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The Second International Youth Contest of Classic Solo Performance "Nota Bene!"


for the Second International Youth Contest of Classic Solo Performance "Nota Bene!"
(hereinafter referred to as ‘the Contest’)


1. General Conditions


Founders of the Contest:

Creative association "NOTA BENE" LLC

The contest is a non-profit project and is supported by:

Horn and Brass Music Center, public organization ‘Krasiviy Pavlovsk’ (Beautiful Pavlovsk), B.Tishchenko Music and Education College, Association “Russian Tradition”, St .Petersburg Composers’ Union, Russian orchestra “Severny Gorod” (Northern City), TV Channel “TKT-TV”.

The format of the contest: remote Internet audition with the final concerts of the winners at the best halls of St. Petersburg.

Contest Dates: February 1 - May 27, 2017.
Applications will be accepted between January 20 and March 31, 2017 (inclusively). The results will be announced no later than April 10th (the list of participants is posted on the official website of the contest).
Winners’ concerts will be held in the period from May 20 to May 27, 2017 (exact dates and halls will be published after announcement of the results of the Contest)
May 24, 2017 – Award ceremony of the 1st prize- and Grand Prix winners and the concert of the jury members will take place in the Small Hall of the Philharmonic Society.
May 27 - Gala Concert of the Grand Prix winners accompanied by the orchestra will take place in the Small Hall of the Philharmonic Society.
The participants (a participant’s representative) are responsible for their travel, accommodation and all other expenses related to the competition.
The Grand Prix winners must submit the orchestral score of the compositions performed at the Gala Concert to the Organizational Committee within a period not exceeding 10 days after contest results announcement.

2. Contest Purpose and Aims

The contest is held to draw attention to talented young artists, to form an open cultural educational environment, to develop public available musical and aesthetic environment for communication and sharing experience, both among young musicians, as well as among teachers and well-known musicians. The contest aims to create conditions for realization of creative potential of young performers and creative communication. Another aim of the contest is to popularize classical music among young people.
Main contest purpose: to demonstrate skills of young musicians from various educational institutions and professions, to create and establish creative contacts, to strengthen and to contribute to friendly relations among children and young people.

3. Contest Organizing Committee

In order to organize auditions, coordinate interaction between all structures responsible for quality and timely preparation and conducting of the Contest the Organizing Committee of the Contest (hereinafter referred to as the Organizing Committee) is established and is given the following powers and assigned the following responsibilities:
To develop and approve the procedure for the selection of participants of the Contest and the rules of the Contest.
To ensure administrative and technical support of the Contest.
To approve the form of the Contest award documents (diploma of winners), their degree and the total number.

4. Contest Participation Terms and Conditions

The Contest is open to students of children’s music schools, children's art schools, high schools, colleges and private forms of education, physically disabled children, children from children’s homes in Russia, neighboring and foreign countries, whose performance program meets the aims and requirements of the contest program.

Selective auditions are held remotely and consist of 2 rounds:
1st round: to find out the prize and diploma winners.
2nd round: to find out the Grand Prix winner among the 1st prize-winners. If several 1st prize-winners get equal maximum points, their video recordings will be submitted to the additional auditions to be auditioned by all jury members of the relevant nomination. The participant, who gets maximum points as a result of the additional audition, will be awarded the Grand Prix.

To participate in the contest, the application form must be filled out completely on the official website of the Contest in the period from January 20 to March 31, 2017. The following documents must be submitted with your application form:

  1. Personal information about participant, his program and performer’s CV in Russian or English.
  2. Photo
  3. Video recording
  4. Scanned copy of passport or birth certificate.
  5. Scanned copy of bank approval that registration fee was remitted or a copy of the document confirming free participation.

By submitting a link or a file to the e-mail of the Contest, the participant (participant’s representative) agrees that the video will be used by the Contest organizers and jury members in the full extent necessary.
Videos of the 1st prize-winners will be posted on social networks to determine the People's Choice Award.

5. The Contest is held in the following categories

- Piano;

- Vocal;

- Harp;

- String bow instruments (violin, cello, double bass, viola);

- Wooden wind instruments (flute, clarinet, oboe, fagott, saxophone);

- Brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba);

- Percussion instruments;

- Folk instruments (balalaika, domra, gusli, bayan, accordion, guitar, Pandora, Dulcimer or other);

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize-winners and diploma winners will be selected from the participants performing in each particular category. Only one Grand Prix winner will be selected from the 1st prize-winners.

6. Age categories and performance duration

Category 1 younger than 10 years old inclusively, performance duration up to 15 minutes;
Category 2 11-14 years old inclusively, performance duration up to 20 minutes;
Category 3 15- 18 years old inclusively, performance duration up to 25 minutes;

The age of participants is determined as at the 31st of March, 2017.

7. Requirements for program

In the nominations of piano, vocal, folk instruments and harp:
2 or more diverse works.

In the nominations of string bow instruments, wooden wind and brass instruments:
1 small form work, 1 part of the concert.

In the nomination of percussion instruments:
1 piece to be performed on the snare drum solo or accompanied solo and 1 piece on any melodic instrument (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone).

All works must be performed by heart.

8. Video Requirements

Video recording shall be done without turning off and stopping the camera, from the beginning to the end of the performance of the participant, i.e. all works are performed at one time without stopping the camera. The recording shall be done, published or sent as a single file.
During the recording use the natural acoustics of the hall, class or room.
During the performance hands, instruments, and face of the performer shall be simultaneously seen on the video.
Video may be taken during the examinations, tests and public concerts.

9. Registration Fee

Registration fee for participation in the Contest equals to 2,500 rubles. Registration fee for non-resident contestants is also 2,500 rubles and to be paid also in rubles. Bank fee for currency conversion is paid by the participant of the contest.

Details for payment for participation in competitions and master classes

Registration fee must be paid prior to filling the Application form out.

Banking details for payment will be posted on the website of the contest.
Payment no refund.

10. Judges of the Contest

The board of judges is formed from young musicians known in the field of international performing arts. The judges work on a charitable basis.
In its turn, the Contest Organizing Committee agrees to place the information on the judges, their photos, short biographies and links to their personal sites on the official website of the Contest, to mention the names of the judges in the press.

The Jury members have no right to judge their students if they (students) take part in the contest.
Each judge assesses the participant’s performance of the program remotely and individually. Score on the 10-point scale is then advised to the Organizing Committee.

As a result of calculating total average score:
- several prizes of the same value in each category can be awarded;
- not all prizes may be awarded;
- the Grand Prix may not be awarded in each category;

11. Awarding the Contest Participants.

The Contest winners may be awarded the title of the Grand Prix winner, 1st prize-, 2nd prize -, 3rd prize-winner, a diploma winner.

Besides, each participant who does not pass the selective round, receives a certificate for participation in the competition.

Diplomas and participation certificates will be sent to participants electronically.

The title of the Grand Prix winner can be awarded to one participant only.

Prizes and gifts from public institutions and partners of the Contest may be awarded.

Diplomas to winners of the Contest who are not able to attend the concert of winners will be sent in electronic form.