TRONDHEIM INTL CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY 24-30 SEPTEMBER 2018

About TICC

The Trondheim Chamber Music Festival has, since its inception in 1996, had young musicians as its main profile. In 2000, the festival took a step further in inspiring young musicians to perform chamber music on a high level by arranging the 1st Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (TICC). Since its inauguration, TICC has earned an international reputation which is reflected in the growing number of international applicants each year. The years between competitions there is Academy for the same kind of ensembles as in next year’s competition. 

About Academy Competition

About

Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition & Academy focus especially on advanced student ensembles and young professional ensembles, and is open for chamber ensembles from all over the world.

Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is arranged every second year, alternately for string quartets and piano trios. In the years between competitions there is Academy for the same kind of ensembles as in next year’s competition. This “springboard model” spans a three year period and is built up with the following progression:

1st year: Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy – TICC Academy
2nd year: Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition – TICC
3rd year: Concert engagements as part of the competition prizes

The Academy offers a unique opportunity to its young musicians with a combination of:
- Master classes in the ensembles’ chosen repertoire
- Chamber music together with the instructors (including piano quartets/quintets, string quintets and other).
- The Academy is held during the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, and the ensembles have free entry to the festival’s concerts

In addition to offering instruction of top international standard, TICC Academy wishes to serve as a springboard for the ensembles’ further career. One or more ensembles will be selected by the instructors to directly qualify for the next year’s Competition.

We hope that the competition can be an inspiration for young chamber music ensembles. With attractive prizes; both cash prizes and festival engagements, we also hope that the competition will act as a springboard to the ensembles careers.

The Competition and Academy are always arranged during Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.The Trondheim Chamber Music Festival has, since its inception in 1996, had young musicians as its main profile. In 2000, the festival took a step further in inspiring young musicians to perform chamber music on a high level by arranging the 1st TICC. Since its inauguration, TICC has earned an international reputation which is reflected in the growing number of international applicants each year.

The competitors/academy participants have free entry to the festival’s concerts. Read more about Trondheim Chamber Music Festival on kamfest.no. The executive manager of Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival is Vegar Snofugl.

Sigmund Tvete Vik is the Artistic Director of the festival and of Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and Academy.

Kristin Reigstad is leader of TICC.

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Academy

Piano trios from all over the world are welcome to apply for the Trondheim International Chamber music Academy (TICC Academy) which focuses especially on advanced student trios and young professional trios.

The academy offers a unique opportunity with a combination of:
- Master classes in the ensembles’ chosen repertoire
- Chamber music together with the instructors 
- The Academy is held during Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, and the ensembles have free entry to the festival’s concerts

In addition to offering instruction of top international standard, TICC Academy wishes to serve as a springboard for the ensembles’ further career. One or more trios may be selected by the instructors to directly qualify for the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2019.

The trios choose one trio of their own choice. The program for works to be played with the instructors will be announced after the academy trios have been chosen.

The Academy's Closing Concert is held on the Sunday of the week, and will take place as part of the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

Rules and repertoire
1.     10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy, TICC Academy, is open to piano trios.
2.     Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the trio members as of 1 September 2018 does not exceed 87 years. The age limit for each musician of the trio must be under 34 and over 15 years on 1 September 2018.
3.     Musicians may only enter the Academy as a member of one piano trio.
4.     Musicians are responsible for all travel expenses. There are possibilities for applying for travel funding, which can be provided based on the need and the total travel costs of the groups.
5.     The competition will offer lodging in 2-bed room, as well as breakfast and one hot meal a day.
6.     The application must be sent no later than the day of the deadline; 20 April 2018. The following documents must be attached the application:
a. A copy of birth certificate or similar official document confirming the date and place of birth of each candidate.
b. Curriculum vitae with particulars of training, awards and diplomas and recent concert appearances of the trio.
c. Two recent professional references.
d. Two recent digital high-resolution photographs of the trio.
e. A recent audio recording of high quality (WAV, AIFF,FLAC or M4a (Alac), minimum Bitrate 164kbps), of the trio containing two contrasting movements with a total duration of min. 12 minutes. This should be: 
   - one first movement of a Beethoven piano trio 
   and 
   - one movement from the romantic or 20th/21th century repertoire. 
The recording should be recorded in one "take" and must not be edited or altered in any way. TICC Academy reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering studio enhanced or modified tapes. Applicants are anonymous to the jury when considered for TICC Academy.
A letter from a teacher or professional musician certifying the authenticity of the recording.
7.     There will be a non-refundable entry fee of EUR 120 per trio which should not be sent before the application has been accepted.
8.     Each trio will be required to prepare two works of free choice of a minimum duration of 20 minutes. Each trio will also be expected to prepare works to be played together with the instructors. These works will be announced once the participating trios have been chosen.
9.     All participants shall agree to have their performances recorded, filmed or broadcast on in any medium, live, in whole or in part, in sound, and/or in images. No payment will be made to participants for the recording or broadcasting of the Academy performances.
10.   Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available to all participants.
11.   English is the official language.

