Denis Azabagic – Competitions. . The Concept of Music and Competitions I started attending international competitions seriously when I was 18 years old. One of the most stressful situations that a music student (or any performer) encounters during their studies is the day, the hour or the moment of the performance. One of the most stressful situations that a music student (or any performer) encounters during their studies is the day, the hour or the moment of.
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Denis Azabagic – Competitions. Dealing With Performance Stress. Home Documents Denis Azabagic – Competitions. Post on Mar views. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. Visit us on the Web at www. Her support and encouragement during the crucial moments helped me achieve my goals.
When my spirit quivered she gave me strength. After a few years of competing I started to think about the purpose and meaning of music competitions. Some questions came to my mind, like: Does winning a competition mean you are the best or does it make you a good player or a musician? Can art be compared at all? First of all, I think that it is not possible to compare certain things, like the music of Bach and Mozart!
Very often people have asked me who my favorite composer is, and I am sure you have been asked the same question at some point. I can’t answer a question like that. Throughout history, there have been many genius composers, and it is impossible to pick the best. However, how many times do we talk about who is our favorite guitarist, flutist, violinist, orchestra, etc?
When you listen to a few players in a series of concerts, you talk to your friends and colleagues, and you discuss certain issues, such as what you liked and what not. Similarly at competitions, you can listen to others and say whom you liked and whom not.
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In a competition, the same situation occurs, but there are a few people the jury who decide the whole game.
How many times have I heard the opinions of people who listened to azababic competition and who were saying that jury was wrong, that they do not know what they are doing. I have been one of those people myself. The only time I would have nothing to say was when I – would win. Yes, winning makes everything look very good. So, if we are to go to a competition, compefitions have to accept the fact that there will be judges who will make the decisions whether we like them or not.
They will compare all the performances they hear and give their opinion about them, the same as we would do. The difference is that what they say counts in the competition result. That does not, however, mean that they are right. All humans make mistakes and judging is also a very personal and subjective matter. Still, I think there is sense in competing.
There are several points to which I would pay attention if I were a judge, or on the other hand, when I am competing: This I would divide in two areas: Stage presence I will discuss all of these elements in the chapter “How to Prepare for the Competition. Why do we need to compete? Well, there is no need, actually; it is a choice. To enter a competition and to go through all that it represents is really tough. It requires a lot of work, discipline, and energy to cope with the pressure competition cre.
On the other hand, the prizes are the things we go for. Beside the prizes that consist of cash, CD recording contracts, or concerts, there is something that we all think of, and that is a prestige. There is a general opinion that competitions help you in building your career.
I think that they do. In order to establish yourself in the performance world, you have to perform. Let me say that competitions are not the only way to establish yourself as a performer, but they definitely help.
On the other hand, winning a competition or several of them is no guarantee whatsoever that one will have a successful career. For me there was a period of my life in which I was going to many, many competitions, from throughand that is one period that brought me many good things, one of them being a certain recognition in the classical guitar world.
Still, I am con3 vinced that if I don’t keep fighting for my career all the competitions that I won will not help. It is great to win a competition and put that in our bio.
That certainly helps later when we want to get concerts.
Even if one does denie win, playing in the competition is an opportunity where other people who can later help our career can notice us. The bottom line is that competitions help in establishing one’s name. There are other ways as well, and one should not be discouraged at all if he or she does not have a success at a competition and is led to believe that he she is not cut out for this profession. There are so many elements that come together for one to win a prize at a competition.
Comptitions some people the competition environment is such a negative situation that everything falls apart. On the other hand, those same people perform extraordinarily well in concerts. Concerts and competitions are in some ways opposite situations. In the first, people come to hear you and enjoy; in the other, you are judged and criticized. Apart from benefiting if you win a prize at the competition, there are other elements that we take home even if the experience seems totally negative.
I think that there are quite a number of people that come to competitions and are not aware of the things in their playing that could be much better or some things that are even wrong. I remember once a judge told me that I play very well but too soft, that I cannot play just for myself but it has to be for the audience. I was very surprised. I thought I had comprtitions loud enough! Some time after that I realized that I could actually play with more sound and get a much better dynamic range.
Sometimes it is the guitar’s fault. Some people deny the fact that they do coompetitions have such a great instrument, because they paid a significant amount for it.
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If they hear the same comment from different people, maybe they will decide to face that fact and get a better instrument. Also there are reversed situations, where some players complain about the instrument, but the problem is really somewhere in their technique. On occasion you can find talented young people studying in one place and performing in an area where everyone just keeps saying how good he or she plays. That tends to create an impression in that young person that he or she is the best and it could be difficult to face disappointments later on.
Ifwe play in different places then competitiohs will be more realistic pn forming an opinion about ourselves. The truth is that there are so many good players around the world, and our town, state, province, or country is not the whole world. Performing in many places gives us a chance to hear new things and to learn. I think it would be very beneficial to hear the judge’s opinions and to reflect on them.
I remember receiving the jury’s notes from a Concert Artist Guild competition in New York, where I had played in the semi-finals, but didn’t make it to the finals. I received the judge’s notes on my performance a few months after the competition.
It was really interesting to read them. I took some of them into account and reflected on them, while others I dismissed. All the notes asabagic anonymous. I think this is a great idea. It gives the competitor a chance to get feedback on his or her playing.
Given time to “cool off” after a competition for a few weeks, and not looking at the situation with the emotions that are present after a disappointing result, one can be more objective. Again I say one should know what to accept and what to reject. Once I received an E-mail from someone who attended the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, asking me for an opinion on his playing in the semi-final round.
I didn’t hear the semi-finals so I could not tell him anything. This is just one example of someone looking for feedback on their playing.
It is important to realize that at competitions you can get new and fresh ideas and opinions from people whose opinions you value. These opinions can be different from those we usually hear from our teacher, friends and other persons who are usually around us. On the other competitlons, you might hear the same things your teacher was azabaagic you, thus helping you realize even better compftitions things you should pay attention to.
All these reflections on our playing can be obtained elsewhere, at master-classes for example. The point that I am trying to make is, try dompetitions get the most out of a music competition.
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Competitions can be very pleasant or very frustrating experiences, but they can definitely give you a valuable experience. The first competition I attended was in or I was 10 or 11 and this competition was called the Republic Competition for music pupils and students competitionw Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the former Yugoslavia we had these competitions every three or four years, and the students from music schools or academies would competitiond for it.
First, we would go to the Republic Competition and then the first prize winners would go to the Federal Competition ofYugoslavia. Something similar takes place in the U. The competition we had in the former Yugoslavia was also divided in competitioms several categories according to the age. There were seven categories, I believe. Back then everything was kind of predetermined. There was only that one competition and another festival and I did not have to think much about which competition to take part in.