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5th Manhattan International Music Competition

(Piano, Strings, Voice, Wind, Chamber Music)

The Manhattan International Music Competition has been designed to promote musicians of all ages and music disciplines who possess outstanding artistic personality, by offering recitals at Carnegie Hall, cash prizes and a CD recording distributed worldwide.

New York is considered the American capital of classical music, and Carnegie Hall is one of the most legendary concert halls.

MUSIC DISCIPLINES

 

Discipline A: PIANO

Discipline B: STRINGS

(Violin - Viola - Cello - Double Bass - Harp - Guitar)

Discipline C: VOICE

(Soprano - Mezzo - Contralto - Tenor - Baryton - Bass - Countertenor)

Discipline D: WINDS, BRASS

(Flute - Oboe - Clarinet - Bassoon - Trumpet - French Horn - Trombone - Tuba - Accordion - Saxophone - Euphonium - others)

Discipline E: CHAMBER MUSIC

(Duos, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Sextets, etc.)

AGE GROUPS

JUNIOR: until 15 years old (included)

 on the 1st of July 2020

YOUNG ARTIST: 16 to 22 years old

 on the 1st of July 2020

VIRTUOSO: 23 to 29 years old

 on the 1st of July 2020

PROFESSIONAL: 30 years old and older, with no age limit

on the 1st of July 2020

CHAMBER MUSIC: ALL ages

Honorary president: Maestro Ivo Pogorelich.

CARNEGIE HALL

VIDEO SELECTION: ONLINE competition (travel is NOT required to apply).

No age limit. ALL musical disciplines.

WINNERS’ RECITALS: CARNEGIE HALL

Friday, 8 January 2021

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Official results - Winners' announcement: 31 October 2020

REGISTRATION FEE:

85€ for 1 category (first or second), or $95

145€ for 2 categories (first + second), or $155

CATEGORIES

Musicians will be able to participate in ONE or BOTH categories (First and Second)

FIRST CATEGORY:  RECITALS AT CARNEGIE HALL + cash prizes

SECOND CATEGORY: CD RECORDING, All costs covered (Award value: $25,000)

FIRST CATEGORy:

RECITALS AT CARNEGIE HALL

 

The first category is appropriate for musicians aspiring to give a short recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall). The recitals will take place on the 8th of January 2021.

PRIZES: FIRST CATEGORY

-  Recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York (at least 12 musicians).

In each of the five age groups (Junior, Young Artist, Virtuoso, Professional, Chamber Music), 1, 2, 3 or 4 Grand Prizes will be awarded.  The musicians who are awarded a First Grand Prize (at least 12 musicians) will offer a short recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) on the 8th of January 2021.  

Professional pictures will be taken for the winners. 

-  Cash prizes (professional fee) and diploma, pictures and free invitations for the concert. 

- Manhattan Concert Artists' Award (International management): offer to join the roster of “Manhattan Concert Artists” for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity.

www.manhattanconcertartists.com

- Marketing campaign and publicity for the concert at Carnegie Hall. International critics, music promoters and international managers will be invited.

- "Ivo Pogorelich Award": Masterclass with Maestro Ivo Pogorelich, president of the competition, offered to the winner of the Piano Section.

- Special prizes: At least 50 Golden and Silver Medals, offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

Statement about coronavirus (COVID-19):

If any winner is not able to travel to New York for any reason to perform at Carnegie Hall, he/she will receive the cash prize, trophy and diploma anyway. The official results of both categories (Carnegie Hall and CD recording) will be announced on the 31st of October 2020. The winners' concert is expected to have place at Carnegie Hall on the 8th of January 2021.

If Carnegie Hall is closed by this date due to Covid-19 outbreak, the concert will be rescheduled. It is GUARANTEED that the winners’ concert will have place at Carnegie Hall. 

SECOND CATEGORY: 

CD RECORDING

The second category is appropriate for musicians aspiring to record an album to be distributed internationally through the prestigious label Orpheus Classical. All costs covered. Album recorded and released during 2020 - 2021

www.orpheusclassical.com

PRIZES: SECOND CATEGORY

- A CD recording with the Orpheus label (award value: $25,000): All costs covered. Album recorded and released during 2020 - 2021. The prize includes the complete fees for recording the album in a professional studio, sound editing, mastering, fabrication and worldwide distribution (all costs covered). The label Orpheus may offer more than one award. 1000 physical CDs will be given to the artist, as well as the totality of the recording rights.

www.orpheusclassical.com

- Worldwide distribution of the CD: allowing the artist to benefit from sales.

- Digital platforms: the CD will be also made available on all the platforms of digital distribution (Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Rhapsody, Amazon, Yandex etc.). 

- International management: invitation to join the roster of “Manhattan Concert Artists” for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity.

www.manhattanconcertartists.com

- Album promotion (marketing and publicity): the release will be sent to the most relevant music media and magazines worldwide, accompanied with a press note.

- Special prizes: At least 50 Golden and Silver Medals, offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

Kotaro Fukuma: Winner of the previous recording award

(Album "Piano Fantasy", released by Orpheus Classical)

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Competitors are to register by using the online form (APPLICATION in the main menu), and following these steps:

- All fields of the online form should be filled out.

