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General Rules

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1. The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (further «the Competition») will be held in the following cities: Moscow (piano, violin sections) and St. Petersburg (cello and voice sections), in the period from 15 June to 3 July, 2015. The founders of the Competition are the Government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

2. The Competition is held in the following sections: piano, violin, cello and voice (female and male).

3. The Competition is open to musicians of all countries of the world. The age limit of participants at the date of the Competition opening (June 15, 2015):

(i) for instrumentalists - not younger than 16 and not older than 32 years inclusive;

(ii) for singers - not younger than 19 and not older than 32 years inclusive.

Past 1st prize winners of the Competition are not entitled to take part again.

4. The Competition will invite no more than 30 pianists, 25 violinists, 25 cellists, and 40 singers (20 female and 20 male). Contestants will be selected by an expert jury designated by the Organizing Committee of the Competition, as the results of a qualifying round (check of application material and video program viewing) and preliminary hearing.

5. Official address of the Competition Administration:
Administration of the Int'l Tchaikovsky Competition
State Concert Company «Sodruzhestvo"
Arbat 35, # 557
119002 Moscow
Russian Federation
tel: +7-499-2481943
fax: +7-495-2483494
E-mail: info@tchaikovskycompetition.com
Website: www. tchaikovskycompetition.com

Application Requirements

1. The Application should be uploaded here: https://apply.competition-tchaikovsky.com/en/users/sign_in The application deadline is March 01, 2015. Application to the Competition must include the following documents and materials:

- application form (duly completed);
- copy of the candidate's ID document (birth certificate or passport);
- biography (about 1.000 characters);
- color photos in digital format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, including one close up photo suitable for publication;
- copy of Diploma of musical education;
- copies of international competition awards received in the last three years;
- two letters of recommendation: one letter from the candidate's last teacher and the other one from a concert musician(s) of international recognition. Letters must be written as special recommendation to participate in the XV Tchaikovsky Competition;
- detailed competition repertory (indicating the key of compositions, their parts, and duration for trial hearing and for the Competition). Changes to the repertory are accepted only before April 14, 2015;
- list of concertos with orchestra in the candidate's repertory (at least four), ready for performance in the 2015-2016 season (pianists, violinists, cellists);
- list (if any) of major solo and chamber works or opera roles (singers) with the dates of their last public performance;
- 30 minute video program (the repertoire is completely free), unedited, recorded between November 2013 and February 2015; the program is free.
The video should be submitted in AVI format on DVD with indication of a web-link.
Videos should be taken by one fixed camera without interruption during performance of one piece of music and show
a musician as he/she is seen from the audience hall;

2. Upon filing the Application (or not later than March 1, 2015) the applicant is requested to pay a non-refundable registration fee of USD 200 or its equivalent in RUR at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Russia as of payment day. Bank transfer fee should be paid by the applicant in addition to the amount of 200 $ USD. Please indicate the following: full name of candidate; purpose of payment: «Registration fee for participation in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition». The payment must be made by bank transfer to the following account:

Correspondent Bank: The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, USA
SWIFT: IRVTUS3N
Correspondent Account: 30101810500000000219 to OPERU Moscow
Beneficiary Bank: The Bank of Moscow, Moscow
TIN: 7702000406
Bank Address:
Rozhdestvenka, 8/15 str. 3
107996 Moscow
Russia

Beneficiary Customer:
Russian State Concert Company «Sodruzhestvo"
Address: Russia, 119002, Moscow, Arbat 35
Transit Account No.: 40503840600071000002
TIN: 7704011869 SWIFT: MOSWRUMMXXX

3. Application form must be completed either in English or Russian. Incomplete applications or applications without accompanying materials listed above will not be accepted. Applicants should keep copies of all materials sent. Submitted materials cannot be returned.

The Competition Administration will confirm receipt of complete applications.

Competition Regulations

1. The Competition consists of a qualifying round, auditions and three main rounds: Round I, Round II and Round III (final).

1.1. The qualifying round evaluates all candidates who have submitted all necessary documents and materials. Selection of candidates for auditions and the Competition will be based on the documents and videos submitted. The selection commission may invite applicants directly to Round I, who are 1st Prize winners of competitions of the World Federation of Music Competitions, the Alink-Argerich Foundation and the All-Russian Music Competition.

