October 12th - 18th 2015 · Copenhagen, Denmark

1st round

12th, 13th and 14th from 10 am to 6 p.m.
at The Concert Hall at The Royal Danish Academy of Music
Free access

2nd round

Wind Quintet 15th and String Quartet 16th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
at The Royal Library, the Queen’s Hall
Free access

Final

Wind Quintet 17th at 3 p.m.
in the Concert Hall at DR Koncerthuset
String Quartet 18th at 3 p.m.
in the Concert Hall at DR Koncerthuset
Tickets at DR Koncerthuset

About The Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition

Music is life and like it inextinguishable, writes Carl Nielsen in the introduction to his fourth symphony. His brilliant compositions have since substantiated this postulate, and his symphonic works in particular have become part of the repertoire of modern symphony orchestras in recent time.

In 2015, it is 150 years since Carl Nielsen was born in the small village Nørre-Lyndelse on the island of Funen. At the age of six, he was handed a violin and his career as Denmark’s greatest composer was launched.

Apart from six symphonies, Carl Nielsen wrote instrumental concerts, chamber music, works for the piano, operas, choral works and popular songs. Among his chamber music works, the string quartets and the wind quintet form the nucleus – the latter being a central part of the international core repertoire for wind quintets. The Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition for String Quartets and Wind Quintets 2015 has therefore chosen to concentrate on Carl Nielsen’s string quartets and the wind quintet. The competition offers a number of cash prizes, including a first prize for the best string quartet and the best wind quintet.

Three major Danish cultural institutions, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, The Royal Library and The Royal Danish Academy of Music have together arranged the competition, wanting to celebrate Carl Nielsen while at the same time also propagating his music to an even wider circle and letting it be interpreted by the best young musicians from all over the world.

The competition will run from the 12th to the 18th October 2015 in Copenhagen. The first rounds will take place at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, the second round in the Queen’s Hall at The Royal Library and the final round in Danish Broadcasting Corporation large concert hall in DR Byen.

The competition is open to all musicians under 35, and the panel of judges consists of leading chamber musicians from around the world with conductor Michael Schønwandt as chairman.
The competition will be broadcast by DR, and apart from cash prizes, the winners will receive offers of concerts at Danish music festivals and in Danish music series and societies.

Bertel Krarup, President
The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Erland Kolding Nielsen, Director General
The Royal Library

Kim Bohr, Director of Music
Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Carl Nielsen 2015 is under the patronage of
her Majesty Queen Margrethe II

Official video trailer
The official Carl Nielsen 2015 trailer

Rules for the competitionOpen all

§1Participants age
The competition is open to string quartets and wind quin- tets of all nationalities. Age limit
• The combined ages of the string quartet must not exceed 120 years.
• The combined ages of the wind quintet must not exceed 150 years.
• The age of any individual ensemble member must not exceed 35 years.
Age is calculated at 11th October, 2015.
§2Application
The application must be received by 1st May, 2015.
Applicants must register directly on carlnielseninternational.dk.
Registration is definitive only when the online form is duly filled in and submitted and the Secretariat has received the following:
1. Application fee of 750 DKK paid by credit card during the online application procedure (credit card payment opens 15 February 2015)
2. Recent, high resolution photo of the ensemble
3. Copy of birth certificate, identity card or passport of all members of the ensemble
4. Copy of music examination certificate(s) and diplomas (if applicable)
5. Short biography of the ensemble (education, principal teachers and career, 100-150 words written in Scandinavian, English or German)
6. Unedited DVD recording of the repertoire of the first round to be send by post together with the declaration (see §2.7) to:

Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition
c/o The Royal Library
Cultural Activities
P.O. Box 2149
DK-1016 Copenhagen K
Denmark

7. A declaration signed by a member of the ensemble certifying that the ensemble has read and accepted these rules.
Changes in the online registration - including changes of programme – must be submitted in writing to the Secretariat no later than 3rd August, 2015.
The application will not be returned. The application fee is non-refundable.
§3Application response
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 1st July 2015.
Max. 20 will be selected by a Pre-Jury.
The Pre-Jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
§4Participants arrival
Competitors must report to the Secretariat before 11th October, 2015, 7 p.m.
In extraordinary circumstances (force majeure), the Organ- izing Committee may permit late arrivals to participate in the competition, if they report personally, no later than one day after the first round of the competition has begun.
§5Rounds
The competition has three rounds plus one preliminary round on dvd.
All three rounds are open to the public.
Competitors may perform the works in each round in any order they choose.
§6No. of participants
A maximum of 6 ensembles in each stream will be admit- ted to the second rounds.
A maximum of 3 ensembles in each stream will be admit- ted to the final rounds.
§7Media rights
All rehearsals, competition rounds and concerts during the competition may, with the permission of the Organizing Committee, be:
A) recorded, broadcast and streamed or made available for pod-cast
B) photographed
In these cases, competitors disclaim all rights and fees.
§8Jury
The jury will consist of prominent musicians from around the world.
§9Prize reservations
The jury reserves the right:
A) to not award one or more prizes
B) to divide a prize between two competitors.
The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
§10Travelling expenses
Travelling and hotel expenses must be borne by the ensembles themselves.
§11Disclaimer
These rules were originally written in Danish. Any point of dispute will be settled with in accordance with the Danish version of the rules. Subject to changes. errors and omissions excepted.
Round 1

Concert Hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Monday 12th October to Wednesday 14th October,
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

up to 20 ensembles all in all.

