The 2017 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, sponsored by the Musicians Club of New York, will be held April 21-23, 2017. The competition, which cycles annually through strings, piano, winds/brass and voice, will be a strings competition this year, open to violin, viola, cello and bass players aged 18 to 35. The Finals Concert will be held on Sunday, April 23, 4:00 PM, at Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House, New York City. The Awards Ceremony will be presented at the Musicians Club of New York's Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 13, 6:00 PM, at Victor Borge Hall. All Finalist and Gala performances will be videotaped and a copy provided to the artists.
Requirements include three rounds of 15 minutes each of solo recital repertoire, which must be approved in advance, and a letter of recommendation from a school or teacher. In lieu of a letter of recommendation, prize winners of any major open competition may also be accepted.
Application Fee: $65 - You can pay by mailing in a check (address on application) or with your credit card on Square Market using this link. You can also fill out your credit card information on the application form. A maximum of 48 competitors will be accepted. Anyone who applies and is not accepted will have their application fee refunded.
Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017
Prizes: $3,000 / $2,000 / $1,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd awards plus a recital on the Musicans Club of New York's Concert Series the following season, including two $300 performance fees for each winner and accompanist.
If the Finals Concert is filmed, it will appear on Manhattan Public Access cable television, after which the Musicians Club of New York will get a copy with full rights. Excerpts from the Finals Concert will be put on the Musicians Club of New York's website through YouTube; in addition to the YouTube links, all Finalists will have access to a copy of their performance for their own unrestricted promotional use.
All participants may request their cumulative scores in Artistry and Virtuosity and any judges' comments.
All participants not reaching the Finals will be guaranteed a seat at the Finals, if they wish to attend. The Finals are free and open to the public, but require an RSVP. If you need further assistance, you may contact Brian Hunter, President, at email@example.com or +917-331-0202.
Announcing the 2017 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards
Next year's competition will be for piano and will be held in April, 2018, Application Form and dates to be announced.
The Musicians Club of New York actively promotes worldwide orchestral performances of contemporary composers. In 1979, the Koussevitzky Foundation chose the Musicians Club of New York to administer the American International Music Fund, Inc., which was funded by Serge Koussevitzky. This fund was established to give recognition to Composers during their lifetime and to encourage the performance and appreciation of contemporary music. KIRA, the annual Serge & Olga Koussevitzky International Recording Award, is given to a living Composer for a recorded symphonic work, scored for not less than sixteen musicians. In addition to the Koussevitzky Foundation, Serge Koussevitzky's wife Olga, who served as President of the Musicians Club from 1962 to 1975, also willed the Club money, which was received upon the death of her niece, in 1991.
From 1963 to 1978, the prize was known as the Koussevitzky International Recording Award, but following the death of Olga in 1978, the award was officially renamed the Serge and Olga Koussevitzky International Recording Award. For many years, especially during its co-sponsorship periods with Musical America, it has come to be known simply as the KIRA. The Musicians Club of New York carries on the award in both Serge and Olga Koussevitzky's honor, as part of the Club's program in support of contemporary musicians.
LIST OF KIRA WINNERS BY YEAR
Through the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, the Musicians Club of New York consistently identifies and presents some of the very best upcoming artists, and by cycling annually through strings, piano, winds/brass, voice, and occasionally other categories, the Club is able to identify a wide range of exceptional artists. A rigid application process requires either a letter of recommendation or a major competition prize, or, in the case of vocal, an audition recording. Every participant is respected from the beginning as a colleague by the Musicians Club of New York.
LIST OF YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS BY YEAR
First Prize - Wei Lu, violin
Second Prize - Mo Mo, cello
Third Prize - GiYeon Yoon, violin
First Prize - Michelle Bradley, soprano
Second Prize - Galeano Salas, tenor
Third Prize - Virginie Verrez, mezzo soprano
First Prize - Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Second Prize (tie) - Andy Cho, clarinet
Second Prize (tie) - Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon
First Prize - Meng-Sheng Shen
Second Prize - Yang Liu
Third Prize - Yue Chu
First Prize - Ha Young Jung, double bass
Second Prize - Tavi Ungerleider, cello
Third Prize - Katha Zinn, violin