CONTENTS

1. Basic information
2. Application Procedure
3. Process of the Competition
4. Prizes & Awards
5. Other Rules and Important Information
6. Contact Information
7. Performance Repertoire
8. Repertoire for Admission

1. BASIC INFORMATION

1.1. Schedule.
Application deadline: September 10th, 2020
Competition Period: November 6th – 17th ,2020
Opening Ceremony: November 6th, 2020
First round: November 7th – 9th, 2020
Second round: November 10th – 12th, 2020
Third round: November 14th – 16th, 2020
Awards Ceremony / Winners’ Concert: November 17th, 2020

1.2. Hosting City.
Chengdu, People’s Republic of China.

1.3. Sections.
Piano, Violin, Cello.

1.4. Eligibility.
The сompetition is open for young musicians up to 17 years old (inclusively) born on or after November 6th, 2002.

1.5. Organizers.
1.5.1. The сompetition is being held by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars (hereinafter – «Association»), the Directorate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (hereinafter – «Directorate») and Sichuan Cultural Company «Chai Yin» (hereinafter – «Chai Yin»), with the support of the Administration of Chengdu, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russian Gnesins Academy of Music and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
1.5.2. Association and Directorate have exclusive rights to organize and hold the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians worldwide.

1.6. Basic Regulations.
1.6.1. The сompetition consists of three rounds. All auditions are open to public.
1.6.2. To qualify for admission to participate in the сompetition applicants will be selected by the professional Jury Board according to the submitted online application, documents and recordings. Contestants may also be admitted to the сompetition in case they are invited to participate by the Association or if they pass the official live preliminary selection held by the Association or other organizations authorized by the Association.
1.6.3. Contestants will cast lots to determine the performance order at the Competition. Registration and casting lots will be held of November 6th, 2020. 

2. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

2.1. Application Deadline.
Applications are accepted until September 10th, 2020;

2.2. Online application.
All the young musicians, including those, who were invited for participation, and those, who successfully passed the official live preliminary selection (audition), must fill in the online application at the official website of the competition www.tchaikovsky-competition.net

2.3. Application contents.
2.3.1. Lists of compositions for performance at the competition and for admission (see Items 7, 8 of the Rules). Applicants must indicate full names of the composers, full names of the compositions, keys, opus numbers, performances duration and the edition of each piece both in the repertoire list and in the list of the admission recordings.
2.3.2. Links to recordings of the proposed admission repertoire (see Item 8 of the Rules). Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Youku (for Chinese citizens) and open for public viewing. Applicants may choose same pieces for performance at the competition and as the admission repertoire. 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 recordings should not exceed 25 minutes. For the applicants’ performance to be clearly evaluated, all recordings must be of sufficiently high quality. Musicians invited to participate in the Competition and musicians, who passed live auditions, must not upload the recordings to be admitted.
2.3.3. A copy of a birth certificate or another legal document certifying date of birth and nationality (i.e. Passport).
2.3.4. A brief curriculum vitae (professional resume) that can be used for press and/or other purposes (not longer than 1000 characters, including empty spaces and punctuation marks) in the official language of the competition: Russian, Chinese or/and English.
2.3.5. A color shoulder photo on contrast white or grey background in JPEG format at least 300 DPI (dots per inch) and 600×800 px resolution for use at the competition website and in the booklet. Photo must be taken within six months before the date of application submission.
2.3.6. Copies of two signed letters of recommendation. Letters should bear the name, postal and contact information of the person, who signed the recommendation. The letters should be written in Russian or English.
2.3.7. Copies of articles, laureate diplomas, concert programs, or other promotional materials (if applicant possesses any).
2.3.8. Copies of documents (receipts) confirming wire transfer of the application fee (see Item 2.4. of the Rules). Those invited to participate in the competition or successfully passed live auditions, as well as those exempted from payment of the application fee by decision of the organizers of the competition, must not provide receipts.

2.4. Application Fee.
2.4.1. All applicants, except those exempted from payment of the application fee by decision of the organizers (2.4.2), should wire transfer the application fee. Citizens of the Russian Federation and CIS should transfer the amount of ₽6000 in Russian roubles. Citizens of all other countries (except for China) should transfer the amount of $100 USD. The payment should be done by wire transfer, «Application fee» and applicants’ full name should be indicated as the payment purpose. Participants from China are exempted from paying the application fee.

