Mark your calendar:
October 10-14, 2012 in Amsterdam!
compagnietheaterphotoPreparations for the Third International Jewish Music Competition are in full swing. Mark you calendar and tell your friends to join us in Amsterdam for the five-day festival, October 10-14, 2012. We’ll start with a kickoff concert in the monumental Portuguese Synagogue (built in 1675, pictured here), followed by the three-day competition in the elegant Compagnie Theater, with 24 ensembles from around the world. To close, we’ll host a day of workshops with a Jewish cultural marketplace, an open podium, and a closing concert with winners from the competition. Take a look at our site ( for all the details.
Registration update
Applications are piling up as we approach the July 1st deadline. From all over the world, from Australia to the Czech Republic, ensembles are sending us their demo recordings. The selection committee will have a tough job of choosing this year’s contestants, who will be announced at the beginning of August. Do you know of an ensemble that is ready to break though with worldwide exposure? A band that is ready to strut its stuff in front of a world-class jury? The application  deadline is in less than 2 weeks, so don’t wait!
Jury close-up: Hankus Netsky
compagnietheaterphotoIn addition to Shura Lipovsky, Dubi Lenz, and Gerard Edery, the international jury for the 2012 Competition includes multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist, Hankus Netsky. He is chair of the Contemporary Improvisation Department at the New England Conservatory, director of the Discovery Project at the National Yiddish Book Center, and founder and director of the internationally renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has composed extensively for film, theater and television and has collaborated with many artists including Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, and Theodore Bikel.  He has produced numerous CDs on the Rounder and Vanguard labels and has recorded with Perlman, Bikel, Ran Blake, Marty Ehrlich, Jeff Warschauer, Margot Leverett and Another Realm.

Talent scouts
We will once again be welcoming a variety of international Jewish music programmers at this year’s competition. Among them…
- Jordan Peimer, Director of Programs at the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles). A leading Jewish cultural institution and venue in Los Angeles, the Skirball presents a broad spectrum of music ranging from Cuban Roberto Juan Rodriguez and his Orquesta Sarabia to the multigenerational band The Alaev Family from Tajikistan/Israel.
- Mary-Louise Albert, Artistic Managing Director of the Chutzpah! Festival (Vancouver). One of Canada’s leading Jewish festivals, Chutzpah! presents a profusion of extraordinary multi-cultural national and international music, theatre and dance performances.
- Elise Bernhardt, President and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York) is also planning on attending. The foundation invests in creative individuals in order to nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, with pioneering partnerships such as the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists that provides support to individual artists developing new projects with a Jewish focus. 
Dutch leaders to present prizes
Job Cohen, former Mayor of Amsterdam and former leader of the Dutch Labor Party, will again be presenting one of the prizes this year. He is a great fan of Jewish music: “I really enjoy this festival. It combines incredible joy – it is often hard to remain seated – with a touch of homesickness.” Star attorney Bram Moszkowicz will also be among the community leaders to present prizes at the finals.

What ever happened to…?
compagnietheaterphotoCurious to know what's been going on with the winners of 2010? “Friend” us on Facebook for regular updates. Duo Bilitis, finalists in 2010, appreciated the competition’s bringing so many excellent musicians together. ‘We were particularly impressed with Mames Babegenush from Denmark,’ says harpist Eva Tebbe. But the duo’s own career is equally impressive. As a sequel to the competition, Duo Bilitis toured the Netherlands. Eva: ‘Further highlights were our participation in the Mosel Musik Festival (Germany and Luxemburg) and our visit to Azerbaijan (Baku International Music Festival).’ Last year they also released their album ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. No shortage of future plans: ‘We are now developing a program for a theater in Gent about Jean Cocteau with our Belgian colleague harpist Anouk Sturtewagen.’
Thanks to our sponsors
We are grateful for the renewed support of the Levi Lassen Foundation, the Dutch Cultural Participation Fund, the Lexhanna Foundation, the Embassy of the U.S.A., and Stayokay hostels. The deluxe NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is an important new sponsor for which we are also very thankful!
Who? What? Where? When?
3rd International Jewish Music Competion: for individual musicians, ensembles and bands specializing in performing Jewish music and whose goal is an international career performing this repertoire.
Competition registration: open until July 1
Announcement of selected contestants: August 1
Ticket sales: starts in September
Festival opening concert: Wednesday October 10
Preliminary competition rounds: Thursday October 11 & Friday October 12
Finale: Saturday October 13
Winners’ Concert: Sunday October 14
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Location: Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam

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June 18, 2012

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Photo credit:
  • Hankus Netsky, by Diane Griliches
  • Duo Bilitis, by Emilio Moreno
  • Portuguese Synagogue, by Michael Jacobs


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