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23rd International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach

Awards Ceremony

All prizes are handed over to the prize winners at a public gala concert on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Casino of Velden am Wörthersee, a town near Pörtschach. Usually, all prize sponsors are present and hand over certificates and prize monies in person.

The winners of the first and second prizes take to the stage with a short, virtuosic piece of a maximum duration of 4 to 5 minutes. This gives them the cance to additionally win the prize of the audience of EUR 750. Due to limited time it is unfortunately not possible for the third prize winners to play at the gala concert.

This year, the gala concert follows - in a broad sense - the common theme folk music (dance music), if possible in connection with your home. The following compositions and composers should give you some ideas, they are not meant as restrictions or rules. We look forward to hearing your own choices!
F. Chopin (Mazurkas), A. Dvorak (Slavonic Dances), G. Kreisler, P. de Sarasate, H. Sitt, A. Borodin, J. Hubay, M. Ravel, A. Glazunov. H. Wieniawski, J. Achron, O. Musin, S. Rachmaninoff, etc.
Of course you may also choose from the competition programme, e.g. a folk song from your home, Brahms Volkslieder, Brahms Hungarian Dances, Zimbalist Sarasateana or similar.

Furthermore, all laureates will be offered free membership at HELLO STAGE, the online community for classical music. Also, there are the special prizes for the prizewinners of the violin, viola, cello and chamber music categories: you will receive a set of instrument strings from Thomastik-Infeld to the value of around 150 €.

Certificates and prizes are only handed over at the gala concert.

The following prizes will be awarded:

A) Solo instruments
Piano, violin, viola, cello
First prize: EUR 2500
Second prize: EUR 1500
Third prize: EUR 500

B) Voice
First prize: EUR 2500
Second prize: EUR 1500
Third prize: EUR 500

Best piano accompanist for singers: EUR 1500
(donated by Johannes Brahms Gesellschaft Pörtschach and Stephan Matthias Lademann)

Prize for the best lied duo: EUR 1400, given by KS Gabriele Fontana.

C) Chamber music
First prize: EUR 3500
Second prize: EUR 2000
Third prize: EUR 900

D) Spezial prize of the audience: EUR 750, awarded on occasion of the final concert (donated by Casino Velden).

E) Sets of strings by Thomastik-Infeld (Vienna) with a total value of about EUR 1800 for the winners of the violin, viola, cello, and chamber music sections.

F) HELLO STAGE is an innovative new online platform, targeted for the classical music community. Simply put, they connect musicians and ensembles with managers and promoters:

  • All finalists get a three-year Hello Stage membership

G) Special prizes of ESTA Austria (European String Teachers Association): EUR 300 each for the violin, viola, and cello sections.

H) Concert engagement for a chamber music ensemble at Neues Künstlerforum in the Eroica hall of Palais Lobkowitz in Vienna. Maximum value EUR 1500 (subject to contractual agreement).

I) There is a strong possibility of further concert engagements as concert organisers are present.

A further highlight is the chance of winning one of the special prizes donated by our sponsors.
Have a look at the prizes awarded at the past competition.




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