The announcement and the Conditions of the 2020 Concertino Praga – Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians
Article 1: The announcement
1. Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music hereby announce the 54th year of the Concertino Praga – Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians (hereafter simply referred to as the “Competition”)
2. The Concertino Praga – Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians takes place under the patronage of the European Broadcasting Union (www.ebu.ch) and the Karel Komárek Family Foundation and it is a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (www.emcy.org).
Article 2: The categories
The 2020 Competition has been opened in the categories of solo playing on the following instruments: violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone.
Article 3: The registration deadline
The deadline for submitting registrations and the competition recordings for the 1st round is 15th December 2019. The promoter will confirm their receipt within ten days.
Article 4: The Competition disciplines and age limits
Participation in the Competition is limited:
a) to musicians who were born on 1.1.2005 or later in the disciplines of violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, harp and guitar.
b) to musicians who were born on 1.1.2004 or later in the disciplines of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone.
Article 5: The method of registering for the Competition
A candidate may register in the Competition or may be registered by his or her legal guardian, by the registering organisation where the competitor studies the given instrument or by a radio organisation. Each organisation can enter a maximum of five candidates in the Competition regardless of the instruments which the candidates play.
Article 6: The form of the registration in the Competition
1. The registration may only be undertaken using the form which can be found online at the Competition’s website: www.concertinopraga.cz.
2. The following items must also be submitted along with the registration form:
a) the recordings of the individual competition pieces in the WAV/PCM format – 16/24 bits – 44.1/48kHz,
b) a video recording of the realisation of the competition recordings which the jury will view in the case of any doubts associated with how the competition recordings were made (this can be done using a mobile telephone, as the jury will not take the video quality into account),
c) the competitor’s profile up to a maximum of 1000 characters,
d) two professional photographs of the competitor in print quality, including the photographer’s name (at least 300 dpi),
e) complete sheet music (without any personal markings),
f) a copy of the competitor’s passport (in the case of foreign competitors),
g) the repertoire for the 3rd round of the Competition – at least 2 pieces set for solo instrument and orchestra.
3. The recording for the 1st round will have a total length of at least 20 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes and the performer will make the recording at his or her own expense. Recordings lasting less than 20 minutes will be excluded from the Competition.
4. The jury may shorten the time spent listening to any recordings which last longer than 30 minutes.
5. It is recommended that the competition repertoire should consist of a selection of different stylistic periods. In the case of earlier music, i.e. original baroque or classical pieces, the piano part may be replaced with a cembalo, while the piece may also be performed for solo instrument without any accompanying instruments.
6. Due to the possible use of the recordings for radio broadcasts, instrumental concertos where the orchestral accompaniment has been replaced with a piano part are not admissible. Recordings with these pieces may be excluded from the Competition.
7. Registering in the Competition also constitutes the provision of the declaration in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 11 of the Concertino Praga Statute.
Article 7: The evaluation of the performances
1. The performances of the candidates recorded in the WAV stereo format on regular audio media (hereafter simply referred to as the “recordings) will be evaluated in the competition. The recordings must have been made in a studio or during a live performance in the period from 1st January to 15th December 2019. Live recordings must not have undergone any editing in post. The recordings must not be subject to any broadcasting rights of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) or any mechanical rights (IFPI).
2. The evaluation of the competitors by the expert juries will also be influenced by the maturity of the selection of the competitor’s competition repertoire, while taking into account the promotion of works by Antonin Dvořák and other Czech composers.
3. The promoter will publish a list of recommended works for 2020, the performance of which will have a positive impact on the evaluation of the competition performances, may be one of the criteria and may be associated with special prizes from foundations involved in caring for composer’s musical legacies. These prizes will be regularly published on the Competition’s website. The list of recommended pieces has been published in a separate document on the competition’s website.