Academy repertoire:
a) Compulsory
Two piano trios of free choice, min. duration of 20’
b) One work which the trio will play together with one of the instructors. Announced after selection of the participants (for example piano quartets or quintets or similar)

Instructors
As a part of our academy we offer the quite unique possiblity of studying chamber music playing together with the instructors. This is in addition to masterclasses with the quartets chosen repertoire. From 10 years of experience, we know this makes our young talents perform better than ever before. The repertoire will be decided by the instructors and the academy, and also which group is playing with which instructor.

Master classes
The master classes are open for audience. The master class schedule will be announced on our web site at the beginning of September. Listening to a master class gives a deeper understanding of the music, it is a wonderful experience of talent and hard work, and it is a close meeting with some of the great chamber music personalities of the world giving their view and interpretations of the old masters to the young talents.

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Competition

The 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is held September 2019. Ten piano trios from all around the world will compete for prizes and glory!

Prizes
1st Prize: € 15.000
- and engagement at festivals in 2020
2nd prize: € 10.000
3rd prize: € 5.000
Audience Prize: Engagement at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, September 2020.

Rules and application
1.     10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is open to piano trios.
2.      Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the trio members as of 26th September 2019 does not exceed 90 years. The age limit for each musician of the trio must be under 35 and over 16 years on 26th September 2019.
3.      Musicians may only enter the competition as a member of one ensemble.
4.      Musicians are responsible for all travel expenses. The competition will offer lodging in 2-bed room, as well as breakfast and one hot meal a day.
5.      The application must be sent no later than the day of the deadline; 20 April 2019.
6.      The following documents must be attached the application:
a.    A copy of birth certificate or similar official document confirming the date and place of birth of each candidate.
b.    Curriculum vitae with particulars of training, awards and diplomas and recent concert appearances of the trio.
c.    Two recent professional references.
d.    Two recent digital high-resolution photographs of the trio.
e.    A recent audio recording of high quality (WAV, AIFF,FLAC or M4a (Alac), minimum Bitrate 164kbps), of the trio. This should be: 
   - 3rd or 4th movement from Ravel Piano Trio in a minor.
   - 1st movement from either one of the Mozart trios or the Beethoven trios from First Stage repertoire. See repertoire list.
The recording should be recorded in one "take" and must not be edited or altered in any way. TICC reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering studio enhanced or modified tapes. Applicants are anonymous to the jury when considered for TICC.
f.     A letter from a teacher or professional musician certifying the authenticity of the recording.
7.      There will be a non-refundable entry fee of EUR 160 per trio which should not be sent until the application has been accepted.
8.      The competition is divided into three stages – two eliminating stages and a final stage. All stages will be open to the public. 
9.      Each trio will be required to prepare six works, as indicated in the repertoire list.
10.   Depending on the number of ensembles, the duration of the first round might be cut to thirty minutes per ensemble. The jury will announce their selected program 24 hours in advance.
11.   The order of playing will be decided by ballot. A new ballot will be held for each new stage of the competition.
12.   Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is entitled to broadcast the concerts, in any medium, in whole or in part, live or by recording, in sound and/or in images. No payment will be made to contestants for the recording or broadcasting of competition performances.
13.   Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available to all ensembles in Trondheim accepted to the Competition. TICC does not warrant, however, that such facilities will be adequate or meet the requirements of ensembles.
14.    All pianos used in the competition will be tuned strictly to A=442 for the duration of the competition.
15.   The competition reserves the right not to award 1st prize if the jury cannot find a candidate.
16.   Winners of the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize must agree to perform a certain number of concerts in 2020, arranged for them by Trondheim Chamber Music Competition and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.
17.   The official language of TICC is English.

Repertoire
Stage I:
1) Choose one of the following trios:
- W. A. Mozart: K. 496, K. 502, K. 564
- L.v. Beethoven: one of the trios from Op. 1.
2) Compulsory: 
- M. Ravel, Trio in a minor

Stage II:
1) Compulsory:
- Contemporary piece of approximately 10 minutes composed by a Nordic composer. Contestants will receive the music approximately two months in advance of the competition.
2) Choose one of the following piano trios:
- J. Brahms: no 2 in c major op 87
- J. Brahms: no 3 in c minor op 101
- A. Dvorák: f minor op. 65
- F. Mendelssohn: no 1 in d minor op. 49
- R. Schumann: no 1 in d minor op 63
- R. Schumann: no 2 in F major, op 80

Finale:
1) Choose one of the following trios:
- L.v. Beethoven: B flat major op. 97 ”Archduke”
- F. Schubert: B flat major op. 99
2) Compulsory: 
- D. Shostakovich: 4th movement from trio No. 2, E minor, Op. 67

Each ensemble must therefore prepare 6 works (5 whole works plus Shostakovich, 4th movement from trio No. 2 for the Finale

For application repertoire, see Rules, paragraph 6 e.