In March 2022, the HfMDK will be the meeting place for international chamber music ensembles. In the piano trio and piano quartet categories, they will compete for the Schumann Chamber Music Prize Frankfurt. The final round will take place at the Alte Oper as part of the renowned chamber music series of the Frankfurt Museum Society.
The top-class jury - with Erika Geldsetzer, Prof. Angelika Merkle, Prof. Krzysztof Chorzelski, Prof. Gerald Fauth, Prof. Michael Sanderling, Wouter Vossen - determines the final prize-winning ensembles in three evaluation rounds.
All ensembles coming to Frankfurt will receive media exposure through live streams and radio recordings. Prize money totaling 18,000 euros and follow-up concerts await the winners. The Schumann Society also awards a special prize for the most impressive interpretation of a work by Robert Schumann or his epochal companions. In addition, the members of the jury will be available to answer questions from each ensemble in detailed consultations after the live rounds.
Coaching and consulting
Following the competition, the three ensembles from the final round will also have the opportunity for an individual workshop day. Here, the musicians sharpen their individual ensemble profile together with professionals from both the HfMDK and external advisors.
The international chamber music competition will be held at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) and the Alte Oper Frankfurt. The final round with the awarding of an audience prize will take place on March 31, 2022 in the Mozart Hall of the Alte Oper.
The Schumann Chamber Music Prize Frankfurt is organized by the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) and substantially supported by the Dr. Marschner Foundation. Partners are the Frankfurter Museums-Gesellschaft, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Robert Schumann-Gesellschaft Frankfurt and the Festeburgkonzerte.
The Main metropolis had a special significance for Robert and Clara Schumann. Many contemporary composers also found and still find in Robert Schumann an important source of inspiration. That is why a work by Robert Schumann or one of his epochal companions is always a compulsory piece in the competition.
In 2022, the competition is open to the following types of ensembles:
Chamber music ensembles of all nations are eligible to participate. The average age of an ensemble's members must not be more than 32 years (cut-off date 31 March 2022). No member of an ensemble must have been born before 31 March 1987. In addition to fulfilling the formal conditions, a video pre-selection by the jury will determine whether an ensemble is admitted to the 2nd round.
1st round: Video with free choice of program from at least two eras, duration approx. 45 minutes
2nd round: A piano trio/piano quartet by Robert Schumann or Johannes Brahms or Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, which is compulsory, and additional works, which may be freely chosen. Total duration of approx. 75 minutes. At least two eras must be represented.
3rd round: Finale in the Mozart Hall of the Alte Oper: free choice of program, duration approx. 45 minutes.
Single movements are not permitted! In an overall program, one work of the classical period and one work published after 1980 must be performed.
Registration deadline: 1. November 2021 stating the complete program incl. time details
Registration fees: 50 Euros per ensemble member
IBAN: DE55 5005 0000 0001 0064 51
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For the registration, please have the following documents at hand:
Prof. Angelika Merkle
Schumann-Kammermusikpreis Frankfurt - Wettbewerbsbüro
c/o Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt
Eschersheimer Landstr. 29-39
D-60322 Frankfurt am Main