Five string players will be chosen by festival director Nicola Benedetti to take part in a performance of Mendelssohn Octet this summer

Festival Director Nicola Benedetti launches the 2023 Edinburgh International Festival photo credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Edinburgh International Festival Nicola Benedetti © Mihaela Bodlovic

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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.

The Edinburgh International Festival will take place from 4 to 27 August 2023 and is the first from festival director and Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. This year’s festival is based around the question ‘Where do we go from here?’

The International Festival’s impact also extends beyond the annual programme, with community learning, engagement and professional development programmes running throughout the year, contributing to the cultural and social life of Edinburgh and Scotland. 

This summer will see flagship projects such as Culture Clubs for community groups and our Opera Project for secondary school pupils return to the city. This year the International Festival is partnering with a range of companies and organisations to support this work including Alvin Ailey Company, the London Symphony Orchestra, Imaginate, Punchdrunk Enrichment and a range of local and international artists.

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