THE SEVENTH ELENA OBRAZTSOVA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF YOUNG VOCALISTS

St. Petersburg

July 16 - 21, 2018

The Seventh Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Vocalists will be held in St. Petersburg within the period of July 16 (Monday) - 21 (Saturday), 2018
in the The M.I. Glinka Small Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia (Nevsky pr., 30)

Present Competition is established in 2006 by the great Russian singer Elena Obraztsova as an important educational project in the area of classical music, aimed at shaping the younger generation and exposing it to classical music art.

The Competition is held by The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre and The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation» supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and St. Petersburg Committee for Culture.

The Competition is aimed at developing promising young vocalists and improvement of their performance skills, as well as at broadening of creative contacts between Russian and foreign musicians.

The program of the Competition includes a concert performed by the Prize Winners of the Elena Obraztsova International Competitions of Young Vocalists of previous years.

Participants

Participants between the ages of 9 and 17 years, as at 16 July, 2018, are allowed to take part in the competition.

The academic solo singing competition consists of two rounds – qualifying and final.
There are three age groups:
   I age group – 9-11 years
   II age group – 12-14 years
   III age group – 15-17 years

Applying for the competition

The documents are accepted since December 1st, 2017, in two phases:

  1. Filled APPLICATION FORM should be sent to the E-mail address: office@obraztsova.spb.ru
    Deadline for applying is March 20, 2018
    (Attention! At this phase the letters containing complete package of documents will not be processed)
  2. After confirmation of the electronic application form by the Directorate of the Competition, complete package of documents should be sent to the E-mail address: office@obraztsova.spb.ru

Deadline for applying is April 20, 2018.

Documents requested:

  1. Completed application based on the form approved by the Directorate of the Competition (in Word program only). The program specified in the application cannot be changed
  2. Portrait photo of the contestant in electronic format, in high resolution (not less than 2 MB) to be printed in the competition’s booklet
  3. Copy of an identity document or a passport copy
  4. Copy of a document confirming payment of the admission fee
  5. Short CV of the contestant (not more than 400 characters, in Word program)

All the documents should be presented in Russian or English languages.
Participant of the competition should be held liable for an accuracy of information given to the Directorate of the Competition

Каждый кандидат, включённый в список для участия в Конкурсе, получит официальное подтверждение по электронном почте не позднее 25 июня 2018 года.

Every registered candidate will receive an official confirmation by e-mail not later than on June 25, 2018. Every contestant confirms his participation in the Competition by e-mail sent to the address office@obraztsova.spb.ru before July 10, 2018. Participation confirmation means that a contestant is agree with terms and conditions of the Competition.

Directorate of the Competition reserves the right to use all the information materials and photos for provision of information to mass media. The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre (St. Petersburg) and The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation» (Moscow) have all the rights for audio and video recording during the Competition.

Accompanists

Directorate of the Competition can provide a participant with a skilled accompanist according to the preliminary application form, which should be sent by the participant before April 25, 2018.

The price for accompanists’ services is Roubles 3.000; this sum should be paid during a registration of the contestants on July 16, 2018.

In case of performance with an accompanist provided by the Directorate of the Competition a contestant should send sheet music of the works performed in the 1st and 2nd Rounds not later than on April 25, 2018 by the Post of Russia to the address:
191025, St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 65,
The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre, Directorate of the Competition.

Sheet music should be signed and prepared for working!

In case of participation with a personal accompanist, all the accompanist’s invitation and accommodation related costs should be covered by the contestant.

Rehearsals

Directorate of the Competition provides every contestant with classes and time to rehearse.

Admission fee

The admission fee in amount of Roubles 5.000 should be paid by the contestants to the settlement account of the Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre not later than on April 25, 2018.

Foreign participants should pay in cash according to the exchange rate of the Russian Federation Central Bank at the day of registration – July 16th, 2018. In case of non-participation of the contestant, documents and admission fee won’t be returned.

Hotel accommodation

Directorate of the Competition assists in booking accommodation at one of the hotels suggested by the Directorate as well as in legalization of foreign citizens in St. Petersburg.

In the event of advanced notification Directorate of the Competition helps accompanying persons of the contestants in booking accommodation at one of the hotels suggested by the Directorate.

Participants of the 1st Round and their accompanying persons bear all the expenses related to their arrival, departure and hotel accommodation.

Directorate of the Competition provides and pays for the hotel accommodation of the participants of the 2nd Round (at the hotel suggested by the Directorate).

Concert clothes

To perform at the competition contestants should have concert clothes: concert suit for boys, concert dress for girls.

Participation in the Competition means that a contestant is agree with terms and conditions of the competition. In case of disagreement in interpreting the present conditions of The Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Vocalists the Rules in the Russian language shall prevail.

