CONTENTS

1. Introduction
2. Application procedure
3. The process of the Competition
4. Jury & Awards
5. General rules and other information
6. Contact information
7. Performance repertoire
8. Required repertoire for admission

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1. Competition Dates.
Application deadline for primary selection: April 15th, 2017
Competition Period: June 15th –  25th, 2017
Opening Ceremony: June 15th, 2017
Awards Ceremony and the 1st prize winners concert: June 25th, 2017

1.2. Venue.
Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan

1.3. Sections.
Piano, Violin, Cello

1.4. Eligibility.
The Competition is open for young musicians of any nationality born on or after June 15th, 2000.
In individual cases, after a special request is sent to the Board of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (hereinafter – the Administration), applicants that insignificantly exceeded the age requirements may be allowed to participate.

1.5. Regulations.
1.5.1. The Competition consists of three rounds: First, Second and Third (Final). All auditions are held open to public. In the First and Second rounds cellists and violinists will perform with a piano. In the Third (Final) round all contestants will perform with a symphony orchestra.
1.5.2. To qualify for admission to the Competition applicants will be selected according to the submitted application, documents and recordings. Contestants may also be admitted to the Competition in case they pass the original live preliminary selection or remote selection using the “Disklavier” technology organized by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars (hereinafter – the Association).
1.5.3. Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Third round, Award Ceremony and 1st Prize winners’ concert will be held at the prominent stages of Astana.
1.5.4. Contestants will cast lots to determine the order of their presentations at the Competition. Registration and casting lots will be held of June 15th, 2017.
1.5.5. Association has exclusive rights to organize and hold the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians worldwide.

2. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

2.1. Application Deadline.
Application packages are accepted until April 15th, 2017.

2.2. Online application.
Applicants must fill in the online application at the official website of the Competition. In case filling the online application is not possible, applicants may send application packages (see Item 2.3) to the address of the Administration in physical format.
Address of the Administration.
«Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars
The Board of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians
119002, Russia, Moscow, Arbat str., 35, office 246.
Tel: +7-999-989-89-62 / +7-499-252-39-91
Fax: +7-(499)-248-19-66»

2.3. Application Packages.
The applicant must enclose following materials for qualifying for admission:
2.3.1. A completed application form (Appendix 1).
2.3.2. Lists of the pieces for the Competition and admission (see Items 7, 8) arranged according to the forms attached (see Appendix 2, 3). Lists can be also filled out at the official website of the Competition.
2.3.3. Recording of the proposed repertoire for the admission (see Item 8) accompanied by the recorded admission repertoire list (see Appendix 3). Applicants may provide online link to recording and (or) send recording to the Administration address in any conventional format (DVD, USB, flash-drive, etc.). Applicants may choose the same pieces for the Competition performance and for the admission. The admission recording must be made in the same order stated on the online application or the admission repertoire form. The total duration of the recorded should not exceed 25 minutes. For the applicants’ performance to be clearly evaluated, the recording must be of sufficiently high quality.
2.3.4. A copy of a birth certificate or another legal document certifying date of birth and nationality.
2.3.5. A brief curriculum vitae (resume) that can be used for press purposes (not longer than 1000 characters).
2.3.6. A glossy colour photo (13×18 format, from the waist up) for the booklet and 3×4 glossy colour photo in JPEG format, at least 300 DPI (dots per inch) image resolution. Photos must be of a quality high enough to allow reproduction in the Competition booklet. Photos should be taken within six months before the date of application.
2.3.7. Two (two) signed letters of recommendation. Letters should bear the name, post and contact addresses of the person, who signed the recommendation. The letters of Recommendation should be written in Russian or English.
2.3.8. Copies of articles, laureate diplomas, concert programs, or other promotional materials (if applicant possesses such).

2.4. Application Fee.
All applicants, except the ones invited to the Competition by the Administration, should pay the application fee. For citizens of Russian Federation the amount is ₽ 5000 (roubles). For citizens of other countries the amount is $ 100 (USD). The payment should be done by money order, stating “Application fee” and full name of the applicant.

