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International Competition for Musical and Vocal Performers

23.10.22

St.Petersburg, Russia


The competition invites singers and musicians of classical instruments, choirs and orchestras to participate. The competition has a qualification, not a competitive principle of evaluation. Read more...
The main objective of the Competition is to get a real assessment of the creativity and level of training of young performers from the teachers of the leading European Conservatories, to make important acquaintances in the art world. All participants are awarded prestigious certificates and diplomas with an international grade, the best participants are given discounts on the most prestigious courses in various fields of art.
1. The main thing about the event
1.1 Event organizers
“Festival&Contest” (Italy) – international cultural association

1.2 Dates
23.10.22
22.10.23
20.10.24
26.10.25

1.3 Venue
Professional theater in St. Petersburg, Russia

1.4 Application deadlines
– Applications for participation are accepted 30 days before the start of the competition at info@festivalcontest.net
– The application must be filled in all fields, together with the application it is necessary to send:
a) a photocopy of the first page of the participant’s foreign passport b) notes for the concertmaster (if necessary)
– The organizers, having considered the application, will provide an invoice for payment, which must be
paid by bank transfer.
WRITE ON THE TRANSLATION: the number of the paid account and the name of the participant
— Only applications confirmed by payment will be inserted into the lists of participants of the Contest.
The exact timetable for rehearsals and the competition will be provided to the participants 3 days before the start of the competition by e-mail.
2. Creative nominations, age categories, timing, cost of participation in the competition, accompanist
Creative nominations
All participants of the Competition can enroll in 5 categories:
I - Soloists of instrumental creativity (piano, bow and string instruments, wind instruments, guitar, accordion, etc.)
Free software, no compulsory works.
JUNIOR A - 5-8 years old, maximum performance 4 minutes / € 40.00
JUNIOR B - 9-12 years old, maximum performance 5 minutes / € 40.00
JUNIOR C - 13-15 years old, maximum performance 7 minutes / € 40.00
SENIOR D - 16-18 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 60.00
SENIOR E - 19-21 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 60.00
SENIOR F - over 21 years old, performance maximum 10 minutes / € 60.00
Children under 7 years old - 20% discount on participation
Children from 7 to 9 years old - 10% discount for participation
Adults over 60 - 10% discount
Disabled people, orphans, children from large families - 50% discount
Distance participation (without the inscription on the diploma “in absentia”) - 50% discount
II - Classical vocal soloists (academic vocal, soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone, bass)
Free software, no compulsory works.
JUNIOR A - 5-8 years old, maximum performance 4 minutes / € 40.00
JUNIOR B - 9-12 years old, maximum performance 5 minutes / € 40.00
JUNIOR C - 13-15 years old, maximum performance 7 minutes / € 40.00
SENIOR D - 16-18 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 60.00
SENIOR E - 19-21 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 60.00
SENIOR F - over 21 years old, performance maximum 10 minutes / € 60.00
Children under 7 years old - 20% discount on participation
Children from 7 to 9 years old - 10% discount for participation
Adults over 60 - 10% discount
Disabled people, orphans, children from large families - 50% discount
Distance participation (without the inscription on the diploma “in absentia”) - 50% discount
III - Musical ensembles and chamber music (2-10 elements)
Free software, no compulsory works.
JUNIOR A - 5-8 years old, maximum performance 4 minutes / € 20.00 / for each element
JUNIOR B - 9-12 years old, maximum performance 5 minutes / € 20.00 / for each element
JUNIOR C - 13-15 years old, maximum performance 7 minutes / € 20.00 / for each element
SENIOR D - 16-18 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 30.00 / for each element
SENIOR E - 19-21 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 30.00 / for each element
SENIOR F - over 21 years old, performance maximum 10 minutes / € 30.00 / for each element
Children under 7 years old - 20% discount on participation
Children from 7 to 9 years old - 10% discount for participation
Adults over 60 - 10% discount
Disabled people, orphans, children from large families - 50% discount
Distance participation (without the inscription on the diploma “in absentia”) - 50% discount
IV – Adult vocal ensembles, orchestras, choirs
Free software, no compulsory works.
Vocal ensemble - up to 10 elements
SENIOR D - 16-18 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 30.00 / per element
SENIOR E - 19-21 years old, maximum performance 12 minutes / € 30.00 / per element
SENIOR F - over 21 years old, performance maximum 15 minutes / € 30.00 / per element
Chorus - more than 10 elements
SENIOR D - 16-18 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 300.00 / per choir
SENIOR E - 19-21 years old, performance maximum 12 minutes / € 300.00 / per choir
SENIOR F - over 21 years old, performance maximum 15 minutes / € 300.00 / per choir
Orchestra - more than 10 elements
SENIOR D - 16-18 years old, performance maximum 10 minutes / € 300.00 / per orchestra
SENIOR E - 19-21 years old, performance maximum 15 minutes / € 300.00 / per orchestra
SENIOR F - over 21 years old, performance maximum 20 minutes / € 300.00 / per orchestra
Adults over 60 - 10% discount
Disabled people, orphans, children from large families - 50% discount
Distance participation (without the inscription on the diploma “in absentia”) - 50% discount
