Concerto competition for soloists

We would like to offer the opportunity for an outstanding student of the festival to play an  entire concerto with a chamber orchestra/group at our final concert on the 4th of August.

Opera aria competition for singers

For singers, there will be a separate aria competition. The winner can choose any aria from the baroque or classical period to be performed at the final concert on the 4th of August. The aria will be accompanied by the chamber orchestra of our festival.

Composers’ competition

One composition completed over the period of the festival will be premiered at our gala concert played by musicians from the Altalena Ensemble. We are expecting solo works, duos or trios to enter our competition.

Conductors’ competition

The winner of the conductors’ competition will have the chance to conduct one work at our final concert.

The number of people in the chamber orchestra will be confirmed after the application deadline is passed.

Date for competition rounds: 29th and 30th of July

The competition rounds will be open to the public.

The gala concert for the winners will take place on the 4th of August at 8 pm . This will be the official closing ceremony of the Altalena Music festival. 

Choose any of the following works to enter our competitions: 
(This is the piece you will be playing on the gala concert if you win the competition!)

  • Mozart: piano concerto in c minor  K. 491 
  • Beethoven: piano concerto in G major Op. 58 No. 4
  • Chopin: piano concerto in e minor Op. 11 No. 1 
  • any Mozart violin concerto 
  • Mendelssohn: violin concerto in e minor Op. 64 
  • Telemann: viola concerto in G major TWV 51:G9
  • C. Stamitz: Concerto in D major Op. 1
  • J. Haydn: Cello concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb: 1
  • J. Haydn: Cello concerto No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb: 2
  • Boccherini Concertos: in G major G. 481 or in D major G. 479 or in B flat G. 482
  • C. Ph. E. Bach – any concerto
  • Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Op. 33 
  • Schumann: Cello concerto (string orchestra version)
  • C.P.E. Bach: Flute concerto in d minor Wq. 22
  • C. Stamitz: Concerto for flute and orchestra in G major Op. 29
  • Mozart: Flute concerto No. 1 in G major K. 313
  • any baroque or classical aria in maximum 12 minutes
  • Mozart: any Divertimenti
  • Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10 in B minor
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings Op. 48
  • Janacek: Suite for strings

a contemporary piece of your choice – our suggestion: Noah Max: Cherished voices 2020, Op. 28

A piece composed/completed over the festival period will be premiered at our gala concert. Maximum length: 15 minutes

Programme for the competitions rounds (selection for the gala concert): 

– Instrumentalists: 1st and 2nd movement of your chosen work
– Singers: any Mozart aria and any Schubert or Schumann Lied
 – Conductors: any movements of the following Beethoven  
    symphonies: Op. 21, Op. 36, Op. 55
– Composers: written or completed works during the festival shall 
   be submitted (online or printed sheet music) by the 30th of July.
jury made of three professionalists will evaluate the

All competition rounds will be accompanied by piano. (There can be an exception for the movements of the 2nd symphony by Beethoven for the conductor’s preselection: this will be played by a trio of the Altalena Ensemble.)