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30 May 2012

New competition celebrates the past and future of concerto form

The International Spacetime Concerto Competition

New competition celebrates the past and future of concerto form

The International Space Time Concerto Competition is a new competition with a total prize pool of $50,000. It offers the unique opportunity for 6 finalists to perform with an accompanying orchestra at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Concert Hall in late 2012. Another 2 finalists will have the opportunity of being accompanied by an international internet-linked ensemble spanning five countries.

The competition borrows from the richness of musical history, embraces the future and promotes the present, seeking musicians from all genres including but not limited to virtuoso classical instrumentalists, orchestral players, jazz performers, contemporary bands, electronic, experimental and new media artists. It aims to encourage unique creative collaborations with composers, performers, producers and AV/mixing engineers, all working together to produce innovative new works.

Any undergraduate, postgraduate or international student, or alumni of any Australian tertiary institution, is able to enter one of two categories, Innovative, or Historical.

Innovative: Remix, recontextualise, create your own instrument or 3D visualisation performance. Compose your own concerto. Perform with a live orchestra or an international internet link ensemble made up of musicians from 5 nations. More details on the Innovative category

Historical: For virtuoso instrumentalists or orchestral performers who want to perform a Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern or Postmodern concerto with an orchestra to an international audience. More details on the Historical category

The brainchild of the University of Newcastle, the initiative is a creative collaboration with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Waikato University in New Zealand and Ars Electronica in Austria.

Entry submissions can be made online, and will also need a supporting audition clip or showreel. Entries are open now until July 1 2012.

Full details on all categories can be found on The International Spacetime Concerto Competition website.

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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