1.2. Auditions will be held in Moscow before the competition itself begins:
from 10 to 12 of June, 2015 - piano,
from 12 to 14 of June, 2015 - violin,
from 13 to 15 of June, 2015 - cello,
from 15 to 17 of June, 2015 - voice (female),
from 18 to 19 of June, 2015 - voice (male).

The Administration will inform candidates about their invitation to auditions.

The exact date, time and place of auditions can be found on the Competition site.

Each candidate invited to auditions is requested to perform at her/his own choice any part of her/his programme prepared for the Competition.

Duration of performance: for instrumentalists - 20 minutes; for vocalists - 15 minutes.

Applicants invited to auditions will pay all relevant costs involved by themselves; applicants who will manage to pass to Round I will be refunded for their travel to Moscow.

1.3. To participate in round I no more than 30 pianists, 25 violinists, 25 cellists, and 40 singers (20 male and 20 female) will be allowed.

2. To round II no more than 12 pianists, 12 violinists, 12 cellists, and 20 singers (10 female and male each) will be allowed. No more than 6 pianists, 6 violinists, 6 cellists and 8 vocalists (4 female and male each) will be invited to the finals.

2.1. Round II for pianists, violinists and cellists will have two phases: (i) solo recital, and (ii) performance with a chamber orchestra

3. Contestants (except pianists) can bring their own accompanists, having to indicate this in their applications. If no accompanist is indicated, the Administration will provide accompanists for 2 rehearsals and performances both in Rounds I and II.

4. The order of performances in Round I is determined by a drawing of lots and will be maintained throughout the entire competition. However, juries of each section may decide to change the order of performance due to participant's illness or other force majeure.

5. Participants will be provided with practice facilities and will be given rehearsal times before each round on the stage of the relevant concert hall.

6. Pianists will be given time (on 13 and 14 June, 2015) to select from several concert pianos. They are free to change their choice of instruments at any time, but they should inform the Administration at least one day prior to their next performance. However, a new tryout of instruments can only be arranged for the final round.

7. Contestants have to perform their repertory by heart. Exception are the sonatas for violin and piano and sonatas for cello and piano, which have to be performed in round 2.

8. The competition is held in accordance with the schedule published on its website of the competition.

9. All performances are public.

10. Contestants are not permitted to have contact with any jury member during the time of their participation in the competition. Failure to observe this rule may lead to disqualification of the contestant.

11.  The results of Round I and II will be published shortly after the last performance. The results of Round III will be announced on the Award Ceremony.

Financial Regulations

1. Contestants admitted to round I and their piano accompanists will be refunded for their trip to Moscow, however, upon availability of accounting documents (ticket payment receipt, ticket and boarding pass) in the amount not exceeding USD 1.000. Settlement will be made in Russian roubles at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of accounting documents submission. Return airway ticket of economy class, or railway ticket from Moscow to place of residence will be bought by the Administration if applied for.

A contestant admitted to the Competition and her/his accompanist (a piano player) are provided accommodation and meals from the date of their arrival in Moscow/St.Petersburg, however not earlier than:
12 June 2015 - piano section,
13 June 2015 - cello section
14 June 2015 - violin section,
20 June 2015 - voice section
and until not later than two days after participation.

2. Contestants having received an invitation to participate in the Competition and living in a country having visa regime with the Russian Federation should contact their nearest Russian Consulate for obtaining Russian visa. The Administration undertakes to provide all necessary invitations; however it will not be responsible for obtaining visas and the related cost.

3. Contestants who come to participate in the Competition but refuse to perform will bear all the costs themselves for their stay and travel.

4. Payments of the registration fee of USD 200 must be made by a bank transfer on the bank account of Administration. Commission for the registration fee transfer is paid by applicant additionally. A copy of the registration fee transfer should be attached to the package of application documents. The latter will not be considered without a bank transfer copy.

