BIYMF 2012


The Brisbane International Youth Music Festival 2012

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BIYMF 2012 incorporates:

  • A Competition
  • Concerts
  • Master classes
  • A Festival Orchestra

The Competition:
The Competition is for solo instrumentalists, solo vocalists and ensembles of up to five people who are aged 21 years or under(25 years or under for vocalists) as from 1 August 2012. The competition will go through an audition process by the panel. The contestants will be selected and informed to compete at the Competition Concert on Saturday 25 August 2012. The top six contestants chosen by the jury will win cash prizes and invited to play at the Festival Gala Concert on Sunday 26 August 2012 (For more information, please find out at Competition Information).

There will be two concerts.

  • The Competition Concert on Saturday 25th August 2012.
  • The Festival Concert on Sunday 26th August 2012

Master Classes:
During the BYMF, musicians will be inspired and mentored in master classes from internationally acclaimed musicians including members of the Festival’s panel. Master classes in conducting, voice, violin, brass and wind instruments are planned. It is with great excitement that we announce Karin Schaupp- internationally lauded classical guitarist and actress will provide a master class workshop on “Stage fright” as part of the BYMF.

Ilya Konovalov has a reputation of world famous violinist and soloist. The concert master of the Israeli Philamonic Orchestra will present inspiring master classes for young emerging musicians. Ilya Konovalov plays violin build by Antonio Stradvari. The name “Stradivarius” is associated with excellence; to be called “the Stradivari” of any field is to be deemed the finest there is.

Emin says: “These are unforgettable and invaluable experiences young musicians will be able to gain during festival.  It will encourage them to pursue careers and provide a forum for their talents. Young musicians invited to participate. We hope that BYMF will encourage young instrumentalists to explore the wide world of performing arts”.

The Festival Orchestra:
The Festival Orchestra is a youth orchestra of talented musicians in the Brisbane area. The existing Tagiev Chamber String Orchestra will form the basis of the Festival Orchestra but other interested musicians will be invited to join as required depending on the repertoire chosen. The 2012 orchestra will predominantly be made up of strings and wind musicians.

Brisbane International Youth Music Festival

The dream for Brisbane to hold an annual Youth Music Festival, which would have an international reputation for excellence and opportunity, was born by Emin Tagiev. A past violin performer and academic, Emin has committed his life since 1995 to fostering and developing the talent and successful careers of young string musicians in Brisbane. He opened his own music school in Brisbane in 2003. Understanding the value of performance opportunities and international exposure, the Tagiev orchestra has toured internationally on several occasions. Emin’s dream is for the Brisbane Youth Music Festival to be a not for profit organization, which will grow each year and provide an opportunity for emerging artists across a range of instruments and voice to gain the necessary experience of competition at an international level and to perform in front of sell out concerts. His hopes are that a festival like this will contribute to further advancing Brisbane as a cultural center of international reputation for emerging and established Australian and International artists.

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia is already home to some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative cultural festivals, exhibitions and competitions. Brisbane has a substantial live music scene, both popular and classical. Numerous solo artists, choirs, ensembles and orchestras present performances across the city regularly at a variety of city venues. Brisbane is developing as a music hotspot. In 2007, nominated Brisbane along with Beijing, Berlin, Birmingham and Marseille, as one of the Top 5 International Music Hotspots. Brisbane has a dedicated cultural precinct. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), which is located within this precinct at South Bank, consists of the Lyric Theatre, a Concert Hall, Cremorne Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre and is home to the Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The Queensland Conservatorium, where professional companies and Conservatorium students also stage performances, is located also within the cultural precinct. The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), opened in December 2006, is one of the latest additions to this precinct and houses some of the most well-known pieces of modern art from within and outside Australia. GOMA is the largest modern art gallery in Australia and boasts Australia’s largest purpose-built Cinémathèque. The Gallery of Modern Art is located next to the State Library of Queensland and the Gallery. Three kilometers from the Brisbane Cultural precinct is the Queensland Academy of Creative Industries, which is a Government funded high school with collaborative links for talented creative youth.

Brisbane is fortunate enough to host the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition which is the only major national piano event in Australia that mirrors the requirements of an international competition, such as a demanding repertoire, national and international jury members, with all rounds open to the public, and the final concerto round performed with a major symphony orchestra (The Queensland Orchestra).

Apart from preparing young artists for an extremely demanding professional career, the Competition is aimed at providing publicity and performance opportunities for the winners, in addition to considerable cash prizes. The competition is held every two years in Brisbane. Whilst the inaugural Brisbane International Youth Music Festival is not as rigorous in competition standards to the current rigours of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Brisbane International Youth Music festival hopes to build upon the concept and success of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition by extending the Competition component of the festival include all instruments and voice, to shift the focus to younger talented youth ( age limit of 21 years), and to include a festival component where eminent, established guest performers will play alongside Brisbane-based young musicians.


Brisbane International Youth Music Festival Opening Ceremony
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