Popper Challenge

Popper Challenge:
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline for the Popper Challenge?

The Popper Challenge runs throughout 2019. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. On the 15th of each month, submissions received will be reviewed by a panel of guests and up to three cellists will be invited to participate in a livestreamed masterclass with Joshua. At the end of the Challenge, up to forty cellists and their respective recordings of the etudes will be selected to be compiled and released on the Popper Challenge album.

When/how will cellists be notified of their participation in online master classes?

Cellists will be contacted by the 22nd of each month if they have been selected to participate in a livestreamed masterclass. Details regarding scheduling and setup will be discussed at that time.

When/how will cellists be notified if their submission has been selected to appear on the album?

Musicians selected to be featured on the Popper Challenge album will be contacted in early 2020 to arrange details of CD production.

Is there another way to observe the Popper Challenge without joining Patreon?

From time to time, the Popper Challenge will release updates on other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. However, all original full-length content (blog posts, videos, interviews, masterclasses, and the most up-to-date information will only be available on Patreon.

Do I have to submit all 40 Études?

No! You can submit as many or as few as you’d like. You can even resubmit the same etude as many times as you’d like! The goal is technical improvement and skill demonstration. We’d love to watch your journey as you progress throughout the year!

I’ve been practicing! What if I want to submit a better recording of the same étude?

Go for it! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish.