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Welcome to Sound Espressivo Global Competition

Join the one-of-a-kind classical music competition of the year that reinvents competing during these difficult times

All Rounds Are

Real-Time

No pre-recorded rounds.  Everyone performs in real-time LIVE in front of a distinguished panel of judges and a world-wide audience!

Virtual Concert Halls

Virtual Concert Halls delivers the most streamlined, hassle-free and cutting edge live streaming technology experience.

Our broadcasts are brought to you by Virtual Concert Halls, a pioneering startup founded by internationally acclaimed musicians and music technology and production experts.  They ensure the best possible audio and visual quality and they're committed to staying ahead of the game in all things live streaming.

hard-pressed to hire a recording studio?

no need!

First entry round is not your typical "best recording battle," but instead takes place online where you get one on one technical help before playing live.  You then meet our judges and hear their feedback right away!

worried about equipment discrepancy making uneven playing field?

We're leveling it!

All contestants must follow our parameters on equipment.  For audio we only allow USB microphone and we require contestants to provide the exact brand and model that they are using so that judges can take variation in equipment into consideration when comparing contestants.

Are steep entry fees a deal breaker for you?

we got you a bargain!

Pay only a fraction of the entry fee upfront.  Don't pay for all the rounds before getting to them. Our Preliminary Round entry fee is only $50.  Only pay the rest of the fee ($100) if you're accepted to the live show rounds!

Q & A

1.

What makes this competition unlike any other?

It's fully virtual with many innovative elements you can view above in the slides and boxes.

2.

How do I know I'm good enough to compete?

All levels are welcome to compete!  With many categories to excel in and multiple age groups to win in, this competition provides one of the biggest lineups of winners and prizes out there.

3.

Do I need a recording to enter?

No, all rounds are real-time and done online!

4.

How do I perform with an accompanist?

If you would like to perform with accompaniment, we recommend asking them to record the minus one (accompaniment part only) in the tempo that you're comfortable with. Please have a ready .mp4/.mp3 before coming for the Preliminary Round.  We recommend using wireless headphones for playing and listening to the minus one as you perform. Of course, if the social distancing requirements in your country allow you to perform in the same space with your accompanist, go for it!

5.

How do I know my equipment is good enough to compete?

Visit the Sign Up page and scroll down to Technical Requirements for a list of things you will need to have a stress-free time in the tech check.  If you already meet the minimum, apply with confidence.  If not, we recommend finding the equipment online or borrowing from friends.  All of these are widely available.

6.

What are the repertoire requirements?

There's no specific requirement!  We are a classical music competition so please choose repertoire accordingly, but we do not request specific pieces or time periods.  Choose whatever represents your artistic merit best!

7.

My teacher is one of the judges, can I still apply to compete?

Absolutely! Your performance will be adjudicated by the panel which will EXCLUDE your current and previous teachers

8

Do I have to win first place, to receive any prizes?

Not at all! Prizes are offered by distinguished companies with vast experience in promoting performing arts which are experts in classical music. Each company will award their prize(s) to contestant(s) of their own choice. Their decisions may or may not match those of the judges'. Some companies may choose to not award their prizes.

9

Can I win money?

Yes! Competition established a Prize Pool. We will be awarding all money received through contributions to the Prize Pool, to the winners of the competition. The amounts of each Award will depend on the judges' decisions, and on the amount of money in the Prize Pool.

10

Will my teacher get recognition?

Of course! Your teachers shared their knowledge and inspiration with you! the Competition will recognize teachers and schools of every contestant on the Teachers page. If you win, your teacher will be invited to join the live broadcast and receive special recognition during virtual Awards Ceremony. 

11

I still have more questions. What should I do?

Scroll down to the Get In Touch section and send us your question by email directly!  We will do our best to answer your questions there!

Meet The Team

Anna Ouspenskaya

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Pianist, production coordinator and entrepreneur

Fedor Ouspensky

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Violinist and executive producer

Frane Rusinovic

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Pianist and supervising producer

Igor Zubkovsky

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Cellist, co-producer, and social media manager

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