Rouble account:
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USD account:
“Board of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians” LLC
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Beneficiary Bank SWIFT: SABRRUMM
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OAO Sberbank Rossii, Moscow

2.5. General information.
2.5.1. The above materials and the application fee confirmation document should be sent to the address of the Administration. The application package must be delivered no later than April 15th, 2017. Notification of admission status will be sent to the applicants by email no later than April 25th, 2017.
2.5.2. The Administration cannot assume responsibility for personal documents lost during delivery. Media storages, application fee and other documents will not be returned to the applicants.
2.5.3. All documents sent to the Administration must be written in English or Russian langueages.
2.5.4. Participants and accompanying persons shall be responsible for obtaining their own passports and visas at their own expense. The Organizing Committee, however, may provide assistance in obtaining visas.
2.5.5. Being admitted to the Competition by the special regional preliminary selection held by the Association or other organization authorized by the Association, applicants can take part in the Competition as contestants who passed the special preliminary selection successful without submitting recordings.
2.5.6. Participants of previous Competitions whose age does not exceed 17 years at the start of the Competition are permitted for participation.

3. THE PROCESS OF THE COMPETITION

3.1. Audition Order.
3.1.1. The contestants shall perform according to the order determined by casting lots. The order of the performances determined by casting lots on the registration day will be preserved in all rounds. All contestants, however, should be ready to accept any changes in their assigned time to objective reasons.
3.1.2. In case of illness or accidents certified by an official physician of the Competition, a contestant may be assigned a new performing date and time.
3.1.3. The order in which the pieces are to be performed is decided entirely by the contestants.
3.1.4. In the First and Second rounds of the violin and cello sections, contestants will perform with piano accompaniment. In the Third (Final) round, contestants will perform with a symphony orchestra.
3.1.5. In the First round, the performance time of the program shall not exceed 25 minutes. In the Second round, a total performance duration shall not exceed 30 minutes. The Jury has the right to interrupt any performance exceeding the time limit in the First and Second rounds.
3.1.6. No more than sixty (60) applicants in each division are admitted to the First round. No more than fifty (50) percent (%) of the participants in the First round will be admitted to the Second round. Jury may recommend more participants for the Second round, but the right for the final decision on this issue is left after the Organizing Committee. Six (6) contestants from each division will be admitted to the Third (Final) round.

3.2. Rehearsals.
3.2.1. 10-minute practice will be available at the Competition Halls before the First and Second rounds, and a maximum 60-minute rehearsal with orchestra in the Third round. The rehearsal schedule shall be set by the Organizing Committee.
3.2.2. Administration shall offer piano rehearsals at the classes according to the schedule and shall advise this schedule the participants after casting ballots procedure.

3.3. Competition Pianists (Accompanists).
3.3.1. The Administration may provide the contestants with highly qualified piano accompaniment for rehearsals and auditions in the First, Second Rounds and rehearsals. Contestants, however, may bring their own accompanists at their own expense.
3.3.2. If contestants perform with the pianists provided by the Administration, contestants must provide the pianists with copies of the music they perform at the Competition.

3.4. Travel and Accommodation.
3.4.1. The Administration will provide accommodation for contestants and accompanying persons in the dormitory of the Kazakh national University of Arts on the length of participation. Price of accommodation is 5000 (five thousand) kazakh tenge a night per person.
3.4.2. Participants shall be responsible for the arrangement and cost of the transport and customs of their own instruments.
3.4.3. The Administration will provide additional information on travel and accommodation.

4. JURY & AWARDS

4.1. Jury.
4.1.1. The Competition will be judged by a competent international Jury panel by secret ballot.
4.1.2. The decisions are final on every stage of the Competition and are not subjects for any question, review, or appeal.
4.1.3. Work carried out by the Jury panel is regulated by rules developed by the Administration.

4.2. Prizes and Benefits.
4.2.1. The First Prize must be awarded. All prizes may be divided in accordance with the decision of the Jury.
4.2.2. The participants of the Third (Final) round will be awarded the following prizes (in ruble equivalent according to the official exchange rate on the date of payment):

  • 1st Prize: Gold Medal, Diploma and title of Laureate, special trophy, a cash prize of $ 5’000
  • 2nd Prize: Silver Medal, Diploma and title of Laureate, a cash prize of $ 4.000
  • 3rd Prize: Bronze Medal, Diploma and title of Laureate, a cash prize of $ 3.000
  • 4th Prize: Diploma, title of Laureate, cash prize of $ 2.000
  • 5th Prize: Diploma, title of Laureate, cash prize of $ 1.500
  • 6th Prize: Diploma, title of Laureate, cash prize of $ 1.000

4.2.3. Jury and the Administration may designate other special prizes for the contestants, teachers and piano accompanists.
4.2.4. The Administration shall organize, if possible, a concert tour for the Competition Laureates after the Competition. Laureates shall be obliged to perform in such tour.
4.2.5. Competition winners will be granted special recommendation in case they express willingness to participate in the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, Russia).

