2019 is the year of the creation of the Pan Caucasian Youth Orchestra, a full symphony orchestra led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. The orchestra will be resident at the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia from its first edition in September 2019.
You should apply if you are between 18 and 28 years old, with some experience in orchestra playing and born in Georgia or one of the other countries of the region.
If you are selected, you will be invited to perform during 5 weeks in an intense orchestra training program.
Georgia is an exciting country full of beauty and culture. The Tsinandali Estate, situated in the magnificent Kakheti region, has now been developed into a Cultural Center with two concert halls, museum, hotels, restaurants, all in the midst of a big beautiful park.
The Tsinandali Estate will hold the Tsinandali Festival, with two concerts per day, many international artists, a full-fledged academy, the residency of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in addition to the Pan Caucasian Youth Orchestra.
WHAT IS THE PAN-CAUCASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA (PCYO)?
- The PCYO is the leading training orchestra for talented young musicians of the following countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine.
- The orchestra performs the major repertoire for large symphony orchestra with world class conductors and soloists.
- The admission to the orchestra is by live auditions in different cities.
- In 2020, the total period of participation in the orchestra will be 6 weeks (August/September 2020).
- In the first three weeks there will be lessons and rehearsals with principal musicians of world leading professional orchestras.
- In the following three weeks there will be rehearsals and six concerts during Tsinandali Festival 2020.
- Application, participation and all costs (travel, accommodation, meals) will be paid by Tsinandali Festival.
HOW TO BECOME A PCYO MEMBER?
The PCYO is open for musicians who are between 18 and 28 years of age and born in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine.
The 2020 auditions have been completed. If you have participated, you will receive an email with your result until beginning of April. If you are interested in participating in the 2021 edition of PCYO, please keep checking the website for auditions (dates will be published in September 2020).
You can also sign up for the PCYO newsletter and we will inform you once the applications are open.
PCYO SCHEDULE 2020
- 17 Aug: Arrival
- 18 Aug: Seating audition
- 18 Aug – 4 Sept: Coaching and rehearsal period with coaches from world-class orchestras
- 5 – 14 Sept: rehearsals and 4 concerts at Tsinandali Festival with conductors Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, Manfred Honeck, Pablo Heras-Casado and world-famous soloists (see programme here) link to program on website
- 15 Sept: Departure
For all instruments except timpani and percussion:
- 2 pieces of your choice (or movements of pieces) of different character and period, for a total of about 10 minutes.
- Orchestral excerpts, scores available to download here
- Sight reading
For violin, viola and cello: one of 2 pieces has to be a movement from a Bach solo work.
For woodwind instruments, it is possible to play 1 of the pieces on an additional instrument (Piccolo, English Horn, Eb clarinet, Bass clarinet, Contrabassoon).
For timpani and percussion, you will be asked to play some of the following program, scores available to download:
- Beethoven: 9th Symphony – 1st mvt., 19th measure after R to the end;
- Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony – 1st mvt., begin 2 measures before T to the third measure before U;
- Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, last page, 189 to the end.
- Snare Drum:
- Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol – Alborada, beginning to H – Scena e Canto Gitano, long roll plus 10 measures; Sheherazade – 3rd mvt., D to E – 4th mvt., P to R;
- Prokofiev: Lt Kije, Opening 1 to 2.
- Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age – No. 3, 45 to 46 (the first solo entrance only);
- Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon, 9 to 12.
- Dvorak: Carnival Overture, beginning to C.
- Mallet Solo on Marimba:
- 1 piece of your choice
List of Experts
Brahms: Symphony no. 4, 1st mvt., bar 392 to end
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, bar 17 to 99
Strauss: Don Juan, bar 1 to 62
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, 4th mvt., bar 42 to 50
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, letter C to D
Mozart: Haffner Symphony, 4th mvt., bar 1 to 30
Rossini: Wilhelm Tell Overture, solo, bar 1 to 34
Schubert: Symphony no. 9, Scherzo, first 5 lines
Strauss: Don Juan, letter A to 10 bars after B
Beethoven: Symphony no. 5, 3rd mvt., bar 1 to 61 and 141 to 177
Mahler: Symphony no. 2, 1st mvt., bar 1 to 20
Mozart: Symphony no. 35, 1st mvt., bar 13 to 41
Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3, bar 328 to 360
Brahms: Symphony no. 4, 4th mvt., bar 97 to 105
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, 2 bars before letter P to end
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2, from reh. no. 176 to 2 bars after 179
Brahms: Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt., bar 3 to 32
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Prélude, beginning to reh. no. 2 and 8 to 9
Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture, opening solo until reh. no. 3
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6, 2nd mvt., bar 68 to 77
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 3rd mvt., solo, bar 119 to 131
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Scherzo
Mozart: Nozze di Figaro overture, bar 139 to 171
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, beginning to 3 bars after reh. no. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6, 1st mvt., bar 1 to 12
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9, 3rd mvt., 4th Horn, bar 82 to 100
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, 1st Horn, beginning until reh. no. 1
and reh. no. 29 to 30
Wagner: Siegfried, long call
Mahler: Symphony no. 5, opening to reh. no. 2
Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, opening to reh. no. 2
Stravinsky: Petrouchka, ballerina’s dance, reh. no. 69 to 70
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra, overture, letter C, F & I
Ravel: Bolero, solo, 3 bars after reh. no. 10
Schumann: Symphony no. 3, IV mvt., opening (optional alto trombone)
Berlioz: Marche Hongroise, reh. no. 4 to 5
Schumann: Symphony no. 3, IV mvt., opening
Wagner: Die Walküre, trombone call (4th trombone)
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 4th mvt., reh. no. 56 to 6 bars after 57 (1st Tuba)
Mahler: Symphony no. 1, 3rd mvt., solo, 4 bars before reh. no. 3 to 4
Wagner: Die Walküre, tuba call
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 2nd mvt., 1st harp, bar 5 to 66 and 191 to 206
Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5, 2nd mvt., reh. no. 40 to 42
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Valse des Fleurs, Solo
ASSISTANT CONDUCTORS 2020
ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS 2019