Pittsburgh Symphony taking YouTube submissions

February 9, 2012 12:00 am

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Tune your strings, warm up your chops and turn on your camera: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is taking video submissions for a competition on YouTube.

While its predecessor is clearly the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which assembled an entire orchestra through uploaded auditions, the PSO Concerto Competition will put one winner on stage with a major world orchestra.

The PSO is "the first major American orchestra to hold an Internet competition to select an instrumental soloist to perform in concerts," president James A. Wilkinson said.

The competition is open to American instrumental soloists who are not represented by management.

Contestants will post their auditions of select repertoire on the PSO's YouTube channel, and 20 will be picked for a voting round that will trim the list to four finalists.

Music director Manfred Honeck will pick the winner, who will receive $10,000 and perform alongside the PSO at Heinz Hall in a subscription concert weekend in the 2012-13 season.

The competition is supported by a $50,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation.

Andrew Druckenbrod: adruckenbrod@post-gazette.com , 412-263-1750 or on Twitter @druckenbrod.
First Published 2012-02-11 01:59:33
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