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 05.2019
Article 1: The subject of the Statute
1. This Statute regulates the name and registered office, the person of the co-organisers, the place of operation, the basic purpose of the activities, the mission, the organisational 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 organisational 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-organisers 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 organisation 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 1.4.2019 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 organisation of the competition is undertaken by Czech Radio Production in association with the ACM (hereafter simply referred to as the “organiser”).
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 organising 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 April 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. From 2021, a chamber music competition in the following formations will take place in parallel every two years: settings ranging from duos to quintets in any instrument setting; the ensemble must contain at least one keyboard instrument.
3. Participants who have not yet turned 15 in the year of the submission of their application can participate in the competition playing one of the following solo instruments: violin, violoncello, harp, guitar, piano, cembalo and accordion.
4. Participants who have not yet turned 16 in the year of the submission of their application can participate in the competition playing one of the following solo instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn and trombone.
5. Ensembles, in which the average age of the members in the year of the submission of the application does not exceed 20, can participate in the chamber music competition. The oldest member of the ensemble must not be over 21 in the year of the submission of the application.
6. The Concertino Praga directorate reserves the right to change the competition categories.
7. 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 organisation (for example, a music school),
c) via a radio organisation.
8. The sent recording should be of a suitable technical quality which enables the competition jury to duly assess the candidate’s performance.
9. 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.
10. The technical parameters for creating the audio recordings will be set out by the organiser in the Competition Conditions, while taking into account their purpose, i.e. their assessment in the competition and their dissemination in radio broadcasts.
11. 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 organisation and the competitors (if the applying organisation 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 licence 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 licence will apply to the rights of the performing artist and the creator of the audio and audio-visual recording. This licence 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.
12. The competitors or the applying organisations will send the competition promoters their competition audio recordings in the appropriate competition categories by 15th December at the latest. 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 organisation which has made the recording. At the same time, they must also meet all the prerequisites in the competition application; see the Competition Conditions.
13. If a competitor is registered in the competition by an organisation, the organisation 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 organisation may register a maximum of 5 candidates in each competition category.
14. The performances of the competitors will be evaluated by expert juries consisting of individuals appointed by the competition directorate. The promoters will appoint the head of the jury. The jury composition will be regularly published on the promoter’s website.
15. 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 in the 1st and 2nd rounds anonymously using only serial numbers. The competition’s representative will record the results of the evaluation in the points list signed by the jury’s chairperson.
16. In the 1st round, the 5-member expert jury, which will evaluate the sent competition audio recordings, will select a maximum of 25 competition audio recordings which will progress into the 2nd round. The 1st round jury will be international. The selection of the progressing competitors will not be based on the structure of the registered musical instruments played by the competitors, but on the musical quality of the performance competition repertoire.
17. In the 2nd round, the 7-member expert jury will select a maximum of 4 audio recordings which have progressed from the first round and their performers will proceed to the 3rd and final round and will become competition finalists. At the same time, the jury will also select 4 competition recordings, whose performers will proceed to the 3rd round, if any of those who have progressed to the final fail to confirm their participation. The jury will further select 4 competition recordings, whose performers will not progress directly into the 3rd final round, but who will be offered the chance to participate at the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival. They will become the bearers of level two honourable mentions. The jury in the 2nd round will consist of personalities from Czech and international music life, of whom a maximum of 2 will be representatives of the EBU. The selection of those progressing to the next round will not be subject to the structure of the registered competitors or the musical instruments which they play, but to the musical quality of their performance of the competition repertoire.
18. The competitor organiser will inform the competition participants, the applying organisations and the EBU of the results of the 1st and 2nd rounds within 7 calendar days of the date of the jury’s decision.
19. 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.
20. The third and 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. The third and 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. The third and final round 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 organisations.
21. The competitors in the 3rd and final round will be evaluated by a 5-member international jury consisting of significant personalities from domestic and international musical life, of which one will be a representative of the EBU. 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.
22. The jury in the 3rd round of the solo category will award the first, second and third prize. The jury in the 3rd round of the chamber category 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 level one honourable mentions. The jury in the final round is entitled to not award any of the prizes.
23. The prize winners will receive prizes from the competition organiser, 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. The winners of the level two honourable mentions will receive their prize during the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival.
24. 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.
25. All of the laureates and winners of honourable 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 organisation. It will send the performers copies of the audio recordings of their performances during the competition and the South Bohemian festival upon request.
26. The prizes of The Karel Komárek Family Foundation and other potential supporters of the competition for the holders of the first, second and third Concertino Praga prizes will be awarded in the form of special purpose scholarships for participation in master classes or for studying abroad at the following amounts:
1st prize – 5000 EUR
2nd prize – 2,800 EUR
3rd prize – 1,700 EUR
The following prizes are also awarded:
1) the audience prize of 500 EUR for the participant in the final round who received the most audience votes
2) the prize of 500 EUR for the youngest Czech participant of the second round.
27. The Academy of Classical Music will pay out the prizes in the form of scholarships on the basis of the submission of the Concertino Praga prize winner’s application for an appropriate educational program and will do so by direct credit to the account of the organiser or provider of the given educational program on the basis of a payment order. The prizes may also be paid out to the winners in the form of contributions towards the purchase of musical instruments after reaching an agreement with the competition directorate and after the submission of the appropriate documents associated with the purchase of the instrument in question.
28. The winner of the first prize will receive either
1) the opportunity to record their own CD in the Czech Radio studios. The recording will be released in a run of 200 CDs (by mutual agreement), of which the radio organisation which sent the candidate to the competition will receive 20; Czech Radio reserves the right to receive 30 copies for the promotion of the competition. The recording and release of this non-commercial CD is designed to support the most successful candidate, who can use the recording for promotional purposes.
2) the opportunity to record in the Czech Radio studios with the option of the non-commercial use of all forms, all technical means and for all methods of promotion, whereby Czech Radio will secure the purchase of any protected works.
The selection of these two options will be at the discretion of the first prize winner.
The recording may not be used for any commercial purpose without the written consent of Czech Radio (the conclusion of a licencing contract). Czech Radio will be the issuer of the CD and the holder of rights of the audio recording’s creator. Czech Radio reserves the right to use this recording for its promotional purposes and for radio broadcasts.
Article 6: The special provisions
1. 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 organisation, 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.
2. By submitting an application for the competition, the competitors or their applying organisation 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 unauthorised provision of consent to the promoter in a correct and timely manner.
3. The competition promoters are responsible for the organisation and economics of the competition.
4. The organiser will publish supplementary instructions for the realisation of the competition and the festival every year. These supplementary instructions will be published as the Competition Conditions for the Concertino Praga radio competition.
Article 7: The temporary provisions
The valid version of the Concertino Praga Statute for the 2019 competition year is Statute/2012/015/DG//2 in the wording dated from 1st May 2018. This statute will remain in effect until the completion of the 2019 competition year and it will not apply to the organisation of the 2020 competition year.
Article 8: The closing provisions
This Statute fully replaces Concertino Praga Statute/2012/015/DG//2 dated 1st August 2012 and issued by the Director General of CRa in the wording of the 2nd amendment from 1st May 2018.
Mgr. René Zavoral
The Director General of Czech Radio
Ing. Robert Kolář
The Manager of the Academy of Classical Music