BIYMF is the International Youth Music Competition/Festival for young musicians up to age 21 that takes place in Brisbane, Australia. BIYMF was founded in August 2012 in Brisbane, Australia by Emin Tagiev, prominent Russian violinist and the teacher. The Festival provides musically gifted young people with creative opportunities to develop their potential abilities and grow professionally.
The Brisbane International Youth Music Festival (BIYMF), 14th July – 16th July 2016 , will provide an opportunity for emerging musically talented youth to gain experience in competition at an international standard and to perform in front of packed music-loving Brisbane audiences.
The competition component of the BIYMF is for solo instrumentalists, solo vocalists and ensembles, aged 21 years or under. Eight internationally acclaimed musicians from Australia, Germany, Israel, and USA will form the panel to adjudicate the competition.
During the BYMF, musicians will be mentored in master classes by internationally acclaimed musicians, including members of the Festival’s panel. Master classes in conducting, piano, voice, violin, brass and woodwind instruments are planned.
The BIYMF competition will be held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Download application form 2016 BIYMF Application Form pdf
Competitors must submit applications by 1st March 2016.
The following must be received by BIYMF before an application can be accepted:
- A complete application form must be emailed or posted to BIYMF along with a copy of the applicant’s passport or birth certificate. All applicable information must be completed and forms signed.
- A DVD recording of the applicant performing their audition repertoire can be mailed OR a link to a youtube recording can be emailed. Please note that recordings will not be returned to the competitor.
- Payment of the $75AUD non-refundable application fee via Paypal, cheque (Australian bank cheques only) or direct deposit. Cheques are to be made payable to Brisbane Youth Music Festival. Paypal payments can be made by clicking on the paypal icon below (credit card payments accepted). Bank details for direct deposits are as follows:
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Acc Name: Brisbane Youth Music Festival
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Mailing address for applications and payment:
PO Box 1205
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Application submission deadline: March 1st 2016
Successful semifinalists notification: March 14th 2016
Semifinalist recital: July 14th & 15th 2016
Final Concert and Award Ceremony: July 16th 2016
Competitors must submit recordings of two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or modern periods. The total time for both works must not exceed 15 minutes.
Competitors should prepare a program of two contrasting works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or modern periods to be performed by memory. These may be the same pieces performed for the audition. The total time for both works must not exceed 15 minutes.
The semifinals will be held in Brisbane, Australia on July 14th and 15th 2016 as public performances at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC). Competitors must appear in person and will be advised of their selection for the Semifinals by March 1, 2016.
The top two competitors in each category will be chosen to perform at the final concert. The judging panel will select one work from the competitors’ program to be performed.
The final concert will be a public performance to be held in Brisbane, Australia on July 16th 2016.
Shortlisting Panel: Oleg Stepanov, Tania Frazer and Francesca Hiew
Semifinal/Final Panel: Judges to be advised shortly. Panel will consist of at least 1 string, 1 wind/brass, 1 piano and 1 vocal judge.
BYMF is open to instrumentalists (strings, wind, brass, piano, vocal and ensembles) of any nationality aged 21 and under at March 1st 2016.
Applicants can compete in the following categories:
- Junior Strings – Age 12 and under
- Senior Strings – Age 13-21
- Open Wind/brass – Age 21 and under
- Junior Piano – Age 12 and under
- Senior Piano – Age 13-21
- Open Vocal – Age 21 and under
- Ensembles – Age 21 and under
Applicants competing in both solo and ensemble categories should submit separate application forms for each category and pay a separate fee for each application.
Within each of the seven categories, four awards will be presented.
All semi finalists and their teachers will receive certificates of excellence.
Senior Championship $1000 and a professional recording session awarded to the most outstanding performer aged 13-21.
Junior Championship $500 and a professional recording session awarded to the most outstanding performer aged 12 and Under.
Second and Third place winners in all seven categories will receive free, fast tracked entry into the internationally renowned Crescendo Competition.
All First place winners will be granted the opportunity to perform as recitalists at the Crescendo Competition in January 2017 at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
BIYMF can assist with arranging an accompanist for semifinal/final performances. Please contact the festival coordinator for further details or visit the accompanist guild website at https://accompanistsguildofqld.wordpress.com . Payment for performances and rehearsals must be arranged and negotiated between the competitor and accompanist.
Competitors must ensure that a copy of their sheet music is provided to the festival coordinator at the start of the day of their scheduled semifinal. Please note that photocopies will not be returned.
The 15 minute time limit must be strictly adhered to. Competitors may be penalised and/or cut off if they exceed the time limit.
The cost of travel to the competition will be borne by the competitor. Those requiring assistance with booking accommodation, transport or tours can contact the festival coordinator.
Accepted semifinalists are responsible to apply for a travel visa to Australia where necessary and to hold sufficient travel, accident and health insurance for the duration of their stay.
The judging panel is composed of a minimum of 5 distinguished, international musicians and all decisions of the panel are final. The judges reserve the right to withhold any prize or award should the required standard not be achieved.
The Festival reserves the right to record, film, web-stream or broadcast any part of the Festival events. Competitors must grant BYMF the sole and exclusive right to use of these recordings.