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International Community Engagement Program

International Community Engagement Program (ICEP)

India: December 18-30, 2017

Delhi, Kolkata and Agra

Tour members
Midori, violin
Photo: T.Sanders
Midori, violin

The internationally acclaimed violinist Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator whose relentless drive has spurred her to explore and build connections between music and the human experience. Since her debut, with the New York Philharmonic, at age 11, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Midori has soloed with many of the worldfs leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra. Her numerous CDs and DVDs include a 2013 Grammy Award-winning disc. Midori, who is Japanese-American, has founded various not-for-profit organizations, bringing highest quality instruction and performances to schools, hospitals, and difficult-to-access communities around the world. For such commitments, she has been named a UN Messenger of Peace, while in 2012 receiving the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Midori, who received an honorary doctorate from Yale University, is currently a Distinguished Professor of Violin at the USC Thornton School of Music, and has served as a Humanitas Professor at Oxford University.

Elina Buksha, violin Elina Buksha, violin

Winner of the 2012 Latvian Great Music Award, Elina Buksha is considered one of her nation's leading younger violinists. A student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, she has performed at such festivals as the Festival de Wallonie (Belgium), the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl (Russia), Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany), and the Rencontres Musicales d'Évian (France). Since her debut with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, she has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Ms. Buksha has recorded Saint-Saëns and Lalo violin concerti for the Alpha Label.

Benjamin Beck, viola
Photo: Kate Lemmon
Benjamin Beck, viola

Benjamin Beck, the first violist of the Bavarian State Orchestra, was a student at the Conservatoire national superieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and subsequently at the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied for an Artist Diploma from the CNSMDP, and is a graduate of the Sorbonne, with a degree in Musicology. He won both first and special prizes in the international competition in Llanes, Spain (gVilla de Llanesh), and was since awarded in Epernay (France), the Forbesfest Competition (in St. Andrew, U.K.), and Beethoven's Hradec Competition (in the Czech Republic). His first solo recording is entitled L'alto et la voix.

Stanislas Kim, cello Stanislas Kim, cello

A native of Courbevoie, France, the cellist Stanislas Kim is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, and is currently pursuing postgraduate studies with Leonid Gorokhov in Hannover. In 2011, he received the Maggini Foundation Award and a special prize for his interpretation of Bach's Cello Suites. In the same year he won the Gundlach Music Prize in Hannover. He is laureate of the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and the International Hindemith Competition in Berlin, and in 2014 was a prizewinner at the 8th Swedish International Duo Competition, together with the pianist Marie Rosa Günter.

Cooperative Artist
Paul Muller-Hahl, videographer
Paul Müller-Hahl, videographer

Paul Müller-Hahl is a film documentarian whose studies of philosophy, arts and media have led him to a career telling the stories of gordinaryh people and places, finding the beating heart of society in the lives that fit together in remarkable dimensions. One early work, Ein Heim in Wald, shed light on the treatment of asylum seekers before the convulsive migratory crisis of recent years. The recipient of a Master of Arts degree from the Bauhaus University, Weimar, he and a partner formed Lichtbilder Filmproduktion in 2011, to document classical music performance, while examining that world from a variety of perspectives.

2017 India & 2018 Japan

Guidelines for Quartet Member Applicants
Application Overview

ICEP India audition

The Result of the Final Round of the ICEP Audition
After applications for ICEP 2017 India and 2018 Japan had been carefully reviewed, the following winners were chosen:

[ Violin ]
Elina Buksha

[ Viola ]
Benjamin Beck

[ Cello ]
Stanislas Kim

Alternate Participants
[ Violin ]
Eunae Koh

[ Viola ]
Charlotte Marlin

[ Cello ]
Magdalena Sas

The Result of the First Round of the ICEP Audition
The following candidates have advanced to the final stage of the selection process for the ICEP 2017 India & 2018 Japan:

[ Violin ]
Eva Aronian
Elina Buksha
Eunae Koh

[ Viola ]
Benjamin Beck
Charlotte Malin
Grace Takeda

[ Cello ]
Stanislas Kim
Angela Park
Magdalena Sas

* In alphabetical order

1 Violinist, 1 Violist, 1 Cellist plus alternates

ICEP Activity Period
Quartet members are required to participate in the entire schedule as follows:
Period Location Activities
12/15 - 12/30/2017
(projected dates)
Japan (TBD) Assembly, rehearsal
India Concerts at educational institutions, facilities for children and the disabled, and hospitals for the purpose of global friendship and cultural exchange
Japan (TBD) End of India period - Dismissal
06/1 - 06/17/2018
(projected dates)
Japan Assembly, rehearsal

Concerts at elementary schools, special-needs schools, hospitals, other facilities and halls for the purpose of reporting

to the community on engagement activities in India
End of Japan period - Dismissal

E Young musicians between 20 and 30 years old, as of December 1, 2017, with a strong interest in community engagement activities.
  • Applicants must have no health or nationality issues that would prevent them from performing in India and Japan.
  • Ability to communicate in English.
  • Musicians who have successfully auditioned and participated in two previous ICEP cycles are not eligible to apply.

