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DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy 2019

The second DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy will take place from 1 to 18 August 2019. Participants are expected to make careful preparations for it, both musically and organisationally. The organisers provide participants with an online organisation tool giving them access to scores, schedules and rehearsal and concert plans. Participants can also use it to clarify questions about the organisation of travel, accommodation, visas etc. with the Festival’s management. Academy participants can also make preliminary contact with tutors and mentors – in fact, they are encouraged to do so. On or before their arrival in Davos for the start of the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy, participants will each be given a personal Academy plan. All participants are required to commit themselves wholly and enthusiastically to the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy. On its completion, successful participants are awarded certificates issued jointly by the DAVOS FESTIVAL and the Animato Stiftung.

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The application deadline for the year 2019 has expired. The next participation in the DAVOS FESTIVAL Akademie is possible again in 2020.

The guiding principle

Every year the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy invites 20-25 young musicians to take an active part in the DAVOS FESTIVAL –̵ young artists in concert to further their professional, individual advanced training. Selected participants in the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy spend every day for two weeks in rehearsals, workshops and lectures, perfecting their art under the guidance of tutors, soloists, composers, established chamber music ensembles and the Festival’s advanced Young Artists. Members of the Academy are repeatedly formed into new ensembles, giving them the opportunity to perform during the DAVOS FESTIVAL as part of both the DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata and a chamber music group. There are also additional instruction facilities for Academy participants.

The initiators

The DAVOS FESTIVAL– young artists in concert provides a unique, internationally recognised platform for highly talented young musicians who are about to embark on their international careers. An idea that has been consistently and successfully implemented since 1986, it will be given a contemporary continuation in Davos in future. Young, talented musicians from Europe and beyond are invited to Davos for two weeks as part of the annual DAVOS FESTIVAL to play in a variety of chamber-music ensembles, continue their development, get to know each other, meet their audiences and gather important creative inspiration.

The objective of the Swiss Animato Stiftung is to foster young, talented soloists and budding orchestral musicians from Europe, concentrating on musicians who are at an advanced stage of their professional musical education. Since 2005, the foundation has organised events such as the Animato concert tour held every two years, which involves venues in Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and elsewhere. It includes an „academy phase“ under renowned artistic and pedagogical directors.

The DAVOS FESTIVAL – young artists in concert and the Animato Stiftung have been successfully working together since 2014. The DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata, a chamber orchestra of some 20 musicians, has now taken part in the Festival four times, enabling members to continue their development under the mentorship of prominent international musicians. Beginning in 2018, the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy will expand and intensify this collaboration.

The Academy’s principal components

The following items, all part of the Festival, constitute the Academy’s programme. Members and tutors are carefully selected. The success of the Academy depends on participants taking an active part in every event on the programme, acting on their own initiative where appropriate.

  • DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata
  • DAVOS FESTIVAL master classes

For all participants:

2019: mentoring on rehearsing chamber music for smaller casts and chamber orchestral casta. Possibility to seek coaching in single or group classes with mentors such as Maximilian Hornung, Nils Mönkemeyer, Yulianna Avdeeva, William Youn, Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas, Benjamin Nyffenegger. Free access to Sir András Schiff‘s lecture recital and master class.

Excerpt repertoire DAVOS FESTIVAL Camarata:

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) (zum 100. Geburtstag)
Klavierquintett op. 18 (1944)
Bearbeitet von Gidon Kremer für Klavier, Streicher, Schlagzeug

Yulianna Avdeeva | Fabian Ziegler | DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata
Leitung: Roberto González-Monjas

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (1942/43)
Für Alt und kleines Orchester
Maria Riccarda Wesseling | DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Symphonie No. 49
„La Passione“ Hob. I:49

DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata
Leitung:
Roberto González-Monjas

Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957)
Serenade für kleines Orchester
DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata
Leitung: Roberto González-Monjas

 

  • DAVOS FESTIVAL workshop

In cooperation with Adecco Group Foundation the Academy provides the opportunity to participate in workshops which focus on the topic Portfolio Careers. This includes individual consultation with in this field specialised experts.

