Application guidelines for the eleventh annual Yvar Mikhashoff Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project

 

AWARD

    • $4000 (US) to the composer for the composition of a new work for piano solo (with or without electronics) with a minimum duration of 12 minutes. The work is to be premiered between January 1 and September 1, 2019.
    • $4000 (US) to the pianist for the performance of the new work.
    • The competition will be judged by the Artistic Committee of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.

    WHO MAY APPLY

    • A team comprised of a pianist and composer apply jointly. 
    • Both members of the team must have been born on or after January 1, 1983.
    • Pianists who are composers may not apply to commission themselves.
    • Pianists may not apply to commission a work that is already in-progress or has been publicly presented either in part or whole.
    • Both pianists and composers may appear on only one application per cycle.
    • Previous awardees of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust who meet the above qualifications are eligible to apply.
    • Previous first-prize winners of the Commissioning Project are ineligible to apply.
    • Previous applicants may apply with the same or different partners.

    WHEN TO APPLY

    • On or after September 1, 2017

    HOW TO APPLY

    To create an account, you must request a user name and password. Applicants who have created accounts and submitted applications in the past will need to create a new account. The pianist and composer apply as a team, with either the pianist or composer acting as the Lead Applicant. Send an email to info@mikhashofftrust.org with the text of the email including the composer’s name, the pianist’s name, both email addresses and indicating who will be the Lead Applicant. On approval of your request, ONLY the Lead Applicant will receive an email which includes the user name and password. If you do not receive a response after 48 hours, please send again.

    • After you have created a user account, you are then able to create an application. (if you have not yet registered for this year's cycle, you will get a message that says "access denied") Click HERE to begin filling out the application.
    • Once you have started an application, you do not have to complete it all at once, as long as you complete it by the deadline of November 15 Both members of the team may upload all materials directly through this site, using the same user name and password, as long as both are not attempting to do so at the same time.  
    • Once an application is started and saved, there will a box on the right hand side of the page titled 'View My Application'. Click your name, click the 'Edit' tab to continue filling out your application.
    • Once both team members have uploaded all their application materials, the Lead Applicant should click the radio button in the 'FINISH' section at the bottom of the online application form to signify that everything is complete. This informs the judges that your application is ready to be reviewed.

    From the pianist:

    You may work on the application online, with the ability to save your work and upload documents. When you are satisfied that your application is complete, the Lead Applicant submits it. The required information includes:

    • A one-page biography.
    • A list of solo piano pieces and concertos in the pianist's repertoire composed since 1950.
    • A demonstration recording with performances by the pianist of a total of three pieces chosen from the repertoire list. The performances may be live or edited. Solo piano is preferred; however, one piece may be a concerto or chamber work with a substantial piano part.
    • Scanned copies of three programs of past solo piano recitals with at least 50% of the music composed since 1950. The same pieces may appear on more than one program.  
    • A recording, audio or video, documenting one of the above recital programs. This should not be edited, except to remove/limit applause.
    • A proposal for the premiere of the commissioned piece, including a list of additional repertoire that you would consider performing with the commissioned piece on such a concert.
    • A letter of agreement or intent from the presenting organization for a concert to take place between January 1 and September 1, 2019. The presenting organization may be affiliated with a college or university.

    From the composer:

    You may work on the application online, with the ability to save your work and upload documents. When you are satisfied that your application is complete, the Lead Applicant submits it. The required information includes:

    • A one-page biography.
    • A representative list of works and performances.
    • A signed letter of commitment to the project, stating your agreement to compose the piece after January 1, 2018, with the premiere taking place between January 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019, and to attend the premiere. If the proposed piece includes electronics, the letter should describe the technical requirements.
    • Scores and recordings of three recent compositions. It is preferable that one of the pieces to be for solo piano; however, if this is not available, at least one piece should have a prominent piano part.

    Submissions will be deposited in the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust Archive at the University at Buffalo Music Library.

    SCHEDULE

    Submission deadline: November 15, 2017

    Announcement of winner: January 2018

    The winning composer will be required to provide the finished score and a demonstration recording to the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. The score must include the acknowledgement: "commissioned by the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music".  The score will be deposited in the score collection of the University at Buffalo Music Library; the score and the recording will also remain in the archives of the Trust at the University at Buffalo Music Library.

    Questions about the Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project should be sent to Amy Williams, Competition Coordinator.

    All other inquiries should be sent to info@mikhashofftrust.org.

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