There is no honorarium for performances. However, the following expenses will be covered by MUSIC SHARING:

E Transportation Expenses:
- simple round trip between current residence and India (in December)
- simple round trip between current residence and Japan (in June)
- within India and Japan
E Single-entry visa application fee for entry into India and Japan
E Accommodation during ICEP activities
Note: Accommodation will be arranged by MUSIC SHARING.
E Contribution toward meals
  • Travel insurance between current residence and India (in December), and between current residence and Japan (in June).
Participants are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel insurance, which will be reimbursed, in full or in part, by MUSIC SHARING.

Expenses to be Covered by Participant
E Obtaining or renewing passport
E Musical instrument insurance
  • Immunization
Participants are required to obtain necessary immunization to enter India and Japan, after consulting their own doctors.
E Personal communication costs (i.e. telephone, internet)
E Room service and cleaning costs during the activity period
  • All other personal expenses
E Music Sharing bears no responsibility for lost, stolen or forgotten items belonging to participants during the activity period.

Application Process
The online application can be completed at

The first stage is based on the text application and recordings. Recordings should be made after January 1, 2016, and must be uploaded to YouTube with privacy setting "unlisted" or "public" by the deadline.

The second stage of the audition requires additional video submission.

The final selection will be based on all submitted materials.

Please provide your e-mail address and phone numbers at which you expect to be reachable during the first and second selection periods (July and August, 2017) in the event that the committee has further questions.

For those who have successfully auditioned and participated in a previous ICEP in or after 2014, it is not necessary to submit recommendation letters, essay or biography. Required recordings, however, must be submitted. These can be the same recordings as were submitted previously or new recordings. If the previously submitted recordings were made prior to January 2016, it is highly recommended that the applicant submit newer materials. Applicants in this category should please contact the MUSIC SHARING office for more details.

The result of the application process will be announced via e-mail on or around August 15, 2017.

Other Notes
  • Applicants must reply to e-mail contacts promptly.
E MUSIC SHARING will not respond to inquiries related to the audition results.
  • MUSIC SHARING reserves the right to change the destination country in the event of a natural disaster, change in political conditions, or for any other reason.
E This program is different from a usual concert tour. Please assume that the schedule will be intense with little or no flexibility, and that it requires extensive travel because of unpredictable weather and traffic conditions.
E There can be no allowances for changes in the schedule for personal reasons during the activity period.
E Participants may not be accompanied by family members or friends.

MUSIC SHARING holds unlimited rights to the following, for use in connection with its PR activities:

a) Recording, filming and videotaping;
b) Transmission and broadcast of the recorded materials;
c) Copying and dissemination of the materials

Application Procedure

Submission of Materials
Please follow the online application instructions for submitting necessary materials.
Applicant Information
Application Please use the online application found at:

1) Two letters of recommendation

Letters from established musicians (i.e. current or previous
teachers); no specific format is required. Letters may be sent

directly via e-mail from the recommender by the deadline.
2) Proof of age i.e. Copy of passport or driver’s license
3) Biography or CV Approximately 1 page
4) Letter of intent 1 page (A4 size)
5) Essay

1 page (A4 size);

Topic: “A Musician’s Role in Community-Building”

Recordings *Recording should be made after January 1, 2016. Please upload in YouTube with the privacy setting “unlisted” or “public”.
* Edited recordings are not accepted for audition.
*At least one of the categories must be in the audiovisual format. Audiovisual format for the entire submission is strongly recommended.
1) Solo

Two contrasting movements from one of J.S. Bach’s

unaccompanied works
2) Duo with piano Two contrasting movements from a standard sonata
3) String ensemble Two contrasting movements from a standard string trio, string quartet, string quintet, or string sextet; piano trio, piano quartet, or piano quintet. If applicable, the applicant must be playing the first, not second, part.
4) Piece of your choice Duration: 10 minutes or less
E Please contact the office (see details below) if you are unable to upload your material to YouTube.
E The applicant’s information, attached documents and recordings will be used solely for the purpose of this audition.

Application Deadline
The completed application form with appropriate attachments and activated links for the upload must be received by MUSIC SHARING no later than 5:00 pm (Japan time) on Monday, July 3, 2017.  Please include the URL of the download site in your application form.

Contact Information
Non Profit Organization MUSIC SHARING
Unit 708, 2-12 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0092, Japan
Phone: +81-3-3261-1855
Fax: +81-3-3261-1856

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