YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
in PARIS, FRANCE
“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.
September 9, 10, and 11, 2014
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Location to be announced
SEMI-FINAL & FINAL AUDITIONS
IN NEW YORK
November 3-6, 2014 Semi-Final Round
November 8, 2014 Final Round
November 10, 2014 Prize Winners Concert
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First Prize Winners of the European Auditions are given a round-trip air ticket between a European capital City and New York City to participate in the Final Rounds of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions from November 5-10, 2014 in New York, and will be provided with private housing in New York. The winners will also be presented in the Prizewinners Concert on September 14, 2014 in Paris.
First Prize Winners of the Final Auditions in New York are presented in debut recitals in New York’s Merkin Hall, Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Winners receive a YCA management contract for three or more years, which brings concert engagements throughout the United States, publicity, promotional materials and career guidance. The value of the First Prize has been estimated at US $75,000.
THE TWO ROUNDS
Preliminary Auditions will be held during the day Tuesday through Thursday, September 9-11, 2014 in the Auditorium Marcel Landowski of the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris. Artists passed to the Finals will be announced at the end of each day of the Preliminary Auditions. Final Auditions will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 13 in the Auditorium Marcel Landowski of the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris. Preliminary Auditions last approximately 15 minutes; Final Auditions last approximately 20 minutes.
RULES & PROCEDURES
1. Eligibility: Instrumentalists must be between 16 and 26 years old (born after November 15, 1987 and before November 15, 1998). The average age of ensembles should not exceed 26. Ensembles: Please list ages, birthdates, and citizenship on additional page. Applicants who offer repertoire within the categories listed, provide two appropriate letters of recommendation, are not under U.S. management, and are prepared to begin professional concert careers in the United States, 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.
Musicians who have applied in previous years may re-apply and will be heard again at the discretion of Young Concert Artists. If you have applied since 2010, you do not need to submit letters of recommendation, as recent applications are kept on file.
Artists already under management outside of the U.S.: 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 the United States 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 U.S. engagements; and that I will take no commission on engagements booked by Young Concert Artists.”
2. APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Fill out the application form completely and submit it, 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., 250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222, New York, NY 10107, U.S.A..
3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Send two letters of recommendation in English or French from professional musicians specifically describing your potential for a concert career.
4. THE APPLICATION FEE: The application fee is US $75 and must be paid at the time of application. This fee is not refundable if you are accepted for a Preliminary Audition.
The fee may be paid in one of the following forms: online at http://www.yca.org/auditions/paris/application-fee/ ;an international money order in U.S. dollars (postal money orders are not acceptable); a bank check drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars; or by VISA, MASTERCARD, or American Express. No other form of payment can be accepted.
5. DEADLINES: The application form and letters of recommendation must be received by Monday, June 9, 2014. Applications received at a later date will be considered as the schedule allows. Applicants will be notified of their scheduled audition time by Friday, July 11, 2014.
6. PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR TRAVEL, HOUSING and other expenses related to the European Auditions.
7. ACCOMPANISTS: Artists must provide their own accompanists, and page-turner, if needed.
For a list of recommended accompanists in Paris, please contact email@example.com.
The repertoire you list on the application (including the concerto) will be the repertoire from which you will asked to perform during both rounds. Applicants must be prepared to perform complete works. Any repertoire change must be approved in advance. The Jury will request to hear sections chosen from the repertoire. 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.
a) A suite, partita, or other large-scale original 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
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
a) One work of J.S. Bach (transcriptions are acceptable); b) A major recital work of Brahms or Schumann; c) An unaccompanied 20th-century recital work (Hindemith, Reger, etc.); d) One additional recital work of your choice; e) One major concerto
a) One sonata or suite by J.S. Bach; b) One classical recital work; c) One major Romantic recital work (Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, etc.); d) One additional recital work of your choice; e) One major concerto
a) One Classical quartet; b) One Romantic quartet; c) One quartet written after 1920; d) Two additional works of your choice
a) One Classical trio; b) One Romantic trio; c) One trio written after 1920; d) Two additional works of your choice
A minimum of 70 minutes of music: a) One work of J.S. Bach; b) Three recital works in contrasting styles; c) One major concerto
A minimum of 70 minutes of music: a) Four recital works in contrasting styles; b) One major concerto
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
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
a) Two pieces of standard 20th-century literature; b) One classical or romantic work; c) One contemporary work written after 1970; d) One additional piece of your choice
a) One Baroque work; b) One Romantic work; c) Two 20th-century works; d) One additional work of your choice
YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS, INC.
Susan Wadsworth, Director
Mark Hayman, Associate Director
Jennifer DeCinque, Auditions Coordinator
250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222, New York, NY 10107
Telephone: (212) 307-6656
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris
14 rue de Madrid, 75008 PARIS
“Young Concert Artists’ track record for spotting the best new talent in classical music is legendary.”
– The New York Times
Young Concert Artists acknowledges with gratitude the kind collaboration of the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris, Xavier Delette, Director, in producing the 2014 European Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
European residents may, alternatively, enter the Young Concert Artists Preliminary Auditions in New York by sending an application with a recording to New York; it is not required that Europeans who wish to enter the Auditions be heard live in Paris.