Rouble account (for citizens of Russia & CIS counties):
ООО “Дирекция международного юношеского конкурса имени П.И.Чайковского”
ИНН 7703225466
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в ОАО “Сбербанк России”, г. Москва

USD account (for citizens of other countries):
«Board of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians» LLC
Transit account: 40702840438001002905
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT: SABRRUMM
Beneficiary Bank Name: PAO Sberbank Rossii, Moscow
ITN 7703225466 Taxpayer Identification Number
IEC 770301001 Tax Registration Reason Code
BIC 044525225

2.4.2. The following categories of young musicians applying for the participation in the competition are exempted from paying the application fee:

  • Chinese citizens;
  • Those who were invited for participation;
  • Those who successfully finished live auditions;
  • Those who were exempted from paying the application fee under the decision of the Directorate.

2.5. General information.
2.5.1. Above mentioned materials should be uploaded to online application form no later than September 10th, 2020. Notification of admission status will be sent to the applicants via email no later than September 15th, 2020.
2.5.2.  Media storages, application fee and other documents will not be returned to the applicants.
2.5.3. All documents applied must be provided in one or several of the official languages of the competition: Russian, Chinese and/or English.
2.5.4. Participants and accompanying persons shall be responsible for obtaining passports and visas at their own expense. «Chai Yin» may provide assistance in obtaining visas.
2.5.5. Applicants that successfully passed special regional preliminary selections held by the Association or other organization authorized by the Association, may participate in the Competition as contestants who passed the special preliminary selection successful without submitting recordings.
2.5.6. Participants of previous Tchaikovsky Youth Competitions and other Competitions, determined by the Directorate, 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. Jury.
3.1.1. The Competition will be evaluated by a competent international Jury panel via secret ballot.
3.1.2. The Jury decisions are final on every stage of the competition and are not a subject for any questioning, review or appeal.
3.1.3. Work carried out by the Jury panel is regulated by rules developed by the Association.

3.2. Audition Order.
3.2.1. 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 throughout all rounds. All contestants, however, should be ready to accept any changes in their assigned time to objective reasons.
3.2.2. In case of illness or accidents affirmed by the official physician of the competition, a contestant may be assigned a new performing date and time.
3.2.3. The order in which the pieces are to be performed is decided entirely by the contestants.
3.2.4. 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.
3.2.5. First round performance duration shall not exceed 25 minutes. Second round performance duration shall not exceed 30 minutes. The Jury board has the right to interrupt any performance exceeding the time limit in the First and Second rounds.
3.2.6. No more than 60 applicants in each division section (?) are admitted to the First round. No more than 50% of the First round participants shall be admitted to the Second round. Jury board may recommend more participants for the Second round, but the right for the final decision on this issue belongs to the Directorate. 6 contestants from each division will be admitted to the Third (Final) round.

3.3. Rehearsals.
3.3.1. «Chai Yin» will provide a 10-minute practice at the Competition Halls prior to the First and Second round performances as well as a maximum of 60-minute orchestral rehearsal for the finalists. The rehearsal schedule shall be set by the Directorate.
3.3.2. «Chai Yin» will provide piano rehearsals at classrooms according to the schedule determined by the casting ballots procedure.
3.4. Official Accompanists.
3.4.1. «Chai Yin» may provide the «violin» and «cello» sections contestants with highly qualified official piano accompaniment for rehearsals and auditions in the rehearsals, First and Second rounds of the competition. Contestants may perform with personal accompanists at their own expense.
3.4.2. Contestants performing with official accompanists of the competition should provide them with copies of the competition pieces scores.

3.5. Travel and Accommodation.
3.5.1. «Chai Yin» will provide accommodation for contestants at the selected hotels/dormitories for the length of participation. Price of accommodation for accompanying persons will be announced additionally.
3.5.2. Participants independently issue a permit for the import and export of their instruments through the PRC customs service, fill in the declaration and pay for transportation across the border. Participants are responsible for the arrangement and cost of the transport and customs of their own instruments.
3.5.3. «Chai Yin» will provide the contestants with additional information about navigation, meals and other aspects of their stay in Chengdu.
3.5.4. «Chai Yin» will reimburse the finalists for the full cost of economy class airline tickets in an amount not exceeding $500 for the countries of the Asian and Pacific regions, $1,000 for the countries of the CIS, Europe and Africa, $1,500 for the countries of the Americas.

