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#1724910 - 08/02/11 12:13 AM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: PaulaPiano34]
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Sort of, yes. I recently switched teachers, and have increased my playing time, etc.

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#1725030 - 08/02/11 07:52 AM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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Slerk: I cannot say for the world, but for the U.S. the two best would be Curtis and Julliard


For your sake, I hope that in all email contacts you have with people at Juilliard that you check your spelling. Slerk too. grin
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#1725126 - 08/02/11 11:41 AM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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Originally Posted By: mazeppa777
Yea the acceptance rate changes every year, suffice to say that it is obviously low.
I'm 16. What makes me special is impossible to answer for yourself, although if i had to say i would say dedication. What do you think of Chopin's 2nd scherzo for the fast piece?

Slerk: I cannot say for the world, but for the U.S. the two best would be Curtis and Julliard


I wouldn't play a Chopin scherzo for the same reason I wouldn't play a ballade. There's fast and slow sections in it. Plus Chopin's 2nd Scherzo is the easiest one and is so overplayed. Unless you have something new to say with it, it is not a good choice IMO.

I'm curious if the Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brilliante op22 would work or the last two movements of Chopin's B Minor sonata.

For your slow piece, I most certainly wouldn't play op10no3. That piece is played so much that my teacher won't even let me compete with it. If you want a slow etude, go with op25no7 because it shows of LH dexterity and technique. For a fast etude, play something like op25no10, op25no11, etc...

Curtis likes a display of phenomenal technical prowess. Also, if they ask you to play a scale, play it fast but musically. They really like musical scales and one of my teacher's students was turned out of a lesson at Curtis because he couldn't play musical scales.

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#1725140 - 08/02/11 11:53 AM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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I am all for setting high goals, but maybe you need to set the bar a little lower.

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#1725187 - 08/02/11 01:01 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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This thread is really starting to bother me.

Even if this young person had listed the technically advanced repertoire many here propose as necessary for Curtis it seems likely he would fall into the 96% of auditions not selected.

There is more at stake here than mere selection to Curtis. Which of you have honestly ever regretted a valid attempt that landed short? For myself, it's only when I stopped trying to reach a goal due to self doubt that stands out as a true failure in life. Suggesting that walking away from anything not 100% certain to end with success sets a terrible precedent and is a good way to guide someone into doing nothing with an entire life.

IMHO, circumstance, experience and age all eventually set the bar lower without our assistance. Circumstance and age are generally outside our domain of control. Experience, which we can control, teaches each of us our individual limitations and aptitudes. Experience is vital to growth and can only be gained by jumping into the fray.

Mazeppa777: If Curtis is your dream then I say go for it. At the end of the day it will be your performance and the opinion of Curtis making the selection decision, not anyone here. If you are selected, fantastic. If not, you may try again - right? Regardless of outcome, when you are older and reviewing life choices a "low possibility of being selected but still trying" will trump a "too afraid to attempt" any day. smile
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#1725206 - 08/02/11 01:27 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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I agree with Taratex that he should still try (you really never know until you try), but I want to make sure he knows what he's really going into so there's no disappointment and to make sure he has other options. It would help if we could be able to hear his playing.

I know some might question my credibility as I am young myself, but my current piano teacher has had a few students accepted to Curtis and my father's friend knows someone who has taught piano at both Curtis and Juilliard. I am preparing for my conservatory auditions in a few years as well. Stakes are really high.

I would guess, though, from the OP's repertoire that he would probably be able to get into something like Mannes College or the NEC. But it's always important to remember that it's about the teacher-not the name of the school. A very fine pianist and winner of the Snowy Range competition, Fan Ya Lin, was accepted to both Oberlin and Juilliard but decided to go to Weber State University because the professor there was what Lin felt she needed.

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#1725207 - 08/02/11 01:28 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: slerk]
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What are the greatest musical insitutions/conservatories in the world?

I always just think of Julliard and the Fliszt Academy


The Hochschule in Hanover would make the list.
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#1725240 - 08/02/11 02:14 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: Kreisler]
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Originally Posted By: Kreisler
Originally Posted By: slerk
What are the greatest musical insitutions/conservatories in the world?

I always just think of Julliard and the Fliszt Academy


The Hochschule in Hanover would make the list.


And don't forget the International Piano Academy at Lake Como or the Paris Conservatoire

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#1725341 - 08/02/11 04:58 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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Ok first of all I enjoy how this thread has become a sort of debate smile. It has always been a dream of mine to attend Curtis and if I don't get in, its not going to be a huge loss for me as I live right outside of Philadelphia. I know that the odds are highly against getting admitted there, so I'm going to audition at other places(NEC, etc.) So I probably will try out(even multiple times) and I do understand how hard it is to get into these schools. Like Gretzky said: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"

Anyways, I think for the fast piece I have settled of op.10 no.4, albeit it is a bit short, but still very virtuosic. And possibly I will play the berceuse for the slow piece


Edited by mazeppa777 (08/02/11 05:01 PM)

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#1725383 - 08/02/11 05:51 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: mazeppa777]
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Originally Posted By: mazeppa777
Ok first of all I enjoy how this thread has become a sort of debate smile. It has always been a dream of mine to attend Curtis and if I don't get in, its not going to be a huge loss for me as I live right outside of Philadelphia. I know that the odds are highly against getting admitted there, so I'm going to audition at other places(NEC, etc.) So I probably will try out(even multiple times) and I do understand how hard it is to get into these schools. Like Gretzky said: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"

Anyways, I think for the fast piece I have settled of op.10 no.4, albeit it is a bit short, but still very virtuosic. And possibly I will play the berceuse for the slow piece


Good luck!
I hope I didn't come across as grumpy and argumentative. I'm just trying to be helpful. Let us know about how it goes, k?

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#1725407 - 08/02/11 06:11 PM Re: Audition Repertoire [Re: PaulaPiano34]
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lol no you were a help. Thanks to everyone who commented

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