George Gershwin International Music Competition is presented by The O’Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation (OFTF), a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, dedicated to discovering and supporting international music talents, presenting George Gershwin’s music across the globe, and establishing cross-cultural educational connections. OFTF is sustained by generous support from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Over a cycle of two years, The OFTF present the following programs:
George Gershwin International Music Competition.
A “fairytale” into the beautiful world of music, George Gershwin International Music Competition features a week of excitement. Filled with exquisite performances, master classes, and various community outreach programs, Gershwin International Music Competition culminates with an
Award Ceremony, a time of artistic epiphany, when the lives of competition winners will be changed forever.
Following the Competition, the winners will receive 2-year career management, presenting them with performances in the USA and abroad.
George Gershwin Young Artists International Music Competition.
Concurring with the George Gershwin International Music Competition, Young Artists Competition discovers international talents at an early age, and provides them with means necessary to develop into great artists of tomorrow. Opportunities include 2 years of performances in USA and abroad, educational seminars, professional career advice, chamber music collaboration, and community outreach programs.
George Gershwin Outstanding Artists Series
Music lends us is inspiration, creativity, and revelation.
Presenting music by George Gershwin, The Outstanding Concert Series aims to build up classical music, and bring wold-class talents to the enthusiastic New York audience. The Concert Series presents two years of fascinating concerts performed by the Gershwin Competition winners and not-to-be-missed recitals by the celebrated world-class artists of today.
George Gershwin Outstanding Artists Series 2019 will feature a recitals by Michael Bulychev-Okser, competition Artistic Director, critically acclaimed Dutch violinist Anastasia Kozlova, and a highlight of the Season – Lecture-Recital on Gershwin by America’s leading expert on Gershwin Music, Richard Glazier.
The Gershwin Winners' Series will take place at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, The Dimenna Center, The National Opera America Center, and other venues in New York and outside.
Community Outreach Programs
Alongside the George Gershwin Outstanding Artists Series, The OFTF presents The Community Outreach Programs. Taking place in high schools, churches, libraries, and other community centers around New York, Community Outreach Programs present educative and interactive lecture-performances by the Gershwin Competition participants, who are happy to share their talents and love for music with the New York Community. Our Community Outreach Programs include The School Ambassador, The Concert Experience, and The Gershwin Therapy, and The Gershwin Home-Concerts initiatives.