TaFMA and Casio presents virtual Mozart piano competition online 2020 Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: Nagaland’s Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) in partnership with Casio will be conducting a virtual Mozart piano competition online for residents of the state who are trained in western classical music — 5th grade and above, irrespective of ages.

In its continued effort to provide a platform for musicians, TaFMA is on the lookout to discover upcoming and new talents from the state and to encourage persons trained in classical music through the online piano competition.

To participate, interested candidates are required to send a two minute video of the performance to tafma2019@gmail.com on or before October 20 from a primary email address. The email must contain details including name of the music piece, full name, date of birth, mobile number, residential address, Aadhaar card/ID card.

As per its guidelines, no editing must be made to the video and must include at least a side face profile and a view of the entire keyboard space to show that the participant is playing the keyboard. A good lighting with minimum background is also required.

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TaFMA adviser Theja Meru informed that this year, the competition is limited to the state of Nagaland for those trained in classical music from 5th grade upward and by next year, new rules, more prizes will be made.

With Casio as its corporate partner, Meru said that it has long-term partnership. “We are very excited to start with this first edition and we hope to make it annual and hopefully from next year, make it a national competition. This will always be online, therefore virtual Mozart, but does not necessarily mean playing Mozart music. Mozart is iconic when it comes to music that’s why we have chosen him,” added Meru.

As “the sky is the limit”, Meru said that the online competition will hopefully continue and get bigger with more partnerships and more association.

He also expressed gratitude to the Nagaland disaster management for providing some financial assistance, and to the Mountain Music Academy for arranging gift hampers and free online piano classes to the four winners.

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The result of the competition is scheduled to be announced on October 30 on all social media handles of TaFMA. The winner of the competition will be awarded with a Casio digital piano COP-S series and certificate.

There will be three consolation prizes. Certificate and gift hampers will be awarded to these winners by the Mountain music Academy, Dimapur. All four winners will also receive two free piano lessons each (online) with advanced level piano coach from mountain music academy.

The judges of the competition are: Bethel Tsuzu, pianist/director of Mountain Music Academy; Zingrin Shishak, Assistant Piano Professor at Margaret Shishak School of Music, Patkai Christian College; Visahu Peseye, MM, Proprietor of chief Music Academy, Kohima.

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