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INFORMATION ON THE AUDITIONS OF THE GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER

 


IN 2020, THERE WILL BE NO AUDITIONS FOR THE 2021 GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER PROJECTS.

 

ALL MUSICIANS WHO WERE INVITED OR ON THE RESERVE LIST FOR THE 2020 GMJO PROJECTS

WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY INVITED OR ON THE RESERVE LIST FOR THE 2021 GMJO PROJECTS.

 

IN AUTUMN 2021, THE GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER  WILL RESUME ITS AUDITIONS FOR 2022.

 

DUE TO THE EXCEPTIONAL SITUATION IN 2020, IN 2021 THE AGE LIMIT WILL BE EXPANDED TO 27 YEARS.

 

(Vienna, 05.10.20). In 2020, several GMJO projects were cancelled or heavily affected by the CoVid-19 pandemic; the GMJO managed to realise part of its artistic planning, so that at least some musicians who had successfully passed the 2019 auditions for 2020 could perform in 2020 as members of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. However, many musicians who were originally invited or on the reserve list for 2020 could not participate. The GMJO regards it as a matter of fairness to guarantee them a priority for the 2021 projects of the GMJO.

It is currently impossible to organise live auditions in many countries in Europe; the GMJO audition system is defined by a unique combination of “live” and “recording”: Every candidate in every city is auditioning live in front of the jury. Every audition is recorded by the GMJO, with the same professional audio-visual equipment, and later watched again and judged by the jury, in order to guarantee a maximum of fairness.

 

The GMJO auditions are based on the following principles: 

1.            Equal access: the GMJO audition jury travels, at the expenses of the GMJO, to many countries and cities in order to provide access for as many musicians as possible. No one should be excluded from the possibility of participating in an audition due to political, financial, or logistical difficulties or restrictions. That is why there are – normally - auditions in so many countries in Europe.

2.            Fairness: by providing a combination of live and recorded auditions, every single musician should have the same conditions for being judged. With the professional audio-visual equipment used by the GMJO, no one should have an advantage or disadvantage through the audio-visual quality of a recording. The live impression and the interaction between the candidate and the jury are just as important as the recording. That is why the GMJO does not accept audition recordings only.

3.            Transparency: when applying for an audition, every candidate is informed about the project(s) for which the auditions are being organised: the period and dates, the repertoire, the involved artists and cities of the planned projects are always being communicated well in advance. In other words: you know what you are applying for.

4.            Safety: the safety of all candidates and jury members must be guaranteed at all times; no one should be exposed to a health risk when taking part in an audition – be it through the live contact during the audition, be it through necessary individual travel to / from an audition place.

At present, it is impossible to guarantee these principles: many countries are not accessible due to various travel restrictions and quarantine measures; in many of the usual audition places, safety measures do not allow indoor activities; safe travelling to and from audition places is beyond the influence of the GMJO.

As a consequence, the GMJO has thoroughly discussed with its audition jury members and tutors if it makes sense artistically and if it is fair to organise online auditions in this situation, and here is the conclusion:

 


ONLINE AUDITIONS CANNOT REPLACE LIVE AUDITIONS

 

 

Despite today´s technical progress, it is impossible to correctly judge certain musical and technical qualities of a candidate with an online audition. Equal chances cannot be guaranteed between candidates with professional recording equipment and a fast internet transmission rate on one hand side and others who are recording from their living room with a cell phone and lower internet transmission rate.

The GMJO is aware that musicians who have not been able to participate in the 2019 auditions for 2020 will be disappointed that there are no auditions for the 2021 projects. Some will reach the age limit of 26 years. Therefore, the following additional rule applies, providing equal chances for everybody:

 

                                    THE AGE LIMIT WILL BE EXPANDED TO 27 YEARS IN 2021

 

The GMJO has been very successfully working for over 30 years for generations of Europe´s best orchestra musicians. It will overcome this crisis and continue its activities in 2021 and beyond.

 

With all good wishes from the GMJO team:

 

Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli

Secretary General

 

Gabriel Höller

Head of Orchestra Management

 

Andreas Brunauer

Head of Artistic Administration

 

Sebastian Strohal

Technical Director and Head of Office

 

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Goethegasse 1

A-1010 Wien

Tel +43 1 5129833

 

 

 

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