rounds will be open to public (tickets will made available through SISTIC).
The winner of the competition will become Assistant Conductor of the Hallé, with the opportunity to work alongside the Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder CH CBE, for a minimum 2-year period in a meaningful and varied role which represents an invaluable chance for an emerging conductor to build a career and establish themselves on the world stage. It will be, quite literally, a life changing opportunity.
The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition celebrates the innovative partnership between the Hallé and Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse, that has been developed over the last two decades. Creating links between engineering and music, Siemens and the Hallé have not only brought classical music to Manchester audiences, they have collaborated on delivering a variety of education and community outreach projects that engage children and support communities throughout the North of England.
The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will take place in Manchester from Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 March 2023.
Applications are invited by Thursday 1 September 2022 at 13:00 GMT, and Semi-Finalists will be announced in November 2022.
Semi-Finalists will attend the entirety of the Competition in Manchester from Sunday 12th to Tuesday 14 March 2023. All Semi-Finalists will work in Hallé St Peter’s with the Hallé Youth Orchestra on Sunday 12 March, before completing the chamber music workshop on Monday 13 March.
Finalists will be selected by the end of Monday 13 March. Finalists will be interviewed on Tuesday 14 March morning before working with the Hallé in the Final.
The Winner of the Competition will be announced in a public concert event on the evening of Tuesday 14 March 2023.
On the East Coast of England, with beautiful historical buildings, lively entertainment, bustling shops, traditional pubs and tasty restaurants, Yorkshire’s only waterfront city of Hull is a hidden treasure.
It’s for the first time that INTERKULTUR is organising an international choir competition on English territory, a country where the choral art is deeply rooted in its musical life and traditions, especially through its cathedral and chapel choirs.
The choir competition in Hull offers categories for each type of choir, from Musica Sacra to Pop, Jazz
The Oxford Piano Festival takes place on the tranquil and scenic campus of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, located just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Each year, the Festival welcomes pianists and pedagogues, experts and enthusiasts to some of Oxford’s most historic venues, such as Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room, and Christ Church Cathedral. Now in its 25th year, this is a great chance to get stuck into a packed schedule of both masterclasses and concerts, with a truly dazzling line-up.
Further information will follow soon.
About the Festival
The Oxford Piano Festival’s objective is simple: to inspire, support and encourage music-making of the highest quality. Welcoming world-renowned soloists and teachers each year, the Festival provides gifted young players with a rare opportunity to work alongside and be inspired from some of the world’s finest pianists and teachers, as part of a dedicated community of artists which encourages exchange over competition.
At the heart of the Festival lies the recognition of the pianist as a multifaceted musician. The various roles of the pianist – as virtuoso, chamber musician, accompanist, conductor, academic and teacher – are all examined. As part of this holistic approach, the various international schools of piano playing are considered.
With Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s Patron, Sir András Schiff as President, and the Festival’s founder Marios Papadopoulos a renowned pianist himself, the bar is set very high in terms of quality and artistic integrity.
Previous participants at the Festival have gone on to achieve great success. Notable alumni include Alim Beisembayev (winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2021), Martin James Bartlett, Mark Viner, Alexander Ullman and Mishka Rushdie-Momen.
All participants receive four public masterclasses and perform at the Participants’ Recital on 5 August. Participants are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events.
How to apply
Observers (non-playing attendees):
Open to all. The Observer Festival Pass entitles you access to all events. Tickets will be given to you on arrival at the Festival.
Full board accommodation available at St Hilda’s College.
Participants (playing students):
We welcome applications from advanced piano students of all nationalities born on or after 29 July 1996.
We want our Festival to be accessible to all, and have scholarships available to participants in need of financial assistance. Please state on the application form whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship.
WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival.
Over 2,700 professionals (including 300 performing artists) come together every October from more than 90 countries, making WOMEX not only the number one networking platform for the world music industry, but also the most diverse music meeting worldwide.
Its musical spectrum is unparalleled in the international showcase festival scene, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, local and diaspora cultures and urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe as well as all musical juxtapositions of these. Jazz and classical are explicitly welcome!