The Director General of Czech Radio and the Manager of the Academy of Classical Music have published the following
Concertino Praga Statute
Effective as of 01. 05. 2021
Article 1: The subject of the Statute
1. This Statute regulates the name and registered office, the person of the co-organizers, the place of operation, the basic purpose of the activities, the mission, the organizational structure, the rights and responsibilities of the participants and the method of financing the Concertino Praga international radio festival also known as “the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians” (hereafter simply referred to as the “Concertino Praga competition”).
2. This Statute is binding for all the organizational units of Czech Radio (hereafter simply referred to as “CRa”), the Academy of Classical Music (hereafter simply referred to as the “ACM”) and for all of the competition participants.
Article 2: The mission of Concertino Praga
1. The international multidisciplinary radio competition for young musicians was established in 1966 at the initiative of the editorial team for music broadcasting for children and young people at Czechoslovak Radio.
2. The competition’s mission is to search for young exceptional talents from national music schools, to present the best of them to experts and to the public and to bring their abilities closer to listeners and viewers in radio, television and internet broadcasts and during live competition and concert performances.
3. The competition promotes Czech music on an international scale by means of the competition repertoire’s dramaturgy, public concerts and radio programs.
4. By supporting the further personal and professional development of the competition laureates, the co-organizers hope that the positive influence which the young musicians’ gain from participating in this competition will extend long beyond the period when it is held.
Article 3: The registered office and the promotion and organization of the Concertino Praga
1. The registered office of the Concertino Praga is Czech Radio, Vinohradská 12, 120 99 Prague 2 – Vinohrady.
2. The competition for the 2020 competition year is held from 1. 5. 2019 with Czech Radio (hereafter referred to as the “co-promoter CRa” or simply as the “CRa”) and the Academy of Classical Music (hereafter referred to as the “co-promoter ACM” or simply as the “ACM”) in the role of the promoters, while the actual organization of the competition is undertaken by Czech Radio Production in association with the ACM (hereafter simply referred to as the “organizer”).
3. The relationship between the promoters is regulated by the Promoters’ Contract concluded between Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music. This contract regulates the principles of financing and organizing the competition and the promoters’ relationship to the “Concertino Praga” trademark.
Article 4: The structure of the competition
1. The competition directorate is the Concertino Praga competition’s supreme body. The competition directorate consists of one representative from the CRa and one representative from the ACM.
2. The representative from the CRa is appointed by the Director General of the CRa. The representative from the ACM is appointed by the Manager of the ACM.
3. The promoters usually announce the competition by 15th May of the appropriate calendar year and then send the specific conditions to their partners abroad and in the Czech Republic.
4. The Concertino Praga competition is a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) based in Munich.
5. The competition’s sub-title in foreign languages:
a) Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians
b) Antonín Dvořák Internationaler Rundfunkwettbewerb junger Musiker
c) Antonín Dvořák Concours radiophonique international des jeunes musiciens
d) Meždunarodnyj radiokonkurs junych muzykantov imeni Antonina Dvoržaka.
6. The Concertino Praga competition includes the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival, which follows on from the competition.
Article 5: The competition rules
1. The competition takes place as a multidisciplinary event every year in the category of solo playing with the following musical instruments, whereby the competition performances are assessed altogether regardless of the musical instrument which was used for the performance: violin – violoncello – harp – guitar – piano – cembalo – accordion – flute – oboe – clarinet – saxophone – bassoon – trumpet – French horn – trombone.
2. The Concertino Praga directorate reserves the right to change the competition categories. The list of musical instruments may be modified on the basis of recommendations from competition juries or the artistic and pedagogical public. For each year, the list of competing musical instruments is defined by the Conditions of the competition and such a list, if it deviates from the Statute, does not require its change.
3. From 2021, a chamber music competition in the following formations will take place in parallel every two years: settings ranging from duos to sextets in any instrument setting; the ensemble might contain only one keyboard instrument.
4. Participants playing the violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, harp or guitar who are under 16 at the time of the competition’s final round may enter the competition.
5. Participants playing the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone or trombone who are under 17 at the time of the competition’s final round may enter the competition.
