Virtuosity is a concerto soloist program 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.
Applications for 2018 are now closed. Please check back here for Virtuosity 2019 details.
Choosing Your Piece
Candidates may perform a whole work or a selected movement(s). The total performance time must not exceed a maximum of 20 minutes.
As a guide for choosing your piece, past repertoire has included:
Flute – REINECKE Flute Concerto Op.283
Bassoon – WEBER Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Op.35
Trumpet – BOHME Trumpet Concerto in F minor
Piano – LISZT Totentanz: Paraphrase on Dies Irae S.126
Violin – SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Piano – ARENSKY Piano Concerto in F Minor Op.2
Violin – TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto : Mvt 1
Clarinet – DEBUSSY Rhapsodie
Trumpet – ARUTIUNIAN Trumpet Concerto
Cello – DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto, Op.104: Mvt 1
Violin – BARBER Violin Concerto, Op.14: Mvt 1
Violin – SIBELIUS Violin Concerto, Op.47: Mvt 1
Stage One: Application
Applicants must be Victorian residents, aged under 25 years at 1 January, 2019. Applicants will need to choose a soloist work or movement with orchestral accompaniment with a maximum time limit of 20 minutes. Applicants should ensure the work is suitable for performance by the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra.
Stage Two: Live Audition
All applications will be assessed by MYO’s Artistic Panel. Selected applicants will then be invited to attend a live audition at Iwaki Auditorium. All applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their application (along with their audition time if applicable).
At audition, applicants should select a section or movement of their work of no more than 10 minutes duration. Applicants should also be prepared to discuss with the Panel their motivations and reasons behind entering Virtuosity with a focus on what they hope to get out of participation.
Stage Three: Semi-Final Performance
Following the live audition round, eight applicants will be selected to proceed to the third stage of the Competition:
Semi-finalists will perform with live piano accompaniment before an audience and the panel, who will offer immediate constructive and positive feedback before selecting three finalists to compete in the fourth and final stage of Virtuosity.
Each of the eight semi-finalists will receive professional mentoring and support from a leading accompanist in addition to meeting with Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra conductor, Pat Miller, to discuss rehearsal strategies and performance techniques associated with performing as a soloist with a symphony orchestra.
In addition to participating in a variety of media events such as a photoshoot and interviews, all semi-finalists will attend an open Q&A session with the panel, who will give advice and answer questions on performance skills, stage presence, practice and rehearsal strategies, communication of artistic ideas and career guidance.
Stage Four: Grand Final Performance
The last stage of Virtuosity will see the three selected finalists work towards a concert at Iwaki Auditorium, performing their concerto with full symphony orchestra in a showcase performance of talent.
Mentorship, Rehearsal Preparation and Career Development Support
Before the intense rehearsal period commences, each finalist will meet with PGYO’s conductor Pat Miller to work through their artistic vision and intricate performance details.
Each of the three finalists will engage in four full orchestral rehearsals with the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra in the lead up to the Grand Final performance.
Grand Final Concert
Finalists will perform their pieces at the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre on Sunday 16 September 2018. The winner and recipient of the MYO Virtuosity Perpetual Trophy will be decided by the expert artistic panel and announced at the conclusion of the evening.