Virtuosity is a concerto soloist competition offering young musicians mentorship, professional development and performance experience.
As the premiere concerto competition for Victoria’s best and brightest emerging musicians, Virtuosity offers future soloists invaluable performance opportunities, professional development experience, mentorship and career support in addition to cash prizes and the presentation of the coveted Virtuosity Perpetual Trophy.
Now in its fourth year, Virtuosity is a four-stage concert soloist development program in a competitive setting. The opportunity to perform as soloist with a symphony orchestra allows a musician greater insight into the music and enhances their understanding of the work and their own performance. Virtuosity participants will learn the artistic differences and challenges of concerto playing accompanied by a symphony orchestra, as well as the skills and tools of the music industry beyond the performance.
Virtuosity is the ideal springboard into professional concerto performance, participation in competitions and the development of advanced musicianship skills – both on and off stage.
Virtuosity spans four stages: an online application, a live audition round, the Semi-Final performance and the Grand Final.
Applications for 2018 are now closed. Please check back here shortly for Virtuosity 2019 details.
|First Prize||$3000 The Youth Music Foundation Prize|
|Second Prize||$2000 The Cadenza Apparel Prize|
|Third Prize||$1000 The Kimberley Foundation Prize|
We are most grateful to our prize sponsors The Youth Music Foundation of Australia, Cadenza Apparel and The Kimberley Foundation for helping us to support and celebrate talented young musicians.
|IMPORTANT DATES 2018|
|11 September 2017||Applications Open|
|1 December 2017||Applications Close|
|11 December 2017||Notification of audition times/outcome of application|
|3 February 2018||Live Audition Round|
|9 February 2018||Semi-finalists announced|
|28 April 2018||Semi-Final Performance|
|21 July 2018||Grand Finalist Pre-Rehearsal Meeting with Conductor|
|August 2018||Mentor and Media Sessions|
|16 September 2018||Virtuosity Grand Final Concert|
Note: Virtuosity Rehearsals will be held on 28 July, 4 August, 11, August, 18 August, 8 September and 15 September.
We will be filming and live streaming Virtuosity in order to share the exciting journey of our participants through the competition with our community and record an important part of Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ history.