About the project
A unique project known as Chamber Music Connects the World takes place in Kronberg (Germany) once every two years. It is next scheduled for 1 to 11 May 2020.
Outstanding young musicians (Juniors) join forces with world-famous artists (Seniors) to spend 11 days making chamber music together. An intensive period of rehearsals in ensembles made up of different players is followed by several concerts.
The gap between the different generations of musicians is thus bridged and views and ideas can flow freely in both directions.
Chamber Music Connects the World was established in cooperation with the Crespo Foundation.
Applications are invited from young violinists, viola players and cellists who were born in or after 1992. By submitting your application, you commit to being in Kronberg for the entire duration of the project and (as is the case for the Seniors) to being available for rehearsals and/or concerts in Kronberg if you are selected to participate in the project.
Application must be submitted online by 29 November 2019 at the latest. The following documents must be enclosed with the application form.
- recommendation/reference by a well-known artist
- (artistic) Curriculum Vitae with a photograph (minimum size: 1000 x 1500 px, 300dpi)
- statement explaining why you want to take part in Chamber Music Connects the World
- recent, uncut sound recording of the works listed below – marked with the date of the recording and your name – mp3-file via www.wetransfer.com to chambermusic(at)kronbergacademy.de or
DVD or CD by post to Kronberg Academy, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 6, 61476 Kronberg, Germany
1. Classical sonata (all movements)
(preferably one of the following sonatas: Mozart B flat major KV 378, Mozart E flat major KV 380, Mozart B flat major KV 454, Mozart A major KV 526 or a Beethoven Sonata or Schubert Fantasy in C major D 934 or Schubert Sonata in A minor D 385)
2. First movement of a violin concerto from the 19th or 20th century
1. Schumann Märchenbilder or a Brahms sonata or Schubert Arpeggione Sonata (all movements in each case)
2. Stamitz Concerto in D major or Hoffmeister Concerto in D major (first and second movement in each case)
1. Classical sonata (all movements)
(preferably a Beethoven sonata or Beethoven variations or Schubert Arpeggione Sonata)
2. First movement of a cello concerto by Dvořák, Elgar, Lalo, Schumann, Shostakovich or Prokofiev or a comparable cello concerto
Selection of applicants and audition
Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the recordings and documentation submitted. Therefore please ensure that the quality of your recording is both musically and technically good!
Only a few applicants will be shortlisted and then invited to take part in live auditions. The auditions serve primarily as an opportunity for Kronberg Academy to get to know the 25 or so shortlisted applicants and their chamber music abilities.
Applicants who are invited to the auditions will be contacted by 6 January 2020 at the latest.
The auditions will be held in Kronberg, Germany 1 and 2 March 2020. The members of the jury will be Gidon Kremer, Raimund Trenkler (Founder and Chairman of the Board of Kronberg Academy Foundation) and Friedemann Eichhorn (Director of Kronberg Academy Study Programmes).
In the auditions, applicants will be asked to play chamber music works with members of a renowned string quartet. Information about the works to be played will be sent with the invitation to the audition.
Thanks to the Crespo Foundation’s sponsorship of Chamber Music Connects the World, there are no fees for taking part. Participants will receive a contribution towards their travel costs as well as a fixed allowance for their stay in Kronberg.
Kronberg Academy will arrange private accommodation in Kronberg for the duration of the project and will bear the costs of this. If preferred, we will also be happy to send you a list of the hotels and guesthouses in Kronberg on request. Please note that the costs of any hotel accommodation must be borne by applicants themselves.
During the project phase of Chamber Music Connects the World some 15 chamber music works for strings – from trios to octets – will be explored.
An appropriate number of ensembles will be formed to perform the 15 or so chamber music works. Each ensemble will include one Senior as a teacher and chamber music partner. Each Senior will be in charge of several ensembles.
The intention is for each Junior to have the opportunity to play chamber music with at least two of the Seniors. Juniors will therefore be assigned to the appropriate number of ensembles.
Juniors will be allocated to the different chamber music ensembles and works on the basis of the auditions (see above) and their applications. The decision will be taken by the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Kronberg Academy Foundation, Raimund Trenkler, in consultation with the Seniors. It may be possible to take account of requests to work with specific chamber music partners or to play specific pieces.
Juniors will be informed about the ensembles in which they will be playing by 24 February 2020 at the latest. They will be sent copies of the scores.
The ensembles follow a fixed programme of rehearsals, which should give each Junior the opportunity to play in ensembles with at least two Seniors.
Chamber Music Connects the World will culminate in at least five concerts in Kronberg, in which all ensembles will perform.