EURASIA FESTIVAL EMERGING ARTISTS
Congratulations to our 2019/20 Emerging Artists!
Congratulations to our 2019/20 Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan Emerging Artists!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Properly completed application form
The applicant’s choice of repertoire
A video recording (YouTube or Vimeo links)
A digital copy of valid passport or government issued photo ID
A short resume and biography describing education and experience
Two recent, high-quality copyright free photographs in JPEG format that are suitable for publication
A non-refundable online application fee of $55