1:2:1

1:2:1

an online new music intensive for string players and composers

led by Grammy Award-winning cellist and educator Nick Photinos

July 20-26, 2020

and

August 3-9, 2020

An online new music intensive for string players and composers

led by Grammy Award-Winning cellist and educator Nick Photinos

July 20-26, 2020

and

August 3-9, 2020

Update (7/9/20): Due to a large number of highly qualified applicants, this intensive will be offered again on August 3-9, 2020. Applications are currently closed, but this intensive will be offered again in the future. Stay tuned for further details!

Are you a:

String player hungry for new music, eager to expand your solo repertoire by premiering a new piece written just for you, all while in a collaborative environment led by world-class faculty?

Composer excited to discover new writing techniques for strings, developing a new work quickly from conception to performance while coaching with esteemed composers and performers?

This July 20-26 and August 3-9 join cellist Nick Photinos and special guest faculty for 1:2:1

  • 1-to-1 pairing of composers and string players
  • one month for composers to write one 5-10 minute piece for string solo
  • one week for solo string players to learn one new piece
  • 1-to-1 coaching and masterclasses with esteemed faculty
  • one week to put one premiere concert together

1:2:1 is a one-week online intensive pairing solo string players and composers to create new work. Limited to only 10 people (five pairs of composers and string players), this close-knit community will have:

  • Daily coachings: string players and composers will both coach daily with faculty in preparation for the world premiere of the new solo string work final online concert. String players will also have the opportunity to coach on a short (up to 10 minute) contemporary solo string work of their choice, also to be performed on the final online concert. Composers will have the opportunity to coach with faculty on their piece and make minor revisions to the work leading up to the end-of-week premiere.
  • Daily seminars: all attendees will attend daily talks on topics such as extended string techniques, intro to technology, business of new music, marketing, and more, all tailored to your needs as a performer or composer.
  • Guest lectures and masterclasses by Du Yun, Jennifer Koh, and Todd Reynolds.
  • A premiere performance webcast: the new works, as well as contemporary solo string works by each performer, will be prerecorded for presentation on Facebook Live on July 26 in a widely-marketed webcast featuring interviews with the composers and performers.

Meet the faculty

Nick Photinos, Four-time Grammy winning cellist and educator, founding cellist of Eighth Blackbird, and ardent advocate for the music of our time.

Du Yun, 2017 Pultizer Prize-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music.

Jennifer Koh, Tchaikovsky Competition-winning violinist who has commissioned, recorded, and premiered over 70 works for violin.

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator, and technologist, known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement.

Sample daily schedule (Central Time Zone)

  • 11am – 1:30pm: 30 min daily coachings with each pair of performers/composers
  • 2pm – 2:30pm group check-in/discussion
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm presentation by performers and composers. Each attendee will perform or present once for 30 min during the intensive, either performing (string players) or presenting a short work (composers), with discussion to follow.
  • 3:30 – 5 faculty presentations/masterclasses

Eligibility

  • pre-professional or professional string player or composer
  • at least 21 years of age
  • reliable internet connection
  • devices that support both video chat via Zoom and recording your instrument with a microphone and camera

To apply

  • Submit your free application below by June 10, 6pm Central Time
  • You will be contacted to schedule a brief Zoom meeting (no more than 15 minutes) with Nick Photinos to discuss the program
  • Once accepted, a link will be emailed where payment via Paypal or Venmo may be made. To secure a spot in the course, payment must be made within one week of receipt of email or by June 15, whichever is earlier. Payment and is non-transferable and non-refundable except in cases of emergency.

Tuition: $399

Update (7/9/20): Due to a large number of highly qualified applicants, this intensive will be offered again on August 3-9, 2020. Applications are currently closed, but this intensive will be offered again in the future. Stay tuned for further details!

FAQ

I’m a composer. How long will I have to write the piece?

Notifications will go out no later than June 15 and pieces will be due on July 13, so you will have four weeks to compose a 5-10 minute work.

I’m a composer, can I write a piece for solo instrument and backing track/electronics/toys?

Yes! This is even encouraged, so long as the performer you are writing for is willing and has the right equipment.

I’m a performer, can I learn a solo piece during the intensive that has backing track/electronics/toys?

Yes! This intensive is a GREAT way to dive into a piece like this, even if you have never done so. Please indicate the piece and what is required to perform it on the application form, and we will discuss the best way to make a stellar performance happen!