5. GENERAL RULES AND OTHER INFORMATION

5.1. General Rules.
5.1.1. In all disputes and matters that may occur during the Competition decisions of the Administration shall be final.
5.1.2. If a contestant violates the Competition rules, the Administration and the Jury Panel will reserve the right to expel the contestant from the Competition.
5.1.3. During the Competition, contestants must abstain from making any declaration to the mass media not permitted by the Administration.
5.1.4. Winners, Laureates and Diploma Holders of the Competition should participate in the Gala Concert organized by the Administration. Accompanists must participate in the Gala concert without receiving a fee, if needed.
5.1.5. The Association shall reserve exclusive worldwide rights to broadcast, publish and promote audio and video recordings as well as distribution and publishing rights for all the rounds of the Competition and its related events, including the Opening, Awards and Closing Ceremonies, master-classes and the performances with the symphony orchestra in the final round and Gala Concert. The Association shall reserve the exclusive right to use recorded audio and video materials free of charge and without obtaining the permission of contestants, accompanists, conductors or symphony orchestras and jurors who took part in master-classes.
5.1.6. The Administration will reserve exclusive rights for all types of performances of the Laureates for the period of 36 months following the Competition. All participants shall sign an agreement with the Association with respect to this matter before the Third round.
5.1.7. The Administration reserves the right to transfer all rights stated in items 5.1.5 and 5.1.6. to any Third party.
5.1.8. The official languages of the Competition are Russian and English. In case of misunderstanding, the basic language will be Russian. In case that anyone wishes to translate officially the “Rules and Regulations” or any other published materials by the Association or the Administration, he/she must notify the Administration and the Association of this action and obtain their consent. If such approval has not been given, neither the Administration nor the Association shall take responsibility for any problems arising from or caused by the misinterpretation of the translated materials.
5.1.9. Participation in the Competition и contestants, jury members, orchestras, accompanists, conductors and others means agreement with the above rules and conditions.

5.2. Other Information.
5.2.1. Visa – applicants and accompanying persons must obtain the appropriate visas to enter Russian Federation (if the visa is needed). If an invitation letter or any other document is required for the visa application, the applicant must request it from the Organizing Committee.
5.2.2. Insurance – Association and the Administration shall not have any responsibility for the applicants’ loss and/or damage during the Competition. This applies to health and injury insurance, as well as loss or damage of the instrument or luggage in case of accident, fire or theft during the travel.
5.2.3. Restrictions – contestants shall not give any public performance during the period of the Competition other than those required for the Competition. However, once a contestant fails to pass a round, this condition will no longer apply.
5.2.4. Force Majeure – the Competition may be cancelled or postponed under the reason of epidemics, fires, earthquakes, wars, riots, blocking or delay of traffic and other events beyond control.

5.3. Additional Information.
5.3.1. Each contestant must be prepared to perform by heart the entire repertoire stated.
5.3.2. Only published compositions may be performed at the Competition. Alternative editions are admitted only in case they are printed in the official editions. In that case, the contestant must submit the sources.
5.3.3. Compositions performed with the orchestra must be executed in the original.
5.3.4. Original compositions by the contestants will not be allowed.
5.3.5. The applicant must indicate the name of the composer, the full name of the composition, key, opus number, performance duration, and the edition of each piece both in the repertoire list, and in the list of the admission recordings.
5.3.6. Contestants may repeat sections of music as long as the performing time does exceed in the first and second round.
5.3.7. No changes in the proposed repertoire are permitted.

6. CONTACT INFORMATION

Official Website: www.tchaikovsky-competition.net
The Administration of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians
Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow, Arbat str., 35 (Central House of Actor), office 239.
Tel: +7-999-989-89-62 / +7-916-328-56-53 / +7-916-676-80-36
Fax: +7-499-248-19-66
E-mail: competition@atcs.pro

7. PERFORMANCE REPERTOIRE

7.1. Piano Section.

Round 1: Total 5 pieces (25 min max)

  •  J.S. Bach – Preludes and Fugues from WTC or two three-part Inventions;
  • One piece of the contestant’s choice from P. Tchaikovsky;
  • One sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart or L. Beethoven (one movement at the contestant’s choice);
  •  Two concert etudes.