The Seventh Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Vocalists will be held in St. Petersburg within the period of July 16 (Monday) – 21 (Saturday), 2018.

A gala opening and closing of the Competition and also auditions take place at the M.I. Glinka Small Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia (Nevsky pr., 30).

SCHEDULE OF THE COMPETITION

 July 16 10:00 a.m. – Регистрация участников Конкурса
 July 16 3:00 p.m. – Жеребьёвка участников Конкурса
 July 16 6:00 p.m. – Торжественное открытие и гала-концерт лауреатов Конкурсов прошлых лет
 July 17-19 – I (qualifying) Round (all age groups)
 July 20-21 – II (final) Round (all age groups)
 July 21 5:00 p.m. – Ceremonial closing of the Competition and gala concert of the Prize Winners of the Competition

 

ORDER OF HOLDING THE COMPETITION

The contestants should arrive not later than at 10.00 a.m. on July 16, 2018.

Upon arrival every participant of the Competition should be registered.

The registration will be held at the M.I. Glinka Small Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia.

The draw ceremony will be held on July 16, 2018 at the M.I. Glinka Small Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia.

The order of the performances is defined by the draw ceremony and is valid till the end of the competition.

All contestants who have presented all the documents requested to the Directorate of the Competition, in time and according to the rules stated in present regulations of the Competition, are allowed to participate in the 1st Round.

Not more than 40% participants of the 1st Round are allowed to take part in the 2nd Round of the Competition.

All auditions are open for public.

All Prize Winners and their accompanists are obliged to take part without compensation in the closing concert of the competition and in the concerts arranged by The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre and The Elena Obraztsova Foundation - two times in period up to the December 31, 2019.

Results of the Competition are determined by the decision of the international Jury, which includes outstanding musicians, singers and vocal teachers.

The Jury members don’t have the right to take part in the Competition as accompanists or coaches of the contestants.

If a Jury member is a teacher of a contestant, he doesn’t take part in a voting in evaluating the results of this contestant’s auditions.

The Jury has the right to decide that a contestant’s program can be shortened or that his performance can be stopped, with the agreement of all the jury members.

The Jury has the right not to award some kind of prizes.

The Jury does not have the right to change prizes and awards stated in the regulations.

Jury’s decisions are final and can’t be revised.

First age group (9 – 11 years)

1st Round (qualifying)   1. A folk song with piano accompaniment (a capella performance is allowed and encouraged)
  2. A vocal work written by a composer, at the contestant’s choice

2nd Round (final)   1. A song from a children’s film, performance, cartoon or children’s music fairy-tale
  2. A vocal work by a composer of the 19th-20th centuries

Second age group (12 – 14 years)

1st Round (qualifying)   1. A vocal work by a composer of the 17th-18th centuries
  2. A romance or a song written by a composer, at the contestant’s choice

2nd Round (final)   1. A romance by a Russian composer of the 19th-20th centuries
  2. A romance or a song by a foreign composer of the 18th-20th centuries

Third age group (15 – 17 years)

1st Round (qualifying)   1. A chamber vocal work by a composer of the 17th-18th centuries
  2. A romance or a song by a composer of the 19th-20th centuries

2nd Round (final)   1. An aria from an opera by a Russian composer of the 19th-20th centuries
  2. An aria from an opera by a foreign composer of the 18th-20th centuries

 

All works should be performed by heart.
Each work can be performed just in one round.

GRAND PRIX – Roubles 40 000,00 (regardless of the contestant’s group)

1 group
First Prize – Roubles 30 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner
Second Prize – Roubles 20 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner
Third Prize – Roubles 10 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner

2 group
First Prize – Roubles 30 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner
Second Prize – Roubles 20 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner
Third Prize – Roubles 10 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner

3 group
First Prize – Roubles 30 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner
Second Prize – Roubles 20 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner
Third Prize – Roubles 10 000,00 and a title of the Prize Winner

All contestants will be awarded the certificate of the Competition.
Teachers and accompanists who have prepared young musicians for the Competition will be awarded the letter of appreciation.

Participants of the 2nd (final) Round of all age groups who won’t become the laureates will be awarded the diploma of the Competition and commemorative gifts.

Special Prize and Diploma «The Best Teacher of the Competition» – Roubles 30 000,00
Special Prize and Diploma «The Best Accompanist of the Competition» – Roubles 25 000,00
Special Prize and Diploma of The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre «Debut» – Roubles 20 000,00
Special Prize and Diploma of the Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation» «For a Bright Start in Art» – Roubles 20 000,00
Special Prize «The Audience Prize» – Roubles 20 000,00

Income tax will be withheld from all the money prizes!

State and public institutions, artistic unions, business companies and press are given the right to establish their Special Prizes and Encouragement Awards as agreed with the Directorate of the Competition.




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