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2019 BPO Concerto Competition:
String Classics

Each year the BPO auditions non-professional musicians of all ages, providing applicants the chance to feature as soloist in one of our metro series concerts.

The 2019 Concerto Competition ‘String Classics’ is open to violin, viola, cello, and double bass instrumentalists and offers applicants the opportunity to prepare a selection of the most well-known classical era concerti.

The prescribed concerti are:

Mozart | Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216

Mozart | Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218

Mozart | Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219

Mozart | Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat major, K. 364

Stamitz | Viola Concerto in D major, Op.1

Hoffmeister | Viola Concerto in D major

Haydn | Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1

Haydn | Cello Concerto No.2 in D major, Hob.VIIb:2

Double Bass | any classical concerto

Auditions will be held on the evening of Wednesday 22 May 2019 at the Old Museum, Bowen Hills and the winner/s will perform with the BPO in our fourth concert of the 2019 on Sunday 29 September under the baton of Chen Yang.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 5pm or when all available audition spots have been filled. To apply, just fill in your details in the online form.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Terms and Conditions of Entry

- An audition fee of $20 is payable by each applicant by EFT and must be received no later than 5 March 2018. 

- Prize money of $500 will be awarded to the winning applicant.

- No travel expenses will be covered as part of the competition and applicants from Brisbane and its surrounds are encouraged to apply in order to best satisfy the rehearsal schedule.

- Applicants are requested to prepare all movements of their chosen concerto.

- Piano accompaniment is welcome but is not mandatory. A grand piano will be available for use on the evening of auditions.

- The audition panel may not necessarily hear all prepared material and may request particular sections to be performed at its discretion.

- Pending application numbers, auditions may be formatted in two rounds with shortlisted applicants required at a later date.

- The winner of the competition will be required for Wednesday night rehearsals in the lead-up to the September performance.

- Members of the audition panel will be made known to applicants in advance of the auditions.

- The decision of the panel will be final and no feedback or discussion will be entered into following its decision.

- Once all applications are received, applicants will be emailed their audition time along with further details in the lead-up to the audition date.

-‘Non-professional’ is regarded to mean musicians who are not employed as full-time performers with a major performing arts organisation. Casual and freelance musicians are encouraged to apply.

- While the competition is open to applicants of all ages, a key consideration for the panel is to provide solo performing opportunities to ‘emerging’ artists.

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