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Searching for classical musicians with a voice
Berlin Prize for Young Artists
facilitated by Julius Baer, curated by VAN
In cooperation with VAN Magazine, we are looking for musicians who create cathartic, disturbing, potent, hilarious, revolutionary, enigmatic, raw and unforgettable experiences.
For the inaugural edition of the Berlin Prize for Young Artists, we are looking for classical musicians with a unique voice. The focus goes beyond the search for musicians who are technically brilliant in standard repertoire. Together, we are looking to support artists of exceptional musicianship and vision.
The deadline to apply for the first edition of the Berlin Prize for Young Artists has expired. Almost 300 applications from young musicians all over the world reached us. Our partner, VAN, nominated the finalists.
A documentary with the finalists was produced and is being shown on Thursday, 27 August 2020, 8:00 p.m., as part of the “Elbphilharmonie Konzertkino”.
We regret that due to the COVID-19 situation in Germany and various travel restrictions, we will be unable to carry out the finals of the Berlin Prize for Young Artists 2020, which were set to take place on 20 October. We are aiming for spring 2021.
What you can win
The two winners can expect the following:
- Your own website designed by the agency VAN VON
- Two career-coaching sessions on career development, artistic profile and social media over the course of one year, taking place in Berlin, directed by VAN. This includes the travel to Berlin, including two nights in a three star hotel per session.
- The production of your personal video trailer, directed by VAN
- A financial workshop with recommendations on how to prepare for self-employment, save for rainy days, make small investments and plan for retirement by Julius Baer. The date and venue will be fixed based on your residence.
- A long-weekend as a visiting student of the Verbier Festival Academy in July or August 2021. This includes the travel to Verbier, accommodation for three nights at an apartment or three star hotel, a ticket to a Verbier Festival concert (subject to availability), attendance at an Academy masterclass and a coaching session with a member of the Academy faculty.
- A performance opportunity offered by Andermatt Music during the 2021/2022 season: an invitation to perform one concert in Andermatt, in the newly-built Andermatt Concert Hall. Dates to be arranged by late 2020, subject to each winner’s availability.
The six finalists can expect the following:
- A professional photo shooting with professional photographers after the finals in Berlin on 19/20 October 2020.
- A brief video profile produced by the Elbphilharmonie and VAN Magazine.
One finalist will be selected:
- To record a CD with Outhere Music, the prestigious label group with some of the most successful independent labels, renowned for their high-quality recordings and a focus on close cooperation with their artists.
Please note that no cash will be paid out at any time.
Who is eligible to apply
The international competition is open to musicians of any nationality born in or before 2002 who are currently studying at the university level, or have graduated, in any subject, between 2015 and 2019.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any singers, conductors or ensembles for the first edition of the Berlin Prize for Young Artists.
Please hand in the following
- A written concert programme with a length of roughly 45 minutes (composer and work title). There are absolutely no restrictions regarding style, period, etc. of the works, or on the number of works.
- A brief statement (max. 500 words) on why you chose this programme.
- A video recording of yourself performing one work from your suggested programme.
- A brief Curriculum Vitae.
Selection process / Jury
Editors of VAN will choose the six finalists. If you made it into this group, you will be notified personally by 1 July 2020. Mark the 19/20 October 2020 in your calendar to participate in the finals in Berlin! A jury of six thought leaders from the music scene will be present:
Mirijam Contzen (violinist and professor, Berlin University of the Arts)
Barbara Lebitsch (director of artistic planning, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg)
Anne Midgette* (writer and former chief classical music critic, The Washington Post)
Lars Vogt (pianist and conductor)
Julian Steckel (cellist)
Hartmut Welscher (founder and editor-in-chief, VAN Magazine)
The two winners will be awarded right after the finals.
Please note that you need to be present in Berlin on 19/20 October 2020 in order to participate in the finals. We will pay for your travel to Berlin, including two nights in a three star hotel.
Dare to surprise us! We look forward to meeting you in Berlin!
Supporting art and music has been integral to Julius Baer’s philosophy for decades. An interest in visual art dates back to the early 1930’s when the Baer family began its private art collection. Added to this, two female members of the Baer family pursued artistic careers, one of them having studied classical music. As a result, the family maintained an intensive contact with the art scene in Zurich, Paris and New York.
In the early 1980’s, Julius Baer founded its corporate art collection. The purpose was, and still is, to support artists who, at the time of a first purchase, are not yet firmly established, but clearly show great potential. Nearly two decades later, Julius Baer started to sponsor music halls, festivals and museums based on its heritage. Recently, Julius Baer started collaborating with online platforms specialized in classical music.
The young partnership with VAN primarily focuses on emerging talents. Additionally, Julius Baer and VAN chose the cultural capital Berlin as the hosting destination for this new prize.