From 19 to 28 February 2018 the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will be the venue of the triennial international competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” for the tenth time. Since it was initiated in 1989, the Chamber Music Competition has brought young musicians from all over the world to Graz. And our university will present a multi-day festival of chamber music to its audience – with free admission.
For the year 2018, 341 young musicians from 56 nations have been accredited for participation. 92 duos for voice and piano, 35 trios for piano, violin and violoncello and 13 string quartets will be presented to an international, high-caliber jury of experts in three (piano trio, string quartet) and four (Lied-Duo) public rounds of evaluation. Alongside numerous stars, also Kammersängerin Angelika Kirchschlager (Austria), Vincent Coq from Trio Wanderer (France), Thomas Selditz as a former member of the Gaede Trio (Germany), Isabel Charisius as a former member of the Alban Berg Quartet (Switzerland) or Vladimir Balshin from the Borodin Quartet (Russia) will partake in this jury. All this substantiates the reputation of one of the most acclaimed Austrian music competitions.
Rector Freismuth: “To support the young musicians beyond the competition“
Since 1990, the Chamber Music Competition – with around € 100,000 prize money one of the competitions with the highest-paying award – has been a crucial part of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. In addition to the prize money, the award-winning ensembles will receive career counselling for six months this year. “For us, the bottom line is to support the young musicians a short way beyond the competition,” emphasises Rector Elisabeth Freismuth. So, in the subsequent years, the winners can also be heard at the Chamber Music concert “! Ausgezeichnet_PLUS!” as part of the main subscription of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In addition, a CD will be produced presenting the musical highlights of the competition for a future feast for the ears.
Franz Schubert and a focus on the music of the present
“Franz Schubert and Modern Music” is not a competition like any other. Right from the start, it was about bringing Schubert’s chamber music into relation with both new and the latest works for the corresponding lineup. With the composition competitions as well as commissioned works the expansion of the chamber music repertoire gets actively promoted. In the first round of the competition, in the category Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied), the winning piece of the international composition competition – namely Sehyung (Sergej) Kim: Den gelben Astern ein Lied (A Song to the Yellow Asters) – is to be interpreted. This very piece was especially announced for this competition for the first time this year.
Also new is the exciting task for the Duos Voice & Piano to premiere a song in the finale: a composition especially commissioned for this part by Isabel Mundry will be made known immediately after the semifinal and entrusted to the finalists for rehearsals.
In the second round of the competition category Piano Trio the award-winning work “Stück 2 (2017)” by the composer Jungjik Kim (South Korea) will be premiered.
Trio Atanassov (winner 2015) at the subscription concert ! Ausgezeichnet ! [c] Johannes Gellner