Young Artists Festivals
Mozart with a View Young Artist Festival and Competition
The 2023 Edition of the Music with a View International Young Artists Festival and Competition is coming soon!
The Competition will be "Romantic Music with a View". Repertoire must be by Romantic composers who lived and composed in the 19th Century- from Mendelssohn and Schubert, and up to and including Rachmaninoff.
The deadline will be in January of 2023; Festival and Competition will be in March 2023.
Return to this page for more information by September 1st.
The "Mozart with a View" International Young Artists Festival and Competition is on February 25-27, 2022.
AUDITOR TICKETS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON the EVENTS page.
CONTESTANTS WEBPAGE AVAILABLE HERE
SCHEDULE: All Times are Central Standard Time (Chicago) Click on Red Links to go directly to the Livestreams!
Svetlana Belsky's Lectures: Teach a minor Rondo, and Sonata Form; Leslie Tung- Lecture Recital on the Fortepiano; Susan Merdinger- Lecture-Recital on "The Classical Style"
Master Classes featuring Contestants: 1.Heinrich Hillich 2. Leart Shabani 3. Ilyas Beere 4. Helena Sprajcer 5. Aidan Watts 6. Jeffrey Wang
DAY 3: Contestants Performances and Jurors Gala Concert No.3 12pm CST ( 4 hours, 32 minutes total)
All Events will be archived and available for viewing at your convenience until March 31, 2022
NOW OPEN TO PIANO, STRING INSTRUMENTS (Violin, viola, cello, bass), VOICE, and Instrumentalists for whom Mozart Composed a CONCERTO ( Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn) IN SEVERAL DIVISIONS: At this time, the Competition and Festival will be VIRTUAL ONLY.
Our Livestream Partner and Sponsor: IN.LIVE
Award Sponsors: Steinway Piano of Chicago, Performer's Music, Adiana Strings.
David Yonan, Rachel Barton Pine, Charles Pikler, Sarah Greene, Jory Vinikour, Dr. Leslie Tung, Dr. Soo Lee, Susan Merdinger, Dr. Svetlana Belsky.
THE APPLICATION FORM AND PAYMENT LINK IS BELOW.
THE REGULAR DEADLINE IS January 10th,2022 by 11:59PM CST
LATE DEADLINE OF January 25th, 2022 and REQUIRES $20 LATE FEE.
ALL FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY February 5th.
The 2021 Mozart with a View International Competition provides musicians of all ages and levels with a unique opportunity to pursue musical growth, increase love and understanding of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his contemporaries, and to learn from distinguished judges and instructors, who are international authorities in their fields. Each contestant will receive written reviews of their recording from each judge. An in-depth review of their performance is available for an extra fee, as well as masterclasses and live Zoom sessions with the jurors. Reviews may be requested in English, Russian, Korean, Chinese, French, Italian or Spanish.
The Mozart With a View Competition is open to musicians of all nationalities in the following categories:
In the following divisions:
Junior (Ages 5 up to 12 years)
Senior (Ages 13 to 18 years)
Collegiate (Ages 18 - 23)
Amateur Junior (Ages 18-29)
Amateur Senior (Ages 30 and up)
THE COMPETITION ORGANIZERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO COMBINE CATEGORIES or INSTRUMENT DIVISIONS, IF THERE ARE INSUFFICIENT ENTRIES IN ANY CATEGORY
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL APPLICANTS
All contestants will receive written comments from the judges, and will be invited to watch all the live-streamed events of the competition and festival, including the finals, masterclasses and Gala juror performances.
To participate in a virtual masterclass, please indicate your interest on the application. Masterclasses will be scheduled on Zoom or StreamYard according to the availability of guest artists and contestants and livestreamed on IN.LIVE. Finalists and non-finalists are eligible to participate in a masterclass.
To receive an in-depth review or to schedule a private Zoom session with a juror, please indicate your interest on the application and pay the appropriate fees. Live chats will be scheduled according to the availability of guest artists and contestants. Finalists and non-finalists are eligible to participate.
Every applicant is required to submit an unedited video recording (stops between pieces or movements are permitted) of an original SOLO work or works by W. A. Mozart. Individual movements of larger works are acceptable.
For Chamber Music, Sonatas are acceptable as long as both performers are within the same age category. For those performing Sonatas with professional accompanists, please enter SOLO category.
Piano Duets are permissible in the Chamber Music category.
Concertos are ONLY permissible in the Concerto category. The Sinfonia Concertante can be entered as Concerto OR Chamber Music.
Junior - up to 8 minutes
Senior - up to 12 minutes
Collegiate - up to 20 minutes
Amateur Junior - up to 20 minutes
Amateur Senior - up to 20 minutes
If the submitted recording is longer than the maximum, the judges may use their discretion on listening to the complete recording.
Memorization is required in the following divisions:
Piano – Junior, Senior and Collegiate
Strings -- Junior, Senior and Collegiate
Concerto – Piano and Violin, Junior, Senior and Collegiate. Wind players are encouraged but not required to memorize their concertos.