4. PRIZES & AWARDS

4.2. Prizes and Awards.
4.2.1. The First Prize must be awarded. All prizes, including cash prizes, may be divided in accordance with the decision of the Jury and the Directorate.
4.2.2. The participants of the Third (Final) round will be awarded with the following prizes:

  • I Prize

Cash prize of $ 10’000
Gold Medal, Diploma and title of Laureate, special trophy

  • II Prize

Cash prize of $ 8.000
Silver Medal, Diploma and title of Laureate

  • III Prize

Cash prize of $ 5.000
Bronze Medal, Diploma and title of Laureate

  • IV Prize

Cash prize of $ 3.000
Diploma, title of Laureate

  • V Prize

Cash prize of $ 2.000
Diploma, title of Laureate

  • VI Prize

Cash prize of $ 1.500
Diploma, title of Laureate

4.2.3. Jury, Directorate and Partners of the Competition may designate other special prizes for the contestants, teachers and piano accompanists.
4.2.4. The Administration may organize 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. OTHER RULES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

5.1. General Rules.
5.1.1. In all disputes and matters that may occur during the competition decisions of the Directorate shall be final.
5.1.2. If a contestant violates the competition Rules, the Directorate and the Jury board reserve the right to expel the contestant from the competition.
5.1.3. During the competition, contestants must abstain from performing on stage or making any declaration to the mass media excluding those permitted by the organizers of the competition.
5.1.4. Laureates and diploma holders of the competition must perform at the gala concert organized by the Directorate. Accompanists must participate in the gala concert.
5.1.5. Directorate shall reserve exclusive worldwide rights to broadcast, publish, copy 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 symphony orchestras. The Directorate 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 Jury members, including those who took part in master-classes.
5.1.6. The Directorate shall 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 prior the Third round.
5.1.7. The Directorate reserves the right to transfer all and any rights stated in items 5.1.5 and 5.1.6. of the Rules to any third party.
5.1.8. The official languages of the competition are Russian, Chinese and English. In case of misunderstanding, Russian shall be considered as the base language. In case that anyone wishes to translate officially the “Rules and Regulations” or any other published materials by the Association or the Organizing Committee, they must notify and obtain consent of the Directorate. If such approval has not been given, the Directorate shall not take responsibility for any issues arising from or caused by the misinterpretation of the translated materials.
5.1.9. Participation in the competition of young musicians, accompanists, orchestras, conductors, as well as members of the jury means full agreement with all the rules conditions of the competition. In case of violation of the terms of the competition, the Directorate reserves the right to deprive the participant of the final of a cash prize, the title of laureate and/or diploma of the competition.
5.1.10. Each contestant must be prepared to perform the entire repertoire by heart without using scores.
5.1.11. Participants of the competition independently decide on the performance of repeating sections of the competition repertoire, provided that the total duration of the performance does not exceed the permissible (see Items 7 &8 of the Rules).
5.1.12. Changes in the declared competition repertoire are allowed solely until the end of the application period and solely by decision of the Directorate and the Jury Board of the competition and if this does not contradict the requirements of the competition.
5.1.13. Determination of the legal status of authorship of works by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the settlement of possible disputes arising as a result of their public performance, is the responsibility of participants in the competition. The organizers of the competition are not responsible for the public performances by the participants of the competition.
5.1.14. Only officially 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.
5.1.15. Compositions performed in the final round of the competition with an orchestra must be performed in their original version.
5.1.16. Compositions written by contestants are not allowed for performance.

5.2. Important Information.
5.2.1. Applicants and accompanying persons must obtain the appropriate visas to enter People’s Republic of China (if such is necessary). If an invitation letter or any other document is required for the visa application, the applicant must request it from «Chai Yin».
5.2.2. Organizers of the competition 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.
5.2.4. The Directorate may postpone or cancel the competition under the reason of a special executive decision, epidemics, fires, earthquakes, wars, riots, blocking or delay of traffic and other events beyond control.

6. CONTACT INFORMATION 

6.1. Directorate of the Competition
Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow, Arbat str., 35 (Central House of Actor), office 246
Tel: +7-999-999-86-99 / +7-916-328-56-53
E-mail: competition@atcs.pro / info@atcs.pro
Official website: www.tchaikovsky-competition.net

6.2. “Chai Yin”
LLC Sichuan Cultural Company “Chai Yin”
Address: People’s Republic of China, Sichuan province, 610093, Chengdu City, Tianfu avenue, building № 1577 (China-Europe Cooperation and Development Center), Room 709
tel.: +86-18611886500 / +86-028-61523806
e-mail: competition@ckfsj.cn

7. PERFORMANCE REPERTOIRE

7.1. Piano Section.

Round 1: Total 5 pieces (25 minutes length max)

  • S. Bach – Preludes and Fugues from WTC or two three-part Inventions;
  • 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 minutes length max)

  • 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 minutes length 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.34;

Round 2: Total 4 pieces (30 minutes length max):

  • 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 minutes length 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 minutes length max)

  • 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. REPERTOIRE FOR ADMISSION

Maximum total length – 25 minutes

8.1. Piano.

5 pieces

  • S.Bach – Preludes and Fugues from WTC or two three-part Inventions;
  • 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.

3 pieces

  • 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.

3 pieces

  • 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).