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Masters and Masterworks

Sound Espressivo invites Musicians of All Ages
to celebrate Live Music Performance
by participating in the

Application Deadline

November 30, 2023 at 5:59:00 PM

Masters and Masterworks
Masters and Masterworks Competition 2023-24
Music for Youth!
Call for Scores by living Composers
Performers who wish to present new music

Compositions for Piano, Violin, Cello

Winners - Scores and Perfomers - will be presented at the
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Gala Concert on April 1, 2024

Performance at the Carnegie Hall is a Fully Sponsored opportunity, no performance fee required

Application Deadline - November 30, 2023
Masters and Masterworks mission is to connect young musicians and living composers on a journey of discovery of Music for Youth!
  • Music for Piano, Violin, or Cello, written for Young Performers.

  • Violin and Cello pieces can be with or without accompaniment.

  • No compositions for chamber ensembles.

  • Compositions for Piano 4Hands are accepted.

Up to Three Scores will be selected for a performance at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 1, 2024, at the Laureates Gala (one composition for Piano, plus one for Violin, plus one for Cello).
Up to Three Performers will be selected to perform these compositions at the Carnegie Hall. All performances are fully sponsored by Sound Espressivo, Progressive Musicians, and Virtual Concert Halls.

There is NO PERFORMANCE FEE required, for Winners to perform at the Gala concert at Carnegie Hall (travel and accommodations in NY City are the responsibility of the Winner).

In addition to the performance, all Winners (Composers and Performers) will receive:
  •  A Carnegie Hall Archival DIGITAL VIDEO of their performance

       (see Regulations for acceptable uses as per by Carnegie Hall rules)

  • Medal

  • Certificate

  • Full color brochure (digital and printed)

  • Complimentary ticket

  • An Interview by Steve Robinson, a world renowned producer of

  • Photos

  • Letters of recommendation and other support

  • Professional Portfolio packets available upon request 

Judges decisiona are final and cannot be disputed. Not all Prizes may be awarded.

Application and Audition Process

Preliminary Round

Composers submit scores. One score per Application. Duration limit - 5 min

Performers submit video of any composition of their choice. Time limit - 10 min



Up to 6 scores will be selected for the Final Round (two scores per each intstrument)

Scores will be published on the websites and made downloadable for Performers.

Composers whose pieces were selected will join the Judges Panel as Artistic Advisors (non-voting members).


Up to 12 Finalists will be selected for the Live Round (4 musicians per each instrument). Jury may select Alternates.

Finalists will choose a piece which they wish to prepare for the Final Round, from the Finalist scores.

Final Round

Live performance by 12 Finalists in front of the Judges Panel, on a world-wide Internet TV Broadcast.

Judges Panel includes Composers of the pieces which were selected for the Final Round. Composers and Performers will have an opportunity to meet and get to know each other.

Judges from aroud the world provide on-air commentary immediately after each performance.

Finalists meet the Judges and can ask questions.

Musicians' supporters can write comments which will be shown onscreen

Family and friends can watch and be part of your LIVE performance from anywhere in the world.

Performer Finalists will receive Technical Preparation session with VCHS Broadcast Directors and Engineers, in preparation for the broadcast, at no additional cost. More about Broadcast technology for musicians here

Age Limits
Composers: no age limit
Performers: 18 and under

Application Fee
Composers: $75
Performers: $100
Finals Live fee: $0
Winners Performance at Carnegie Hall fee: $0

Important DATES
  • November 30, 2023 - Composers submit scores and Application Deadline

  • December 15, 2023 - Scores selected for Finals are announced

  • December 30, 2023 - Performer Application Deadline (submit a video of any composition)

  • January 15, 2023 - 12 Finalists are announced

  • February 1, 2024 - Reistration deadline for the Performers Tech Preparation sessions for Performers

  • February 19-23, 2024 - Tech Preparation sessions for Finalists (no additional fee required)

  • February 24-26, 2024 - Final Round of the Competition

APRIL 1, 2024 - Laureates Gala Concert at Weill recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

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