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TONALI 14: the Grand Prix of junior violonists

Germany's best junior violonists will compete for a 10,000 euro award and many special prices. National contests both promotes excellence and a broader access to classical music.

It’s different. It’s creative, unconventional and forward-looking in every way. It is much more than an elusive winning music competition – TONALi. For four years, Hamburg has been honouring excellence of junior talent in classical music with this 10,000 euro award.

GrandPrix of violonist

Each year, a different instrument is chosen for the contest. In 2014, the violin is in focus. Twelve violinists with residence in Germany, all seeking to succeed in a solo career, will qualify and compete to win the TONALi price. Those who make it to the finals will compete and perform with the renowned German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen in a a violin concert in the great hall of Laeiszhalle on 6 September 2014.

Promotion of excellence and mass education

TONALi gives a future, stimulates a changing performance culture in classical music and connects people that understand, maintain and develop the music as a universal language,” comments Honorary President Christoph Eschenbach, on the ambitious music project that was initiated by the two young cellists Amadeus Templeton and Boris Matchin in 2009. In 2014, the contest will take place for the fourth time. While promoting excellence, TONALI also acts as a door opener in cultural education by addressing young composers, highly talented young performers, and young listeners – more than 10,000 young people in twelve schools in Hamburg alone.

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Instrumental Competition (artist) Composers Competition (authors),
Public competition (recipient)

Closing date: 14 February 2014
Event: 1 – 6 September, 2014
Opening Concert: 1 September 2014
Preliminary Concerts: 2-4 September 2014
Accompanying Concert: 3 September, 2014
Finals: 6 September, 2014

Venues : Laeiszhalle, Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, Miralles room, and more

Instrument: violin

Age: 16-21 years

TONALi14 Composition Prize (composer): for composers under the age of 40 years

TONALi14 Tutti Contest (audience): twelve schools in Hamburg

Cash prizes: first prize € 10,000, Audience Prize € 3000, € 2000 Composition Prize, finalists money 3 x € 1,000 each, Mieczysław Weinberg Price 500 €

Special Prices: Cover Story in concerti; Concert engagements; loan from a high quality violin; scholarships for Concerto21, scholarship for workshop in Seminar-Zentrum Gut Siggen; scholarship for workshop at the Private University of Witten-Herdecke; website for the winner

TONALi 14 – Honorary President: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

TONALi14 – Patron: Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg Minister of Culture

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