The São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival provides a once in a lifetime experience for emerging professional composers specializing in the practices of Western contemporary art music.
Accepted applicants to the festival will receive professional performances of their chamber or orchestral works by internationally renowned contemporary Brazilian performers.
Additionally, composers will receive professional studio recordings of their chamber pieces as well as critique and master classes with our visiting guest honorariums.
Composers will be provided housing throughout the duration of the festival along with exclusive tours of the City of São Paulo.
ABOUT SÃO PAULO
São Paulo is Brazil's vibrant cultural and financial center. The city has a rich architecture ranging from colonial buildings of the 1500's through the 21st century. With a population comparable to New York or Tokyo, São Paulo is the hub of the arts in South America, and its rigorous contemporary musical scene features the most important performers, composers, conductors, and pedagogues. São Paulo also is home to the most important Latin-American orchestra, OSESP.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival is envisioned for composers in the field of 21st century art music. This includes individuals who aspire to continue the tradition and evolution of contemporary Western music practices.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Besides an incredible performance of your music, you will be surrounded by individuals who are on the cutting edge of contemporary music. You will live in São Paulo and experience an environment that fosters and supports high artistry. You will receive private lessons, individual coachings of your works with professional composers and ensembles, studio recordings of your chamber works, as well as cultural excursions to museums, concert halls, and touristic venues. Additionally, you will form lifelong relationships that will have a significant impact on your network as a composer.
WHAT ABOUT THE SCHEDULE?
Each day will consist of lectures, discussion on contemporary art, concerts, rehearsals, tours, and leisure time. A detailed schedule will be provided as the festival approaches.
WHERE WILL I STAY?
Participants will be housed in the Hotel Century Paulista, right next to the Brigadeiro Subway Station and the Paulista Avenue, which is at the financial and cultural center of the city. The area you will be staying is very accessible to the local transportation network.
São Paulo has a very efficient transportation system that is easy to navigate. Upon your arrival to São Paulo, you will be greeted by festival administrators who will escort you to the hotel. Your trip back to the airport will also be arranged.
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If accepted and you decide to come, you will receive a welcome packet covering the details of the schedule which will include a schedule, procedure for getting a VISA, suggested flight routes, your housing, when your score and parts should be submitted, how your friends and family can access the broadcast as well as details pertaining to travel insurance and what to pack for your stay.
Applicants will be asked to submit one to two recent compositions for review. The rigorous review process will begin in June. Adjudicators include composers from the U.S., São Paulo, Vienna, London, and Belgrade. Should you be accepted to the program, you will be asked to submit a letter of intent stating your plan of attendance. To secure your spot in the festival, you must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit within 30 days of your acceptance.
One of the best studios in Brazil, Studio Arsis combines top-notch equipment with an excellent sound engineer, who has worked with the major orchestras and performers in Brazil, such as Oratorio Society of New York, Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, Cesar Camargo Mariano, members of the Berlin Philharmonic (Rüdiger Liebermann, Benoit Fromanger, Walter Seyfarth), Hermeto Paschoal, and Fábio Zanon. In addition to the premiere of your work, each participant will have ample studio time in Studio Arsis with their recording engineers.
Program tuition: $2,500, includes:
If you would like to be considered for financial assistance please submit a merit-based essay (250 - 500 words) and a reference list with two to three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diogo Carvalho - Artistic Director
Michael Polo - Executive Director
Brianna Ricci - Director of Communications
Brendan Sweeney - Administrative Assistant
Brittany Rogers - Administrative Assistant
Paulo Raposo - Local Ambassador
Silas Palermo - Local Ambassador
Ariane Aparecida Tiago - Unicamp Ambassador
· Performance of your work
· Studio Recording
· Local Transportation
· Masterclasses/Private Lessons
· Cultural Activities