Round 2

The Queen’s Hall at the Royal Library

Thursday 15th October
up to 6 ensembles, dur.: a 60 min.
12.00, 13.30, 15.00 (break 16.00-17.00) 17.00, 18,30, 20

Friday 16th October
up to 6 ensembles
12.00, 13.30, 15.00 (break 16.00-17.00) 17.00, 18,30, 20
Danish contemporary piece composed specially for the competition and Romantic piece and a piece from the 20th century.

Round 3

DR Koncertsalen, Koncerthuset

Saturday 17th October
up to 3 ensembles, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Immediately after the jury will vote and the prize ceremony (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will take place. The winning ensemble plays a movement from the Nielsen-work.

Sunday 18th October
up to 3 ensembles, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Immediately after the jury will vote and the prize ceremony will take place, including the optional prizes for Best performance of modern work, Best Nielsen interpretation, Talent Prize and the. Audience Prize. The 1st prize winner of the wind quintet (3rd round Saturday) plays a movement from the Nielsen-work.

Repertoire

Round 1

  1. A String quartet by J. Haydn to be chosen from Op. 74 or 76 or 77.
  2. 1st and 2nd movement from a string quartet by Carl Nielsen, to be chosen from: Op. 13 in G minor, or Op. 5 in F minor, or Op. 14 in e flat major or Op. 44 in F major.
  1. Paul Taffanel: Wind quintet in G minor (1876) OR Otto Mortensen: Wind quintet (1944).
  2. A wind quintet by Danzi to be chosen from Wind quintet in B major or G minor or F major.
  3. 3rd and 4th movement from Carl Nielsen: Wind quintet, op. 43 (1922)

Round 2

  1. An unpublished work (+/- 10 min.), written specially for this year’s Competition by a student of composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The work will be provided to ensembles one month before the competition starts.
  2. A string quartet chosen from among those by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Dvorák and Smetana.
  3. A string quartet chosen from among those by Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Shostakovich
    OR Rued Langgaard: String Quartet no. 2 BVN 145 or String Quartet no. 3 BVN 183
    OR Vagn Holmboe: String Quartet no. 2 op. 47 or String Quartet no. 8 op. 87.
  1. An unpublished work (+/- 10 min.), written specially for this year’s Competition by a student of composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The work will be provided to ensembles one month before the competition starts.
  2. Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik op. 24 or György Ligeti: 6 Bagatellen
  3. Two movements from Arnold Schönberg: Quintet op. 26

Round 3

  1. A string quartet by Carl Nielsen to be chosen from Op. 13 in G minor,or Op.5 in F minor,or Op.14 in e flat major or Op. 44 in F major.
  2. A string quartet by Beethoven to be chosen from Op. 59, Op. 127, Op. 130, Op. 131, Op. 132, Op. 135
    OR Schubert: String quartet no. 14 in d minor, D 810, Death and the Maiden
    OR Schubert: String Quartet no. 15 in G major, D 887.
  1. A work of the ensemble’s choice
  2. Jean Francaix: Wind quintet no. 1 or Jørgen Jersild: At spille I skoven, Serenade
  3. Carl Nielsen: Wind quintet, op. 43

General remarks concerning programmes

  • Ensembles are expected to treat each performance as a recital or a concert and should therefore put together their programme with this in mind.
    The jury will look at each performance as a whole.
  • Repeats are left to the discretion of the ensembles, but they must take these into account in working out the timing of their programmes.
  • Ensembles may not include in their programme works that they themselves have composed.
  • Once the closing date for the submission of applications (1st May 2015) has passed, the programme may not be changed, except at the request of the Artistic Committee.

Jury

Michael Schønwandt
conductor, President of the Jury

Heime Müller
violin, former Artemis Quartet
now Hochschule für Musik Lübeck and Reina Sofia, Madrid

Troels Svane
cello, Hochschule für Musik Lübeck
and Hans Eissler, Berlin

Clive Greensmith
cello, The Tokyo String Quartet and The Culborn School, Los Angeles

Michael Hasel
flute, The Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra

Bjørn Carl Nielsen
oboe, former solo player in The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Andreas Sundén
clarinet, The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


A Pre-Jury has selected the ensembles for the Competition from the applicants.
Frederik Øland, violin Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin, The Danish String Quartet
Joakim Dam Thomsen, oboe, Nikolaj von Scholten, flute, The Royal Danish Orchestra

Prizes

1st prize: €15,000
2nd prize: €10,000
3rd prize: €5,000

1st prize: €15,000
2nd prize: €10,000
3rd prize: €5,000

Best interpretation of Carl Nielsen: €3,000.
Best performance of the work written specially for the competition: €3,000.
Special encouragement prize: €2,000.

String Quartet trailer
String Quartet trailer
String Quartet trailer
Wind quintet trailer