Young Artists Festivals
Bach with a View Young Artist Festival and Competition for Piano and Strings
The "Bach with a View" International Young Artists Festival and Competition is on March 5-7, 2021.
AUDITOR TICKETS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON IN.LIVE
CONTESTANTS WEBPAGE AVAILABLE HERE: Bach with a View Contestants
SCHEDULE: All Times are Central Standard Time (Chicago)
All Events will be archived and available for viewing at your convenience.
Friday, March 5: EDUCATION and JURORS GALA CONCERT https://in.live/event/details/A37w8rjWga (ARCHIVE READY)
3:00 pm: Little Preludes Online lecture and Q and A with Dr. Svetlana Belsky
4:00 pm: Dance Movements in Suites and Partitas: Livestreamed Lecture, Q and A, with Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger
5:00 pm: Pre-Recorded Livestreamed Gala Concert No.1- featuring Artist-Jury Members performing works by or inspired by J.S. Bach. Performers include Jeffrey Biegel, Marta Szlubowska, Svetlana Belsky Nazar Dzhuryn and Jory Vinikour
Saturday, March 6: MASTERCLASSES AND JURORS GALA CONCERT https://in.live/event/details/eZn2iM2YXU
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Pre-Recorded MasterClasses with Distinguished Jurors for Selected Contestants
Julia Kirk with Charles Pikler; Vassili Trenin with Dr. Svetlana Belsky; Sylvia Pine with David Yonan; Kailin Shen with Dr. Svetlana Belsky
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Pre-Recorded MasterClasses with Distinguished Jurors for Selected Contestants
Jan Nedvetsky with Nazar Druzhyn; Eric Wang with Dr. Svetlana Belsky; Heinrich Hillich with Charles Pikler; Daniel Kim with Susan Merdinger
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Pre-Recorded Masterclasses with Distinguished Jurors for Selected Contestants
Laura Sieh with Giacomo Scinardo; Aidan Watts with David Yonan; Vera Goryunov with Susan Merdinger; Sam Lam with Giacomo Scinardo
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Pre-Recorded Masterclasses with Distinguished Jurors for Selected Contestants
Daniel Nass with Giacomo Scinardo; Alice Tam with Susan Merdinger; Zion Goh with Susan Merdinger
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm: Pre-Recorded Livestreamed Gala Concert No.2 - featuring Artist-Jury Members performing works by or inspired by J.S. Bach. Performers include Merdinger-Greene Piano Duo, David Yonan, Giacomo Scinardo, and Pianissimo! (A Four Piano Ensemble with the FullScore Chamber Orchestra- Lake County Symphony Orchestra )
Sunday, March 7: FINAL ROUNDS, WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND JURORS GALA CONCERT https://in.live/event/details/6VtnO0vX06
11:00am Finalists, Junior Piano Division (video concert) and Winner Announcements
12:00pm Finalists, Senior Piano Division (video concert) and Winner Announcements
1:00pm Finalists, Collegiate Piano Division (video concert) and Winner Announcements
2:00pm Finalists, Strings, All Age Categories (video concert) and Winner Announcements
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Pre-Recorded Livestreamed Gala Concert No.3 - featuring Artist-Jury Members performing works by or inspired by J.S. Bach. Performers include Charles Pikler, Susan Merdinger, Martine Benmann, and Susan and Svetlana Piano Duo.
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS "Music with a View" Recital: TBA
Prize-Winners Recital: TBA
NOW OPEN TO BOTH PIANO AND STRING INSTRUMENTS (Violin, viola, cello, bass) IN SEPARATE 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,
APPLICATION FORM AND PAYMENT LINK IS BELOW. REGULAR DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15th. LATE DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 25th REQUIRES $20 LATE FEE.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Competition will take place virtually this year. Videos may be submitted via YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox or Google Drive.
Eligibility: The competition is open to young pianists or string players from any part of the world, age 5-23
Repertoire: All performances must be from memory
Piano: any solo piano composition by J. S. Bach, excluding transcriptions and works from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook. Individual movements from larger works are allowed. Separate Preludes or Fugues from the Well-tempered Clavier are allowed only at the Junior level.
Strings: Unaccompanied works for Solo violin, viola, cello or bass. (transcriptions from one string instrument to another are permitted ie: cello to viola, or violin to viola or cello to bass).
Video recording: Only unedited continuous performances are allowed.
Piano: Please make sure you record in Landscape orientation, with the keyboard clearly visible. The performers may wear a mask if they wish. Using an acoustic piano is preferred, but an electric keyboard may be used if necessary.
