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ArsClassica

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
FOR SOLOISTS

PIANO | VIOLIN | VIOLA | CELLO

RULES & REGULATIONS OF THE ARSCLASSICA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SENIOR

1. ORGANIZATION

ArsClassica International Competition is organized by

Associazione Ars Classica

CF 92087700602

competition@arsclassica.it

The competition takes place entirely online.

2. CONTESTANTS

The ArsClassica International Competition is open to young musicians of all nationalities and countries aged between 18 and 35 in the following disciplines: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello.

3. JURY

The Jury of ArsClassica International Competition is composed by ArsClassica's founders and the most distinguished members of the association, internationally renowned musicians and performing artists. The Jury is chaired by ArsClassica and VideoClassica founders, classical music audio and video producers:

  • Paolo Giacomini - Chairman of the Jury - Chairman of ArsClassica Association - Classical music video director

  • Malgorzata Maria Petryla - Deputy Chairman of the Jury - Deputy Chairman of ArsClassica Association - Classical music producer

The other components of the Jury are chosen by the Chairman. The Jury members can vary from time to time.

The contestants will be selected and judged based only on the submitted video recordings.

The Jury decisions are final and irrevocable. The competitors have no right to present any objections against the composition and the decisions of the Jury.

4. REPERTOIRE

The repertoire requested for the first selection of the competition is free*. The performances can be solo or with accompaniment.

In the subsequent stages of the competition, the contestants will be asked to perform a specific repertoire:

In the Second Stage of the competition: 

  • Violin repertoire - at least one movement from any of the following works: J.S Bach, Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006**

  • Viola repertoire - at least one movement from any of the following works: J.S. Bach, Six Suites for Viola Solo, BWV 1007-1012; J.S. Bach, Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Viola, BWV 1001-1006; Max Reger, 3 Suites for Solo Viola, Op.131d; J.S. Bach - Z. Kodály, Chromatic Fantasy, BWV 903, Viola Transcription**

  • Cello repertoire - at least one movement from any of the following works: J.S. Bach, Six Suites for Cello Solo, BWV 1007-1012**

  • Piano repertoire: a solo performance chosen from any of Bach's following works: Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846-893; English Suites, BWV 806–811; French Suites, BWV 812–817; Partitas for keyboard, BWV 825–830**

In the Third Stage of the competition:

  • Violin repertoire - at least one movement or piece from any of the following worksN. Paganini, 24 Caprices for Solo Violin; N. Paganini, "Nel cor più non mi sento", Op. 38; E. Ysaÿe, Six Sonatas for solo violin, Op. 27; N. Milstein, Paganiniana (Variations) for Violin solo; H.W. Ernst, Grand Caprice on Schubert's "Erlkönig", Op. 26**

  • Viola repertoire - at least one movement or piece from any of the following works: P. Hindemith, Viola Sonata, Op.25, No. 1; G. Ligeti, Sonata for Solo Viola; K. Penderecki, Cadenza for Solo Viola; E. Krenek, Sonata for Viola Solo, Op. 92, No. 3**

  • Cello repertoire - at least one movement or piece from any of the following works: E. Ysaÿe, Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.28; E. Ysaÿe, Sonata No. 3 in D minor Arranged for Cello; G. Crumb, Sonata for Cello Solo; Z. Kodály, Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8; P. Hindemith, Sonata for Cello olo, Op. 25, No. 3**

  • Piano repertoire - one or more pieces from romantic or contemporary period (XIX or XX century) by any of the following composers: Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel**


Submitted recordings should have a total duration between a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 40 minutes.

The repertoire for the Gala Concert and for the recordings produced by ArsClassica as part of the prize of the Competition is chosen by the winners in agreement with ArsClassica. 

* The suggested repertoire for the First Stage of the Competition includes: at least one movement of a violin/viola/cello/piano concerto or sonata written in the Classical, Romantic or Contemporary period and/or any virtuoso piece solo or with accompaniment from Romantic to Contemporary period, different from repertoire requested for the Second and the Third Stage.

** The repertoire presented to the Jury of the competition is chosen freely by the competitors according to the program requirements. It is up to the competitors to choose a repertoire (one piece or more) that fully represents their artistic, technical and expressive potential.

5. VIDEO RECORDINGS

The candidates are selected and judged based only on the submitted video recordings. The videos have to be live recordings, possibly without editing, especially for a recording without public. The editing is acceptable only if the submitted video comes from a live concert with public and exclusively for the First Stage of the Competition. For the Second and the Third Stage of the competition the videos must be without editing.

The videos should be recorded no more than 12 months before the date of your submission.

Videos should be available for watching and sharing online.