Correspondent Bank: The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, USA
SWIFT: IRVTUS3N
Correspondent Account: 30101810500000000219 to OPERU Moscow
Beneficiary Bank: The Bank of Moscow, Moscow
TIN: 7702000406
Bank Address:
Rozhdestvenka, 8/15 str. 3
107996 Moscow
Russia

Beneficiary Customer:
Russian State Concert Company «Sodruzhestvo»
Address: Russia, 119002, Moscow, Arbat 35
Transit Account No.: 40503840600071000002
TIN: 7704011869 SWIFT: MOSWRUMMXXX

Prizes and Awards

1. The Organizing Committee of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition announces 6 prizes for pianists, 6 prizes for violinists, 6 prizes for cellists, and 4 prizes for female and 4 prizes for male singers. Among all first prize winners in each section only one Grand Prix winner may be declared.

The prizes amount to the following cash amounts:
Grand Prix: USD $100,000 in additional to the 1st Prize amount;
1st Prize $30,000 USD and Gold Medal;
2nd Prize $20,000 USD and Silver Medal;
3rd Prize $10,000 USD and Bronze Medal;
4th Prize $5,000 USD and Diploma;
5th Prize $3,000 USD and Diploma;
6th Prize $2,000 USD and Diploma.

Special Prize for the best performance of concerto with a chamber orchestra in Round II (in piano, violin, and cello sections): USD $2,000 and a Diploma.

2. The Prizes will be paid in roubles at the exchange rate of the Central Federal Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of payment.

3. Depending on the results achieved and with account of the fixed quantity of prices the juries have the right a) not to award all prizes, and b) divide prizes between contestants (exception: Grand Prix and 1st Prize).

4. In every section two special prizes will be awarded to the best ranked contestants of Round II, who do not proceed to the finals, with the amount of $1,000 USD and a Diploma.

5. The jury has the right to award the best accompanists (not more than two in each section), with the amount of $1,000 USD and a Diploma.

6. Decisions of the juries are final and not revocable.

7. The Administration, with approval of the Organizing Committee, may announce additional special prizes and awards, donated by government, commercial or other private organizations or societies, either from Russia or abroad. These prizes and awards have to be arranged and agreed upon before the start of the Competition.

Special Regulations

1. Finalists and their accompanists will be required to participate free of charge in the closing ceremonies and concerts on July 2, 2015 in Moscow, and July 3, 2015 in St. Petersburg.

2. All rounds of the Competition may be broadcasted live and recorded for future broadcasts and publications on video and audio. The Competition will be partially or fully available for viewing via the Internet.

3. All rights to broadcast audio- and video recordings of the Competition and of the final concerts of the winners (as also to the sale and distribution of the forgoing materials) belong to the Administration; participants will not be compensated.

4. Contestants undertake to sign a document confirming no claims from their part on the use by the Administration and its authorized representatives of the above mentioned materials. The Administration and its authorized representatives do not have any financial obligations to the contestants for the use of the materials obtained.

5. Upon agreement with the Administration, the first three prize-winners in each section will perform free of charge maximum two solo recitals each in favor of the next XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.

6. The Administration does not provide contestants, accompanists and/or other accompanying persons with any kind of insurance.

7. Contestants must not have any other professional commitments during the Competition.

8. By signature of the Competition Application, its future participant confirms the acceptance of all conditions and rules of the competition.

9. All information posted on the official web site of the Competition is correct at the time of publication. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make changes, if circumstances so require, but not later than two months before the start of the Competition. In case of any discrepancies in the interpretation of the Russian and English versions, the Russian version will prevail.

Tchaikovsky Competition is introducing new jury rules and a procedure, which is based on clarity, transparence, best possible fairness and simplicity. Jury members shall be independent and not have own students in the competition. In principle results shall not be a matter of arrangement and/or discussion between jury members, they shall however be a compromise of individual and clear statements of each jury member about each contestant. By the explained voting system clear results will be achieved. Any discussion about procedures or results and especially any revoting are not subject of these jury rules.

