Virtuosi’s 2022-2023 season has a blank space . . . and we are excited to offer it up to emerging classical musicians of Manitoba! This season holds an intriguing professional perrformance mentorship opportunity for university-level music students. Our January 15th, 2023 concert titled Roots and Branches, The Mentorship Concert Project will feature exceptional professional musicians and serious pre-professional music students from Manitoba playing chamber music side-by-side. One of our desires at Virtuosi Concerts is to create spaces for young artists to flourish. What better way to support them than with professional chamber music rehearsal and performance opportunities.
There is an element of surprise to this concert because the students will be chosen through an application process, and then an ensemble will be created with members of Virtuosi’s roster of world-class musicians. A cohesive concert program will be curated for this ensemble featuring classical works as well as a piece by a Manitoban composer.
We are inviting university-level music students with a Manitoba connection (either from Manitoba, or studying in Manitoba) to apply. The mentors will be selected according to the instrumentation of the successful applicants. Successful applicants will receive a professional union scale concert fee and a week of coached rehearsals with the collaborative mentors.
This non-auditioned application requires three parts:
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 16th 2022.
Results and repertoire to be posted by October 1st 2022.
Concert January 15th 2023.
Rehearsals will take place in the week leading up to the concert.
For questions reach out to Madeline Hildebrand email@example.com.
Congratulations to our 2022/2023 Virtuosi Concerts Young Artists!
Duo: Shea Carter, mezzo soprano and Grace Lu, piano
Albert Chen, piano
John Himes, guitar
Alice Macgregor, soprano
Duo: Georg Neuhofer, piano and Liana Fonseca, violin
Duo: Eli Granger, euphonium and Anna Schwartz, piano
Hwan Gyu Cho, clarinet
This year, for the first time ever, we took the step of pairing a few solo auditionees together to form duos. We are very excited about the new partnerships and collaborations this will create.
Below is a message from our adjudicator, Sonia Lazar:
"I would like to congratulate everyone who auditioned for the Virtuosi Concerts on your beautiful performances! It was truly inspiring to listen to so many local Young Artists putting their best foot forward after much hard work and preparation. The performances were very moving, and I enjoyed listening to every one of you; each of you has their own unique style and personality that shone through in your performance. Selecting the musicians to open the Virtuosi Concerts was an extremely difficult task, as all of you are clearly accomplished, hard-working, and talented musicians, and show tremendous potential to go far in the professional field. Congratulations again, I look forward to seeing where your careers take you and hope to get a chance to hear you again in person!"
Sonia’s honourable mentions went to:
Dear Manitoba music community,
Virtuosi Concerts is inviting music students to apply for the Virtuosi Young Artist Program. The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program has become Winnipeg’s most unique performing experience for senior music students. Our program unites two exceptional opportunities: performing for our attentive and enthusiastic audience, and interacting and sharing the stage with Virtuosi’s acclaimed international musicians.
This year, auditions for the Young Artist Program will remain online. The application requirements are:
1. A performance video (7-10 minutes, multiple pieces welcome) uploaded onto a sharing platform (YouTube or Vimeo)
2. A bio
Applications are due on Tuesday May 31, 2022.
Please send your video link and bio to Virtuosiyap@gmail.com.
Successful auditions result in a performance opportunity at the beginning of a Virtuosi subscription concert in the 2022/23 season, an $80 honorarium for each performer, and two complimentary tickets for each performer for the concert in which they are featured.
Please forward this message to any interested students. Ensembles are welcome to apply.
Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement from our Young Artist Program! We will be inviting students to submit applications for a new initiative which will feature advanced music students alongside celebrated Manitoba chamber musicians in a Virtuosi season concert. Applications for students will open in August 2022. Details to be announced soon! Madeline Hildebrand, Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program Coordinator Madeline Hildebrand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Young Artist Program was launched in 2015, as part of Virtuosi's 25th Anniversary season. The program's mandate is to provide music students with performance experience in a professional concert setting. Performers are selected each April through juried auditions. Virtuosi Young Artists receive an honorarium, concert tickets, program and social media profile, and an interview on Classic 107 FM.
2022 Young Artists:
January 16: Alice Macgregor, soprano (postponed to April 2)
February 11: Anica Warkentine, piano (postponed to May 8)
March 13: Miona Milovanovic, violin
April 2: Alice Macgregor, soprano
May 8: Anica Warkentine, piano
“The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program has become Winnipeg‘s most unique performing experience for senior music students. Our program marries two exceptional opportunities: performing for our attentive and enthusiastic Virtuosi Concerts patrons; and, interacting and sharing the stage with Virtuosi’s acclaimed international musicians,” says Madeline Hildebrand, Young Artist Program Coordinator.
For more information on the Young Artist Program contact
Madeline Hildebrand at email@example.com.