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Tel: +33(6)03035409 (France)

2nd

PIANO-STRINGS-WINDS

COMPOSITION

VIDEO SELECTION FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS (NO TRAVEL REQUIRED)

WINNING ARTIST RECEIVES CASH PRIZE AND ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE & ALL EXPENSES TO PERFORM IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

WINNING COMPOSER RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE, A COMMISSION & PERFORMANCES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AND NEW YORK

 
About the Competition

 

 

The 2nd Zodiac International Music Competition aims to discover exceptional musical talent, both in performance and composition, from across the globe, and bring it to the stage of the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the beautiful South of France.

The competition invites artists from all parts of the world to participate via video submission (or score submission for composers).  Winning soloist will receive a cash prize and roundtrip airfare and accommodations to give a solo and chamber music recital on the French Riviera.

 

The winning composer will be offered a commission to write for the internationally-recognized Zodiac Trio (founders of the Festival), or its individual members, as well as a cash prize.  The work will be performed in New York at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, as well as at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France in July.

The lack of need to travel makes this opportunity available to artists who might not otherwise have the ability to compete, and opens it to a much wider array of musicians across the globe.

PRIZES (SOLOIST)

1st Prize:

$500 Cash Prize

Recital (repertoire to be discussed on an individual case basis) at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in July of 2020

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Roundtrip airfare to Nice, France from anywhere in the world, hotel accommodations, local transportation and meals

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Audio/Video recording of the performance

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Diploma & Trophy

2nd Prize

$250 Cash Prize

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Diploma

3nd Place:

Diploma

Prizes (Composition)

1st Prize:

$500 Cash Prize

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Commission to write a work (up to 10 min) for the Zodiac Trio or its individual members in any combination

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World Premiere performance at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in France in July of 2021

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Meals and Accommodations at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival (for composers wishing to attend the performance)

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Performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York in the Fall of 2020

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Audio/Video recording of the performance

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Diploma

2nd Prize

$250 Cash Prize

3nd Place:

Diploma

 
REGULATIONS:

Eligibility:

The competition is open to artists of any nationality, without age limit,  in the following categories:

SOLOIST (following instruments):

PIANO

STRINGS

(Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

WINDS

(Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon)

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COMPOSITION

Application Process:

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application, along with a short biography (250 word maximum) and a minimum of two (2) contrasting video samples, with a total viewing time not to exceed 30 minutes.  Videos should be unedited, and offer a single continuous shot.  Videos should be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or any other online video hosting service, and links sent as part of the application.

Composition applicants are asked to submit two (2) scores in PDF format, along with links to a SoundCloud recording (midi is acceptable).

Selection Process:

The submissions will be judged in two rounds: preliminary and final, and will use a points-based system. 10 soloist and 10 composer finalists will be selected and published on the competition website by April 1st, 2020. Final winners will be announced on April 15th, 2020 via email and will posted on the competition website.    

Application Deadline & Entrance Fee:*

Application deadline is March 15th, 2020. The non-refundable application fee is $55 USD (50 Euros).  

Early bird deadline is January 15th, 2020. The Early Bird application fee is $35 USD (40 Euros)

 

January  15, 2020 - $35 USD (40 Euro) Early Bird

March 15, 2020 - $55 USD (60 Euro)

FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED by April 1st, 2020

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED by April 15th, 2020

 

You will be taken to a PayPal checkout page at the end of the online application, after you click "submit". 

Winner's Recital:

​​​The winning soloist will give a recital at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival 8th season, which will take place from July 2-15, 2020.  Exact date of the recital will be discussed with the winner.  The festival will provide the winning soloist with a collaborative pianist (if needed). The recital will include chamber music selections in collaboration with the festival's faculty and possibly students.  Specific repertoire will be mutually agreed upon between the festival and the winner no later than June 1st. The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival is invited to perform at various venues on the Côte D'Azur. The exact venue for the winning recital will be specified at a later date.

The winning recital will be broadcast live on Facebook, and posted on the website.

Winning Composer's Commission. 

The winning composer will be invited to write a work (up to 10 minutes) for the Zodiac Trio, or its members. The work will receive its North American premiere at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York during the 2020-21 season (exact date TBA), and will receive its European premiere in France at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in July of 2021, allowing the composer sufficient time to complete the work. The festival will not provide airfare for the winning composer, however, should the composer choose to attend the performance, the festival will provide meals and accommodations during the duration of the composer's stay (maximum 3 days).

Once completed, the winning piece will be published on the website in PDF format, along with the videos of the performances.

Cello and Double Bass Applicants:

Should a cello or double bass applicant be chosen as soloist, the competition will offer a professional-grade instrument rental of the highest quality for the performance, free of charge. The competition will not cover airfare or transportation cost for the instrument.  Winning soloist is welcome to bring their own instrument at their expense.

*Application fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the Zodiac International Music Competition.

 
 

JURY

Vanessa Mollard,

violin

Zodiac Trio

Francis Kefford,

viola

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Ariel Barnes,

cello

Nürnberger Symphoniker

Principal Solo Cello

Joel Diegert,

Saxophone

Five Sax

Vincent Tizon

oboe

Cannes Orchestra

Principal Oboe

Sergio Pallottelli

flute

Longy School of Music

Kliment Krylovskiy

clarinet

Zodiac Trio

Bryan Young

bassoon

 

Poulenc Trio

 

Riko Higuma,

 piano

 

Zodiac Trio

Manhattan School of Music

Andrew List,

composer

 

Berklee College of Music

Ofer Ben-Amots

 

Colorado College