The Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance competition for young Canadian musicians—the OSM Standard Life Competition—will take place from November 18 to 22 in Montreal. The semifinal and final rounds, at Maison symphonique de Montréal and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, are free and open to the public, and can also be viewed free via a live stream at osm.ca, the orchestra’s website. League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen will chair the jury, with jury members to include OSM Music Director Kent Nagano, Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kauffman, Hamburg Opera intendant Georges Delnon, and clarinetist/USC Thornton School of Music Professor Yehuda Gilad. The competition will award first prize of $10,000, second prize of $5,000, and third prize of $2,500 in each of three categories: woodwinds, brass, and voice. The three first-prize winners also receive concert, recording, and touring opportunities. A single grand-prize winner will perform with the Montreal Symphony and conductor Roger Norrington on April 14, 2015. New this year, a $2,500 cash prize will be awarded to the finalist who will get the most votes on the web and live at Maison symphonique during the final rounds on November 22.
Posted November 17, 2014