String Competition

Cremona International Competition for Strings, 2021

WINNERS OF THE 2021 CREMONA COMPETITION FOR STRINGS

Debut Category

  1. Jilun Wang, cello
  2. Hannah Jeong, cello
    Ryan Zheng, violin
  3. Joseph Harkins, violin

Honorable Mention: Serafina Luk, violin
Ava Zhang, violin

Junior Category

  1. Andraya Levy Schwartz, cello
  2. Claire Hui, violin
    Emmy Yang, violin
  3. Alice Song, violin

Honorable Mention: Pauline Jeong, violin

Intermediate Category

  1. Ana Isabella Espana, violin
    Aiden Yu, violin
  1. Feiyang Sun, violin

 

July 17 – July 18, 2021

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This year’s Competition will be conducted in a live-recorded format.  Competitors will record their program in “one take” – exactly like a live performance in Cremona. Recordings will be played on the Zoom platform in the presence of the jury, who in real-time, will evaluate performances. All rounds of the Competition, except the Preliminary Round, will be open to the audience. The Academy adjusted the repertoire to allow all competitors to participate, especially those who were unable to work with pianists.

 

I. ELIGIBILITY

The Competition is open to violinists, violists, and cellists participating in the 2021 Cremona International Music Academy. While students of the Academy are eligible and welcome to enter, participation in the Competition is not mandatory.

In order to participate in the Cremona International Competition for Strings, participants must include the following material in their application:

Completed Application Form
Document showing proof of age
Recent photograph
A digital video recording for Preliminary Round:  Two contrasting works of own choice (approx. 10 minutes long)
Non-refundable application fee of $100

Application material must be received no later than May 31, 2021.

Please note: Recordings for the Final Rounds (Rounds I and II) must be received no later than July 14, 2021

Performances in all Categories should be digitally recorded in “one take” with no editing.  Separate recordings are required for each of the rounds. All works, with the exception of sonatas, are expected to be performed by memory.

Piano accompaniment is not required.
Participants must upload and submit link to their recordings. CD/DVD recordings will not be accepted.

 

II. RULES

Strings Competition 2018

The participants will be assigned by age into four age categories (age as of July 1, 2021):

Debut Category – 10 years old and under
Junior Category – 11 to 13 years old
Intermediate Category – 14 to 18 years old
Senior Category – 19 years old and above

DEBUT CATEGORY
Preliminary Round: A program not exceeding 10 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to the Final Round.
Final Round: Mini-recital of approx. 15 minutes long.

JUNIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: A program not exceeding 10 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to the Final Round.
Final Round: Recital of approx. 20 minutes long.

INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY
Preliminary Round: A program not exceeding 15 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to Rounds One and Two.
Round One: Mini-Recital (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).
Round Two: Recital (not exceeding 25 minutes in length).

SENIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round:
A program not exceeding 15 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to Rounds One and Two.
Round One: First Recital (not exceeding 20 minutes in length).
Round Two: Second Recital (not exceeding 30 minutes in length).

COMPETITION DETAILS

  • Proposed repertoire for all rounds must be approved by the Competition Committee.
  • Participants in the Debut and Junior Categories are expected to perform in the Final Round, once they have advanced from the Preliminary Round.
  • Participants in the Intermediate and Senior Categories are expected to perform in both Rounds, Rounds One and Two, once they have advanced from the Preliminary Round.
  • Works from the Preliminary Round can be repeated in other Rounds.
  • Works from Round One may not be repeated in Round Two.
  • All works, except for sonatas, must be performed from memory.
  • Participants who have won first prize in previous competitions may NOT compete again in the same age category.
  • All rounds of the Competition will be adjudicated by a jury panel.
  • The jury has the right to award shared prizes.
  • The decision of the jury is final and will not be reviewed.
  • All rounds of the Competition, except for the Preliminary Round, are open to the audience.
  • The Academy reserves the right to cancel the Competition for a category where less than five candidates are selected to advance from the Preliminary Round.

 

III. REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Strings Competition 2018

DEBUT CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: Performance of two contrasting works or part of the works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 10 minutes in length).
Final Round: Mini-recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).

JUNIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round:
Performance of two contrasting works or part of the works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 10 minutes in length).
Final Round:  Mini-recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 20 minutes in length) consisting of:

  1. Two contrasting movements from a Baroque or Classical Sonata
    Sonatas can be replaced with a movement from preferably a Baroque or Classical Concerto
  2. One etude or caprice of the participant’s choice
  3. A work or group of works of the participant’s choice
  • One of the works performed in the Final Round should be a work written by an Italian composer.
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at the participant’s discretion.

INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: Performance of selected contrasting works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).
Round One: First mini-recital program of the participant’s choice consisting of:

  1. One etude or caprice of the candidate’s choice;
  2. Violinists: Two contrasting movements from a solo Sonata or Partita by J.S. Bach or two contrasting movements from the Telemann Fantasia for solo violin
    Violists and Cellists: Two contrasting movements from a Cello Suite by J.S. Bach or two contrasting movements from a solo Baroque Sonata

Round Two: Second mini-recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 25 minutes in length) consisting of:

  1. One movement from a Classical Sonata
    Sonatas can be replaced with a movement from preferably a Baroque or Classical Concerto (with a Cadenza wherever appropriate)
  2. A work written by an Italian composer
  3. A work or a group of works of the participant’s choice, including a virtuoso piece
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at the participant’s discretion.

SENIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: Performance of selected contrasting works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).
Round One: First recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 20 minutes in length) consisting of:

  1. One virtuoso etude or caprice of the participant’s choice
  2. Violinists: Two contrasting movements from a solo Sonata or Partita by J.S. Bach or Chaconne from Partita No. 2
    Violists and Cellists: Two contrasting movements from a Cello Suite by J. S. Bach (one of the movements should be a Prelude)

Round Two: Second recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 30 minutes in length) consisting of:

  1. Two movements from a Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century Sonata
    Sonatas can be replaced with a movement from a Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century Concerto (with a Cadenza wherever appropriate)
  2. A work written by an Italian composer
  3. A work or a group of works of the candidate’s choice, including a virtuoso piece
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at the participant’s discretion.

 

IV. JURY

The competition jury consists of renowned international artists and pedagogues.

 

V. PRIZES

1st Prize Winners:

  • Solo performance with Cremona Festival Orchestra in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • Solo Performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • 30% Tuition Scholarship for participation in 2022 Cremona International Music Academy

2nd Prize Winners:

  • Performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • 20% Tuition Scholarship for participation in 2022 Cremona International Music Academy

3rd Prize Winners:

  • Performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • 15% Tuition Scholarship for participation in 2022 Cremona International Music Academy

 

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