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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a life-changing experience for twenty young singers at the start of their professional careers. Selected from hundreds of applicants across the globe, the finalists perform in front of a jury of distinguished opera experts.

The singers are accompanied by two world class orchestras – BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thomas Søndergård and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Tomáš Hanus, and supported and mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Patron of the competition again this year.

The performances are broadcast across the BBC to audiences around the UK and beyond and the five strongest singers are selected to compete in the exhilarating final at St David’s Hall. The main prize winner, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is presented with the Cardiff Trophy and £15,000.

Bartók World Competititon & Festival Violin Competition 2017

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music is about to launch the brand new Bartók World Competition & Festival. The inaugural year will see a violin competition between 10th and 17th September 2017 in Budapest at Liszt Academy.

The Bartók World Competition & Festival - Violin Competition 2017 is open to violinists of all nationalities under the age of 30. The repertoire includes for most rounds works of Béla Bartók, prizes will be handed out in a total amount of more than 40.000€.

Members of the jury will be outstanding performers and renowned professors such as Salvatore Accardo, Kristóf Baráti, Barnabás Kelemen, Joel Smirnoff and Krzysztof Wegrzyn, among others. The online application will open in the first days of December 2016 and will close on 26 March 2017.

ROSL 65th Annual Music Competition

The Royal Over-Seas League’s Annual Music Competition is one of the most highly regarded in the UK and the Commonwealth; fostering many world renowned musicians. Covering four categories – wind and percussion, singers, strings and keyboard – the competitions offers more than £70,000 in awards, with a £10,000 First Prize for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. The winners of each solo section and accompanist prize receives £5,000 each. Deadline for applications: Wednesday 4 January 2017. Entrants must be UK and Commonwealth citizens up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017.

Round one will be judged by video: 9-13 Jan

Semi Final and Section Final rounds: 13 Feb – 21 March, ROSL, Over-Seas House, Park Place, London SW1A 1LR

Grand Final: 7 June, 7pm Cadogan Hall, London.

Whitgift International Music Competition

Boys aged 13-17 – apply now for the Whitgift International Music Competition 2017, taking place from 2-6 April. Brass, wind and string players compete for a first prize of £1000, with full scholarships to Whitgift School available.

Closing date for application is 31 January 2017.

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Artistes en Herbe

Dear composers and students of composition, we are inviting you to take part in the 4th International Composition Competition « Artistes en Herbe », Luxembourg 2017, unique in its kind in Europe.

The deadline for receiving the compositions is 1 March 2017.
Submissions for four categories:
- piano or organ
- violin or violoncello
- flute or clarinet
- voice or choir
in varying configurations at the wish of the candidates: solo, chamber music or with orchestra.

Candidates take part in two sections:
« junior» - in three age groups: up to 10 years, 11-15 years and 16-19 years.
« senior » - adults with no age limit.
The closing celebrations, which take the form of a gala concert and prize-giving, will take place on 11 and 12 March 2017

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