PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S CONCERTO COMPETITION DEADLINE IS MARCH 22

Competition seeks instrumental soloist to perform with PSO; worldwide audience can vote for winner on the Internet

PITTSBURGH – There’s still time for instrumental soloists in the United States to enter the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition for the opportunity to perform with the PSO under the direction of Music Director Manfred Honeck.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m., Thursday, March 22.

Launched in February, the PSO Concerto Competition calls for instrumental soloists in the United States, unrepresented by management, to upload videos of a performance of selected repertoire to the PSO’s YouTube Channel. Anyone who submits a video must have a YouTube account. To submit videos, participants can visit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra channel on YouTube, going through the Competition tab on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Facebook page, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org/competition.

Contestants may upload one video of 10 minutes on the piano, violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, or harp. Please see our contest terms and conditions for approved repertoire. Participants must be 18 and older (in most states; check our terms and conditions) and must not be under management.

Up to 20 semi-finalists will be chosen by a select panel of PSO musicians, conductors and artistic staff. The winning videos will be posted on the PSO’s You Tube Channel on April 13, allowing people around the world to vote for their favorite semi-finalists until April 30. Up to four finalists will receive round-trip tickets for a final audition with Honeck on June 11. The PSO will announce the winner on June 12.

The winner of the PSO Concerto Competition will receive $10,000 and perform alongside the PSO at Heinz Hall in a BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert weekend next season on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

The competition is supported by a $50,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation. The PSO would like thank the PPG Industries Foundation for its support of this concerto competition.

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