The network enhancing young string quartets and historic houses
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Dearest Musicians,

It is a pleasure to share with you the 2018 results and together look forward to 2019. We have therefore selected for you competitions and masterclasses that can be useful for your career development.

2018 for Le Dimore del Quartetto in a nutshell:
  • 157 Houses in 7 countries
  • 53 Ensembles
  • 1 concert every 2 days
  • 12 Music Societies
  • 88 300 euro of revenues generated for the musicians through paid concerts and scholarships

Wishing you all a wonderful 2019!

Le Dimore del Quartetto Staff


RCM String Quartet Fellowship

This one-year fellowship provides high-level artists with a creative environment in which to grow, explore and interact with others. The successful quartet will receive ensemble coaching and mentoring, a significant performance profile and access to an established global network of professional contacts.

Applications for 2019-20 fellowships are now open.
Application deadline February 4th 2019.

Further information HERE

Virtuoso & Belcanto

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival is founded on three interconnected elements:
Masterclasses with prestigious international teachers;
Competitions open exclusively to students enrolled in the masterclasses;
Concerts performed by guest artists and selected students.

Applications are now open.

Further information HERE

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Residency)

"Evolution of the string quartet"
Participants will explore the early string quartet, with sessions on intonation, harmony, and structure, as well as in-depth discussions of style and rhetoric. Quartets from the traditional canon will be studied and performed alongside 2018 Banff-commissioned works by Zosha Di Castri, Tyshawn Sorey, and others. Participant composers' works will be performed by participant string quartets, and faculty quartets will give world premieres. Participants and audiences alike will explore the lineage of the string quartet, both as a historical genre and as a new and invigorated practice in the early 21st century.

Residency period: July 15th - August 3rd 2019
Application deadline January 16th

Further information HERE

ECMA - The ECMAster (European Chamber Music Master)

The ECMAster (European Chamber Music Master) is a two year joint programme on the master level for pre-existing chamber music ensembles. It is operated by seven leading higher music education institutions in Europe in close collaboration with ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), an association of European music universities, conservatoires and festivals.

Further information HERE


Vienna International Music Competition (Austria)

The first “Vienna International Music Competition” has been designed to promote musicians of all ages and disciplines who possess outstanding artistic personality, by offering them a debut recital at Musikverein, together with a cash prize and an audio/video recording of the performance.

Application deadline: 20th December 2018
Winners' recital on March 9th 2019

Further information HERE

8th International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition (Germany)

Ensembles of all nationalities, whose members were born after the 1st of April 1979, are eligible to enter the competition. The average age of the ensemble members must not exceed 32 on the 1st of April 2019.

Period: March 31th - April 7th 2019
Application deadline: 12th January 2019

Further information HERE

Trondheim International Competition (Norway)

Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the trio members as of 23rd September 2019 does not exceed 90 years. The age limit for each musician of the trio must be under 35 and over 16 years on 23rd September 2019.

Period: September 23rd - 28th 2019
Application deadline: April 20th 2019

Further information HERE

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada)

The Banff International String Quartet Competition is recognized as one of the premier chamber music competitions in the world. Established in 1983, BISQC is a large celebration of chamber music in a festival format attracting enthusiastic capacity audiences.

Period: August 26th - September 1st 2019 Application deadline: March 1st 2019

Further information HERE

Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Annual Competition (USA)

Ensembles may include 3 to 6 players. Both U.S. and non-U.S. residents are eligible. Ensemble members may be no more than 35 years old on the day of the Competition, and the average age of ensemble members must not exceed 30 years. No more than one member of the ensemble may have performed previously in a concert sponsored by CMYS.
Period: April 28th 2019
Application deadline: January 31st 2019

Further Information HERE

Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (USA)

The Fischoff takes great pride in inviting the nation's finest musicians and music educators to serve as Competition jurors. Each Competition Division – string, wind, and junior – is adjudicated by the finest professional specialists in each field. Jurors come together to form a larger panel for the Final round.

Period: May 10th - 12th 2019
Application deadline: February 27th 2019

Further Information HERE


We have a special proposal for late March 2019.
An amazing residency surrounded by nature in South of Italy. The House, named Montevetrano, has a production of excellent wine and you would have the chance to perform for the Artistic Director of the Scarlatti association of Naples.

Contact us if you're interested


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