Rules

PRISMA Concerto Competition Rules

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  1. Eligibility: This international competition is open to all students who are accepted by PRISMA for 2018, excluding prior First Prize winners.
  2. Competition Entry: Specify that you are entering the competition in your PRISMA application.
  3. 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.
  4. Changes to Repertoire: Competitors cannot change their piece after sending the link of the video to PRISMA for the preliminary round.
  5. Jury: The jury consists of the PRISMA Music Director and international guest artists selected by the Music Director.
  6. 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.
  7. Preliminary Round: Competitors upload an unedited video of the piece to YouTube and send the link to PRISMA before April 16. The use of accompaniment is optional. Important: Choose the ‘unlisted’ or ‘public’ setting when uploading to YouTube. Do not choose the ‘private’ setting.
  8. 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.
  9. Final Round: Two competitors will be selected by the jury for the final round. Finalists will perform their piece with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra during an evening symphony concert.
  10. Copies of Scores: Semi-finalists are required to bring a piano score, a full orchestra score and all orchestra parts for their piece to PRISMA.
  11. Order of Play: The order of play will be determined by the Music Director.
  12. Results not Cumulative: The results of the three rounds are not cumulative.
  13. Prizes: The prize, a week in the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, or an amount of $1500, will be awarded to the winner of the evening concert as judged by the international jury.
  14. Decisions Final: All decisions of the jury are final.

Past Winners

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2018

Taylor Fleshman

Harp (USA)
University of Cincinnati

 

2017

Noemi Sallai

Clarinet (Hungary)
Juilliard School of Music

 

2016

Trevor Barroero

Percussion (USA)
University of Arizona

 

2015

Shannon Fitzhenry

Violin (USA)
Peabody Institute

 

2014

Nicholas Bentz

Violin (USA)
Peabody Institute

 

2013

Stefani Feldman

Clarinet (USA)
University of Southern California