V - Children's and youth ensembles, orchestras, choirs
Free software, no compulsory works.
Vocal ensemble - up to 10 elements
JUNIOR A - 5-8 years old, maximum performance 8 minutes / € 20.00 / for each element
JUNIOR B - 9-12 years old, performance maximum 10 minutes / € 20.00 / for each element
JUNIOR C - 13-15 years old, maximum performance 12 minutes / € 20.00 / for each element
Chorus - more than 10 elements
JUNIOR A - 5-8 years old, maximum performance 8 minutes / € 200.00 / per choir
JUNIOR B - 9-12 years old, maximum performance 10 minutes / € 200.00 / per choir
JUNIOR C - 13-15 years old, performance maximum 12 minutes / € 200.00 / per choir
Orchestra - more than 10 elements
JUNIOR A - 5-8 years old, maximum performance 8 minutes / € 200.00 / per orchestra
JUNIOR B - 9-12 years old, performance maximum 10 minutes / € 200.00 / per orchestra
JUNIOR C - 13-15 years old, maximum performance 15 minutes / € 200.00 / per orchestra
Children under 7 years old - 20% discount on participation
Children from 7 to 9 years old - 10% discount for participation
Adults over 60 - 10% discount
Disabled people, orphans, children from large families - 50% discount
Distance participation (without the inscription on the diploma “in absentia”) - 50% discount
ATTENTION! In the application for large forms, in addition to the nomination and age category, it is necessary to indicate the type of ensemble or orchestra, choir, for example: academic choir, orchestra of folk instruments, etc.
Cost of an accompanist
All participants in need of an accompanist must send along with the application for participation a copy of the sheet music of the work performed for the accompanist, as well as pay an additional fee of € 40.00.
3. All events of the Festival-Competition
Master classes
By appointment only, a personalized certificate of completion of the master class signed by the Maestro is issued. It is necessary to find out in advance the name of the Maestro and the number of available seats.
Cost for those who signed up for the competition part:
Individual master class - € 60.00 ( 45 minutes)
Group master class (3 or more people, for ensemble, choir, orchestra) - € 100.00 (45 minutes)
Cost for non-participants:
Individual master class - € 120.00 ( 45 minutes)
Group workshop - € 200.00( 45 minutes)
The price includes:
- participation in a master class
- personalized certificate
- translator
Concerts
As part of the event, a Gala Concert of the best participants and an awards ceremony for participants on the stage take place:
Among all participants and groups, regardless of the score, the organizers of the competition will choose the brightest numbers to perform at the final concert of the competition (the choice of performances does not depend on the panel of judges, on the score, but only on the colorfulness of the number). All other participants attend the concert as spectators and go up to the stage for the awards ceremony. Participants selected to perform at the concert will be notified the evening before by telephone.
Competition program
  • Day 1 - Competition day for all participants, Master classes by appointment, Gala Concert and awards ceremony for participants.
  • The exact schedule of registration of participants and the line of the competition will be communicated to participants additionally.
Program of the week
Day 1 - arrival of participants, meeting with org. committee, free time.
Day 2 - contest day
Day 3 - free day, a one-day excursion to Ermitage
Day 4 - free day, a one-day excursion to city tour, the evening show in one of the theatres of St. Petersburg
Day 5 - Return Home
4. Jury evaluation system, awards, sponsors
4. Jury evaluation system, awards, sponsors
The competition has a qualification, not a competitive principle of evaluation. Each participant receives a diploma indicating the degree taken based on the average score.
All participants will be judged based on their age and creative category. Evaluated: performance technique, complexity of the selected work, individual approach to the interpretation of the work, manner of performance and personal style.
For each creative category, the jury members evaluate on a 100 point system (the average score of each performance of all jury members is calculated).
*In the case of several performances in the same category, the work that received the highest rating is selected for summing up.
Depending on the score received, all participants will be awarded the following degrees and prizes:
Gran Prize Music – instrumental soloists / 100 points
Gran Prize Singers - solo vocalists / 100 points
Gran Prize Ensemble, Orchestra - orchestras, ensembles, chamber music / 100 points
Gran Prize Choirs - choirs and vocal ensembles / 100 points
Laureate of the 1st degree - 90/99 points
Laureate II degree - 80/89 points
Laureate III degree - 70/79 points
Member - less than 70 points
*The organizers are in no way related to the work of the jury members and cannot influence their decision. The decision of the panel of judges is not subject to discussion. The results of the evaluations received will be published on the website www.festivalcontest.net in the “reports” section at the end of the competition.
*Among all participants and teams, regardless of the score, the organizers of the competition will choose the brightest numbers to perform at the final concert of the competition (the choice of performances does not depend on the panel of judges, on the score, but only on the colorfulness of the number). The concert will take place only with special permission from the authorities during the pandemic.
The competition will be held behind closed doors, in the form of passing entrance exams. During the competitive viewing, accompanying persons, teachers and parents who have registered at the entrance to the theater are allowed into the hall only if absolute silence is observed. In case of violation of this clause, the organizers reserve the right to ask all those present to vacate the hall.
