REGULATIONS ON JEAN SIBELIUS COMPOSITION COMPETITION

15.-18.11.2019

Turku, Finland

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Organizer: the International Culture Association in Turku (Turun kansainväliset kulttuurimarkkinat yhdistys ry) in collaboration with Finnish company SEM Consulting Oy and the Union of Russian Composers.

 

Place and time: Nov 15 to Nov 18, 2019 in Martin's Church (Huovinkatu, 20810 Turku).

 

Competition schedule: the period for registration is from Jan 1 to Nov 1, 2019.

 

Eligibility for participation: The participation in the International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition 2019 is open for both amateurs and professionals, for students from the educational establishments for culture and arts, from the universities for creative arts, as well as for teachers.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CONDUCTING THE COMPETITION:

The competition shall be held in the following nominated categories:

  • instrumental music (works for solo instruments, instrumental groups, orchestras, chamber music);

  • vocal and choral music (works for voice and accompaniment instruments, for voice and ensemble, vocal ensembles, choral music with and without accompaniment);

  • electronic, electroacoustic, computer music;

  • pop and jazz music;

  • musical and theatrical performances.

 

Age groups:

  • Group 1: up to 12 years;

  • Group 2: from 13 to 16 years;

  • Group 3: students;

  • Group 4: teachers;

  • Group 5: professionals;

  • Group 6: amateurs.

 

The competition shall be held remotely, in the absence of contestants. Every contestant’s name shall be assigned an individual code. After receiving application from a contestant, he will get a registration number. The application form can be found on the website www.jsfestcompetition.com. For participation in the festival competition, it shall be required to present 2 works of different character (in different genres). The total playing time should not exceed 15 minutes (no more than 25 minutes for musical and theatrical performances). The composers who are going to take part in the competition must send to the Organizing Committee via e-mail info@semconsulting.fi the following documents:

  • a photograph of the contestant

  • a photocopy of passport or birth certificate

  • sheet music score (in PDF format)

  • audio recording of works (in MP3 format)

 

The contestant must send all the materials under the guise of his registration number.

 

Technical requirements: recorded works must be presented in separate files combined into a single folder. The folder must be named! Each file in the folder must also be named (the registration number and the name of each particular work).

 

Assessment criteria:

  • originality of idea and concept;

  • depth of topic unveiling;

  • professionalism (confident mastery of composer skills, sophistication of form, sense of style, degree of musical language complexity);

  • quality of performance.

 

JURY

The jury of Jean Sibelius Composition Competition consists of internationally recognized professional composers. The jury's task is to evaluate the contestants as objectively as possible. The jury has the right to award special prizes, to share the prizes between participants, to skip awarding any of the prizes and awards. The Jury President holds the decision-making authority in unclear situations. The jury reserves the right not to award the GRAND PRIX, if the level of performances turns out to be low. The jury's decision shall not be subject to any appeal.

 

PRIZES AWARDED AT THE CONTEST

Participants are evaluated in each nomination and age group separately: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places shall be awarded a diploma. It may be possible that some special diplomas will be granted. Special prizes shall also be awarded.

 

The competition results shall be announced at the award ceremony of the JSFest Instrumental Competition on November 17th, as well as on the website www.jsfestcompetition.com on November 18th. The Organizing Committee will individually contact the participants and send them their diplomas and awards. The competitors may personally come to the award ceremony.

 

RULES FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS, REGISTRATION FEE AND PARTICIPATION PAYMENT:

APPLICATIONS shall be accepted until November 1, 2019. The registration fee and the participation payment must be effected before November 1, 2019. In case when the contestants purchase from the organizers a package with accommodation and participation, a 100% payment for the package with accommodation and meals must be effected before November 1, 2019.

 

The banking details and the competitor’s personal registration number will be sent by e-mail after receiving the application. A scanned copy of confirmation of payment for application registration must be sent to e-mail address info@semconsulting.fi

 

APPLICATIONS are to be sent by e-mail to info@semconsulting.fi. The information regarding the number of participants as specified in the application shall be considered to be final.

 

Registration fee and participation payment:

Application registration: 30 €. Should the applicant cancel his participation, this amount is not refundable.

Participation payment: 120 €

 

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

The contestants willing to attend the award ceremony personally shall pay the costs of their travel and accommodation. The contestants may purchase a package with accommodation and meals from the organizers. Package price:

• Standard program: 180 € in a 3-4-bed rooms, 210 € in a 2-bed room, 250 € in the single room  per each person. The cost for 3 nights includes accommodation in Scandic hotel (Eerikinkatu 30) in the city center with breakfast and dinner. Arrival 15.11. after 14.00, departure 18.11. before 12.00.
Additional night: 60 € in a 3-4-bed rooms, 70 € in a 2-bed room, 90 € in the single room per each person (with breakfast).
 
• Discount program: only for groups of minimum of 3 persons.

120 € in a 3-4-bed rooms per each person. The cost for 3 nights includes accommodation in Omena hotel (Humalistonkatu 7) in the city center without meals.

Arrival 15.11. after 16.00, departure 18.11. before 12.00.

Additional night: 50 € in a 3-4-bed rooms per each person. Without meals.

