mavisol (mavisol) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Capital letter or not: orchestras, ensembles, etc. Use of articles with the names of contests.

Do we start with a capital letter the words such as "orchestra," "ensemble", etc., when used as a generic term? For instance: Moscow Soloists c(C?)hamber o(O)rchestra?
Also, should we use definite articles with the names of competitions, contests, etc inside a phrase -- e.g., "the young pianist won 1 prize at (the?) 4th Tchaikovsky Competition"? Many thanks!

P.S. "Moscow Soloists" is not "an orchestra of Moscow Soloists." "Moscow Soloists" is THE name of A chamber orchestra. See
www.showoneproductions.ca/event-details-129.aspx
"He is also founder of Moscow Soloists, an ensemble he has performed with and directed throughout the world since 1992"

www.opus3artists.com/artists/moscow-soloists:
"In 1992, world renowned violist Yuri Bashmet founded the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra by gathering together a group of young string players nominated"

Overall, I'm more interested in general rules than in the spelling of this particular group's name.

P.P.S. Yes, when I said "won 1 prize," I meant "1st prize," not "one prize." Sorry for the mistake.
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