Furtados is pleased to announce the ninth Con Brio which will be held at the NCPA’s Experimental Theatre in Mumbai on July 20, 21 and 22.
The competition is open to all Indian nationals (including PIO and OCI card holders) who have resided in India for at least 7 months between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. All entrants must be born on or after January 1, 1983. You will need to produce a valid passport for verification purposes. Previous first place winners of Con Brio may not enter the competition.
First Prize Second Prize Third Prize Semifinalists
Rs. 3,00,000 cash Rs. 1,00,000 cash Rs. 50,000 cash Rs. 25,000 cash each
In accordance with the fiscal policy, tax will be deducted at source and prize-winners will be issued a TDS certificate.
To qualify for the semifinals of the competition, you will need to pass the pre-screening round. This year’s pre-screening process will be the same as the last year: based on video submissions prepared by the applicants themselves. Detailed information about this is contained in the ‘how to enter’ section below. Please note that to ensure authenticity, the ability of applicants might be verified through Skype auditions.
- Romanze, Movt. 2 from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
- Any two other works displaying the participant’s technical and musical abilities and not longer than 20 minutes in combined duration.
Notes about the pre-screening repertoire
- You may include individual movements/pieces from large-scale works such as sonatas, suites, etc.
- Any one of the three pieces must be performed from memory. The other two may be performed with the score.
- Performing pieces well is always more important than performing pieces that are considered difficult.
- Even though participants are advised to use reputed “urtext” editions, they are free to use any standard edition.
- Page turners may not be used in pre-screening video submissions.
How to enter
Step one: send us your personal details
- Send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Con Brio 2018 Entry” from your primary email address. All future correspondence related to the competition will be exclusively via this email address so you are advised to check your inbox frequently and respond in a timely manner. If you do not hear from us as expected, be proactive about sending follow-up emails. Kindly also CC the competition moderator at [email protected].
- In the body of your email include the following personal details: Full name (as you would like it to appear on your certificate) Date of birth (spelled out in full, eg. 20 January 1997) Home city in India (the city where you most consider yourself to be from, not necessarily your present city of residence) Scanned copy of your passport photo ID page (carrying your name and date of birth)
- The last date to send us your personal details is April 1.
- Within one week from receiving this email, you will be given shared access of a Dropbox folder on your primary email address. If you have an email address with which you already use Dropbox, consider using that as your primary email address or you will need to create a new Dropbox account with the primary email address provided specifically for this.
Step two: record and upload your sample video (optional)
- If you would like to verify that the file format and quality/angle of the audio/video are acceptable, you may submit a sample. Once you are given access to the Dropbox folder, you can upload a 30 second sample into the folder with the name “Sample Video”. You do not need to inform us of this via email as we will be monitoring the Dropbox folder. You will receive an email from us with feedback pertaining to your sample video within one week from you uploading it.
- The last date to submit sample videos is April 10.
- This step is optional if you feel confident about the specifications and quality of your videos.
Step three: record and upload your videos
- Ensure that each of your three pieces are individual files, with the filename containing the name of the composer as well as the complete title of the work.
- Login to your Dropbox account using the primary email address and upload the files to the Con Brio folder to which you are given shared access.
- Upload your files in any standard video format that is playable on VLC Media Player without the need to download a special codec.
- Uploading videos can take time, so please do not leave it for the last minute.
- The last date for completing this step is April 20 after which shared access to the folder will be revoked.
April 1: Last day to send us your personal details
Within one week of submitting personal details: Dropbox access will be granted
April 10: Last day to upload sample video (optional)
Within one week of submitting sample video: Feedback about your sample will be provided
April 20: Last day to upload your videos
April 21, 6:00 am: Shared access to Dropbox will be revoked
April 21, 6:00 pm: Kindly check your email. If something went wrong with your submissions, we will email you by this time and expect a response within 24 hours.
April 30: Announcement of the results of the pre-screening.
July 20, 21 & 22: Final stages of the competition at the NCPA, Mumbai.
Video recording guidelines
- Quality: We are not extremely fussed about quality at this stage. You may use a video camera or a phone camera provided that the resolution is sufficiently high (minimum 360p) to capture the details of your face, your hands and the keyboard. Sound quality is also important and should not be distorted.
- Editing: Editing is strictly prohibited. You may, however, clip the videos so that the leading and trailing silences are not very long. You are also advised strongly to record audio and video on the same device, as synchronization issues between sound and video will not be accepted under any circumstances. You must record every individual piece using a single camera, in a single take and from a fixed position.
- Angle: We leave you to choose what angle you want for your video. However, it must include at least a side profile of your face and the entire keyboard from at least a 20o angle above the plane of the keys. Use the knowledge that the video is primarily to ensure authenticity of the recording and allow common sense to prevail. You may film from either the treble or bass side, but ensure that the image is not laterally inverted. Try to get the camera view to be as close to the keyboard as possible. Before you start the piece, please look directly into the camera to allow us a front view of your face.
- Please use a mount of some kind for the recording device, such as a tripod, to ensure that the image is completely still and do not change its position during the piece.
- Make sure that no voices are heard on the recordings and please do not say anything in your recordings.
- Here are some bad examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyHLWL_G6kY (Keyboard not in view) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZiemNmklX0 (Too far, hence too much background)
- Here are some good examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6kZ5XyJ9go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2kNBh2h44k
Most important piece of advice
When watching your recorded videos, if something is not quite right, you will have the urge to record again. This can go on endlessly as there is always scope for something getting better and the entire process can get very frustrating and draining. Ensure that you have a piece sufficiently well prepared before you record and set a reasonable limit on the number of times you will record a piece. Choose your best. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking to see that you have the technical and musical ability for the next stage.
If you have any queries, please contact us via email and we will be happy to assist you with them. You may CC the competition moderator at [email protected]. We look forward to your participation in Con Brio 2018!