We have 58 entries in solo category
The 55th year of the Concertino Praga - Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians has been jointly announced by Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music for the second time. This year, the competition will take place in two categories: solo performance and chamber ensemble. The closing date for entries in the “solo performance” competition category has now passed and the organisers are looking forward to a total of 58 competitors.
The most successful of them will be able to win valuable prizes in the form of professional recordings, performances at concerts or grants designated for further studies or the purchase of a musical instrument.
The organisers are pleased to have received entries from 58 competitors in a total of 14 countries despite the restrictions to music lessons caused by the ongoing situation associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. A total of 14 instruments will be represented. It is pleasing that players of brass and other instruments have found the courage to match their skills with so-called traditional solo instruments such as the piano or the violin. The competition is not looking for the best pianist, violinist or flautist, but for the greatest talent and the personality with the best prospects.
The members of the jury for the 1st round, clarinettist Karel Dohnal, Lithuanian pianist Justas Dvarionas, music director Markéta Tomková Janáčková, winner Concertino Praga from 1969 Japanese violinist Shizuka Ishikawa and pianist Karel Košárek, will choose 25 recordings which will proceed into the second round of the competition. The recordings that progress will then be assessed by a jury with a completely different composition in the interests of objectivity.
The competition finalists will perform for the public at the final competition concerts on 17 and 18 September as part of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival. As is now traditional, the finalists in the solo category will be accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra led by the conductor Vahan Mardirossian. They will subsequently perform at the traditional Concertino Praga South Bohemian festival organised by Czech Radio.
The deadline for the submission of entries for the chamber ensemble category is 31 March 2021.