6. APPLICATION

The submission to ArsClassica International Competition is to be done exclusively through the online Application Form .

By participating in ArsClassica International Competition and by accepting its rules, the applicants automatically:

  • become ArsClassica's members for a period of one year

  • disown the right for any material (financial) remuneration regarding eventual publication and distribution of their music and video recordings through Internet or other sources

  • consent the use, publication and sharing of the submitted videos and pictures on ArsClassica and VideoClassica web and social channels

  • consent the publication, streaming or broadcasting of the audio and video recordings or photographs produced by ArsClassica as part of the Prize of the Competition and the Gala Concert and assign the copyright of their performances to ArsClassica

  • accept the Privacy Policy 

7. REGISTRATION FEE

The registration fee is 100 € for each participant. The payment of the registration fee can be made via PayPal following the correct completion of the Application Form online or by bank transfer to: 

Associazione Ars Classica

via Orticello 15, 03016 Guarcino (Italy)

IBAN: IT30P0760103200001055983397

BIC/Swift: BPPIITRRXXX

Description: Name Surname - Instrument - Senior Competition

Applications without the payment of the registration fee will not be valid.

The registration fee is not refundable.

By submitting the registration fee, the participants become members of ArsClassica Association for a period of one year.

8. COMPETITION STAGES

ArsClassica International Competition consists of the following stages:

  • STAGE ONE - SELECTION: Maximum 24 best candidates will be selected among all the applicants. The selection is based on the video recordings submitted via the Application Form. The names of the competitors and the videos of their performances will be announced and shared on ArsClassica's and VideoClassica's web and social channels. within 15th January 2024.

  • STAGE TWO - SEMIFINAL: The 24 contestants will be asked to submit another video of a solo performance. As the result 12 candidates will be selected. The names of the selected candidates and the videos of their performances will be announced and shared on ArsClassica's and VideoClassica's web and social channels within 15th February 2024.

  • STAGE THREE - FINAL: The 12 finalists will be asked to submit another video of a solo performance. As the result 3 winners will be selected by the Jury. The names of the winners and the videos of their performances will be announced and shared on ArsClassica's and VideoClassica's web and social channels within 10th March 2024.

  • WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: The Jury will assign 3 prizes: 1° Prize, 2° Prize and 3° Prize. The announcement of the winners of ArsClassica International Competition will be online on ArsClassica's and VideoClassica's web and social channels.

  • GALA CONCERT: The winners of ArsClassica International Competition (1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize) will perform live in a Concert in Rome. The repertoire of the performance will be agreed with the musicians. The Gala Concert may be recorded and published on ArsClassica's and VideoClassica's web channels. The date of the Gala Concert will be established in accordance with the winners.

9. PRIZE

ArsClassica International Competition assigns 3 prizes:

  • 1° PRIZE: The winners of the 1° Prize will be awarded high quality audio and video recordings of a value of 30.000€. The winners may record a piece of solo and/or chamber repertoire. The video and the audio recordings will be published and streamed on ArsClassica and VideoClassica channels. The winners will also perform in a Gala Concert in Rome.

  • 2° PRIZE: The winners of the 2° Prize will perform in the Gala Concert in Rome. The repertoire of the performance will be agreed with the musicians.

  • 3° PRIZE: The winners of the 3° Prize will perform in the Gala Concert in Rome. The repertoire of the performance will be agreed with the musicians.

ArsClassica will provide accommodation for the prize winners during the recordings and the Gala Concert.

ArsClassica does not cover the travel expenses.

The date of the recordings will be established according to the availability of the musicians.

The winners consent the publication and streaming of the audio and video recordings produced by ArsClassica and assign the copyright of their performances to ArsClassica.

ArsClassica reserves the right not to assign the main Prize or one of the Prizes or to postpone the date of the Competition, if the quality standards of the candidates are not met.

The prize (concert and recordings) will be organized by the ArsClassica Association within one year from the announcement of the winners. Failure to participate in the event for any reason will be considered as a waiver of the prize by the winner. If the winner is unable to participate in any event proposed by the Association, after the period of one year from the end of the competition, ArsClassica will be relieved of any obligation to award the prize.

10. COPYRIGHT

Participants of ArsClassica International Competition transfer free of charge and without time limits to Associazione ArsClassica their property rights of the artistic performances audio and video recorded as part of the Prize of the competition and the Gala Concert, in the context of:

  • recording

  • marketing

  • online streaming and sharing

  • wireless, cable and satellite broadcasting and re-broadcasting

11. ACCEPTANCE OF RULES AND CONDITIONS

By applying to ArsClassica International Competition, participants automatically accept all the conditions and the regulations of ArsClassica International Competition.

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