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 Zodiac International Music Competition
Summary:Trio Competition
Deadline: 15 February 2019
Date Posted: 22 November 2018
Details: The Zodiac International Music Competition aims to discover exceptional musical talent, both in performance and composition, from across the globe, and bring it to the stage of the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the beautiful South of France.

The competition invites artists from all parts of the world to participate via video submission (or score submission for composers). Winning soloist will receive a cash prize and roundtrip airfare and accommodations to give a solo and chamber music recital on the French Riviera in July of 2019.

The winning composer will be offered a commission to write for the internationally-recognized Zodiac Trio (founders of the Festival), or its individual members, as well as a cash prize. The work will be premiered in the South of France during the Festival, and then repeated at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York, in the Fall of 2019 (exact date TBA).

The lack of need to travel makes this opportunity available to artists who might not otherwise have the ability to compete, and opens it to a much wider array of musicians across the globe.

Prizes (Composition)

1st Prize:
$500 Cash Prize
Commission to write a work (up to 10 min) for the Zodiac Trio or its individual members in any combination
World Premiere performance at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in France in July of 2019
Performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York in the Fall of 2019
Audio/Video recording of the performance
Diploma & Trophy


The competition is open to artists of any nationality, without age limit.

Application Process:

Composition applicants are asked to submit two (2) scores in PDF format, along with links to a SoundCloud recording (midi is acceptable).

Selection Process:
The submissions will be judged in two rounds: preliminary and final, and will use a points-based system. 10 soloist and 3 composer finalists will be selected and published on the competition website by Friday, February 22nd. Final winners will be announced on Friday, March 1st via email and will posted on the competition website.

Application Deadline & Entrance Fee:

Applications will be accepted until February 15th with the following non-refundable* Application Fee structure:

December 15 - $35 USD (30 Euro)
January 15 - $45 USD (40 Euro)
February 15 - $55 USD (50 Euro)

You will be taken to a PayPal checkout page at the end of the online application, after you click "submit".

*Application fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the Zodiac International Music Competition..

Winning Composer's Commission.
The winning composer will be invited to write a work (up to 10 minutes) for the Zodiac Trio, or its members, and will be premiered at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival. The festival will not provide airfare for the winning composer, however, should the composer choose to attend the performance, the festival will provide meals and accommodations during the duration of the composer's stay (maximum 3 days). The performance will be repeated in the Fall of 2019 (exact date TBA) at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, NY. No travel expenses will be provided for this performance.

The winning piece will be published on the website in PDF format, along with the videos of the performances.