EURASIA FESTIVAL EMERGING ARTISTS

Congratulations to our 2019/20 Emerging Artists!
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Congratulations to our 2019/20 Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan Emerging Artists!
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Eurasia Festival’s Emerging Artists Program offers unique opportunities for talented musicians from all over the world to showcase their artistry with appearances in New York City, Washington DC and Chicago, three of the cultural meccas of the United States. Musicians selected to participate will also receive instruction in career development from experienced professional artists and entrepreneurs. 
 
The Festival reaches out to artists of all nationalities and ethnicities – to composers and performers of classical, jazz and folk music genres. Opera singers and folk music vocalists – ethnic instrumentalists and concert violinists – classical string quartets and folk music ensembles – all are welcome to make music together in three of the cultural centers of the United States - and of the world. 
 
The selected artists will receive concert engagements for the Eurasia Festival’s 2019 season at performance venues in New York City, Washington DC and Chicago. In addition to performance fees, the festival will cover travel and accommodation expenses for all selected artists.
Expert career counseling from established professionals will be provided to every featured artist. This counseling will include guidance in career development, publicity, promotional strategy and effective use of digital media. 
Video and audio recordings and professional photographs are made of all Eurasia Festival events. These events are also broadcast and streamed worldwide. 
Eligibility:
The online video audition is open to composers, instrumentalists, ensembles and singers of any age or nationality. 
 
Instrumental soloists and ensembles of all musical genres and including all instruments- orchestral, jazz and traditional folk - are welcome to apply. Vocal soloists performing operatic, folk and jazz music are likewise eligible to apply.
Audition details:
Composers must submit video recordings of performances of three original works together with sheet music of each piece. The recordings must be entirely unedited.
 
Instrumental soloists and ensembles’ videos should include live performances of approximately 30 minutes of music.
 
Classical singers’ videos should include three arias not from the same opera, in original languages and accompanied by live orchestra or piano. 
 
Jazz & folk singers’ videos should include three songs in original languages, also accompanied by live orchestra, piano or any other instrument or ensemble. 
 
No digital or pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable.
Video submissions must be clearly labeled with the candidate name(s), the titles and composers of the works included and the recording date and venue for each piece. In addition, composers, titles and recording dates and venues must be provided in the appropriate field on the online application form.
Judges:
Christine Weidinger, former star soprano at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Liçeo Theater of Barcelona, the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, the Opera of Marseille and the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, among many other companies.  
Rising operatic soprano star Nikoleta Rallis, President of the Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina and Olympia Arts Productions with performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
 
Celebrated concert pianist Aza Sydykov, graduate of Moscow’s famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Mannes School of Music in New York, Artistic Director of the Eurasia Festival and the Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina
 
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist, composer and entrepreneur Jonathan Levin with performance degrees from Manhattan School of Music, President of the Clayton Piano Festival in North Carolina, Co-founder of the Eurasia Festival. 
 
These judges are charged with selecting and designating performance awards to the most deserving candidates. They will have complete discretion in making their selections. Their decisions will be final.
 
Application procedure:
The application deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.All application materials must have been received no later than by midnight on that date.
Candidates will receive notice of the acceptance or rejection of their applications by Friday, February 15, 2019.
Applications must include the following materials which must be submitted through the Eurasia Festival website at www.eurasiafestival.org
 
  1. Properly completed application form
  2. The applicant’s choice of repertoire
  3. A video recording (YouTube or Vimeo links)
  4. A digital copy of valid passport or government issued photo ID
  5.  A short resume and biography describing education and experience
  6. Two recent, high-quality copyright free photographs in JPEG format that are suitable for publication 
  7. A non-refundable online application fee of $55
A confirmation will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed application form and the additionally required materials. Applications will not be accepted unless all of the above-specified materials have been received.
 
Applicants are encouraged to retain copies of all materials sent with their applications. The Audition will accept no responsibility for material not received.
 
Travel and accommodations:
Travel expenses to and from New York City, Washington DC and Chicago, including accommodations while participating in festival activities will be fully covered by the Eurasia Festival.   
 
Rules and conditions of participation:
By completing the official entry form at www.eurasisfestival.org candidates agree to comply with the festival audition rules and conditions and to accept the jury’s decisions. Failure to comply with these rules or conditions may result in the candidate’s disqualification without right of appeal.
 
Completing the entry form also obligates candidates to forfeit to the Eurasia Festival for an unlimited period of time any recording, broadcast and distribution rights or resale rights of future performances made as part of any Eurasia Festival event, and to release all rights for future use of recordings of performance(s) under contract by Eurasia Festival.
 
The selected artists will be required to make themselves available for all interviews, videos, and promotional activities relating to the festival audition or its sponsored events.
 
Candidates are not eligible for compensation for radio or television recordings made of any Eurasia Festival event. 
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
The Eurasia Festival does not discriminate against any race, color, creed, sex, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or religious or political affiliation in the administration of its admissions policies, scholarship or monetary awards, educational practices or any other activities.
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