REGULATION
ON HOLDING ON NOVEMBER 15-18, 2019
OF THE INTERNATIONAL JSFest INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION

Turku, Finland
 

WHO
Soloists and collectives of all levels of experience and ages from different countries can take part in the competition.

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE COMPETITION

All participants are divided on Junior section (age groups under 12 years old and 12-15 years old) and Senior section (age groups 16-20 and older than 20 years old).

Junior section participates only in the First round.

Participants of Senior Section, who get the first place in their categories, participate in the Second round, where they perform one composition of Jean Sibelius not previously heard in the earlier performances, no more than 7 minutes (Participants of category J: Instrumental performance on harpsichord perform in the Second round one piece of the choice).

 

The Program of the First Round

Soloists and collectives can participate in the competition in next categories:


Category A: Instrumental performance (violin, viola, violoncello, harp, guitar and piano) with an obligatory performance by Jean Sibelius

A1 of age under 12, A2 of age 12-15, A3 of age 16-20, A4 of age over 20 years old:

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by Jean Sibelius

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 8 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 16 years old)
 

Category B: Instrumental performance (violin, viola, violoncello, harp, guitar and piano) without an obligatory performance

B1 of age under 12, B2 of age 12-15, B3 of age 16-20, B4 of age over 20 years old:

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by an European composer

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 8 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 16 years old)


Category C: Instrumental performance (pianos duets “four hands”) with an obligatory performance by Jean Sibelius

C1 of age under 12, C2 of age 12-15, C3 of age 16-20, C4 of age over 20 years old:

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by Jean Sibelius

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 8 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 16 years old)

 C5 of age under 12, C6 of age 12-15, C7 of age 16-20, C8 of age over 20 years old:
1) Composition by an European composer

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 8 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 16 years old)


Category D: Instrumental performance (organ)

D1 of age15-20, D2 of age over 20 years old

D3 - organ+ (instrumental ensembles where organ are present)

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) A composition of a composer of the 17-18 centuries

2) A composition of a composer of the 19 - 20 centuries

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes.


Category E: Instrumental performance (wind instruments: clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, tube and drums) without an obligatory performance

E1 of age under 12, E2 of age 12-16, E3 of age 16-20, E4 of age over 20 years old:

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by a Scandinavian composer

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 8 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 16 years old)


Category F: Instrumental performance (traditional/ folklore instruments) without an obligatory performance

F1 of age under 12, F2 of age 12-16, F3 of age 16-20, F4 of age over 20 years old:

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) Composition of the country of the participant

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 10 minutes.


Category G: Chamber performance (duets, trios, quartets, and ensembles of more than 5 people up to 12 people) Ensembles can perform any instruments (string instruments, church music instruments).

G1 of age 12-20, G2 of age over 20 years old, G3 of mixed age:

The program - two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by a west- European composer

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 10 minutes.

Category H: Chamber orchestras (more than 12 people):

H1 of age 12-20, H2 of age over 20 years old, H3 of mixed age:

Chamber orchestras can perform any instruments.

The program - two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by a west- European composer

2) Composition at the choice

Performance time is no more than 10 minutes.


Category I: Concertmasters performance The participants of this category can perform with the vocal participants together. Vocalist illustrator does not get awards and perform in Instrumental Music Competition.

I1: concertmasters of age 16-20

The program – two compositions are performed:

1) A piece of Scandinavian composer

2) Folk piece of the participants country

Performance time is no more than 10 minutes.

I2: concertmasters of age 16-20

The program – two compositions at the choice are performed.

Performance time is no more than 10 minutes.

I3: concertmasters of age over 20

The program – three compositions are performed:

1) A piece of Jean Sibelius

2) A piece of the participant´s country

3) Aria

Performance time is no more than 20 minutes.

I4: concertmasters of age over 20

The program – three compositions are performed:

1) A piece of European composer

2) A piece of the participant´s country

3) Aria

Performance time is no more than 20 minutes.

 

Category J: Instrumental performance on harpsichord without an obligatory performance

J1 of age under 12, J2 of age 12-15, J3 of age 16-20, J4 of age over 20 years old:

The program – three compositions are performed:

1) Composition by a Scandinavian composer

2) Composition of the composer of XX century

3) A piece of the participant´s country

Performance time is no more than 8 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 16 years old)

 

 

JURY

The jury committee of the Jean Sibelius Instrumental music Competition consists of world-renowned professional musicians and teachers. The decision of the Jury Committee is final and definitive. The votes are expressed in arithmetical score from 0 to 10. The points, from one to ten, are allocated by common criteria such as Technical mastery and Artistic expression. The Jury reserves the right not to award prizes should the executions not reach the artistic level required. In case of a tie, the President of the Commission will have the casting vote. 

Each member of the jury that has had personal or professional contact with the participant is required to abstain from voting.

The jury committee is asked to operate on common evaluation criteria. It aims to reward not only technical proficiency but also and above all the expressive skills of the performers, their ability to engage the listener, their communicative power, the ability to express their personality.

 

FEEDBACK
After the performance, if they so wish, the participants have the opportunity to get feedback about their performance, at least from one member of the jury. The participant should inform the tender secretary in writing about his desire to receive feedback on the performance. The time for discussion of the reviews is coordinated through the secretary of the competition. The jury's task is to give personal feedback to the participants in a constructive, individually appropriate spirit.