VIDEO RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS
- Pianists – an acoustic piano recently tuned is preferred, but a touch-sensitive electric keyboard with pedal is allowed
- Strings and Voice and Concerto Contestants may be accompanied by keyboard, piano, orchestra or a recording.
- Videos recorded within a calendar year of the competition are accepted.
- Applicant’s hands, face, and feet must be present in the video at all times
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Mozart with a View reserves the right to request production of any documents confirming proof of age at any time during the competition. Failure to produce such documents when requested will result in disqualification from the competition, and the applicant will not be refunded any fees.
The competition will consist of a Preliminary Round (to be completed by Feb. 1, 2022) and a Final Round held between February 25-27, 2022. Finalists will be announced on Feb. 1st, 2022.
All finalists will participate in a concert to be live-streamed online. This will be a compilation of the preliminary recordings.
Applicants accept that their recordings may be used for promotional and marketing purposes during and/or after the competition. Neither Sheridan Music Studio nor any representative from Sheridan Music Studio will be held liable for any payments to applicants arising out the use of any materials derived from the competition. This includes but is not necessarily limited to international and/or national rules, regulations, laws, etc. that pertain in any way to royalties, copyrights, fair use, trademarks, and/or any other intellectual property. Applicants (or legal guardians if under the age of 18) are required to sign a Multimedia Release Agreement at the time of their application.
The Decisions of the Jury are final.
Jurors reserve the right to not award prizes if they do not deem it appropriate.
Applicants may be disqualified from the competition for violating any of the rules and regulations. Sheridan Music Studio reserves the right to make any changes and will notify all applicants if any changes are made as soon as possible.
By entering this competition you agree to abide by its rules and regulations
All applications must be completed and submitted through the competition website. Any incomplete submissions will not be considered for judging.
All final applications are due by January 10, 2022 at 11:59pm CST and January 25th, 2022 for Late Applications.
Applications will include uploads of:
Video performance of an original work or works by W. A. Mozart (link to YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) Please make sure the link is correct and opens properly
High-resolution color photographs suitable for publicity purposes.
Paragraph-format biography. English is preferred, but Russian, Korean, Chinese, French and Italian are accepted.
If you wish to participate in a masterclass, live online private lesson with a juror or receive an in-depth evaluation, please mark the appropriate box on the application form
A confirmation email will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed application and accompanying materials. Applications must be fully completed in order to be accepted into the competition.
A non-refundable application fee is due at the time of submission and is to be paid through the competition website.
Application fee: $75 US Late Fee: $20
Masterclass fee: $50 US
Zoom session with a distinguished juror (30 minutes): $50
In-depth review: $50
PRIZES AND POST-COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES
All competition applicants will receive an electronic certificate of participation.
THREE TO FIVE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS: Presented in joint recital, at Sheridan Music Studio-Chicago, with professional audio-video recording and livestream of the performance. (Must travel to Chicago at own expense to perform in order to take advantage of the full value of this prize). Alternate Grand Prize, TBD.
First, Second and Third Prizes awarded in each division and category of piano or strings, TBA.
Cash Prizes for Collegiate Level Winners.
Several special prizes and scholarships to be awarded by the organizers and sponsors at their discretion.
The Jury reserves a right not to award the First Prize in any division.
Special Scholarships, Named Awards and Honors:
Steinway Piano of Chicago Prizes: To be Announced Shortly
Evanston Public Library Recital Award: Donated and Arranged by David Yonan: Date: May 21, 2022
Alicia DeLarrocha Memorial Award: Presented by Sheridan Music Studio, Artistic Directors, Susan Merdinger and Svetlana Belsky.
Geza Anda Memorial Award: Presented by Sheridan Music Studio, Artistic Directors, Susan Merdinger and Svetlana Belsky
Performer's Music Award(s): Two Gift Certificates Presented by Performer's Music of Chicago
Arthur Merdinger Memorial Prize: Awarded to a single student by Mrs. Joan Merdinger in memory of her late husband, Arthur Merdinger, and presented by Susan Merdinger.
James Belsky Memorial Prize: Awarded to a single student selected by Mrs. Janet Belsky in memory of her late husband James Belsky, and presented by Dr. Svetlana Belsky.
Most Promising Young Pianist Award(s)
Most Promising Young String Player Award(s)
Most Versatile Competitor Award(s)
IN.LIVE Livestreaming Technology Award(s): Presented by IN.LIVE, Gift Certificates:
The Grand Prize Winners will be presented in a joint recital at Sheridan Music Studio Chicago.
All Prize-Winners will be offered an opportunity to perform in a "Music with a View" Winners Concert, TBD.
All Contestants will receive written critiques and comments from members of the Jury and a Certificate of Participation, delivered electronically via email.
Music with a View Competition and Festival
STEP 1: "Music with a View" Young Artists Festival Application Form
STEP 2: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FEE(S) HERE:
YOUNG ARTIST FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION- Auditor Fee.
For auditors (non-participants) who wish to watch the Festival Events. Includes admission to all live-streams and pre-recorded events, competition performances, Judges' Decision Announcements, and MasterClasses. One ticket per email for live stream events.