To achieve the goals of Tchaikovsky Competition, the following jury rules apply:

Instruments

I Round

Jury members shall be independent and not have own students in the competition. In principle results shall not be a matter of arrangement and/or discussion between jury members, they shall however be a compromise of individual and clear statements of each jury member about each contestant. By the explained voting system clear results will be achieved. Any discussion about procedures or results and especially any revoting are not subject of these jury rules. To achieve these goals, the following jury rules apply:

a) After Round I, each jury member will cast 12 names without ranking, who she/he wants to hear again in Round II. Those сontestants with a majority of votes will pass on to Round II.

b) Then each jury member will be needed to vote for the second time, now giving points between 0 and 25. This vote is taken into account only in case of a tie in the bottom line: the tied contestant (s) with bigger accumulation of points will pass on. Votes a) given to contestants not passing to Round II will be disclosed upon announcing the results.
To avoid any influence on further voting, all votes a) and b) given to the passing contestants will be kept confidentially to everybody, including the jury. Results will be made available one hour after the last performance of Round I. Jury members will then be available to explain their voting directly to those who failed to pass to the next round.

II Round

a) The same procedure applies; however now each judge will give only 6 names without ranking. Those 6 with majority of votes will pass on further.

b) Then each jury member will be needed to vote for the second time (see the same procedure in Round I). Again, this vote is taken into account only in case of a tie in the bottom line: the tied candidate (s) with the bigger accumulation of points will pass on. Votes a) given to contestants not passing to the next round will be disclosed after announcing the results.
To avoid any influence on further voting, all votes a) and b) given to the passing contestants will be kept confidentially to everybody, including the jury. Results will be made available one hour after the last performance of Round II. Jury members will then be available to explain their voting directly to those who failed to pass to the next round.
III Round

Each judge will now rank the 6 finalists in her/his own preference; the accumulated minority of votes will determine the ranking of the finalists. Evaluation method: rank 1 = 1 point, rank 2 = 2 points, etc. In case of a tie, the place of a finalist is determined by the total number of points b) accumulated in the two previous rounds voting. For the decision with regard to final prizes, the jury must consider all the performances throughout the Competition. The 1st Prize/Gold Medal (the tied vote is unacceptable) can be awarded by a majority of votes (with a deciding vote of at least 8 out of 11). For special prices each judge will give one name; prices will be decided by simple majority of votes.  Jury decisions are final and not revocable.

Voice

I Round

Jury members shall be independent and not have own students in the competition. In principle results shall not be a matter of arrangement and/or discussion between jury members, they shall however be a compromise of individual and clear statements of each jury member about each contestant. By the explained voting system clear results will be achieved. Any discussion about procedures or results and especially any revoting are not subject of these jury rules. To achieve these goals, the following jury rules apply:

a) After Round I, each jury member will cast 10/10 names (female/male), who she/he wants to hear again in Round II. Those сontestants with a majority of votes will pass on to Round II.

b) Then each jury member will be needed to vote for the second time, now giving points between 0 and 25. This vote is taken into account only in case of a tie in the bottom line: the tied contestant (s) with bigger accumulation of points will pass on. Votes a) given to contestants not passing to Round II will be disclosed upon announcing the results. To avoid any influence on further voting, all votes a) and b) given to the passing contestants will be kept confidentially to everybody, including the jury. Results will be made available one hour after the last performance of Round I. Jury members will then be available to explain their voting directly to those who failed to pass to the next round.

II Round

a) The same procedure applies; however now each judge will give only 4/4 names without ranking. Those 8 with majority of votes will pass on further.

b) Then each jury member will be needed to vote for the second time (see the same procedure in Round I). Again, this vote is taken into account only in case of a tie in the bottom line: the tied candidate (s) with the bigger accumulation of points will pass on. Votes a) given to contestants not passing to the next round will be disclosed after announcing the results.

To avoid any influence on further voting, all votes a) and b) given to the passing contestants will be kept confidentially to everybody, including the jury.
Results will be made available one hour after the last performance of Round II. Jury members will then be available to explain their voting directly to those who failed to pass to the next round.

III Round

Each judge will now rank the 8 finalists in her/his own preference; the accumulated minority of votes will determine the ranking of the finalists. Evaluation method: rank 1 = 1 point, rank 2 = 2 points, etc. In case of a tie, the place of a finalist is determined by the total number of points b) accumulated in the two previous rounds voting. For the decision with regard to final prizes, the jury must consider all the performances throughout the Competition. The 1st Prize/Gold Medal (the tied vote is unacceptable) can be awarded by a majority of votes (with a deciding vote of at least 8 out of 11). For special prices each judge will give one name; prices will be decided by simple majority of votes.  Jury decisions are final and not revocable.