2018 Concerto Competition

The inaugural VSOIW Concerto Competition will take place this summer! The grand prize winner will perform as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in concert on June 30 at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Up to 5 runners-up will perform as soloists during the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival, taking place July 4-8 in Vancouver.

Eligibility: All students accepted to VSOIW 2018 are invited to apply.

To Apply: On your VSOIW registration form, please indicate that you plan to participate in the Concerto Competition. Videos will be due by May 9, 11:59pm.

Preliminary Round: Applicants will submit a video recording via YouTube to the VSOIW. Videos must be unedited, continuous, and with accompaniment. Please label your video with your VSOIW Applicant ID number as follows: “123456 Concerto Competition,” and be sure your video is set to “unlisted” on YouTube. For recording tips, visit http://www.vsoinstitute.ca/apply-now/#how

Finalists: In advance of the VSOIW, up to 6 finalists will be announced. The top three ranked finalists will be invited to perform, with piano, in Whistler during the VSOIW to compete for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will perform as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Whistler Olympic Plaza on June 30. The remaining five finalists will perform as soloists during the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival.

Repertoire: Applicants must select and perform a concerto from the VSOIW Concerto Competition Repertoire List. Please prepare and perform the movement(s) specified. Once videos have been submitted, repertoire changes are not permitted. Performances at the VSOIW and UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival may include entire concertos or selected movements, at the discretion of faculty.

The jury for the VSOIW Concerto Competition will be comprised of Maestro Bramwell Tovey and VSOIW faculty. All decisions of the jury are final. Concerto Competition finalists invited to perform during the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival will be required to register for the festival and participate as a member of the orchestra as well as a concerto finalist.