  • DAVOS FESTIVAL open stage

Chamber music in which Academy participants are given the opportunity to perform as well as interact with their audiences.

  • Special events

Workshops on subjects such as audition training and concert coaching put the finishing touches to the Academy and its opportunities for continuing personal and professional development.

Applicants

Members of the Animato Orchestra and the associated Animato Academy can apply to take part in the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy, as can other musicians in receipt of scholarships from the Animato Foundation. This circle of musicians is preferentially sent an internal notification about the event – and encouraged to submit binding applications – in advance via their normal communication channels. There is also an open process in which others who meet the preconditions for participation can apply to be nominated to take part in the DAVOS FESTIVAL. The open application process and the selection of participants take place under the artistic and administrative supervision of the DAVOS FESTIVAL by 31 March in the year of the Festival.

Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be in active musical training at a university or college, or have completed their studies no more than two years ago (i.e. in summer 2017)
  • speak good English
  • as a rule be no more than 30 years of age
  • not have taken part in the DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata or the Animato concert tour more than three times.

Applicants must submit the following documentation depending on their inclusion in one of two categories:

Current recipients of scholarships from the Animato Stiftung:

  • application form (no later than 31 March)
  • updated CV with photo

Prospective recipients of scholarships from the Animato Stiftung:

  • application form (no later than 31 March)
  • updated CV with photo
  • recommendation from a current tutor

(ideally a brief letter of recommendation)

  • electronic audio or video file of a performance of the applicant’s own choice

(not longer than 20 minutes)

Participants in the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy can also apply to take part in the Animato concert tour that will take place in October and November 2020.

Information is available at www.animatofoundation-orchestra.com

Selection

Applicants selected to take part in the Academy by Oliver Schnyder, the Artistic Director of the DAVOS FESTIVAL, and by Roberto Gonzalez Monjas, the mentor of the DAVOS FESTIVAL Camerata, are notified in writing. Selected applicants have ten days to accept the invitation to the Academy and sign a binding participation agreement between themselves, the DAVOS FESTIVAL and the Animato Stiftung. If they fail to do so within the time allowed, their DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy places are offered to other applicants.

The Academy

The second DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy will take place from 1 to 18 August 2019. Participants are expected to make careful preparations for it, both musically and organisationally. The organisers provide participants with an online organisation tool giving them access to scores, schedules and rehearsal and concert plans. Participants can also use it to clarify questions about the organisation of travel, accommodation, visas etc. with the Festival’s management. Academy participants can also make preliminary contact with tutors and mentors – in fact, they are encouraged to do so. On or before their arrival in Davos for the start of the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy, participants will each be given a personal Academy plan. All participants are required to commit themselves wholly and enthusiastically to the DAVOS FESTIVAL Academy. On its completion, successful participants are awarded certificates issued jointly by the DAVOS FESTIVAL and the Animato Stiftung.

No charge is made for participating in the Academy. Participants are provided with accommodation (full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the time they spend in Davos. Both single and double rooms are available (Accommodation in double rooms is common. If the participants wish to be accommodated in a single room the additional charge flat is CHF 140 for the whole time). Travel costs are met by the Academy, as a rule from the location of their current university or college to Davos and back; by train up to 500 km each way, by air above 500 km each way possible; the total cost of the return journey is limited to CHF 300).

Participants are given guest passes in Davos enabling them to use local buses and cableways free of charge.

Travel arrangements will be made in good time in consultation between the DAVOS FESTIVAL and the participants, and will then become binding. As a rule, any associated costs are met directly by the DAVOS FESTIVAL. Any Academy member planning to pay travel costs in advance and claim them afterwards must obtain the consent of the DAVOS FESTIVAL.

Open Academy positions in 2019

  • 10 violins
  • 4 violas
  • 3 cellos
  • 2 double basses
  • 1 flute
  • 1 oboe
  • 1 clarinet
  • 1 bassoon
  • 1 French horn
Application

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Participation is subject to nomination by the Artistic Director of the DAVOS FESTIVAL and the acceptance of a written agreement will guarantee placement. No further correspondence on denial will be held.