Initial selection will be made from a video recording of candidates’ audition piece(s). Please see the Entry Recording section of the Rules for full details on requirements.
Recordings must be no more than 12 minutes and have been made no earlier than 1 March 2018 in one take from a single static camera position with no cuts or edits.
There is a non-
You may be asked to attend a Semi-
In both rounds you have a free choice to play whatever you think best showcases your talents and (save in the case of pianists who must play solo) may be accompanied or play solo, from memory or music. If accompanied, you must provide your own accompanist and page turner if needed. Variety in the chosen repertoire is recommended.
Three competitors will reach the Final on 30 March where they will each play a full concerto following a full rehearsal with the orchestra before and on the day of the final.
Competitors may be required to play one of the works listed on the approved list appended to the rules and listed above and competitors should only enter if prepared do so.
The organisers will consider requests for alternatives but shall have absolute discretion to decline any other concerto proposed. Their decision is final and no reasons will be given.
Each concerto will be accompanied by Stockport Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of a conductor of their choice. The performance will be part of a public concert.
22 June 2018 -
15 Oct 2018 -
By 5 January 2019-
16 February 2019 -
26, 27 and 28 Mar 2019-
30 March 2019 -
The winner of the competition will: receive a cash prize of £1000; have the opportunity to perform a concerto with the SSO at one of their scheduled concerts in the following season.
The Competition is open to musicians who on 30th March 2019 will be least 17, and no more than 24 years of age and who have attained a standard at least equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM. Please see the Entry Conditions section of the Rules for full details of the eligibility criteria and eligible instruments.
There is a £45 non-
Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart 5
Walton, Stamitz concerto in D, Bartok
Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann,
Dittersdorf 2, Bottessini 2, Koussevitzky
Mozart k313, Ibert, Khachaturian
Strauss, Mozart k314, Martinu
Mozart k622, Finzi, Weber 1
Glazunov, Richard Rodney Bennett concerto for Stan Getz, Nyman
‘Where the Bee Dances’
Mozart k191, Weber, Hummel
Mozart 3 or 4, Strauss, 1
Haydn, Arutiunian, Hummel
Ferdinand David Concertino
Vaughan Williams, Gregson, Arutiunian
Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven 3
Qualifying Instruments and Concerto Choices
The search has begun for Stockport’s International Young Musician of 2019 which comes to a climax with a Concerto Final on 30 March 2019.
Three finalists will each perform a full concerto to a public audience with Stockport Symphony Orchestra under the baton of one of the competition judges, Philip Ellis, conductor of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The information below provides a brief outline of the competition arrangements but prospective competitors should carefully consider the Rules for full details of all entry criteria and conditions of the competition.
2017 winner, Konstantin Bruns, rehearses for the final with conductor Jamie Phillips