TRONDHEIM INTL CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION 26 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

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 Competition Academy

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.

Competition

The 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is held 26- 30 September 2017. Ten string quartets from all around the world will compete for prizes and glory!

Prizes
1st Prize: € 15.000
- and engagement at festivals in 2018
2nd prize: € 10.000
3rd prize: € 5.000
Audience Prize: Engagement at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, September 2018.

Rules and application
1. 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is open to string quartets.

2. Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the quartet members as of 25th September 2017 does not exceed 120 years. The age limit for each musician of the quartet must be under 35 and over 16 years on 25 September 2017.

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 free lodging at our festival hotel. Each ensemble will be offered two 2-bed rooms, including breakfast. The competition will also provide one hot meal a day.

5. The application must be sent no later than the day of the deadline; 20 April 2017.

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 quartet.
c. Two recent professional references.
d. Two recent digital high-resolution photographs of the quartet.
e. A recent audio recording of high quality in uncompressed audio formats, such as (WAV or AIFF), or in formats with lossless compression, such as FLAC or ALAC (.m4a), minimum Bitrate 256kbps, of the ensemble. This should be:

1st movement from Mozart K387, K421, K458, K428, K464, K465, K499, K575, K589 or K590.
One movement of any Bartók, Berg, Britten, Debussy, Janácek, Ravel or Shostakovich quartet.

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 quartet 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 quartet 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. The competition reserves the right not to award 1st prize if the jury cannot find a candidate.

15. Winners of the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize must agree to perform a certain number of concerts in 2018, arranged for them by Trondheim Chamber Music Competition and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

16. The official language of TICC is English.

Repertoire

Stage I, two works:
1) Choose one of the following quartets:
Mozart: K387, K421, K458, K428, K464, K465, K499, K575, K589, K590
Haydn: op 20, op. 33 except no. 4, op 54, op. 55, op. 64, op. 76, op. 77
Beethoven: op. 18 # 1 – 6
and
2) Choose one quartet by:
Bartók, Berg, Britten, Debussy, Janácek, Ravel or Shostakovich

Stage II, two works:
3) Compulsory work:
Lars Petter Hagen: Commissioned quartet
New work of about 10 minutes commissioned specially by the competition from a Norwegian composer. Arrangements will be made for all contestants to receive a score and parts for this work approximately two months in advance of the competition.
and
4) Choose one quartet by:
Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Grieg String Quartet No 1 in g-minor op 27, Tchaikovsky String Quartet No 1 in D- Major op 11.

Finale, two works:
5) Choose one quartet of Haydn’s Op 71 or 74
and
6) Choose one of the following quartets:
Schubert: D Minor (D810), A Minor (D804) Op. 29/1, G Major (D887) Op. 161
Beethoven: All except Op. 18.

Each ensemble must therefore prepare six works.

For application repertoire, see Rules, paragraph 6 e.

Academy

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

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 quartets will be selected by the instructors to directly qualify for the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2017.

The quartets choose one quartet of their own choice. The program for works to be played with the instructors will be announced after the academy quartets 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.

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 schedule for audiences will be announced here at the beginning of September in the Academy years.

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.