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6th Manhattan International Music Competition

Online competition, all music disciplines, no age limit (5 age groups)

The Manhattan International Music Competition has been designed to promote musicians of all ages who possess outstanding artistic personalities, by offering recitals at Carnegie Hall, cash prizes, 5 recording projects, and many special prizes.

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

In the current pandemic context, the "6th Manhattan International Music Competition" has been designed as an ONLINE COMPETITION: the selection is entirely made through video recordings.

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AGE GROUPS

JUNIOR: until 10 years old (included)

 on the 1st of January 2022

YOUNG ARTIST: 11 to 16 years old

 on the 1st of January 2022

ADVANCED: 17 to 22 years old

 on the 1st of January 2022

VIRTUOSO: 23 to 29 years old

 on the 1st of January 2022

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

on the 1st of January 2022

CHAMBER MUSIC: ALL ages

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 - Saxophone

Trumpet - French Horn - Trombone - Tuba - Euphonium - others)

Discipline E: ACCORDION and PERCUSSION

Discipline F: CHAMBER MUSIC

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

WINNERS' CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL

Over $50,000 in prizes

VIDEO SELECTION: ONLINE competition

(travel is NOT required to apply)

No age limit. 5 age categories. ALL musical disciplines

WINNERS’ RECITALS: CARNEGIE HALL

Friday, 22 July 2022

 

 VIEW NEXT WINNERS' CONCERT 

VIEW PREVIOUS WINNERS' CONCERT

5 RECORDING PROJECTS

Cash prizes - Management - Special prizes

Official results - Winners' announcement: 20 June 2022

REGISTRATION FEE:

95€ for 1 category (first or second), or $105

139€ for 2 categories (first + second), or $155

Honorary president: Maestro Ivo Pogorelich.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION AFTER THE WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT

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: 5 recording projects

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 Friday, the 22nd of July 2022.

PRIZES: FIRST CATEGORY

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

At least 10 solo performers will receive a First Great Award, at least 2 per age group (Junior, Young Artist, Advanced, Virtuoso, Professional). At least 1 chamber music ensemble (duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, etc.) will receive a First Great Award.

The musicians who are awarded a First Great Award (at least 12 musicians) will offer a short recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) on the 22nd of July 2022.  

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

- Management Award: awarded to at least 3 musicians. Offer to join the roster of “Manhattan Concert Artists” for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity.

Marketing and publicity: a promotional campaign will promote the recitals at Carnegie HallInternational critics, journalists, and international managers will be invited.

-"Ivo Pogorelich Award": Masterclass with Maestro Ivo Pogorelich, honorary president of the competition, offered to one of the winners from the Piano section.

- Special prizes: Many Golden and Silver medals (honorary mentions), offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent. All the winners will receive their respective diplomas.

Carnegie Hall, Alexi Mouza
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SECOND CATEGORY: 

5 RECORDING PROJECTS

AWARDED TO 5 WINNERS

 - A CD RECORDING DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE:​

All related costs are covered by the competition (recording, edition, fabrication, physical and digital distribution). The artist will retain 100% of the recording rights and will receive 1,000 CDs for personal use.

The album will be recorded during the 2022 - 2023 season and released through the prestigious music label Orpheus:   www.orpheusclassical.com

- 4 ADDITIONAL DIGITAL ALBUMS:

Released through the streaming platforms  (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc.). The 4 artists will retain 100% of the recording rights. The 4 digital albums will be released through the music label "Orpheus".

Note: for the CD recording, the recording sessions can have a place at Orpheus' recording studios (all production costs covered by the competition) or in the place chosen by the winner. For the 4 digital albums, the artists will send the audio files to Orpheus, and the music label will handle the whole production and distribution process.

- Album promotion: the albums will be sent to the most relevant music media.

- Worldwide distribution: the CD will be distributed physically and digitally, and the 4 digital albums will be distributed through all the platforms of digital distribution (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Yandex, Tidal, etc.)

- Management Award: awarded to at least 3 musicians. Offer to join the roster of “Manhattan Concert Artists” for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity.

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- Special prizes:  Many Golden and Silver medals (honorary mentions), offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent. All the winners will receive their respective diplomas.

Kotaro Fukuma, Orpheus Classical
Manhattan Competition, Kotaro Fukuma

Kotaro Fukuma: Winner of a previous recording award  (Album "Piano Fantasy", released by Orpheus)

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 (Junior, Young Artist, Advanced, Virtuoso, Professional or Chamber music). 

 

- 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 send 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).

The same links of the video recordings can be sent to apply for both categories (concert at Carnegie Hall and recording projects).​ ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION

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- Applicants must send the links to the videos they wish to submit for consideration (via Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, etc.). They can send 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 individual links to 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 (all together) 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: 7 minutes or more

ADVANCED: 9 minutes or more

VIRTUOSO: 10 minutes or more

PROFESSIONAL: 12 minutes or more

CHAMBER MUSIC: 12 minutes or more

 

The musical works of the video recordings can be different from the repertoire proposed for the recital at Carnegie Hall, or can 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 online, seek assistance at info@manhattancompetition.com 

REPERTOIRE: CARNEGIE HALL

At least 12 musicians will be invited to perform at the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall. Applicants are required to 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: 7 minutes or more

ADVANCED: 9 minutes or more

VIRTUOSO: 10 minutes or more

PROFESSIONAL: 12 minutes or more

CHAMBER MUSIC: 12 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 slightly 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: RECORDING PROJECTS

 

- 5 winners will receive a recording award (1 CD recording and 4 digital albums) to be released with the prestigious label Orpheus (www.orpheusclassical.com)

- The repertoire for the recording projects is totally FREE. It is only necessary to send 1 repertoire proposal in the application form. Applicants can choose the styles, pieces, and composers that best describe their artistic personality.

- The total duration of the programs proposed for the recording projects should last between 25 and 75 minutes. Each applicant should propose one or various repertoire proposals.

- Pianists should 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 20 June 2022.

- The Winners' recitals at Carnegie Hall (First Category), for all groups (Junior, Young Artist, Advanced, Virtuoso, Professional, Chamber Music)  will take place on Friday, 22 July 2022. 

- The recording of the CD album (Second Category), released by Orpheus classical, will have place between November 2022 and December 2023.

- International Jury: every single application will be evaluated by the jury through the video materials presented by each participant. A panel of international judges 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 

Manhattan Intenational Music Competiton, Winners' concert
Manhattan Intenational Music Competiton, CD Orpheus Classical
Manhattan Intenational Music Competiton, Winners' concert Carngie Hall
Manhattan Intenational Music Competiton, Honorary president Ivo Pogorelichand Emauel Rimoldi
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Manhattan Intenational Music Competiton, Tamara Banjesevi
Alexia Mouza, Carnegie Hall
Manhattan Intenational Music Competiton, Tamara Banjesevic
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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. It is guaranteed that at least 12 musicians will be invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Statement about COVID-19 and for Ukranian musicians:

If any winner is not able to travel to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall due to Covid-19, he/she will receive the prize anyway. In the unlikely event that Carnegie Hall is closed by thie 22nd of July 2022 due to a new Covid-19 outbreak, the concert will be rescheduled. It is GUARANTEED that the winners’ concert will happen at Carnegie Hall.  Ukranian musicians who apply in March or April 2022 will not have to submit the application fee.

Awards' publication: 20 June 2022

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