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Friday, April 20, 2012

Online Voting Open in PSO Concert Competition

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has chosen eight semifinalists in its Online Concerto Competition. Voting is open to the public until April 30.

Between Feb. 9 and March 22, the PSO received 104 video submissions for the competition, which will grant one winner the opportunity to perform next season with the orchestra in a concert led by Music Director Manfred Honeck. 

The PSO allowed instrumental soloists in the U.S., unrepresented by management, to enter by uploading a clip of an original solo performance, based on a selection of concertos, to the PSO's YouTube channel.

On April 11, the PSO announced that eight semifinalists had been chosen by the orchestra's musicians and a team of conductors, including Honeck.

All semifinalists are between the ages of 19 and 29, from places like California, Puerto Rico and New York. Their videos were posted April 13 on the PSO's YouTube Channel. Voting is open to the international community until 8 p.m. EDT Mon., April 30.

Up to four finalists will receive round-trip tickets to attend a final audition with Honeck on June 11. The winner will be announced June 12. He or she will receive $10,000 as well as a chance to perform alongside the PSO at Heinz Hall in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

The competition is supported by the PPG Industries Foundation.

For more information, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/competition

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