Rising Stars

Applications are now open for Rising Stars 2023

Showcase for pre-professional classical/chamber musicians, performing solo or in a chamber ensemble. For example, participants can be a pianist, violinist, piano trio, or string quartet.
Scholarships will be awarded in junior (under 18) and senior categories (18-25)

Participants must be:

  • 12 to 25 years of age as of July 1, 2023

  • Residing in, or being from, Canada’s National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau)

  • Willing and able to participate in this summer’s Rising Stars showcase on Sunday July 23rd in-person in Ottawa

Please submit a recent (within the last six months) video recording of 5-15 minutes that demonstrates you at your best, both musically and technically. Videos must be received by  11:59pm EDT, May 19, 2023  11:59 PM ET June 1, 2023.  Please send your video via link (YouTube; Vimeo; WeTransfer) to jrichards@chamberfest.com. In addition to your video, please indicate your name, age, teacher, piece selection(s), collaborative pianist (if applicable), preferred email contact, and current address. Musicians under 18 who are submitting on their own behalf must confirm their parent/guardian has provided permission for them to submit their video and perform in the festival if they are selected.

Successful applicants will be invited to perform as part of Ottawa Chamberfest’s summer festival 2023 in the Rising Stars showcase. The concert will be juried, with scholarships awarded based on performances, including the Anne Presentey Rising Stars Award scholarships in junior (under 18) and senior (18-25) categories.

Please note: previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to participate in the showcase a second time.

An annual feature of the Chamberfest summer music festival, Rising Stars showcases the region’s finest emerging talent in a professional concert experience. The showcase is adjudicated by a panel of Chamberfest artists and scholarships are awarded to the strongest performances in memory of Anne Presentey. This showcase happens once a year and demonstrates the extraordinary local talent found in our National Capital Region. Auditions take place every spring.

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