“My performance with the Moscow Symphony exceeded every one of my expectations and I cannot wait to return to Russia someday soon to perform with the group again. I owe a lot to the PRISMA Festival for providing me with this special opportunity.”
PRISMA Concerto Competition Rules
- Eligibility: This international competition is open to all students who are accepted by PRISMA for 2023, excluding prior First Prize winners.
- Competition Entry: Specify that you are entering the competition in your PRISMA application.
- Repertoire Selection: Competitors select an entry (piece) of choice. This can be (one movement of) a concerto or one solo piece that requires orchestra accompaniment. The advised length is around 10 minutes but cannot exceed 15 minutes.
- Changes to Repertoire: Competitors cannot change their piece after sending the link of the video to PRISMA for the preliminary round.
- Jury: The jury consists of PRISMA’s Artistic Director and international guest artists selected by the Artistic Director.
- Rounds: The competition has three rounds: Preliminary, semi-final and final. During the semi-final and final rounds, the piece must be played from memory.
- Preliminary Round: Competitors upload an unedited video of the piece to YouTube and send the link to PRISMA before April 15, 2023. The use of accompaniment is optional. Important: Choose the ‘unlisted’ or ‘public’ setting when uploading to YouTube. Do not choose the ‘private’ setting.
- Semi-Final Round: The semi-finalists are announced prior to the start of PRISMA. The semi-final round takes place during PRISMA and is open to the public. Piano accompaniment is available for this round.
- Final Round: Two competitors will be selected by the jury for the final round which takes place on Friday June 23. Finalists will perform their piece with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra. A repeat performance will take place during the Saturday matinee concert.
- Scores and parts: Semi-finalists are required to bring a piano reduction, a full orchestra score and all orchestra parts for their piece to PRISMA.
- Performance Order: The order will be determined by the Artistic Director.
- Results not Cumulative: The results of the three rounds are not cumulative.
- Prizes: The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 CDN grand prize, as judged by the international jury. The runner-up will receive $500 CDN. Both finalists will be invited back to PRISMA on a full scholarship.
- Decisions Final: All decisions of the jury are final.
“My week-long experience in Moscow was one of the best experiences yet in my musical career… Not only was it a wonderful chance to play with an amazing symphony, but it was also a beautiful opportunity to travel and experience a different culture, especially one such as Russia.”
“Getting the opportunity to travel to Moscow, let alone playing with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. This is truly a life-altering prize, and I’ve come away from my week in Moscow with so many new insights on not just music, but the world in general.”
“Going to Russia was simply exhilarating. Not only was this my first time playing in a professional orchestra, but it was also my first time in Europe. Nothing can replace a first hand experience in another country, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity.”