Festival Information

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“International Musicians” Academy

Artistic Director: Ovidiu Marinescu

The 2018 edition is open in 5 categories: 

1. Piano 

– solo with orchestra 

– chamber music/solo recital 

Participants may choose to do one week “solo with orchestra” and one week “chamber music/solo recital.”  See application form.

 2.  Strings. Students may opt for one of two categories: 

– solo with orchestra 

– chamber music/orchestral 

Participants may choose to do one week “solo with orchestra” and one week “chamber music/solo recital.”  See application form.

 3. Orchestral Conducting (limited to 4 apprentice conductors).

 4. Composition: up to four resident composers: two with the orchestra, and two with chamber ensembles. 

 5. Soloist – other orchestral instruments

Each participant in the “Solo with Orchestra” category will receive 4 rehearsals/week with the orchestra and a minimum of one public performance of at least one movement of a concerto. Depending on the repertory selected, each rehearsal will be between 15-30 minutes. In addition, the soloists will have 2-3 rehearsals with the conductor and/or piano as necessary.  Private lessons and masterclasses will be offered by the principal players of Vidin Sinfonietta. Each faculty will design the masterclass schedule to benefit each student.

Participants in the “Solo with Orchestra” category must have two works prepared, one from the Classical/Early Romantic/Baroque repertory (such as Mozart, Haydn, Stamitz, Boccherini, Schumann, Beethoven, JS Bach, CPE Bach, etc.) and one from the Romantic/20th century repertory (Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Ravel).  The soloists will collaborate with experienced apprentice conductors.  Availability of orchestral parts is vital, please check with the festival if you have any concerns.  Some works require a high rental fee from the publisher which will be the responsibility of the soloist.

Note: If only one work with orchestra is prepared, students will participate in the solo/chamber music category for the second week.

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Each participant in the “Chamber Music” category will receive 4 rehearsals/week with a chamber group containing a minimum of 2 professional players and one public performance of at least one movement from the standard repertory.  Each rehearsal will be 2 hours. String players also play in the orchestra during the morning rehearsals and “International Musicians” Student Concerts. Pianists and string players also participate in daily masterclasses for additional performance opportunities and to benefit from feedback from the faculty and peers. Each faculty will design the masterclass schedule to benefit each student and may include private lessons (schedule permitting).

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Apprentice Conductors will work with the orchestra daily and accompany 2-4 works each week.  The rehearsals will benefit from “on the spot” feedback from the conducting faculty. Follow up meetings with the will provide additional feedback conducting technique, rehearsal strategies, score analysis, listening skills, etc.

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Each week the festival will also select one apprentice resident composer in the chamber music category. Composers receive 4 rehearsals of minimum 60 minutes and one public performance.   Lessons are offered for the full two weeks.  For an additional fee, the festival can arrange for professional level recording or the rehearsals and concert. 

Composition: Each week the festival will select a resident apprentice composer in the orchestral category. Composers receive 4 rehearsals of 20-30 minutes and one public performance.  Lessons are offered for the duration of the festival.  For an additional fee, the festival can arrange for professional level recording or the rehearsals and concert. 

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The cost for the course, including room and breakfast is $2500 + $50 application fee.