Article 8: The course of the Competition
1. The 1st round
a) The recordings will be assessed by the jury by 28.2.2020.
b) The jury will pick 25 competitors to progress to the 2nd round regardless of the instruments which the candidates play.
c) The jury is entitled to request the participants progressing to the next round to rerecord the same repertoire for the 2nd round. The candidate will not be required to respond to this request. In such a case, the competition recordings from the 1st round will also be used in the 2nd round.
d) The promoter will inform those who have progressed to the 2nd round of the Competition in writing within 5 business days of the jury reaching its decision and will do so using the email address stated in the registration form.
e) In justified cases, the jury may state that the promoter will provide a candidate progressing into the 2nd round with the opportunity to record a competition recording using Czech Radio’s production facilities and at the expense of the promoter. This especially involves cases where the candidate or his or her registering organisation do not have the technical facilities to make a good quality recording which meets the requirements for the dissemination of recordings in radio broadcasts.
The 2nd round
a) The recordings will be assessed by the jury by 30.4.2020.
b) The jury will designate a maximum of 4 candidates to progress to round 3.
c) The progressing candidates will be required to perform live with an orchestra as part of the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians which will be held on 12th September 2020.
d) The promoter will inform the candidates who have progressed to the 3rd round of this fact in writing using the email addresses set out in the registration forms and will do so within 5 business days of the jury’s decision.
e) The candidate or his or her registering organisation will confirm the candidate’s intention to continue in the Competition within 5 business days of receiving the notification of having progressed to the 3rd round. If any of the candidates fail to confirm their intention to do so, another candidate will progress through to the 3rd round according to the order designated by the competition jury during its meeting in the 2nd round of the Competition.
f) The jury will designate 4 candidates who will not progress to the 3rd round, but who have sufficiently impressed the jury with their performances to be included in the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival.
2. The 3rd round
a) The competition round will take place in the form of a public concert with an orchestra as part of the 2020 Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians.
b) The candidates are required to be physically present at the Competition venue, i.e. in Prague, at least 3 days prior to holding of the 3rd round for the purpose of rehearsals with the orchestra.
c) The candidates are guaranteed 2 rehearsals with the orchestra in a rehearsal room and a dress rehearsal at the 3rd round venue, which will be the Dvořák Hall in the Rudolfinum in Prague.
d) The performance will be recorded by Czech Radio with the possibility of a live broadcast both in audio and audio-visual form. All of the candidates’ rights pertaining to the creation of the artistic performance have been set out in the Competition’s Statute.
e) The Competition jury will sit directly after the completion of all the competition performances at the public concert and will decide on the winners of the prizes and any honourable mentions.
f) The jury will announce its decision at the same public concert, where the Competition’s prize giving ceremony will also take place on stage.
g) The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will become Competition laureates.
h) The principles for the awarding of the prizes are set out in the Competition’s Statutes.
Article 9: The Competition jury
1. The juries for the individual rounds of the Competition and the jury chairpersons will be appointed by the Competition’s directorate.
2. The jury for the 1st round will consist of at least 5 people, including jury members of international origin. The jury for the 2nd round will consist of at least 7 members and it will include personalities from the Czech and international music scenes, of whom a maximum of 2 will be representatives of the EBU. The jury for the 3rd and final round will have at least 5 members and will consist of significant personalities from the domestic and international music scene, of whom one will be a representative of the EBU.
3. The juries for the 1st and 2nd rounds must contain different people.
4. The jury members may not have any familial relationships with any of the competing candidates.
5. If a jury member has taught any of the competitors, he or she must declare this relationship to the remaining members of the jury and the Competition directorate. The jury member will not be authorised to evaluate the competitor in such a situation.
6. The members of the juries for the 1st and 2nd rounds may not receive any information about the Competition’s candidates.
7. The juries will vote secretly and anonymously on voting slips.
8. The juries’ meetings are not public, with the exception of the participation of the promotor’s authorised representatives. The juries’ decisions are final. The meetings of all juries with international members will be held in English.
