Rules and Regulations
From now until April 15, 2020, chamber groups who submit their materials through the eMus portal for a chamber music feedback (group with 3 or more musicians in any combination of instruments) will automatically be eligible for this competition.
Based on the panel’s feedback, eMus administrators will award the top group the following prize:
A 2-hour session to play alongside with members of Neave Trio in Boston, USA in summer 2020.
An opportunity to observe a 1.5-hour rehearsal of Neave Trio in Boston, USA in summer 2020.
A 1-hour discussion and coaching with Neave Trio in Boston, USA in summer 2020.
Date and repertoire will be determined after the top winning group is contacted through email on or before April 30, 2020. Prize winners will need to verify their identity and the authenticity of their submission immediately upon contact.
It is the winners’ responsibility to book and cover their travel, visa, and lodging costs.
The administrators of eMus retain the right to make and withhold the prize, upon successful background checks of all the prize winners in this competition. All decision made by the administrators are final and without appeal.
Members of the panel or administrators of eMus are not eligible for this competition.
Founded by Dr. Lucas Wong in 2019, eMus is an online musical feedback service for anyone who performs music. For more information, visit www.tryemus.com.
Faculty, Longy School of Music of Bard College, USA
Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its "Best of 2014" and “Best of 2016” roundups, claiming, “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”
Neave has performed and held residencies at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide and has appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country. In the fall of 2017, the Trio joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence.
Neave Trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums. These collaborations include performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company; projection artist Ryan Brady; the interactive concert series “STEIN2.0,” with composer Amanuel Zarzowski; Klee Musings by acclaimed American composer Augusta Read Thomas, which was premiered by Neave; the premiere of Eric Nathan’s Missing Words V, sponsored by Coretet; and a music video by filmmaker Amanda Alvarez Díaz of Astor Piazzolla’s "Otoño Porteño.”
Neave Trio’s next album, Her Voice, includes trios by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, and Louise Farrenc, and will be released in September 2019 on Chandos Records. The group’s most recent album, Celebrating Piazzolla, was released on Azica Records in November 2018 and features mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski. Neave Trio’s other recordings include French Moments (Chandos Records, 2018), and the group’s debut album, American Moments (Chandos Records, 2016).
Highlights of Neave’s 2019-20 season include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Brown University, Feldman Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, and the Boise Chamber Music Series, among many others.
For more information, visit www.neavetrio.com.
Dr. Lucas Wong
Founder & CEO, eMus
The author of "The Multi-Functional Pianist", Canadian pianist Lucas Wong is earning a diversified career as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and vocal coach. Praised for “his gifts for colour, nuance and tasteful dynamic contrasts” (Gramophone), he has performed in many prestigious venues across a dozen countries on four continents. Career highlights include multiple engagements at the Carnegie Hall, innovative recital programs like "Beyond 88" and the "Mostly Debussy" series, a complete performance of Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Shanghai Conservatory, directorship of the complete Duparc melodies at Songfest in LA, and collaborations with American composers such as William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, and John Musto. Wong's academic achievements include his Yale doctoral thesis "Perspectives on Claude Debussy’s Douze Études” and the article "Humour in Late Debussy: Multiple Perspectives on Douze Études" published on the Musical Times.
For more information, visit www.lucaswongpiano.com.
Dr. Brian Witkowski
Founding Advisor, eMus
Brian Witkowski is grateful to be a founding advisor to eMUS. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance, and his studies and career have taken him as far west as Hawaii and as far east as China with repertoire ranging from Gregorian Chant in cathedrals to musical theatre roles like Lancelot in Spamalot. An avid recitalist with a passion for Lieder, he is a past Stern Fellow at Songfest and his dissertation was on a set of ballads by Carl Loewe, a contemporary of Schubert from Northern Germany. He has taught at Rockford University, facilitated professional development seminars to teachers and artists through Arts Integration Solutions and other organizations, is regularly sought out as a speaker, and offers artists masterclasses and seminars in authenticity, financial empowerment, and leadership. He is the founder and CEO of The Lucrative Artist, where he provides business and leadership coaching to help artists position themselves to better have more of the authentic careers and lives they desire and deserve. Learn more at www.thelucrativeartist.com