Details about the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions will be announced in January.
“Young Concert Artists’ track record for spotting the best new talent in classical music is legendary.”
“Young Concert Artists is an organization with a rare combination of wisdom and humanity,
and innovative ideas about making careers.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
Young Concert Artists, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and developing the careers of extraordinary musicians from all over the world.
Winners of the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions are selected by a Jury of distinguished musicians. The criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, individuality, projection as a performer, and promise. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence – not each other, and there can be any number of Winners.
First Prize Winners of the Final Auditions in New York are presented in debut recitals in New York and Washington, D.C. Winners become members of the management roster of Young Concert Artists, which provides concert engagements, publicity, promotional materials and career guidance. The value of the First Prize is approximately US $75,000 per year.
THE AUDITIONS SCHEDULE
Preliminary Auditions will be held on selected weekdays during the second half of September in New York City. Applicants may also submit a CD recording for the Preliminary round. Semi-Final Auditions must be performed in person in New York City before the Jury. The Semi-Finals will take place during the first two weeks in November on selected days at Merkin Concert Hall. Final Auditions must be performed in person in New York City before the Jury and an invited audience on Saturday, November 11 at Merkin Concert Hall. All rounds of the Auditions take place in the daytime. Preliminary and Semi-Final Auditions last approximately 15 minutes; Final Auditions last approximately 20 minutes.
The Winners Concert will take place on the Monday evening following the auditions weekend of Monday, November 13 in New York City. Winners are expected to perform in this special concert, unless committed to a previous engagement.
RULES & PROCEDURES
1. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants at the very beginning of a musical career, who offer repertoire within the categories listed, provide two appropriate letters of recommendation, and are not under North American management (except singers – see “Exceptions” below) are eligible to apply. Winners must be available to perform concert engagements in the United States for a minimum of six weeks (two three-week periods) between September and May of each U.S. concert season. Using these criteria, Young Concert Artists reserves the right to accept or reject applications.
Age limits: At the time of applying, musicians must be 16 to 26 years old (for instrumentalists), or 20 to 28 years old (for singers). For ensembles, the average age of the members must be 26 or less.
Musicians who have applied in previous years may re-apply with new repertoire and will be heard again at the discretion of Young Concert Artists. If you have applied since 2013, you do not need to submit letters of recommendation, as recent applications are kept on file.
Artists already under management outside of North America: Please submit a letter from your management to Young Concert Artists with the following statement: “In the interest of developing a career in the United States for (artist’s name), I hereby give permission and approval for (artist’s name) to enter the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and agree, without reservation, that should (artist’s name) be selected as a winner of the Auditions, he/she may be represented by Young Concert Artists on an exclusive basis for all engagements in North America for a period of three years; that I will make available to Young Concert Artists a minimum of two three-week periods between September and May of each season in his/her schedule for North American engagements; and that I will take no commission on engagements booked by Young Concert Artists.”
A) SINGERS already under management who wish to perform recitals through Young Concert Artists will be accepted for the Auditions if, in addition to letters of recommendation, the application is accompanied by a letter from the management to Young Concert Artists with the following statement: “In the interests of developing a new public for song recitals and in creating new opportunities for young singers to perform concert repertoire, I hereby give permission and approval for (singer’s name) to enter the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and agree, without reservation, that should (singer’s name) be selected as a winner of the Auditions, he/she may be represented by Young Concert Artists on an exclusive basis for recital engagements for a period of three years.”
B) ARTISTS IN INSTRUMENTAL/ENSEMBLE CATEGORIES NOT LISTED: Young Concert Artists encourages instruments and ensembles not listed to apply to audition, and will determine the eligibility of each application at the sole discretion of Young Concert Artists. Those who feel strongly that they are ready to begin important careers, and wish to be heard this year, are advised to send a resume and proposed audition repertoire to email@example.com.
2. APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Fill out and submit the application form, along with two letters of recommendation and the application fee via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via regular mail to Auditions Coordinator, Young Concert Artists, Inc., 1776 Broadway, Suite 1500, New York, New York 10019, U.S.A. Ensembles: Please list names, ages, birthdates, and citizenship on additional page.
3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Send two letters of recommendation from professional musicians specifically describing your potential for a concert career. Recommenders can send their letters directly to email@example.com
4. THE APPLICATION FEE: The early application fee (before August 15) is $65. The final application fee is $85. Once your application is accepted, this fee is non-refundable.
The fee may be paid in one of the following forms: at http://www.yca.org/auditions/new-york/application-fee/; via a bank check drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars; by enclosing U.S. dollars; or by VISA, MASTERCARD, or American Express. No other form of payment can be accepted.
