Dear Music Lover,
I have the very exciting news to share with you that the Pro Musica Scholarship Fund is launching an annual Young Classical Musician of the Year Competition to find the most talented young instrumental players in Mexico with prizes totaling $500,000 pesos for the winners. The Semi-Finals and the Finals will take place in San Miguel from 23-25 March, 2020 and this Concorso will be called Young Classical Musician 2020.
For a presentation of the Competition with music; follow this link: https://youtu.be/SOSKALtt6Ns
Any Mexican musician between the ages of 16-25 playing a classical musical instrument, including piano, will be eligible to enter, and there is no entry fee. All applications will be handled on line via a web site in Spanish, which we will launch this month. Applications open on 1 September and close on 15 October, 2019. We have assembled a distinguished panel of Judges who have teaching and professional playing experience at international level across the whole range of orchestral instruments with expertise in similar competitions in the US and Canada to assess applicants.
These are the eligible instruments:
PIANO VIOLIN FLUTE TRUMPET HARP
VIOLA OBOE FRENCH HORN PERCUSSION TUBA
CELLO CLARINET TROMBONE BASSOON STRING BASS
We have already appointed a dedicated, experienced, full time, professional, bi-lingual paid administrator, Georgina Vidal. She will be supported by the existing extensive Pro Musica team. A great deal of progress has been made and we anticipate sending out initial approaches to music Conservatories, University Music departments, youth orchestras and music teachers etc within the next few weeks.
Contestants will initially submit a video of their playing, which will be posted on a dedicated Pro Musica YouTube channel, and these will be assessed to whittle down the contestants for the Semi Finals and Finals. The Finals will be in San Miguel on Wednesday 25 March, 2020. Up to six prizes will be awarded at the Final with prize money totaling $500,000 pesos, including an Audience Choice prize. The event will be a public Concorso with a concert format at which the five finalists will each play at least one full movement or equivalent of about 20 minutes from a sonata or similar, usually with piano accompaniment (or solo piano).
Each winner will have submitted a Professional Development Plan telling us how they propose to use their prize money. This will be adapted in consultation with the Judges and other appropriate professionals and the amount of the winner's prize money. As part of their prize winners will also receive on-going mentoring and monitoring to progress their careers. Pro Musica plans to make this an annual competition, subject to the availability of funding.
Young Classical Musician 2020 is an exciting and major initiative on a national scale and will considerably enhance the opportunities for a significant number of talented young Mexican musicians. It will also further enhance the standing of Pro Musica and San Miguel as one of the leading musical institutions and cities in Latin America, and add to our already incredible musical and cultural life. We know you will want to support this initiative and I invite you to contact me and tell me how you feel you can contribute. Donations are important, as well as underwriting prizes, and helping us with administrative costs and the provision of hospitality and accommodation to Judges and contestants.
Michael Pearl, President, Pro Musica