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The 2018 Azrieli Music Prizes

The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music is awarded to a living composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish Music. Works can be nominated by individuals and institutions from all nationalities, faiths, backgrounds and affiliations. The winning work receives a $50,000 CAD prize, a gala performance in autumn 2018 by a major Canadian orchestra, and a commercial quality audio recording. The winning composer is invited to attend the rehearsals and performance of their work, and be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert.

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Submission deadline: November 5, 2017

Besançon international Competition for young Conductors

Besançon international Competition for young Conductors

Established in 1951, the Besançon Competition soon became the most prestigious event of its kind. The Competition is open to all artists who wish to become professional conductors. With a repertoire which spans classical, romantic and contemporary music, as well as oratorio and opera, it is the most complete competition in the world!

After preliminaries in Berlin, Besançon, Montreal or Beijing, only 20 candidates will be invited to Besançon in September for audition with orchestra; only one Grand Prix will be awarded!

Jury chairman 2017: Leonard Slatkin

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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.

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.

10th International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music

The 10th International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music is held in three categories: Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied), String Quartet, and Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello. Its uniqueness is the combination of traditional and contemporary music so that not only the participants, but also the audience gets in touch with both genres. Participants will for instance also perform contemporary pieces that are results of composition competitions that were particularly established for this competition.

- Dates of competition: February 19-28, 2018 - Deadlines for application: October 5, 2017

Tel: +43 316 389 1900

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