Oxford University Philharmonia Concerto Competition:
First Round: Saturday 12 November 2016, 2:00 to 6:00 PM (Saturday, 5th Week).
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/o4PEuGwIGs3wg9Dl2
Entire first movement (or third movement, with prior notification), to performance standard.
The excerpt need not be memorized for the first round of the audition, and there will be no penalty for reading from score. However if a player’s memorization increases the quality and confidence of the audition, this will be taken into account.
Applicants are requested to provide their own accompanist. If they need recommendations of qualified pianists, OUPhil is happy to refer them. Accompanists need not perform extended orchestral introductions or ritornellos, and the judges will not be taking the pianist’s performance into account.
Applicants preparing piano concertos will have to perform on their own, as there is no venue in Oxford that regularly has two grand pianos on the stage. The judges will take this into account while evaluating the performance, and no penalty will be taken if the pianist jumps ahead to the next solo section, etc.
Students who are unable to audition in person because of a complete scheduling conflict may record their first round audition. Please contact Matthew Reese (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to arrange this.
Finalists: Three finalists will be selected to advance to the second, and final round.
Second Round: 8th Week Michaelmas Term
The precise date and time of the 8th week second round will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the three successful finalists.
Entire concerto to performance standard.
First movement from memory.
The OUPhil Committee and Judges understand that competition finalists will be using the winter break to prepare their concerto and solidify memorization before the March concert date. We understand that given the strains of an Oxford academic schedule, students may not be able to finish all their preparation of a concerto (and certainly their memorization) before 8th week. (It should be noted, however, that many students have spent the previous academic year, or the past summer preparing for this competition). However, small dispensations may be made on a case by case basis, if the committee is convinced of the musicality of the performance, and the ability of the finalist to complete preparation by March. This can be discussed (and explained) further if necessary.
Concert Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 8:00 PM, Sheldonian Theatre
Paired Piece: Brahms, Symphony No. 1