Entry Requirements

2021 String Competition Prize Winners
Photo Credit: Adrian Malloch

Audition Information & Criteria

Eligibility

  • String players up to 26 years of age as of 14 December 2024
  • New Zealand citizen, resident or consecutively studying in a New Zealand school for previous two years


Application Deadline – 1 August 2024 5pm

Following this application deadline, 15 String instrumental semi-finalists will be selected by selection judges to compete in the live competitions, 14 and 15 December at the University of Auckland School of Music, where they will each perform two 20-minute recital programmes comprising contrasting styles and including a work by a New Zealand composer.

The strings adjudicator will select three finalists to compete in the Grand Finale on Monday 16 December presented at the Westlake Girls High School Event Centre. The string competition will run in conjunction with the CLEF National Piano Competition. The Grand Finale will be recorded for broadcast by Radio NZ Concert.

Prize packages include: First Prize NZ$5000 plus a performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Second Prize NZ$3000, Third Prize NZ$1000 plus others

Application Materials

  • Audition Repertoire (see detailed criteria below)
    • A programme of contrasting works representing different genres and musical styles totalling 20-30 minutes
    • The programme must include one unaccompanied work and one movement of a classical sonata with piano
  • Please separate works and provide as individual tracks
  • Previous videos are accepted from 1 January 2024 or later
  • Biography in English – 150 words or fewer
  • High Res photograph – 300dpi or greater
  • Proof of NZ citizenship or residency (scan of passport, residency documents, or a letter from the applicant’s school verifying they have been enrolled continually for a minimum of 2 years).
  • Letter of recommendation from current teacher.

Semi-finalist Repertoire

  • Two programmes of contrasting works representing different genres and musical styles totalling 20 minutes
  • One programme must contain a work by a New Zealand composer
  • One work must be a movement of a classical-era sonata
  • No concertos are permitted
  • One work must be unaccompanied
  • Repertoire cannot be repeated (except from the audition round)

Finalist Repertoire

  • One programme of contrasting works representing different genres and musical styles totalling 20 minutes
  • No concertos are permitted
  • Repertoire cannot be repeated from the Semi-final Rounds

Tips for making a good audition video:

Media Information

  • Please choose a room/venue for the video recording that doesn’t have a lot of reverb for better clarity of sound.
  • We strongly recommend microphones be placed 3-5 metres away from the performer. Closer or further proximity can often obscure sound quality.
  • The camera must remain still from the beginning to the end of the selection. The artist’s face and both arms and hands must be visible at all times.
  • Any indication of editing within any video will disqualify the application.
  • Videos that are unplayable, inaudible, or faulty such that the judges cannot evaluate the performance will disqualify the application.
  • High-quality audio will enable the judges to better evaluate the performance.

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