 

 

 

PRIZES

Junior section (age groups under 12 years old and 12-15 years old)

First, Second and Third prize will be awarded.

One Winner in the age group under 12 years old will be awarded with the Diploma of Young Talent and money award of 100 €.

One Winner in the age group 12-16 years old will be awarded with the Diploma of Young Talent and money award of 100 €.

Special diplomas: Diploma of the youngest participant

 

Senior section (age groups 16-20 and older than 20 years old)

First, Second and Third prize will be awarded.

The Winner from the age group of 16-20 will be awarded by Grand Prix Diploma and money award of 200 €.

The Winner from the age group of older than 20 years old will be awarded by Grand Prix Diploma and money award of 300 €.

• Special diplomas: Diploma for Professionalism

 

APPLICATION, REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION FEE

The request for participation can be completed either online or by filling in a registration form and sending it. Deadline for applications is 1.10.2019.

The application indicates the need for resettlement with the exact number of seats and sex. Information on the number of participants contained in the application is treated as final. A copy of the payment order for the registration application is also sent. For details about how to fill in the registration form, go to the website www.jsfestcompetition.com

For any question relating to technical difficulties or connection please refer to the email info@semconsulting.fi

By sending the registration form participants accept the rules of the competition.

Participation in the competition is bound to payment of a registration fee and participation fee.

• Registration of the application is 30 €. In case of cancellation, this amount is not refundable.

• Participation fee:  100 € soloist, 140 € duo, 160 € trio, 170 € quartet, 190 € quintet and 40 € per person for groups more than 5 persons.

• Participant is able to take part in several categories with the condition of making a separate application form for each category and payment for additional categories.

• Participation fee for additional category:  50 € soloist, 70 € duo, 80 € trio, 90 € quartet, 100 € quintet and 20 € per person for groups more than 5 persons.

Solo is the main category.

Participants organize by themselves their accommodation and meals. Participants can buy from organizers accommodation and meals:

 

• 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.

 

CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION:
• The organizers pay special attention to the need for familiarization with the current regulation.
• Each participant arrives at the competition in the terms specified in the official invitation.
• The whole participant’s delegation, including attendants, must also be specified in the application.
• Transportation and other costs of participants and leaders, as well as the accompanying must be paid by the sending parties or the participants themselves.
• Visa and insurance must be paid by the sending parties or the participants themselves.

• Deadline for submission of documents to the Consular Office of Finland is until October 1. The presence of foreign passports at the time of application and payment for registration application is a necessary condition of participation in the competition.
• To participate in the competition is necessary to prepare and submit electronically the following documents:
1. Application of the approved form (name, as in the passport or the name of the team for the diploma).
2. Copy of payment for the registration application.
3. 1 photo and short resume (7-10 sentences) in English for booklet
4. Full list of participants in English language for accommodation with the dates of birthday

 

GENERAL RULES FOR PARTICIPANTS:
• The Organizing Committee is the exclusive carrier of property rights to broadcast the concert and competition plays on radio and television, as well as the ownership and distribution of printed competitive products, audio and video recordings of the participants of the competition, lectures, seminars and master classes.
• All disputes are submitted to the jury, the organizing committee and management. Their decision is final and not subject to revision.
• Matters not stipulated by the Regulation, the organizers decide.
• Application means consent with a regulation and is a contract between organizers and participants of the festival, despite the country of residence. Participation in a competition is confirmed by the invitation sent by the organizer on the basis of the application, lists of the participants and documents confirming the payment for the application registration and participation.
• Participation in the competition is confirmed by the invitation sent by the organizer on the basis of received applications, lists of participants and documents confirming payment of the registration application.
• Refusal from accommodation/meals packet later than a month before the festival isn't possible, and money isn't given back in this case! Force majeure is only a doctor's certificate given to a person not to a group.
• Organizing Committee has the right to make changes in the Regulation of the competition no later than one week before the competition, informing the registered participants.

 

EXCURSIONS

• Excursions are extra charged.

We offer:

• tour for children in the castle of Turku with the Russian-speaking and English-speaking guide, the cost is 25 € per person.

• Sibelius museum, the cost is 20 € per person.

• bus tour in Helsinki. The cost of 50 € per person.

• bus sightseeing tour of Turku 2 hours with the Russian-speaking and English-speaking guide 35 € per person.

• fascinating voyage from Helsinki 18.11 at 17.30 to Stockholm and back to Helsinki 20.11 at 10.10.

  

TRANSFER:
Transfer (railway station, hotel, train station) is guaranteed if the date, time, place, train and car, flight number are communicated to the organizers 30 days before the start of the competition.
Meeting participants at railway stations and airport, the city of Turku at an additional charge:  meeting and accompanying 30 € per person.
Meeting participants at the stations and the airport in Helsinki, a special bus (maximum 49 people) costs 650 € on one destination (information will be sent 30 days before the start of the competition).
All the wishes in details and in advance should be put in the application.

 

ORGANIZERS OF THE FESTIVAL:
Founders: SEM Consulting Oy, Finland and the International Cultural Association of Turku (Turun kansainväliset kulttuurimarkkinat yhdistys ry, Finland).

E-mail address: info@semconsulting.fi
Phone:             +358505238257
The detailed information about the contest application form and conditions of the competition site:

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