We suppose you could call it a reality TV contest.
The truth is that the Carl Nielsen International Competition, which started long before reality TV became a thing, is one of the most prestigious international classical music competitions in the world. You can watch it live, for free, starting today through March 31, on the classical music streamer Medici.TV.
Since 1980, the competition has taken place in Odense, Denmark, the hometown of composer Carl Nielsen, for whom the contest is named. This year, out of 492 applications, a jury chose 72 musicians from 26 countries to compete in divisions for violin, flute, and clarinet. The 2019 competition includes 24 violinists, 24 flutists, and 24 clarinetists, ranging in age from 16 to 29 years old. (This morning, we happened to catch 25-year-old Magnus Holmander’s superb rendition of Claude Debussy’s First Rhapsody for Clarinet.)
The first prize winner in each category will receive €12,000, a recording with the Odense Symphony Orchestra on British label, Orchid Classics, and concert engagements with international orchestras and festivals. The second-place winner in each category will get €10,000 and third-place finishers will take home €8,000.
Medici.TV will livestream all rounds, and the videos will be available for replay – in English, Russian and Mandarin Chinese – for three years after the competition’s conclusion.
The streamer has concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries and “master classes” featuring lessons and discussions with leading musicians. You can access some of the content for free, simply by registering.
A premium option costs $19.99 per month or $189 annually, which affords unlimited access to exclusive live-streamed events, replays, and an on-demand catalog of more than 1,800 films. Medici.TV offers 50% off the first year ($94.50) if you sign up through March 24.
For more information, visit Medici.TV.
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