Jury members
The jury members are associate professors and teachers of the leading Italian conservatories, concert artists who want to identify young talents for further cooperation or study in Italy.
Members of the jury who are in a family or pedagogical relationship with the participants will not give marks for this contestant. The jury members will evaluate the participants on a hundred-point system, after which the average score will be calculated. The jury members have the right to stop the performance of the participant at their discretion. Jury members may not award the prizes specified in the regulations if they do not find a worthy candidate for them. The decision of the jury members is not subject to discussion. The members of the jury are called upon to evaluate the technical training of the participant, his personal data as an artist.
Competition Prizes
The Gran Prize is a single award per category, the owner of which is given:
- international diploma with the inscription Gran Prize
-certificate for free participation in the International Festival-Competition "International Art Days" in Italy next year.
-free master class with the Italian Maestro during the International Festival-Competition "International Art Days" in Italy next year.
-guaranteed participation in the opening concert of the International Festival-Competition "International Days of Arts" in Italy next year.
* This certificate is valid only in case of purchasing a package for accommodation during the event from the organizers.
Laureate of the 1st degree - awarded by the jury members. There may be several awards in one nomination, the owners of which are given:
- international diploma with the inscription Laureate of the 1st degree.
-certificate with a 100% discount for participation in the International Festival-Competition "International Days of Arts" in Italy next year.
* This certificate is valid only in case of purchasing a package for accommodation during the event from the organizers.
Laureates of the II, III degree and Participants - awarded by the jury members. There may be several awards in one nomination, the owners of which are given:
- an international diploma with an indication of the degree received.
-certificates: Laureate of II degree - 50% discount for participation, Laureate of III degree - 25% discount for participation in the International Festival-Competition "International Art Days" in Italy next year.
Official invitations and letter for sponsors
The organizers are ready to prepare official letters for sponsors, administrations, cultural departments, school directors, etc. with a request to support your trip to the Competition. To do this, you need to send to the address info@festivalcontest.net the full name addressed to whom we are making an invitation, the full name of the organization that he leads and the full name of the participant or the name of the team that we are inviting.
5. Accommodation of participants and free time
Travel package
Accommodation in triple room - € 390,00 per person
Accommodation in double room - € 490,00 per person
Accommodation in single room - € 590,00 per person
ATT.NE! 1 Free triple room per group per 15 participants.
The quota includes:
- Accommodation in the chosen room in HTL 3 * with breakfast
- Transfer from and by airport (on the dates set by the program)
- Transfer from HTL to theater
- Medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation throughout the period of stay (7 days)
- 24 hours a day Italian language assistance throughout your stay (7 days)
- Help fill in visa applications for Russia - The Consular Visa Release Tax for Russia
The fee does not include:
- Air tickets
- Lunches and dinners
- Medical insurance supplement for travellers over 65 years (based on age)
- Optional excursions and tickets in theatres
- All that is not indicated in the "Fee includes" Extra activities:Costs and programs of excursions, visits, evenings to theatre and other activities will be defined at the end of the registration.

Withdrawal terms Penalty rates
that will be applied on the participation fee from the day on which the written notification of cancellation of customers will be received (excluding from the calculation the Saturdays, all public holidays, the day of departure and the one on which the communication is made):
40% for cancellations received from the time of booking to 30 days prior to departure,
60% for cancellations received from 29 to 10 days prior to departure,
80% for cancellations received from 9 to 3 days prior to departure,
100% for cancellations after that date and in case of non-presentation at departure;
* Notice of cancellation must be made in writing and must be received within the 13.00 hours of the last working day preceding the date of departure. After that time cancellations will be considered no-show.
NB: the cancellation of the trip by a participant with double or triple room accommodation entails the payment of the single or double supplement to the other participants in case the reseller is not replaced.

Cost of optional activities (excursions, tickets in theatres):
Will be communicated within 30 days before the event.

Documents required for the trip
- Passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the stay.
- Photo or PDF in good/high resolution, readable in every part of the first page of the passport with all data of the subscriber.
- Report any travel to Russia previous.
- Indicate working position or school/university attended.

Free time
St. Petersburg offers an infinity of museums and theatres for every taste and portfolio. We will be pleased to let you know St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia!
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