The International Music Competition Harbin (IMCH) will be held from January 12-26,2018 and will be co-hosted by the Harbin Municipal Government and Harbin Conservatory of Music. As the capital city of Heilongjiang Province and Eurasia’s cultural and economic crossroads, Harbin has developed a musical culture greatly influenced by the western traditions. The Harbin Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1908 as the first of its kind in China, and its Harbin Summer Music Concert is one of China’s most magnificent music festivals. In 2010, Harbin was awarded the honorary title of “City of Music” by the United Nations.
Harbin Conservatory of Music (HCOM)
Harbin Conservatory of Music (HCOM), is the only state academy of arts in Heilongjiang Province.
The conservatory seeks to take advantage of nearby Russia’s illustrious tradition of elite music education through cooperation with Russian partners. Hoping to become the cradle for musical talent for Heilongjiang and for all China, the HCOM will establish a center for Chinese-Russian higher education and cultural exchange.
The International Music Competition Harbin has three divisions: piano, violin, and voice. Instrumentalists between 20 and 34 years of age and vocalists up to 36 years of age are eligible. IMCH is run by three committees: the Organizing Committee, Arts Committee, and Executive Committee. Ye Xiaogang, President of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, is Director of IMCH Arts Committee. Hu Yongyan, Chief Conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra, holds the post of Music Director of the IMCH Arts Committee. Peter Grote, organizer of countless international music competitions and Artistic Director of Tchaikovsky Competition 2015, is General Secretary.
The IMCH’s jury members are distinguished leaders in the arts from Europe, the Americas, China, Russia. The piano and violin competition divisions include four rounds: Round I, Round II, Round III (Mozart concertos), and a Final (with large orchestra). The vocal divisions includes three rounds: Round I, Round II, and Round III (with large orchestra). The Organizing Committee of the IMCH will offer 4 prizes for pianists, 4 prizes for violinists, 4 prizes for vocalists, and several special prizes in all sections (Best Performance of Chinese Music, the Best Commissioned Performance, etc.) These prizes will be awarded to the contestants in the closing ceremony and gala concert at the end of the competition on January 26, 2018.