Calling all those musicians who would love to make a professional recording. The 1st International IMMA Records Classical Music Competition takes place in 2015 and was founded by composer and pianist Arshak Andriasov. This competition invites a variety of musicians from all over the world to participate for prizes which include a CD release by IMMA records. According to the IMMA website, the purpose of the competition is to give cash prizes for ‘extraordinary performances by musicians who deserve recognition as well as to advance their careers by means of recording and performance/business knowledge’.
A wide variety of instrumentalists and singers are encouraged to participate and there is no upper age limit (15 years or older). The closing date is 1st August 2015, so there’s plenty of time to prepare your entry!
Born and raised in New York, and of Armenian and Russian heritage, Arshak represents a new wave of Classical composers and he is the founder and owner of IMMA records. On the IMMA label, Arshak released a CD of his father Iosif Andriasov’s “Five Orchestral Compositions” (in 2003), and another in 2010, of Iosif Andriasov’s “Chamber Music Compositions”. In 2012, Arshak released a CD of his own compositions.
Arshak’s music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition. ” There is no point to write classical music without having beauty in it” is his motto. You can find out more about Arshak here.
Prizes for the 1st International IMMA Records Classical Music Competition include:
FIRST PRIZE: $1250 award plus further prizes
SECOND PRIZE: $1000 award plus further prizes
THIRD PRIZE: $750 award plus further prizes
ACCOMPANIST PRIZE: $250 award plus further prizes
For more information about the competition and how to enter click here
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