Early career baroque violinists have the chance to perform with the ensemble in its debut tour to Asia in February and March 2024

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As part of the Benedetti Foundation’s forthcoming Baroque Virtual Sessions, Nicola Benedetti, The Benedetti Foundation and global music agency Askonas Holt are offering the opportunity for an early career baroque violinist to win a place with the Benedetti Baroque Orchestra as a member of the orchestra on its inaugural tour of Asia in 2024.

The competition is open to early career baroque violinists currently based in the UK or Europe, age c.21-35. Applicants must be available for the full period 18 February to 2 March 2024 (inclusive) and have no current restrictions on travelling to Taiwan or South Korea. The player selected will be paid a fee (in line with MU rates), full travel, accommodation, and a per diem on the tour (contracting will be handled by Askonas Holt).  

‘The music of the baroque era is so deeply invigorating, energy-giving, freeing, grounding and moving and is full of stories we can all relate to,’ commented Nicola Benedetti. ’I cannot wait to tour Asia with the wonderful freelance musicians in the Benedetti Baroque Orchestra and I am very excited for an early career baroque violinist to win the chance to join us. I hope this competition will offer someone a memorable and invigorating experience at the start of their career.’

Musicians can apply by completing this online application form and submitting a video of themselves playing any baroque violin concerto (complete) and two contrasting movements from any of Bach’s Six Partitas and Sonatas. To be considered, the performance should be on a minimum set-up of gut strings, baroque bow and recorded at A=415Hz.

The competition coincides with the announcement of this year’s Benedetti Baroque Virtual Sessions, which will be held from 2 to 13 October 2023, with live sessions on 7 and 8 October. The sessions will include baroque specialists such as three musicians from Il Pomo D’oro - Zelfira Valova & Edson Scheid (violin) and Miguel Rincón Rodriguez (theorbo); Adrian Bending (percussion); Steven Devine (keyboard); Thomas Dunford and Elizabeth Kenny (lute); Clifton Harrison (viola); Margaret Faultless and Alina Ibragimova (violin) and David Watkin (cello).

Participants can apply at www.benedettifoundation.org/baroque with applications closing on 20 September. The competition winner will be announced on the final day of the Baroque Virtual Sessions on 13 October.

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