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

- Applicants must select the appropriate MUSIC DISCIPLINE and AGE GROUP (Young Artist, Virtuoso, Professional, Chamber music or Adul Amateur). 

 

- For Chamber Music ensembles (duos, trios, quartets and quintets), the age group will be filled with the "CHAMBER MUSIC" option in the application form. The application form must be filled by a unique member of the Chamber Music ensemble with his / her personal data. Additionally, he or she must specify on the form the name, age, instrument and email of the other members of the Chamber Music ensemble. 

- Applicants must sent the LINKS of the videos chosen, and the REPERTOIRE for Carnegie Hall of the CD recording (see guidelines below).

* Note: It is possible to apply for one category (first or second) or for both categories (first and second).

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- Applicants must send the links of the videos they wish to submit for consideration (via Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, etc.). They can send 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 individual links of the video recordings. The repertoire of the video recordings is totally FREE: applicants can choose the styles, pieces and composers that best describe their artistic personality in the best way. 

 

The total duration of the video recordings should last at least as long as the proposed performance time for each age group:

TOTAL DURATION OF THE VIDEO RECORDINGS

 

JUNIOR: 6 minutes or more​

YOUNG ARTIST: 8 minutes or more

VIRTUOSO: 10 minutes or more

PROFESSIONAL: 12 minutes or more

CHAMBER MUSIC: 10 minutes or more

 

The musical works of the video recordings may be different to the repertoire proposed for the recital at Carnegie Hall, or may be the same repertoire. Solo recordings and concertos with orchestra or piano accompaniment are acceptable, as well as individual movements of sonatas and concertos. String performers, singers and wind performers can send repertoire for duo with piano. 

In the event that a candidate cannot submit the videos online for technical reasons or cannot make the payment by credit card, contact us via email at info@manhattancompetition.com for assistance.

REPERTOIRE: CARNEGIE HALL

- Provide the REPERTOIRE to be performed at CARNEGIE HALL, according to the following length for each age group:

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES AT CARNEGIE HALL

JUNIOR: 6 minutes or more​

YOUNG ARTIST: 8 minutes or more

VIRTUOSO: 10 minutes or more

PROFESSIONAL: 12 minutes or more

CHAMBER MUSIC: 10 minutes or more

 

Applicants can propose 1, 2 or even 3 short pieces. Individual movements of large pieces are acceptable. The total playing time can vary around 2 minutes from the proposed timing for each category.

The repertoire of the video recordings is totally FREE: applicants can choose the styles, pieces and composers that best describe their artistic personality in the best way. 

Pianists must choose pieces for piano solo. String players, singers and wind performers can choose pieces with piano accompaniment or solo repertoire. String players, wind performers and singers will NOT need to perform with their own piano accompanists. The Manhattan International Competition will provide an accompanist for the Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall.

REPERTOIRE: CD RECORDING

 

- Provide the REPERTOIRE for the CD recording to be released with the prestigious label Orpheus Classiscal (www.orpheusclassical.com)

- The total duration of the CD release should last between 40 and 70 minutes. 

 

- The repertoire of the video recordings is totally FREE: applicants can choose the styles, pieces and composers that best describe their artistic personality in the best way. 

- Pianists must choose pieces for piano solo. String players, singers and wind performers can choose pieces with piano accompaniment or solo repertoire. 

AWARD PUBLICATION / JURY

- Winners' names will be published on the “Manhattan International Music Competition” website:

(www.manhattancompetition.com) on 31 October 2020.

- The Winners' recitals at Carnegie Hall (First Category), for all groups (Young Artist, Virtuoso, Professional, Chamber Music)  will take place on 8 January 2021. 

- The recording of the CD album (Second Category), released by Orpheus classical, will have place between November 2020 and December 2021.

- International Jury: each single application will be evaluated by the jury through the video materials presented by each participant. A panel of international judges (soloists, agents, promoters, professors), will evaluate the video material submitted, and the final selections of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted. Judges are independent, and their students are not permitted to participate in the competition. The judges' votes will be strictly confidential, and will not be shared nor published.

The following judges participated in previous editions of the Manhattan International Music Competition: VIEW JURY 

CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION:

- By submitting an application, the participant accepts the regulations, the general policies, the terms of use, and the privacy policy of the competition.

 

- Applications of minor musicians must be filled and submitted by their parents or legal guardian (tutor). 

- Once an online application is sent, it may be resubmitted to change its content. Only the last version submitted will be considered by the jury.

 

- Once the application fee is submitted, it cannot be reimbursed.

- The international jury's decisions are final and not to be discussed. The jury's votes and opinions are strictly confidential, and the jury members will not be able to provide feedback about the applicant's performance on the video recordings. 

- The First Great Awards (recitals at Carnegie Hall) could we awarded or not in any of the age categories and disciplines. At least 12 musicians will perform at Carnegie Hall.

 

Statement about coronavirus (COVID-19): ​In the unlikely event that Carnegie Hall is closed by the date of the winners' concert, the artistic commission will find a new date to reschedule the winners’ concert.  If any winner is not able to travel to New York for any reason, he/she will receive the cash prize, trophy and diploma anyway.  It is GUARANTEED that the winners’ concert will have place at Carnegie Hall.

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