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​REGULATIONS FOR HOLDING JEAN SIBELIUS INTERNATIONAL ON-LINE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION
November 24 - 27, 2023 Turku, Finland

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS
Organizer: The International Cultural Association of Turku (Turun kansainväliset kulttuurimarkkinat yhdistys ry) in collaboration with the Finnish company
SEM Consulting Oy.

 

WHO
Soloists and collectives of all levels of experience and ages from different countries can take part in the competition.
The competition shall be held remotely, in the absence of contestants.

 

Deadline for applications is October 1, 2023.
The application form can be found on the website www.jsfestcompetition.com. Applications are to be sent by email to info@semconsulting.fi .
After receiving an application org.commettee will send to the contestant a personal registration number and an invoice for payment.
Please, note: Separate application for each nomination!

 

The participants, who are going to take part in the competition, must send to the Organizing Committee via e-mail info@semconsulting.fi the following documents before October 5th:
• a photo of the contestant
• a short creative biography (text about the participant, 8-10 sentences)

• a photocopy of passport or birth certificate
• competition videomaterials (YouTube links)

 

Video recording requirements:
• The video recording must be made no earlier than January 1, 2020. It is allowed to use both professional and amateur video recordings, incl. from various concert venues, subject to all other requirements.
• The competitor sends all materials under the registration number.

• Competitive video material can be presented:
1) in the form of one video recording, i.e. all works are performed in succession one after another and the recording should be made in one file without interruption and editing. Pauses in recording between compositions are allowed. The video recording must be signed as follows (for example, participant registration number - 15):

15_1_ Rusalka _2_Valse Triste _3_ Birds Song _4_ Northern Lights
 

2) or in the form of separate video recordings of competitive works, each file must be signed (registration number and title of a specific work in accordance with the sequence of performances), for example (participant registration number - 15):

15_1_Valse Triste_ Sibelius,  15_2_Song of the minstrel_ Glazunov
etc. by the number of works of the declared competition program.
• Each piece should be shot in one continuous take. It is forbidden to process using any effects and edit video during performance.
• The video must clearly show the competitor (full height), the accompanist and the instrument (piano or grand piano). In the group nomination, all members of the group / ensemble must be clearly visible.
•It is allowed to use the accompaniment recording (piano / grand piano) for the 2023 competition. The phonogram (backing track) should not contain anything but music. Orchestral accompaniment and backing tracks created in MIDI format are not allowed.
• Exceeding the time limit for the execution of the competition program by more than 60 seconds is not allowed. If the video recording does not comply with the technical requirements of the Competition, the organizing committee has the right to demand that the video material be provided in the required quality or to reject the application.

 

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).

 

For all participants the online competition shall be held in one round.
 

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

Category A: Instrumental performance (violin, viola, violoncello, harp, guitar, piano,
clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, tube) with an obligatory composition 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 12 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, piano, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, percussion instruments such as: Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Timpani, Multi percussion) without an obligatory composition
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 12 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”)
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 12 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 12 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)

D0 of age under 12,
D1 of age 12-15, D2 16-20,
D3 of age over 20 years old
D4 - organ+ (instrumental ensembles where organ is presented)

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, percussion instruments such as: Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Timpani, Multi percussion) without an obligatory composition

E1 of age under 12, E2 of age 12-15, 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 12 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 composition
F1 of age under 12, F2 of age 12-15, 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, percussion instruments).
G0 of age under 12, 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 15 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 10 minutes (for categories of age under 16)

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

Category K (for amateurs of age over 20 years old): Instrumental performance

(wind instruments: clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, tube and drums) without an obligatory composition
The program – two compositions are performed:

1) Composition by a Scandinavian composer
2) Composition at the choice
Performance time is no more than 15 minutes

 

Category L: Instrumental performance on accordion/bayan
soloist: L1 of age under 12, L2 of age 12-15, L3 of age 16-20, L4 of age over 20 years old
duo (two similar instruments, participants perform without concertmaster, ensemble or orchestra): L5 of age under 15, L6 of age 16-20, L7 of age over 20 years old, L8 of mixed age
ensemble of 3-15 members: L9 of age under 15, L10 of age 16-20, L11 of age over 20, L12 of mixed age. The ensemble must contain at least 50% of homogeneous instruments of this nomination. Ensemble can perform with only one accompanist and/or one illustrator.
accordion orchestra (orchestras can perform with illustrators and/or concertmasters (no more than three): L13 of age under 15, L14 of age 16-20, L15 of age over 20 years old, L16 of mixed age. Orchestras are not obligated to perform compositions by heart.
The program – free program, which includes 2 compositions with different styles and tempers.
Performance time is no more than 12 minutes (for categories of age under 15)

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

Category M: Instrumental performance on Euphonium/Tube
M1 of age under 12, M2 of age 12-15, M3 of age 16-20, M4 of age over 20 years old:
The program – free program, which includes 2 compositions with different styles and tempers.
Performance time is no more than 12 minutes (for categories of age under 15) Performance time is no more than 15 minutes (for categories of age over 15 years old)

 

REGISTRATION FEE AND PARTICIPATION PAYMENT:
Application registration: 30 €. Should the applicant cancel his participation, this amount is not refundable.
Cost of participation: €70 / soloist, € 110 / duo, € 130 / trio and € 140 / quartet, €160 quintet, ensembles starting from six peoples pay € 200. Payment is for one nomination. Participation in several nominations is possible, while for each of them a separate application and the corresponding payment are provided.

 

The organizing committee will send an invoice for payment with bank details only after receiving an application for participation. Registration fee and payment for participation must be made before October 5th, 2023. A scanned copy of confirmation of payment for application registration and participation must be sent to e-mail
address: info@semconsulting.fi

 

JURY
The jury of the competition Jan Sibelius is composed of internationally recognized professional musicians and teachers. The decision made by the jury is not subject to revision.

 

PRIZES AWARDED AT THE ON-LINE CONTEST
Participants are evaluated in each nomination and age group separately. Those who took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places shall be awarded a diploma of I, II, III, IV, V and VI degrees in each age group. It may be possible that some special diplomas will be granted. No cups or cash prizes will be awarded.
The competition results will be published on the website www.jsfestcompetition.com on November 30th, 2023. The Organizing Committee send participants diplomas by e-mail from

5 to 14 of December 2023.
All questions should be directed to our email address: info@semconsulting.fi
All questions should be send to the org.commettee only by email and only from one email address.

 

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

 
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