5. RECORDINGS: CD’s may be submitted as Preliminary Auditions instead of a live audition. Recordings from live performances or commercial recordings are acceptable. You may not submit your recordings online. They must be mailed to our office.
The repertoire on your CD may be different from what you plan to perform live in the Semi-Final and Final rounds, if you are passed to those rounds. Write your CD repertoire on your CD. Write your repertoire for the live rounds on your application (see REPERTOIRE).
Please put each movement of longer works on a separate track. Write your name, repertoire, and other performers’ names (including accompanists) on the CD case and on the CD itself.
It is very important for you to listen to your CD before mailing it, to be sure it provides a good audition, as poor sound hampers judgment of your performance. CD applicants who are passed to the Semi-Final Auditions must come to New York to be heard by the Jury.
NOT ACCEPTED: DVDs, links to online media, audio-cassette tapes, DAT tapes, and video-cassettes.
THE REQUIRED RECORDED REPERTOIRE IS:
A) INSTRUMENTALISTS: Three COMPLETE contrasting works of concerto or recital repertoire.
B) VOICE: Two (or more) songs in each of two different languages, plus one aria.
The deadline for the 2017 auditions has passed.
7. PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR TRAVEL, HOUSING and other expenses related to the New York Auditions.
8. ACCOMPANISTS: Artists must provide their own accompanist, and page-turner, if needed. For a list of recommended accompanists in New York, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The repertoire you list on the application (including the concerto) will be the repertoire from which you will asked to perform during all rounds. Applicants must be prepared to perform complete works. Any repertoire change must be approved in advance. Applicants reapplying must choose new repertoire. The Jury will request to hear short sections chosen from the repertoire you have listed. Applicants are advised to carefully select repertoire to display to best advantage the full range of their abilities.
MEMORIZATION: Concertos and solo repertoire on all instruments must be performed by memory. Scores may be used only in sonatas with accompaniment and contemporary works.
PIANO a) A suite, partita, or other large-scale work of J.S. Bach (Bach-Busoni transcriptions are not acceptable); b) A sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert; c) A Romantic recital work at least 15 minutes in length (Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt, etc., Chopin Ballades and Scherzos do not fit this category); d) A recital work written after 1920 (not including Ravel); e) One additional recital work of your choice
VIOLIN a) One complete unaccompanied work of J.S. Bach; b) A Beethoven, Schubert or Mozart Sonata or other Classical recital work; c) A Schumann, Franck, Brahms, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel or other Romantic sonata; d) A recital work written after 1920 (not including Ravel); e) One major concerto
CELLO a) One complete unaccompanied work of J.S. Bach; b) One Classical recital work; c) One major Romantic recital work (Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninov, etc.); d) a recital work written after 1920; e) One major concerto.
VOICE a) Three groups of 4 songs, with each group in a different language – a total of 12 songs (for example, 4 songs in English, 4 songs in German, and 4 songs in French – the songs within each group do not necessarily have to be by the same composer or related in any way other than language); b) One operatic aria; c) If one of the song groups or the aria is not in English, please add one work in English. All songs in English must be originally written in English.
GUITAR a) A work of J.S. Bach (adaptations from the lute suites or arrangements by Segovia); b) A major piece or group of pieces from the Spanish literature; c) A 20th-century work of your choice; d) 2 additional contrasting works of your choice.
HORN a) One unaccompanied 20th-century work; b) Two contrasting recital works of your choice; c) One concerto by Mozart, Haydn or Telemann; d) One 19th or 20th-century concerto
TRUMPET a) One baroque work; b) one major French modernist work (Jolivet, Tomasi, Enesco, Françaix, etc.); c) Two additional recital works of your choice; d) One classical concerto
STRING QUARTET a) One Classical quartet; b) One Romantic quartet; c) One quartet written after 1920; d) Two additional works of your choice
PIANO TRIO a) One Classical trio; b) One Romantic trio; c) One trio written after 1920; d) Two additional works of your choice.
WOODWIND QUINTET a) Two pieces of 20th-century literature; b) One classical or romantic work; c) One contemporary work written after 1970; d) One additional piece of your choice
BRASS QUINTET a) One Baroque work; b) One Romantic work; c) Two 20th-century works; d) One additional work of your choice
For additional information, contact:
Erol Gurol, Auditions Coordinator
Young Concert Artists, Inc.
1776 Broadway, Suite 1500
New York, New York 10019
Telephone: (212) 307-6656