 

TRANSFER

The transfer (terminal - hotel - terminal) shall be guaranteed, if the organizers are notified regarding the date, time, place, train and wagon number, flight number, etc. in advance, 20 days before the start of competition. Meeting participants at Turku bus/train terminals and at Turku airport is carried out for an additional payment of 30 € per person (for a round-trip transfer). Please, kindly specify all your wishes in detail and in advance in your application.

From Moscow: you can get by plane or by train to Helsinki, and from there by train to Turku.

From St. Petersburg: there are daily buses to Turku, as well as trains and ferries to Helsinki.

 

GUIDED TOURS

The guided tours service shall be paid additionally.

 

A small knight's tour in the castle of Turku: Outside the festival hours, younger participants are offered an opportunity to make an amazing journey through the medieval castle of Turku. This tour offers young participants an opportunity to plunge into the medieval life of the castle, where every boy can feel like a real knight, and every girl like a court lady! Price: 25 € per person.

Sibelius museum. Price: 20 € per person.

 

A sightseeing tour around the city of Turku, with a visit to the Cathedral. A fascinating bus trip around one of the most ancient city of Finland, Turku, where you will get acquainted with the history of the city and its main attractions, such as the Turku Castle, the Cathedral and the Central Square. Free time will be available for an individual walk around the Central Square. Duration: 2 hours. Price: 35 € per person.

 

Bus trip to the capital of Finland, Helsinki. Duration: 6 to 7 hours. Price: 50 € per person, minimum 30 people per bus.

 

A fascinating sea voyage from Helsinki on Nov 18 at 17.30 to Stockholm, with exit to Stockholm, and back to Helsinki on Nov 20 at 10.10. Welcome to a fascinating journey by a cruise liner of Viking Line from Turku to Stockholm and back to Turku, one day in Stockholm with our escort. The trip in a quadruple cabin costs 85 to 95 € (cabins without windows) and 105 to 140 € (cabins with windows) per person (the price depending on the cabin deck). Lunch has to be paid separately!

 

RIGHTS OF ORGANIZERS

The Organizers of Jean Sibelius Composition Competition reserve the exclusive rights to radio broadcasting, video recording, television broadcasting, photographing of competition performances, as well as posting them on the website and in any other information systems without any compensation to the contestants and their pianists.

 

Copyright compliance: the Organizing Committee shall not be entitled to use and distribute for own purposes the works of the festival competition participants without their consent.

 

CONTACTS

E-mail address: info@semconsulting.fi

Phone: +358 50 5238257

Website: www.jsfestcompetition.com

PROGRAM OF THE VIIth INTERNATIONAL JSFest 2019 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION

Friday 15.11.2019, MARTIN KIRKKO, Huovinkatu 5
•    13.00 -16.15: rehearsals 
•    16.30 -18.20: rehearsals (Opening concert)
•    18.30 – 19.30: Opening concert
•    21.00: - dinner in the hotel (standart program)
•    22.00: - meeting for the jury and leaders at Cumulus hotel
(Eerikinkatu 30, 3 floor, the room of organizing committee with the logo of the festival)

 

Saturday 16.11.2019, MARTIN KIRKKO, Huovinkatu 5
•     6.00 - 9.30 : breakfast in the hotel (standart program)
•     8.05 - 8.37: rehearsals, categories E4, E3, E2, E1 (16 participantsx2 min)
•    8.50 - 11.45: competition, categories E1, E2, E3, E4 
•    11.46 -12.12: rehearsals, categories B1, B2 (13 participants x2)
•    11.50 -12.00: feedback from 1 jury member (max.2 min), categories E1, E2, E3, E4
•    12.15 - 14.00: competition, categories B1-B2 
•    14.01 -14.29: rehearsals, categories B3, B4 (14 participants x2 min)
•    14.10 -14.20: feedback from 1 jury member (max.2 min), categories B1, B2
•    14.40  - 17.45: competition, categories B3-B4 
•    17.50 -18.00: feedback from 1 jury member (max.2 min), categories B3, B4
•    17.46 -18.14: rehearsals, categories A4, A3, A2, A1, I3 (14 participants x2 min)
•    18.20-20.46: competition, categories A1, A2, A3, A4, I3 
•    20.46 -20.56: feedback from 1 jury member (max.2 min), categories A1, A2, A3, A4, I3 
•    21.00: - dinner in the hotel (standart program)

 

Sunday 17.11.2019, TKO, Lustokatu 7
•    6.00 - 9.30 : breakfast in the hotel (standart program)
•    9.00 -12.00: master classes

 

Sunday 17.11.2019, MARTIN KIRKKO, Huovinkatu 5
•    13.00 -13.26: rehearsals, category G0,G1,G2,G3, F1, F2, F3, D3(13 participants x2 min)
•    13.35 - 16.00: competition, categories D3,G0,G1,G2,G3,F1,F2,F3
•    16.10 -16.20: feedback from 1 jury member (max.2 min), categories  G0,G1,G2,G3,F1,F2,F3, D3
•    16.40 – 17.40: Grand Prix competition  (adult categories: 16-20 years old and older, than 20)
•    18.00 - 19.30:  Friendship Concert
•    19.50 - 20.50: Award Ceremony
•    21.00: dinner in the hotel

 

Monday 18.11.2019
•     6.00 - 9.30 : breakfast in the hotel (standart program)
•    11.00-12.00 - departure from hotel