THE 2021 VIRTUOSO INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MUSIC COMPETITION

COVID-19 RELATED INFORMATION

  • When preparing for the competition, particularly when it involves more than two persons in one space, please make sure to take actions in accordance with all county/state/country COVID-19 guidelines. In the U.S., all CDC recommendations such as social distancing and wearing of masks should be followed.

  • For additional safety and protection measures, we recommend face shields and/or acrylic or glass barriers especially for students who may be unable to wear a mask for their performance. (i.e. Wind/Brass chamber)

  • We also recommend utilizing SmartMusic for accompaniment and Zoom for whenever it may be difficult to have a group gathered in one location.

  • YMIC Competitions is not responsible for any COVID-19 related incidents that may arise during the students’ preparations for the competition

 

 

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • YMIC Competitions will be hosting a new annual music competition for its seventh year of running. The Virtuoso International Online Music Competition is open to musicians of all nationalities. 

 

  • Participants are expected to dress in a formal manner appropriate for a competition setting.

 

  • Memorization is required for Solo categories. Memorization is NOT required for Ensemble; it is left to the discretion of the participants/private teachers.

 

  • A brief biography (no more than 500 words) must be submitted, highlighting the artist's main achievements.

 

  • A copy of the participant’s birth certificate or passport must be submitted for proof of age. 

 

  • Applicants must send a link to the video recording they wish to submit for consideration (via Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, etc.).

 

  • Time limits will be strictly enforced. Despite the time limits, each movement or piece must be prepared in its entirety. Timing must be included on the application form.

 

  • Results will be posted on the website once judging comes to a close.

 

  • The decision of the jury is final and will not be subjected to reviews or appeals.

 

  • YMIC Competitions maintains copyright of all video, audio, and photographs taken during the competition and retain legal usage rights of video, audio, and photographs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021

APPLICATION FEE

  • $ 70 SOLO |  $55 (per applicant) ENSEMBLE (Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet)

 

  • All fees are non-refundable.

 

  • Online payments accepted through Paypal on the website.

VIDEO RECORDING

  • Video Naming Rules:

     - Title: Virtuoso International Competition 2021 – Instrument, Full Title of piece, Movement, Full Composer Name

     - Description box: Age, date/year of recording  (this information should NOT be in the title)

     - The participant's name should NOT appear anywhere on the video link, including in the channel name.

     - If the information for the title does not all fit due to character limit, please include the remainder of the text in the description        box.

Example of Correct Video Title: Virtuoso International Competition 2021 - Piano, Sonatina op.55 No.1, 1st mvt, Friedrich Kuhlau

Example of Incorrect Video Title: “Jane Doe – Piano, Sonatina op.55, No.1, Kuhlau”

  • Save/publish the video’s visibility to UNLISTED

  • Videos will not be accepted if they are not titled/described accordingly.

  • The video being submitted may be made anytime during 2021 ; however, the participant must be in the same grade division during the time of recording as they are applying for the competition.

  • Participants’ face, hands, feet with pedals as well as keyboard/instrument, must be visible for the entirety of the video.

  • Video recording MUST be a one-take; editing, such as cutting and merging multiple takes, is prohibited.

  • Formal and appropriate attire must be worn, otherwise the video will not be accepted.

  • Piano accompaniment is required for all pieces that have an existing accompanying part.

  • Participants must adhere to their designated time limit and prepare the movement or piece in its entirety. If selected for a winners’ performance opportunity, the same competition time limits will apply for performance time length. If the video time length is longer than the designated time limit, judges reserve the right to listen to different sections of the piece. Participants may not upload an incomplete movement/piece. 

  • The Virtuoso International Online Music Competition encourages the use of original music score. 

AWARDS

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention will be awarded. 

 

  • Grand prize winner(s) will be selected from the pool of 1st prize winners from all categories/divisions and will be invited to perform at Carnegie Hall (154 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019) on July 3, 2021.

 

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners will receive certificates, and an opportunity to perform at Strathmore in Maryland (5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852). Date and Time TBA

 

  • Honorable Mention winners will receive certificates.

SOLO & ENSEMBLE CATEGORY

PIANO / STRINGS / WIND & BRASS SOLO 

  • Young Artists  (Age 12 and under) : up to 5 minutes                                 

  • Junior Artists (13-15) : up to 7 minutes 

  • Senior Artists (16-18) : up to 8 minutes                                          

  • Collegiate Artists (19- 22) : up to 10 minutes                                 

  • Professional Artists (no age limit) : up to 10 minutes                     

 

PIANO / STRING / WIND & BRASS ENSEMBLE

  • Ensemble I  (Age 12 and under) : up to 7 minutes

  • Ensemble II (13-18) : up to 10 minutes

  • Ensemble III (19- no age limit) : up to 10 minutes

SOLO REPERTOIRE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • One piece from any period of music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary) must be submitted.

 

  • Concertos are not permitted for Solo Piano category.

 

  • Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted. 

 

  • All compositions must be original – no arrangements, excerpts, or unauthorized transcriptions.

 

  • ​Memorization is required. 

 

  • Any changes to the repertoire will not be permitted after the application deadline.
     

  • Participants must adhere to their designated time limit and prepare the movement or piece in its entirety. However, if the video time length is longer than the designated time limit, judges reserve the right to listen to different sections of the piece.
     

  • If selected for a winners’ performance opportunity, the same competition time limits will apply for performance time length.
     

  • Participants may not upload an incomplete movement/piece.

ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Only one piece per team may be submitted.

 

  • The age division of the ensemble will be determined by the average age of the ensemble's participants.

 

  • For Piano Ensemble, only 4/6/8 hands one piano may be submitted.

 

  • Any published composition written or arranged for chamber ensemble will be accepted. 

 

  • Concertos do not fall under the ensemble category.

 

  • A movement of a sonata, suite, etc. will count as one composition.  

 

  • Variations are counted as one piece. 

 

  • Original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions of entire compositions may be used by performers and presented to the judges.

  • Memorization is NOT required.

 

  • Participants must adhere to their designated time limit and prepare the movement or piece in its entirety. However, if the video time length is longer than the designated time limit, judges reserve the right to listen to different sections of the piece.
     

  • If selected for a winners’ performance opportunity, the same competition time limits will apply for performance time length.
     

  • Participants may not upload an incomplete movement/piece.

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