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Biennale College – Music 2015

A project by Ivan Fedele – Director of the Music Section

Since 2013, la Biennale di Venezia has redirected its mission in all of its fields. In addition to its work to promote knowledge among the general public (Exhibitions and Festivals) it has introduced a strategic programme to train young artists. Known as the Biennale College, this programme is already underway in Dance, Theatre, Music and Cinema. To encourage young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”: this is the spirit of Biennale College, a well-equipped bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so in the finest conditions that an international institution can offer.

The Biennale College – Music 2015 project will select 23 young instrumentalists aged 28 and under, to constitute a chamber orchestra for the 59th International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Biennale di Venezia, directed by Ivan Fedele.
This orchestra, conducted by M° Michele Carulli, will perform the following programme on October 11th 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice:

  - Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
  - Symphony Op. 21 by Anton Webern
  - Souvenir à la mémoire by Giuseppe Sinopoli

The selection is open, internationally, to the following instruments:
   2 Flutes (also Piccolo Flute and Alto Flute)
   2 Oboes (also English horn)
   2 Clarinets (also E-flat Clarinet and Bass Clarinet)
   1 Bassoon
   2 French Horns
   1 Trumpet
   1 Trombone
   Harp
   Celesta (1 performer)
   Piano (1 performer)
   Harpsichord (1 performer)
   3 Percussionists
   2 Violins
   1 Viola
   1 Cello
   1 Double Bass

The project will be coordinated by the Director of the Music Sector of the Biennale di Venezia and will be organized as follows:
  - From 6 to 11 October 2015 workshop and rehearsals in Venice. Schedule and tutors will be announced to the selected instrumentalists at a later date.
   - On 11 October 2015, at 8:00 pm, concert at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice.


Rules of participation
The applicants must fill in the REGISTRATION FORM no later than  April 20th on the Biennale website, and submit the following material:
 a) Curriculum Vitae;
  b) The titles of two pieces to be performed for the audition: one written before 1960 and the other written in or after 1961 with or without piano accompaniment;
  c) For organizational reasons, the percussionists are asked to present works for vibraphone and snare drum;
  d) For the celesta, please present pieces to be played on the piano;
  e) Any audio or video recordings in digital format.

Selection
The selection will be made by means of auditions to be held in Venice around the 29th and 30th of April 2015. The time and place will be announced as soon as possible.
All decisions regarding the selection will be at the discretion of the Director of the Music Section of the Biennale di Venezia, with the collaboration, during this phase, of Maestro Michele Carulli, and will be final.
Upon confirmation that they have been accepted for the project, the selected instrumentalists will undersign a specific agreement with the Biennale di Venezia that will detail the conditions of their participation (and will include: a commitment to participate in the rehearsals in Venice and to bring the project to term in accordance with the established criteria; guarantee of exclusivity for the first performance; a specific clause to regulate contact with the press, which must always be agreed upon in advance with the Biennale di Venezia; a confidentiality clause).

Payment
Each participant in the auditions will be required to pay a registration fee of € 70 (VAT included) by credit card concurrently with the submission of the application.
The selected instrumentalists will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses in Venice during the days of the audition, which will take place around the 29th and 30th of April 2015.

The applicants selected for the project will have the right to:
· Travel and lodging for the period of the rehearsals and concert in Venice in October 2015;
· A per diem allowance to be established in the document that will be signed with the Biennale;
· 1 pass for free entrance to all the concerts of the 59th Contemporary Music Festival, plus the right to 1 reduced price ticket for a second party. This pass will also be good for the purchase of 1 reduced price ticket for admission to the International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia;
· A certificate of participation in the project.

For further information
college-musica@labiennale.org