6. When playing one of the additional solo instruments beyond the list above according to Article 5. 2. the age limit will be set by the competition directorate in the relevant annual conditions.
7. Musicians, whose average ages do not exceed the age of 20 as of the date of the Competition’s public final round may perform in the ensembles ranging from duos to sextets. The oldest member of the ensemble must be 21 at the time of the final competition round.
8. The young artists participate in the competition by means of audio recordings of their competition performances which are made without any subsequent editing of the recording of their artistic performance (without any so-called “cuts”) and which they send with their competition application directly to the promoter’s address in one of the following ways:
a) by themselves, represented by their legal guardian,
b) via an applying organization (for example, a music school),
c) via a radio organization.
9. The Concertino Praga competition accepts only professional recordings which have been made made during a single period of time.
10. The evaluation of the competitors by the expert juries will also be influenced by the level of the chosen competition repertoire, while taking into account the promotion of works by Antonín Dvořák and other Czech composers. The competition audio recordings will contain a piece or pieces at a minimum length of 20 minutes and a maximum length of 30 minutes according to the competitor’s choice. The promoter will publish a list of recommended compositions in the competition conditions, the performance of which will have a positive impact on the evaluation of the artistic performance, which may be one of the evaluating criteria and which may also be the subject of special awards presented by foundations involved in preserving the musical legacies of the composers. These prizes will be regularly published on the competition’s website. The prizes for the winners presented by the promoters are published every year in the Competition Conditions.
11. The technical parameters for creating the audio recordings will be set out by the organizer in the Competition Conditions, while taking into account their purpose, i.e. their assessment in the competition and their dissemination in radio broadcasts.
12. The application to participate in the Concertino Praga competition is also a declaration as to the fact that the competitors (if they are the creators of the competition recording) or the applying organization and the competitors (if the applying organization is the creator of the competition recording), whose performances are to be evaluated, will be subject to the provisions of this Statute and the Competition Conditions. At the same time, this declaration also constitutes the provision of a temporally and territorially unlimited license for the use of the sent competition recording in radio and audio-visual broadcasts and streaming and on-demand use on the websites of the Concertino Praga competition, Czech Radio, the Academy of Classical Music and the competition’s official partners. This license will apply to the rights of the performing artist and the creator of the audio and audio-visual recording. This license approval will also apply to the creation of all audio and audio-visual recordings or broadcasts of the candidate’s competition performances, which arise during the candidate’s participation in the competition throughout the period of its duration, including any participation at the subsequent South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival which follows immediately after the conclusion of the final competition performance of the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians. The promoter will secure the broadcasting rights and the internet dissemination rights in relation to the authors of the music or the publishing houses.
13. The competitors or the applying organizations will send the competition promoters their competition audio recordings in the appropriate competition categories within the deadline which is stated in the Competition Conditions. The costs associated with making the competition audio recordings will be borne by the competitors, if they make their own competition recordings, or by the applying organization which has made the recording. At the same time, they must also meet all the prerequisites in the competition application; see the Competition Conditions.
14. If a competitor is registered in the competition by an organization, the organization in question may register a maximum of 5 candidates, regardless of the musical instruments which they play. In the case of those years where parallel competitions are held in both solo and ensemble playing, one organization may register a maximum of 5 candidates in each competition category.
15. The performances of the competitors will be evaluated by expert juries consisting of individuals appointed by the competition directorate. The specifications of the juries, their composition and other conditions relating to the juries for individual years are given in the Competition Conditions. The jury composition will be regularly published on the promoter’s website.
16. The competition’s representatives will elaborate the evaluation criteria and the procedure for the jury’s work prior to the evaluation of the competition audio recordings in each competition round. The jury will evaluate the audio recordings anonymously using only serial numbers. The competition’s representative will record the results of the evaluation in the points list.
17. The competitor organizer will inform the competition participants, the applying organizations and the EBU of the results of the 1st and 2nd rounds within 7 calendar days of the date of the jury’s decision.
18. The jury will only be informed of the names, ages and nationalities of the competitors after the competitors progressing to the 3rd and final round have been designated.
