The Goodmesh Concours is unique in that it combines music with other art forms, aiming to inspire musicians to branch out. The competition encourages musicians to work with other artists such as painters, dancers, puppeteers, etc.
The new competition received applications from over 200 artists representing 40 nationalities, 35 musical instruments, and 29 art forms.
First prize went to violinist Charlotte Spruit and painter Jérémie Queyras, from the Netherlands and France respectively, for their project entitled "Echoes from the Future."
They will receive EUR 1500, live performance opportunities, a professional video recording, a photoshoot, and a TRPTK album recording with worldwide distribution.
Second prize went to baritone Johannes Fritsche, pianist Manon Parmentier, and puppeteer Emilien Truche from Germany for their project entitled "dopqelgänger."
Lastly, the Audience Prize went to contemporary music ensemble Sketch351, composer Nuno Lobo and video artist Pedro Lobo from Portugal for their project entitled "It Rose Behind The River."
The jury was composed of Maya Fridman, cellist and Artist Manager at TRPTK music label, Jacques Goddijn, Founder of Goodmesh, violist Dana Zemtsov, and Dimitri van der Werf, co-founder and Artistic Director of Classical NOW!
"The mission of the Goodmesh Concours is to challenge the status quo of the music competitions today which seem to not ask 'more' of the musicians than to play the best way they can," a representative of the competition told The Violin Channel. "In such competitions, musicians are usually compared to others playing the same or similar repertoire.
"By introducing another art form, we let musicians think outside the box, igniting the wish to collaborate with different artists and therefore enhance their musical performance and most of all, the way they think about their artistry. Our hope is that this competition will spark a movement among musicians and artists to make meaningful collaborations and performances we otherwise wouldn't be able to experience.
"We also want concert halls around the globe to reconsider what it means to 'go to a concert' and to challenge why an audience isn't given the opportunity to experience and enjoy more art forms simultaneously," they concluded.