Concerto Competition

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold the Concerto Competition in 2021, as last year’s prizewinners haven’t had the opportunity to perform a concerto this year and we hope that they will next season. For some of you this would be the last year that you could apply for the competition so if you are graduating this year you will be able to take part in next year’s competition. We know that this does not make up for it being cancelled this year, but we hope that this will allow you the opportunity to apply (perhaps again) for a concerto with one of our orchestras.

Please do look out for the concertos from the 2020 Competition in our 2021-22 season.

2020 Competition Joint Winners: Leo Appel (violin) and Kevin Loh (guitar)

2020 Competition prize-winners: William Hu (piano), Akihito Okuda (piano) and Ellis Thomas (piano).

Next year, students will be invited to apply for the opportunity to perform a concerto with Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO), Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) or Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) in the academic year 2022-23. Applicants must be in statu pupillari at Cambridge University at the time of the auditions, or have graduated in 2021. You do not have to be in statu pupillari for the academic year 2022-23.

There will be 2 rounds of auditions. The first round will be held in West Road Concert Hall towards the beginning of the Lent term 2022. Candidates will be asked to prepare one whole movement or two whole movements lasting no more than 10 minutes from a concerto, to perform to the panel. If you are successful in the competition you can choose a different concerto to perform in the following season.  No accompanist will be provided; candidates must organise and bring their own accompanist. Pianists must also provide an accompanist for their audition. The panel may also conduct a brief interview with each candidate.

The final round is usually held no more than three weeks later as part of the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert series.  The finalists will be asked to perform a movement lasting no more than 10 minutes from a concerto to perform to the panel and the public audience. This can be the same movement as performed in the first round. No accompanist will be provided; candidates must organise and bring their own accompanist. Pianists should also provide an accompanist.

When applications open, candidates will be invited to send their CV, together with a formal letter of application, including details of the movement and concerto you will be performing and the name of your accompanist. by email to Chloe Davidson. All applicants will be able to take part in the first round of auditions.

There is a small budget to cover travel expenses and accommodation for winners who will not be in Cambridge at the time of their performance. This must be organised at the time of acceptance. For details please contact Chloe Davidson.