CALL FOR COMPETITORS
The search has begun for the Grand Prize Winner of the eighth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC).
Over the coming months, the world’s leading young ensembles vie for one of sixteen coveted places in the Competition finals which will take place between July 1 and 8, 2018. The winners will receive a Grand Prize (sponsored by The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne) of $30,000 as well as performances with Musica Viva and career development support. With total prize money in excess of $150,000 MICMC is regarded as one of the jewels in the international music crown.
2018 competition jury
SONIA SIMMENAUER - USA/Germany, artist agent
IAN MUNRO - Australia, piano
SIMIN GANATRA - Pakistan/USA, violin
1st violinist of the Pacifica Quartet
GERHARD SCHULTZ - Austria, violin
2nd violinist of the Alban Berg Quartet 1978–2008
YURA LEE - Korea/USA, violin and viola
1st violinist of Enso Quartet; soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola
ALASDAIR TAIT - UK, cello
Chief Executive and Artistic Director of YCAT
KYRIL ZLOTNIKOV - Belarus/Israel, cello
Cellist with the Jerusalem Quartet
The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.
We discover and nurture the next generation of ensembles, seeking out musicians who personify chamber music’s ability to engage the head and the heart with performances that thrill, delight and inspire.
MICMC ensembles ensure a vibrant future for the artform, redefining the intimate relationships between players, audiences, and composers for the 21st century.
Wilma Smith has been appointed Artistic Director of the Competition. Former Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for twelve years and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for nine years, Wilma Smith now focuses on chamber music and teaching while still enjoying guest-leading opportunities with the Australian and New Zealand orchestras. She is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra, working with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.
Presenting an event of the size and scale of MICMC is only possible with the support of partners. Musica Viva will produce the event with strategic support from the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Recital Centre.
The Competition is the recipient of a major grant from Creative Victoria and receives additional support from the University of Melbourne, the Robert Salzer Foundation and Tom Bruce AM & Beth Brown
Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
117 Sturt St, Southbank
VIC 3006 Australia
Tel: +61 (3) 9645 5088
Fax: +61 (3) 9645 0246