Strings: Landscape or portrait orientation is permission, however, all parts of instrument and arms and hands and face must be visible.
Time limits must be observed. The judges may stop the video at the time limit.
Junior – up to 6 minutes
Senior—up to 10 minutes
Collegiate—up to 12 minutes, repeats may be omitted to remain within time limit.
All contestants will receive written comments from the jury.
The Jury reserves a right not to award the First Prize in any division.
The Judges Decisions are Final.
All contestants are invited to watch the online presentations and lecture, video finals, and masterclasses.
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: February 15th, Late Deadline February 25th.
Finalists announced: March 1st
Piano Jury Chairman: Jeffrey Biegel
String Jury Chairman: David Yonan
Divisions: Separate Categories for Piano and Strings
Junior, Grades K – 6, up to 10 finalists, each division
Senior, Grades 7-12, up to 8 finalists, each division
Collegiate: Ages 18-23, up to 6 finalists, each division
TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (One String Prize, One Piano Prize): Presented in joint recital (45 minutes each), 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.
The Jury reserves a right not to award the First Prize in any division.
Collegiate Division Prizes:
1st: $300 USD
Piano: Zhisheng Wang; Strings: None awarded
2nd: $200 USD Piano:
(TIE) Neil Krzeski and Laura Sieh; Strings: Julia Kirk,viola
3rd: $100 USD None awarded
Honorable Mentions: Piano: Henry Hitterman, Annika Huprikar
High School Division Prizes:
1st: $100 USD
Piano: Clara Zhang; Strings: Claudia Yoon, cello
2nd: $ 50 USD
Piano: Claire Rong; Strings: (TIE) Joseph Sung, cello and Heinrich Hillich, violin
3rd: $20 Performer's Music Gift Certificate:
Piano: Harry Zhang; Strings: (TIE) Jan Nedvetsky, cello and Aidan Watts, violin
Honorable Mentions: Piano: Nicole Izaguirre and Kashyap Prasad; Strings: Javier Izzarry, violin; Caleb Hwang, cello; and Kai Daizon, cello.
Junior Division Prizes:
1st: 12-month Free Violin/Viola or Cello Rental (Chicago area only) OR One J.S. Bach Piano Score (Well-Tempered Klavier Book 1 and 2), Barenreiter Urtext edition, or equivalent. Bust of Bach Figurine by Performer's Music.
Piano: (TIE) Jeremy Liu and Eric Wang Strings: Sylvia Pine
2nd: "Music with a View" Specially designed mask by Vistaprint and Bust of Bach Figurine by Performer's Music.
Piano: Chloe Ma; Strings: Zion Goh, cello
3rd: Bust of Bach Figurine by Performer's Music.
Piano: Emily Hu; Strings: Julia Isabella Angeles
Piano: Johnny Faust
Special Scholarships, Named Awards and Honors:
Steinway Piano of Chicago Prizes: To be Announced Shortly
David Yonan - Adiana Strings Instrument Award, for Violin, Viola and Cello(s): One-year Free Instrument Rental or Loan to selected contestants.
Bronislaw Gimpel Memorial Award(s): for Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass: Presented by Charles Pikler
Julia Kirk, viola and Heinrich Hillich, violin
Werner Scholz Memorial Bach Scholarship Award: Presented by David Yonan to a High School String Player
Sylvia Pine, violin and Aidan Watts, violin
Wanda Landowska Memorial Award: Presented by Sheridan Music Studio, Artistic Directors, Susan Merdinger and Svetlana Belsky.
Nag Yi Lam, Laura Sieh
Glenn Gould Memorial Award: Presented by Sheridan Music Studio, Artistic Directors, Susan Merdinger and Svetlana Belsky
Ethan Zheng, Neil Krzeski
Performer's Music Award(s): Two Gift Certificates Presented by Performer's Music of Chicago
Annika Huprikar and Henry Hitterman
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: Alice Tam
Most Versatile Competitor: Zion Goh (Junior Cellist and Pianist)
IN.LIVE Livestreaming Technology Award(s): Presented by IN.LIVE, Gift Certificates:
Claudia Yoon, Senior Cello and Zhisheng Wang, Collegiate Piano.
The Piano and String Division Grand Prize Winners will be presented in a joint recital at Sheridan Music Studio Chicago.
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS: Claudia Yoon, cello and Zhisheng Wang, piano.
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 from the Jury and a Certificate of Participation, delivered electronically via email.
STEP 1: "Music with a View" Young Artists Festival Application Form