ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and PianoArts are delighted to present a concerto competition for Wisconsin pianists, ages 10-16. Held in the years opposite the PianoArts North American Competition for pianists ages 16-20, the Wisconsin Youth Concerto Competition challenges young musicians while providing positive learning experiences through rehearsals, performances, and classes with professional musicians.
PROCEDURE OF THE COMPETITION
The preliminary round will be via a compact disc (CD) recording. This round is anonymous. A number will be assigned to each contestant. Following the adjudication, the jury of three judges will invite up to twelve contestants to participate in the semifinal round. During the semifinal round, each contestant will rehearse and perform the first movement of his or her concerto with a professional pianist, provided by the competition, playing the orchestral reduction. Another jury of three judges will advance three pianists to the final round. Each finalist will rehearse and then perform in the final round with a conductor and quintet of musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Cash prizes and an award of performing for a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert will be presented.
All contestants in the preliminary, semifinal, and final rounds will receive critiques of their performances from each member of the jury. A distinguishing feature of PianoArts is that all contestants speak to audiences about their music. Prior to speaking to audiences, contestants will have private coaching sessions to hone their skills in communicating about music.
During the competition, contestants will: