Paris calling!!! … up to Nov 12th only!!

FAQ: how do I get the decision makers to listen to our String Quartet?

Well, this of course is not only what emerging String Quartets ask themselves, but you will see below why this is especially interesting for them this time!

In general I would answer this question by saying, keep inviting the decision makers you are aiming at to your concerts. Write to them early enough so they might still have place in their busy calendars. Make sure you know who is doing what at the venue you are writing to, address people with their name. A simple „dear Sir or Madame“ or a „to whom this may concern“ will go directly to the bin I am afraid. If you can’t go through the trouble of finding out who they are, why should they bother turning up at your concert? A little extra tip is, don’t only write to the Intendant, CEO or managing Director but find out who is the 2nd in command - they are normally very influential when it comes to picking young artists and will turn out to be your ally in convincing the top that you indeed are the right choice for their young artist series.

But today I recommend that you have a look at this rare and amazing opportunity to showcase your ensemble to right people on the highest level!

Twelve years ago the Cité de la musique in Paris started their String Quartet Biennial and it quickly has become a celebrated event for lovers of this repertoire. In 11 weeks from now music lovers will hear works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Ravel and Debussy and Shostakovich’s fifteen string quartets as well as a tribute to Dutilleux.
And the list of quartets gathering in Paris is mouthwatering: The Dover, Sigmum, Szymanowski, Arditti, Jerusalem, Hugo Wolf, Artemis, Pazifica, Casal, Tetzlaff, Hagen and the Renaud Capucon Quartet to name only a few.

The fabulous Emmanuel Hondré, Director of the Concerts Department of the Philharmonie de Paris, and his team have not only put together the programme but also dreamt up an amazing opportunity for all emerging string quartets - an audition on Sunday January 17th 2016 in front of an amazing list of people.

To submit your application, you need to hurry and send your CV and a recording to the following address before November 12th 2015:

Philharmonie de Paris
M. Hondré
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès - F-75019 Paris
There is no registration fee but you will need to cover your journey to Paris and your hotel accommodations yourself. In case you have any further questions you can contact Arianna Chaminé: achamine@cite-musique.fr

We are keeping our fingers crossed that you are amongst the selected few! You will get the chance to perform in front of a bunch of distinguished people representing the Wigmore Hall, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Konzerthaus, BOZAR, Muziekgebouw, Suntory Hall, Gulbenkian, Concertgebouw, Verbier Festival, the ’association ProQuartet-CEMC and two wonderful managements.

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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