2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition enters new era with star jury and prestigious prizes

2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition enters new era with star jury and prestigious prizes

For the first time, MICMC will be delivered by Musica Viva Australia in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music.

Call for competitors is now open.

Held every four years, MICMC is one of the most prestigious events of its kind and is considered one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads. The competition is open to string quartets and piano trios of all nationalities whose members are under the age of 35 on 1 July 2018.

For the first time, MICMC will be delivered by Musica Viva Australia in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music, all thanks to a major grant from Creative Victoria and additional support from The University of Melbourne, the Robert Salzer Foundation and Tom Bruce AM & Beth Brown.

“What makes the 2018 competition exciting is that it’s the first time three of the country’s finest arts organisations have come together to ensure Melbourne’s jewel is polished and shining for the whole world to see,” says Wilma Smith, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. “With Musica Viva Australia at the helm and the collaborative impact of ANAM’s educational entrepreneurship and MRC’s global reach and magnificent venue, the proud tradition of MICMC will be enhanced and carried long into the future with flair.”

“ANAM is delighted to partner with Musica Viva Australia and Melbourne Recital Centre,” says Nick Deutsch, Artistic Director of ANAM. “The commitment of Musica Viva and Creative Victoria to ensuring that the competition has an impact beyond its traditional border – with a pendant program of extensive workshop and training activities – will ensure that the country’s most exceptional young musicians will benefit from the renowned jurors.”

Melbourne Recital Centre CEO Euan Murdoch adds: “We are proud to provide a platform for the next generation of brilliant musicians to showcase their talents in the inspiring surrounds of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Several of the Australian ensembles we present have taken part in MICMC and continue to thrive, a testament to the vital role that competitions play in perpetuating the art of chamber music performance – locally and globally.”

Entries can be submitted via Musica Viva Australia’s official application partner, between 6 March and 29 September 2017.

For further information, please visit https://musicaviva.com.au/competition


Key Dates

Application period Monday 6 March 2017 - Friday 29 September 2017

Competition Sunday 1 to Sunday, July 8 2018

Grand Prize Winners’ Tour November 2019

Jury

Sonia Simmenauer, agent, US/Germany
Ian Munro, pianist and composer, Australia
Simin Ganatra, violin, Pakistan/US – 1st violinist of the Pacifica Quartet
Gerhard Schulz, violin, Austria – 2nd violinist of the Alban Berg Quartet 1978 – 2008
Yura Lee, violin/viola, Korea/US – 1st violinist of Enso Quartet; soloist/chamber musician on both violin and viola
Alasdair Tait, cello, UK – Chief Executive and Artistic Director of YCAT
Kyril Zlotnikov, cello, Belarus/Israel – Jerusalem Quartet

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