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for the First International Medtner Competition
(hereinafter referred to as ‘the Competition’)

1. General Regulations

Founders of the Competition:

Creative association "NOTA BENE" LLC

Fund for Music, Theatre and Artistic Development “Modern Art Center”

The competition is a not- for-profit project and supported by:

B.Tishchenko Music and Education College, Association “Russian Tradition” of the St. Petersburg Composers’ Union, public organization ‘Krasiviy Pavlovsk’ (Beautiful Pavlovsk), The St. Petersburg State Capella.

There are two main categories of this competition: piano and vocal.

Competition Dates: September 1 – November 29, 2016.

The competition consists of 2 rounds:
1st round: selective round based on video recordings audition.
2nd round: live round in St. Petersburg.

Application submission for this competition is open from September 1 to October 15, 2016 (inclusively). The results will be announced on November 10 (the list of participants will be posted on the website of the competition).

The 2nd round audition will take place on November 26-27, 2016 at the hall of the St. Petersburg House of Composers.

Award ceremony and winners’ Gala Concert will be held on November 29, 2016 at the St. Petersburg State Capella.

All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, accommodations, food, etc.) throughout the duration of the second round and Gala Concert in St. Petersburg.


2. Goals and objectives of the Competition

The competition is held within the framework of the International Music Miniature Festival. The purpose of the competition is to form an open cultural and educational sphere and develop available public musical and aesthetic environment for communication and exchange of experience. The competition aims to create conditions for creative communication and realization of creative potential of performers without age limits. The main goal of the competition is to raise awareness and popularize Nikolai Medtner oeuvre as a cultural layer of the Russian music culture.

3. Organizing Committee of the Competition

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


4. Participation Rules

The Competition is open to pianists and vocalists whose program meets the aims and requirements of the competition program.

Judges may not evaluate their students, if they participate in the Competition.

The competition consists of 2 rounds:
1st round: selective round based on video recordings audition.
2nd round: live round in the St. Petersburg House of Composers.

To participate in the Competition, the Application Form must be completed on the official website of the Competition from September 1 to October 15, 2016. The following documents must be submitted with your Application Form:

Personal information about participant, the program for two rounds and performer’s CV in Russian or English.


Video recording of the 1st round

Scanned copy of bank approval that application fee was remitted.

By submitting performer’s CV, photo and video recording, the participant confirms that all materials will be used by the Competition organizers and jury to the necessary full extent.
Videos of the prize and diploma winners will be posted on the social networks and will be available for mass media on request.

5. Categories




6. Age categories and time limits

The competition is open to performers of all ages if their performance complies with program requirements of the competition.

Duration of the performance for the 1st round should meet the program requirements.

Duration of the performance for the 2nd round should be 30-40 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes.

7. Program requirements

Piano Category

1st round:


one movement from the classical sonata,

virtuoso etude,

2-3 music pieces composed by N. Medtner.

2nd round:

Medtner’s works performance duration is no less than 10 minutes,

works of Russian composers,

Any composition - free choice of the participant.

N. Medtner’s music pieces that participant played at the selective round can be used at the final 2nd round, but its duration should be longer and the number of works should be more. A total of no less than 20 minutes to include works of Russian composers and N. Medtner. 20 minutes performance of only N. Medtler’s works is acceptable. Performance of either monographic program by N. Medtner or program including only Russian composers’ music is allowed and welcomed.
The total performance duration must be no less than 30 minutes but no longer than 45 minutes.

Vocal Category

1st round:

Aria from mass, cantata, oratorio of composers of 17-18 centuries,

19th- century composers western romance,

contemporary Russian romance of the 2nd half of the 20th century,

Rachmaninov romance,

Medtner romance.

2nd round:

Medtner romances – no less than 10 minutes,

Russian composers’ romances.

The total duration must be no less than 30 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes.

The key of the vocal work must correspond to participant’s voice type (transposition is allowed).

8. Video recording requirements

Video recording should be made for the purpose of the competition.

Video should be recorded without video-camera pauses and interruptions, i.e. video recording should contain the whole performance from the beginning up to the end without camera pauses.

Video must be recorded by one video-camera only and submitted in one video file.

Use natural acoustics of the hall, classroom or room during video recording.
Video must clearly show face and hands during the performance, without zooming.

9. Application fee

Application fee is 4,000 Russian rubles.

Application fee must be paid prior to completing the Application Form.

Banking details will be posted on the website of the Competition.

10. Jury

The jury members of the completion are well-known musicians in the sector of international performing arts.
Each judge evaluates the participant’s performance of the program for the selective round remotely and independently. Score on the 10-point scale is then advised to the Organizing Committee.

As a result of calculating total average score, not more than 10 finalists will be selected:
Jury may not award all prizes and may divide prizes of the same value.
The judges’ decision is final and cannot be appealed.

11. Awards

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

Jury may not award all prizes and may divide prizes of the same value (except for the first prize).
The judges’ decision is final and unappealable.

1st prize - 100 000 Russian rubles

2nd prize - 50 000 Russian rubles

3rd prize - 30 000 Russian rubles

The pianist who came through to the final will be awarded Pavel Kachnov (Austria) special prize of 300 Euros for the best performance of S. Rachmaninov work.

Prize for the best accompanist in Vocal category is 10 000 Russian rubles

All diploma winners will be reimbursed for application fee - 4,000 Russian rubles.

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

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