The elite of the young chamber music scene will gather in the city of Graz in February 2015. For the 9th time, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will be the stage for the international competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music”. Some 392 musicians from 48 countries will provide for a thrilling contest in the categories of Lied, Piano Trio and String Quartet.
9th International Chamber Music Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music”
Altogether 392 musicians from 48 nations have handed in their applications. As a result, from February 4th till 12th 2015, 95 duos for voice and piano, 38 trios for piano, violin and violoncello and 22 string quartets will be presenting themselves to the illustrious international jury in three evaluation rounds before the public.
One characteristic of this competition which, with total prize money of 100,000 euros, counts among the most generous music prizes, is the breadth of the required repertoire. It stretches from works by Schubert to contemporary compositions. In addition, in the final round of the category Piano Trio, the prize-winning works of the winning composers in the international composition competition of 2014, Juan de Dios Magdaleno (Mexico) and Ayaz Gambarli (Azerbaijan), will be world premieres.
Since it was founded in 1989 by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and subsequently in a three-year rhythm, the International Chamber Music Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” has been offering young musicians from all over the world the valuable chance to assess their skills in an international context and gain attention through participation in one of Austria’s most avidly followed music competitions. Since 1990, the chamber music competition has been a member of the “World Federation of International Music Competitions”, following the objective of promoting young musicians in particular and providing them with support during the first steps of their careers.
The competition is endowed with illustrious international jurors:
The jury for the category Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied) in 2015, under the chair of Daniel Fueter (Switzerland), will consist of: Peter Hagmann from the NZZ – newspaper (Switzerland), Rudolf Jansen (pianist/The Netherlands), Francois Le Roux (singer/France), Hanno Mueller-Brachmann (singer/Germany), Christiane Oelze (singer/Germany), Jan Philip Schulze (pianist/Germany) and Christine Whittlesey (singer/USA). For the category Piano Trio under the chair of Oswald Beaujean (Bayrischer Rundfunk), the jury will consist of: Roman Borys of the Gryphon Trio (Canada), Enrico Bronzi of the Trio di Parma (Italy), Chia Chou, former member of the Trio Parnassus (Canada), Mary Dullea of The Fidelio Trio (Ireland), journalist Carsten Duerer from Germany as well as Eckart Heiligers (Trio Jean Paul) and Esther Hoppe (Tecchler Trio), both from Switzerland. And in the category String Quartet, Alja Batthyány-Végh chairs jurors Vladimir Balshin of the Borodin Quartet (Russia), cellist and conductor Christophe Coin of the Quatuor Mosaique (France), conductor and chamber musician Arvid Engegard (Norway), Stephan Goerner of the Carmina Quartett (Switzerland), Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet (Japan), Vera Martínez of the Cuarteto Casals (Spain) and violinist Jagdish Mistry of the Ensemble Modern. For more information about the jury members please feel free to go to http://schubert.kug.ac.at/jury/?lang=en.
Alongside the distinguished international vibrancy of the jury, the significance and quality of the Graz competition are also significance and quality of the Graz competition are also shown by the successes of former prize-winners. Following their triumph in Graz and now long established on the greatest stages, the many times lauded Jerusalem Quartet (1st prize in Graz in 1997) is among the laureates who also include Trio Atos (1st prize in 2006), Trio Image (audience prize in 2006), who recently won the ‘Echo Klassik Prize’ for the world premiere performance of all of Mauricio Kagel’s piano trios, and the tenor Bernhard Berchtold, prize-winner in 2000, who can now be heard regularly at La Scala in Milan as well as the Bavarian State Opera, Salzburg Festival and styriarte. “Allow yourselves the indulgence of experiencing early-stage, successful performances by the chamber music stars of tomorrow – a rare opportunity this competition affords both you and us”, said the Vice-rector of Art, Elisabeth von Magnus, Chair of the Executive Committee.
All Rounds open to the Public
On February 4th 2015, the competition commences with candidates for the category ‘Lied’. This is followed by the categories of Piano Trio and String Quartet on February 5th and 6th. The prize-winners will be announced on February 10th in the MUMUTH building. At the gala concert with award ceremony on February 12th 2015 in the Stefaniensaal hall (Grazer Congress), the audience itself becomes the jury and decides on the awarding of the audience prize.
All three competition rounds in the categories ‘Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)’, ‘Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello’ and ‘String Quartet’ are open to the public, free of charge. Starting with the second round, the ensembles’ performances can also be enjoyed via live-streaming on schubert.kug.ac.at – made possible through a collaboration with the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the KUG and the ORF. In parallel with this, The Schubidu Quartet multimedia agency will provide accompaniment to the competition interactively with photos, videos, interviews and background stories.
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