Round 2: Total 3 pieces (30 min max)

  • P.Tchaikovsky – One or more pieces;
  • Romantic piece;
  • One piece by the 20th or 21st century composer.

Round 3

  • Concerto for piano and orchestra (at the contestant’s choice).

7.2. Violin Section.

Round 1: Total 3 pieces (25 min max)

  • J.S. Bach – Two movements (one in the fast and the other in slow tempo) from the following:

– Partita in E major, BWV 1006 movements 1, 2, 3;
– Partita in d minor, BWV 1004 movements 1, 2, 3, 4;
– Sonata in a minor, BWV 1003 movements 3, 4;
– Sonata in C major, BWV 1005 movements 3, 4;
– Sonata in g minor, BWV 1001, movements 1, 2 or 3, 4;

  • One of the Caprices by N. Paganini (24 Caprices) or by H.Wieniawski (Op. 10)
  • P. Tchaikovsky – One of the following pieces:

– Serenade Milancholique, Op.26;
– Scherzo, Op.42 No.2;
– Meditation, Op.42 No. 1;
– Valse-Scherzo, Op.3;

Round 2: Total 4 pieces (30 min max):

  • W. A. Mozart – One of the Sonatas (K 301, K302, K 303, K 304, K305);
  • One piece by a 20th or 21st Century composer;
  • One virtuoso piece (20 minutes maximum);
  • P.Tchaikovsky – Melodie, Op.42 No.3;

Round 3:

  • Concerto for violin and orchestra (at the contestant’s choice).

7.3. Cello Section.

Round 1: Total 3 pieces (25 min max)

  • One of the following etudes:

– F. Grutzmacher in C Major, Op.38 No. 1, / in E major, Op.38 No.9;
– D. Popper in F major, Op.73 No.6 / in E flat major Op.73 No.9 / in C major, Op.73 No. 17;
– A. Noeick in A major Op.32 No. 7;
– A. Franchomme in b minor Op.7 No.9;

  • One cantilena piece (not a sonata movement);
  • One virtuoso piece (not a sonata movement).

Round 2: Total 4 pieces (30 min max)

  • J.S. Bach – Prelude and Sarabande from any of the 6 Suites for cello-solo.
  • One sonata of the following:

– A. Ariosti in e minor
– G. Sammartini in G Major
– F. Francoeur in E Major
– G. Valentini in E Major
– J. B. Breval in G Major
– L. Boccherini – any of the 6 sonatas

  • P. Tchaikovsky – “Nocturne” or a piece by the 20th or 21st Century composer (at the contestant’s choice).

Round 3

  • Concerto for cello and orchestra (at the contestant’s choice).

8. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE FOR ADMISSION

8.1. Piano Repertoire.

  • J.S. Bach – Preludes and Fugues from WTC or two three-part Inventions;
  • P. Tchaikovsky – One piece of the contestant’s choice;
  • One sonata movement by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart or L. Beethoven (on contestant’s choice);
  • Two concert etudes.

8.2. Violin Repertoire.

  • J.S. Bach – Two movements (one in the fast and the other in slow tempo) from the following:

– Partita in E major, BWV 1006 movements 1, 2, 3;
– Partita in d minor, BWV 1004 movements 1, 2, 3, 4;
– Sonata in a minor, BWV 1003 movements 3, 4;
– Sonata in C major, BWV 1005 movements 3, 4;
– Sonata in g minor, BWV 1001, movements 1, 2 or 3, 4;

  • One of the Caprices by N. Paganini (24 Caprices) or by H. Wieniawski (Op. 10)
  • P. Tchaikovsky – One of the following pieces:

– Serenade Milancholique, Op.26;
– Scherzo, Op.42 No.2;
– Meditation, Op.42 No. 1;
– Valse-Scherzo, Op.34.

8.3. Cello Repertoire.

  • One of the following etudes:

– F. Grutzmacher in C Major, op. 38 No. l / in E Major, Op. 38 No. 9;
– D. Popper in F Major, Op.73 No.6 / in E flat Major Op. 73, No. 9 / in C Minor, Op.73 No.17;
– A. Noeick in A Major Op. 32 No. 7;
– A. Franchomme in B Minor Op.7 No.9;

  • One cantilena piece (not a sonata movement);
  • One virtuoso piece (not a sonata movement).