19. The final round of the competition in the solo category will take place in the form of a live public concert with an orchestra together with a live radio broadcast undertaken by the co-promoter CRa within the framework of the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians.
20. The final round in the chamber music category will take place in the form of a live public concert associated with a live radio broadcast undertaken by the co-promoter CRa within the framework of the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians.
21. The final rounds in both categories may also be recorded audio-visually for the purpose of its dissemination by television broadcast or on the internet on the website of the promoter or its partner organizations.
22. The competitors in the final rounds will be evaluated by an international jury. The decision on the laureates and the awarding of the individual prizes will take place immediately after the completion of the final performances by all the participants and the award ceremony will be part of the public concert in the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians.
23. The jury in the final rounds of both categories will award the first, second and third prize. The first prize cannot be awarded jointly. The bearers of the first, second and third prizes will receive the title of laureate of the Concertino Praga international radio competition. Finalists, who are not awarded the first to third prize, will become the bearers of first class honourable mentions. The jury in the final round is entitled to not award any of the prizes.
24. The prize winners will receive prizes from the competition organizer, the form and amount of which will be set out for each given year of the competition in the Competition Conditions. The list of prizes will be regularly published and supplemented on the competition’s website. The prizes for the finalists in the 3rd round will be presented during the final competition evening of the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians.
25. The international jury may award financial or non-financial prizes for any remarkable interpretational performances or any other prizes from music institutions. The list of these prizes will be published in the Competition Conditions for each year of the competition. The competition directorate reserves the right to expand the list of awarded prizes after it has been initially published.
26. All of the laureates and winners of honorable mentions will receive the prize of a stay in the Czech Republic at the expense of the promoter associated with their performances at the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival. This performance by the laureates constitutes an integral part of their participation in the competition and is unremunerated. The promoter will offer the concerts for live or delayed broadcast via the EBU or any other broadcast organization. It will send the performers copies of the audio recordings of their performances during the competition and the South Bohemian festival upon request.
Article 6: The special provisions
1. Competitors who have previously received the 1st – 3rd prizes in a specific category may not enter the Competition. This means that competitors who have previously received the 1st – 3rd prizes in the solo category may register for the chamber ensemble category and vice versa. It is not, however, possible to reapply for a category where a competitor has already received the laureate’s title.
2. The promoter will pay for the following in association with the holding of the Concertino Praga competition:
a) the travel, accommodation and meals of the jury members;
b) the jury members’ remuneration for their work in the jury;
c) the travel, accommodation and meals of the invited laureates and their competition entourage (in the case of laureates who are minors);
d) the costs associated with holding the 3rd round in Prague and with the South Bohemian festival;
e) the membership fee to EMCY in association with the membership in this organization, the amount of which is designated by the EMCY annual general meeting;
f) the costs associated with the acquisition of the audio recordings of the 3rd and final round and the concerts at the South Bohemian festival.
3. By submitting an application for the competition, the competitors or their applying organization confirm that:
a) they have settled all copyright and associated rights associated with the creation, recording and subsequent use of the recorded artistic performances of the musical works by the competitors and their co-performers for the purpose of producing the recordings and entering the competition and that they have done so at their own expense. The rights of the performing artist will furthermore be unlimited in their territorial and temporal scope and quantity so that the competition promoter can apply them in the form set out in the Competition Conditions, especially in the form of terrestrial and digital broadcasting;
b) they are the exclusive bearer of the rights of the audio recordings’ creator with regard to the competition recordings and that, in association with their registration in the competition, they provide the promoter with their consent to use said rights unlimitedly for the purposes of the competition in accordance with the competition rules and that they will settle any eventual claims of third parties based on the provision of any untruthful information by the creator of the recording and/or on the unauthorized provision of consent to the promoter in a correct and timely manner.
4. The competition promoters are responsible for the organization and economics of the competition.
Article 7: The closing provisions
This Statute fully replaces the Statute of Concertino Praga of 30 April 2021.
Mgr. René Zavoral
The Director General of Czech Radio
Ing. Robert Kolář
The Manager of the Academy of Classical Music