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GGS 2019-20 Concerto Competition

GGS 2019-20 Concerto Competition
Winners of The GGS Concerto Competition will receive a performance date with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the 2020-21 concert season and the Tom Thomas Award, an annual prize for students who demonstrate exceptional potential for a solo career in classical music.
 

Eligibility:

  • The competition is open to all instruments and voice types. 
  • Open to Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) and Artist Diploma students in full-time studies during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Past winners of the competition are not eligible to compete, unless they had previously won as a member of an ensemble.


Important Dates:

Application deadline: Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5 pm
Preliminary Round: Monday, January 27, 2020, beginning at 9 am – Mazzoleni Hall
Final Round: Wednesday, January 29, 2020, beginning at 10 am – Koerner Hall
 


Regulations:

  • Participants cannot participate in the competition with repertoire submitted by them in previous years.
  • Competitors must be in good academic standing to compete. A student on Academic Probation is not eligible to compete.
  • Participants cannot participate in the competition with winning repertoire from the previous two years:
    • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35
    • Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
    • Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313
    • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, op. 102
    • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
    • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 107
    • Keiko Abe: Prism Rhapsody
    • Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77
  • Participants may not compete in two different concerti.
    • Ex. You cannot participate in two entries for solo instrument ( Brahms piano concerto and Tchaikovsky piano concerto)  and similarly cannot participate in one solo concerto and one concerto for multiple instruments ( Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello and Lalo Cello Concerto)


General

  • All performances, except concerti with two or more musicians, must be from memory (certain contemporary concerti may also be exempt – please see the Dean for more information).
  • The Glenn Gould School will subsidize collaborative pianist expenses up to $50 per competitor, per round.
  • Performers must make arrangements for their own collaborative pianist, warm-up space, and page turner. 
  • Participants must have approval from their private instructor to enter the competition.
    • Please note that instructors will be automatically notified of completed online entries.
  • Please note that instructors will be automatically notified of completed online entries.
  • Vocalists must perform works that are complete and original concert works for voice and orchestra – Opera arias, selections from larger pieces, and works for choir are not eligible.


Preliminary Round

  • Participants will be allotted a maximum of 12 minutes.
  • The participant shall prepare the entire concerto, but shall select and present representative sections of the concerto totaling 11 - 12 minutes for performance in this round.
  • Participants must provide two copies of their music to the panel, indicating the specific sections planned to be performed.
  • Please note that the jury may request to hear any part of the work not included in the above and may ask you to stop and start at their discretion.


Final Round

  • Participants shall perform the concerto in its entirety.
  • Participants must provide two copies of their music to the panel, indicating the specific sections planned to be performed.

Please click here for the submission application