Five string players will be chosen by festival director Nicola Benedetti to take part in a performance of Mendelssohn Octet this summer
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The Edinburgh International Festival is inviting auditions for five string players to take part in a performance of Mendelssohn Octet at this year’s festival on 10 August.
Three violinists, one violist and one cellist will be selected by Edinburgh International Festival director, Nicola Benedetti, to work with Stefan Jackiw, Jessica Bodner and Sterling Elliott, culminating in an onstage performance in the Festival’s home on the Royal Mile, The Hub.
Aimed at pre-professional string players, the opportunity is paid, with travel and accommodation paid for to remove financial barriers to participation. To be considered applicants must be of conservatoire-level standard and not be part of a recognised existing chamber group playing professionally. Candidates must submit a video recording performance of the first movement of a Classical or early-Romantic concerto or sonata.
The deadline for applications is 9 June 2023. Applicants must be available for rehearsals on 7 to 9 August, with the performance on 10 August 2023. More information can be found here.
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