The Mandolin Lovers Club (MLC) is a group of leading mandolin players in Japan.
The MLC has organized a competition for solo mandolin / mandola / mandoloncello performances. There was no limitation, everybody could make a video and take part in the competition. All videos were added to a playlist and everybody could vote for his favorite videos.
Winner of the competition: RADWIMPS mandolin cover by Yoshito Ishizu
The complete playlist with the 17 videos taking part in the competition.
The Musikforum Schweinfurt e.V. is a community of musicians, music lovers and teachers. They have selected the following motto for their activities:
FREUDE MUSIK BEGEGNUNG
Im Mittelpunkt steht die Musik.
My translation (if you have a better translation please let me know):
JOY MUSIC MEETING
In the center there is the music.
The Musikforum Schweinfurt e.V. arranges musical competitions every year. The last competition – the Michael-Tröster-Competion for Guitar Duos – took place this year.
In October 2011 the International Siegfried-Behrend-Competition for Mandolin Orchestras will take place.
And there will also be a competition for composers:
Herbert-Baumann-Kompositionswettbewerb: “Neue Musik für junge Mandolinenspieler”
Herbert-Baumann-Competition: “New Music for Young Mandolin Players”
This competition is advertised for new compositions in two categories, short pieces for the first and second grade (“Unterstufe” and “Mittelstufe” according to the syllabus of the Association of German Music Schools VdM) :
Duets for Two Mandolins
Mandolin and Piano
Mandoline and Guitar
On the homepage of the Musikforum Schweinfurt you can find an interesting 10-page document with a description of all possible techniques of the mandolin and the notations for those compiled by Marga Wilden-Hüsgen.
The winning compositions will be published in two separate volumes titled Aachener Mandolinenbuch. I think this is a big chance to get a nice collection of new pieces for mandolin, mandolin duet, mandolin and guitar and mandolin and piano.
I have selected 3 videos with works that have been composed for the Herbert-Baumann-Competition in 2009 which was advertised for new composition for guitar. The winning compositions have been published in the Schweinfurter Gitarrenbuch. Michael Tröster plays three compositions:
Playlist Michael Tröster – Schweinfurter Gitarrenbuch