Early Music America offers a variety of competitions for performers. EMA has managed three recording competitions (two with the Dorian label and one with Naxos) and three Medieval/Renaissance performance competitions. Click here to read testimonials from past competitions winners. (From Summer 2010; PDF file; 63KB)
EMA Baroque Performance Competition
Early Music America presented a new Baroque Performance Competition in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging the development of emerging artists in the performance of Baroque music. The six finalist ensembles competed in a live concert on October 10, 2012, at Corpus Christi Church in New York City. Both a Grand Prize winner and an Audience Prize winner were selected. Click to view a recap.
EMA will present the 2014 Baroque Performance Competition in collaboration with the University of Chicago Presents scheduled for Saturday, October 11. Click for more information on the application process.
Naxos Recording Competition 2011
Early Music America and Naxos held a new recording competition for early music soloists and ensembles, whose prize included a debut commercial CD recording, which will be produced and marketed by Naxos. Wayward Sisters, a Baroque ensemble specializing in 17th-century music, was announced the winner in September. Click here to read the press release. The purpose of this competition is to promote the career development of emerging early music artists.
Medieval/Renaissance Performance Competition
Early Music America, with the support of a generous individual donor, has sponsored three Medieval/Renaissance Performance Competitions in 2009, 2006 and 2004. The purpose of this competition is to encourage the development of emerging artists in the performance of medieval and Renaissance music.
2009 Unicorn Prize and Audience Prize Winner: Plaine & Easie (Linda Tsatsanis, soprano; Shulamit Kleinerman, Renaissance violin; John Lenti, lute; and Nathan Whittaker, bass violin/cello); Seattle, WA. Click here for 2009 competition photos.
2006 Unicorn Prize Winner: Ensemble La Rota (Sarah Barnes, soprano; Tobie Miller, recorder, hurdy gurdy, voice; Émilie Brûlé, vielle; Esteban La Rotta, lute, harp voice); Montreal, QC. Click here for 2006 competition photos.
2004 Unicorn Prize Winner: Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano; Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute); New York, NY
EMA/Naxos Recording Competition 2003
The winners of this competition were selected by Klaus Heymann and his colleagues at Naxos from a group of 7 finalists previously announced by EMA. The competition was for early music soloists and ensembles, and the prize is a debut CD recording, which will be produced and marketed by Naxos. EMA and Naxos hope to promote the career development of early music performers and the philosophy of historically informed performance by offering to the public recordings of the highest quality. Both the Grand Prize Winner and the 1st Runner Up will be recorded by Naxos.
Grand Prize Winner-Catacoustic Consort (Annalisa Pappano, gamba/lirone/artistic director; Catherine Webster, soprano; Michael Leopold, theorbo; Becky Baxter, triple harp).
1st Runner Up-Ciaramella (Adam and Rotem Gilbert, Douglas Milliken, Debra Nagy, shawms and recorders; Greg Ingles, sackbut; Anna Levenstein and Gail West, sopranos).
Honorable Mention-Lucas Harris, lute/theorbo.
CSEM/EMA Erwin Bodky Competition for early music soloists
This collaborative competition, co-sponsored by the Cambridge Society for Early Music and Early Music America, was designed to recognize excellence among up-and-coming early music specialists and give one previously unrecorded artist the opportunity for a commercial release.
2001 Grand Prize Winner: Tanya Tomkins, cello (San Francisco, CA)
2001 Honorable Mention: Charles Brink, traverso (Linz, Austria)
Dorian/EMA recording Competition
This collaborative competition, co-sponsored by The Dorian Group, Ltd., and Early Music America, was designed to identify emerging talent and give previously unrecorded artists the opportunity for a commercial release. Finalists in the Second EMA/Dorian Competition are featured on Early Music LIVE2000 CD, produced by EMA.
1999 Grand Prize Winner: Masques (Toronto, ON)
1999 Runner-Up: Mirable (San Francisco)
1997 Grand Prize Winner: The Concord Ensemble (Bloomington, IN)
1997 Runner-Up: Terra Nova Consort (Ashland, OR)
1997 Honorable Mention: Musicke & Mirth (Basel, Switzerland)