James Welch, Chairman of the Competition

Photo: Kevin Michki

Progressive Musicians

We came across Progressive Musicians recently through music friends in Portland, Oregon. Every year we are joined by number of participants from the America, both in the Intermediate and Advanced Classes, and especially from Portland. Two of these, James Welch and Anne Denis, have set up an enterprising scheme to help and promote young musicians. I have known James (from Buffalo) and Anne (from Portland) for a number of years, not only as valuable members of the Advanced Class at the sumer school but also as participants in my master classes in America. Both are fine pianists and teachers in their own right.

This founding year of Progressive Musicians kicks off with a competition, with the exciting incentive of a prize performance at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall in new York.

Below is a message from the Progressive Musicians team.

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the Music World, 

It is with pride that we present to you a brand new competition for PIANISTS and VIOLINISTS.  This competition is sponsored by PROGRESSIVE MUSICIANS, a new organization that is dedicated to helping musicians achieve their goals and advance artistically.

We are now accepting applications to the PROGRESSIVE MUSICIANS INTERNATIONAL PIANO AND VIOLIN COMPETITION 2020. Our competition takes place online and is conducted through video recordings.  All applicants will submit performance videos, receive a written evaluation from our qualified judges, and then be given the opportunity to make improvements and send an updated. Performance and improvements are factored into the competition scoring, adding a unique educational element to the competition process. Winners will be invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Early Bird Special: $150 application fee for soloists and $125 application fee for each member of chamber ensembles now through April 1, 2020

Application deadline: May 1, 2020

Please visit www.progressivemusicians.com for details

We enthusiastically welcome applicants of all ages to apply for this amazing opportunity.


The Progressive Musicians Team