Article 10: The Competition prizes
1. The 3rd round jury may award the first, second and third place prizes in the Competition category for solo playing. The winners of these prizes will receive the title “Laureate of the Concertino Praga competition". The jury may also award “Honourable mentions”. The jury does not have to award any of the prizes. The jury will not award any prizes ex aequo (shared prizes).
2. The jury will also award the other prizes, the list of which is stated on the Competition’s website and is regularly updated.
3. Other prizes dedicated by the Competition’s partners may also be awarded at the suggestion of the 3rd round jury. These prizes will be presented by the jury’s chairperson and the prize donor.
4. One of the prizes is the Audience Prize, which is awarded on the basis of the voting by the audience members in attendance at the public 3rd round of the Competition. This prize will be awarded by a representative of the Academy of Classical Music.
5. The 2nd and 3rd prizes in the Competition may be sponsored by public institutions or private entities. They will be presented by the jury chairperson and a representative of the prize sponsor. The prize’s name may also include the name of the natural person or the legal entity which has sponsored the prize.
Article 11: The South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival
The laureates of the Concertino Praga – Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians are obliged to participate in the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival in September 2020. The promoter may also invite candidates who were awarded honourable mentions or who impressed the jury with exceptional performances in the 2nd round of the competition to participate in this festival. The competition directorate will be informed of any such decision by the jury immediately after the completion of the 2nd round.
Article 12: The Concertino Praga prizes
The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will become laureates of the Concertino Praga.
Article 13: The radio broadcasts of the course of the Concertino Praga
1. The 3rd and final round will be broadcast live by Czech Radio - Vltava. The promoter will do everything to ensure that this concert is broadcast live in the form of a video broadcast and via the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in the Euroradio season during the course of 2020.
2. Czech Radio – Vltava will broadcast the concerts of the South Bohemian festival either live or as recordings.
3. The promoter will provide the EBU with a pink offer of the recordings of those candidates who have been awarded the first, second and third prizes. The EBU will receive this offer within one month of the end of the jury’s deliberations.
4. The promoter will also offer the EBU broadcasts of all the concerts, both live and as recordings. The radio organisations which have participated in the competition will bear a moral obligation to broadcast the audio recordings.
Article 14: Compensation for costs
1. The promoter will provide compensation for the following costs:
a) The transport and accommodation costs for the laureates and their escorts to/in Prague and to/at the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival, but only in the case of the transport and accommodation organised by the promoter. The promoter will not cover any costs for travel or accommodation which the laurate and his or her escort arrange themselves.
A Czech Radio employee will be responsible for the participants from the Czech Republic throughout the period of the aforementioned events. The accompaniment of a legal guardian is permitted, but the legal guardian must meet any associated costs.
b) The promoter will only pay the transport costs to and from the Czech Republic for the Competition laureates and their escorts.
2. The winners will not receive an honorarium from the promoter. Similarly, no honorarium will be paid to the organisation which sent them to the competition.
3. The candidate’s escort may be his or her legal guardian or a delegate from the organisation which has registered the candidate in the Competition. If the escort is not the candidate’s legal guardian, the legal guardian’s verified consent for the escort will be required.
Article 15: The concluding provisions
1. By submitting a recording to the Competition, the competitor or the organisation which has registered the candidate in the Competition has provided consent for the further use of the recording by Czech Radio and the members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), especially for its use in radio broadcasts and for the further promotion of the competition (for example, the inclusion of the recordings on the Czech Radio website). By submitting the registration to the Concertino Praga competition, the organisation and the competitor have also stated their full agreement with the Competition’s Statute and the Competition’s Conditions.
2. The recovery of the prizes through the courts has been ruled out.
3. The Competition’s promoter reserves the right to change the Competition’s rules.
4. The Competition’s conditions have been drawn up in Czech and in English. The Czech version will be decisive in the case of any disputed interpretation.
6. Frequently asked questions (FAQ) area available online: www.concertinopraga.cz/faq