2014 Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition

The rules of the Competition

“Music is the highest artistic ideal, a reflexion of Cosmic Harmony. It confronts man directly with the deepest Mysteries of life.”

SPIRITUAL CHARTER
OF HUMANITY (1946)

 

THE RULES OF THE COMPETITION

1) Organisation
2) Conditions of admission
3) Rounds
4) Qualifying rounds
5) Final round
6) Announcements of results
7) Awards Ceremony
8) Prizes
9) Press relations and rights arising from competition
10) Insurance and compensation
11) Objections regarding the administration, selection and evaluation of the competition
12) Additions, cancellations, or changes regarding clauses of rules
13) Legal action
14) Orginal version of rules

1) Organisation

The organisation, called the “Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition», a non-profit making organisation (hereinafter the “Competition”), is comprised of a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee, an Honorary Members’ Committee, a Jury and a Secretariat. The head office is at 47, boulevard de Courcelles 75008 Paris.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman
 

Mme Nina Svetlanova

 
Members  
Mr. Philippe Muller  
CEO of a steel company
Mrs. Françoise Nyssen
CEO of “Actes Sud” publishers
Mr. Jean-Pierre Anfroy 
Surgeon
Mr. Paul-Marie Jacques
Banker, President of “Friends of the Monte Carlo Opera”
Ms. Alexandra Bower
Doctor

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chairman  
Mme Nina SVETLANOVA
 
Members  
Mrs. Marina BOWER
Director
Mr. René KOERING
Artistic director
Mr. Lionel COLOMBEL
Administrator
Mrs. Cathy SARFATI
Coordinator
Mr. Olivier BEIBOUTOV
Management assistant

HONORARY MEMBERS’ COMMITTEE

M. Myung-Whun CHUNG
Music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle
M. Valery GERGIEV

Director and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Gergiev  Festivals in Mikkeli (Finland) and Rotterdam (Netherlands), the Red Sea Classical Music Festival (Eilat, Israel), the Easter Festival in Moscow and the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

M. Riccardo MUTI 
Music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Director (life appointment) of the Rome Opera, founder of the Giovanile Luigi Cherubini Orchestra
M. Zubin MEHTA
Music director (life appointment) of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal conductor of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Florentino, Honorary conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra
M. Evgeny KISSIN
Pianist

JURY

President
 
M. Vladimir ASHKENAZY
Conductor and pianist. Music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Conductor laureate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Members
 
M. Jesús LÓPEZ-COBOS
Conductor emeritus of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, former Music Director of the Teatro Real de Madrid
M. Alexander VEDERNIKOV
Principal Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), former Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow)
M. Jukka-Pekka SARASTE
Principal conductor of the WDR Koln Symphony Orchestra, Laureate conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Founder and Artistic director of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Founder and Artistic director of the Tammisaari Festival
M. David WHELTON
Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra
M. Chad SMITH
Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
M. Michael FINE 
Independent recording producer. Senior Adviser, head of Artistic Planning at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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2) Conditions of admission

ELIGIBILITY

1. The Competition is open to musicians of all nationalities who have completed their training. Applications will be considered regardless of candidates’ political persuasion, ethnic origin, faith, gender, marital status or disability unrelated to the profession.

2. Candidates should be born between 25th June 1974 and 24th June 1994.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Candidates should send the completed official application form by post to the Competition Office at Radio France enclosing other documents and required material as indicated to the following address :

Concours International de Chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov
Radio France
Bureau des Concours, room 7347
116, avenue du Président Kennedy
75220 Paris Cedex 16, France
 
  • The official application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Candidates should choose from the list of works for the qualifying rounds of the Competition. The candidate should choose three pieces (3 pieces) that he wishes to conduct during the final round of the Competition candidate.

Please click, download and complete the “Application form and Selection of works” form

  • Video recording: DVD recording. Only recordings subsequent to 1st January 2011 will be accepted
Please click, download and complete the “Video recording” form
 
  • Three black and white or colour photographs (full face, 5 cm wide x 5 cm high). Photographs must be recent (taken within the last 6 months). One photograph should be affixed to application form
  • One photograph on glazed paper (9×12 cm in size) for inclusion in the competition programme (for the selected candidates)
  • Photocopy of candidate’s passport

2. Candidates should also submit the application form by e-mail at : webmaster@svetlanov-evgeny.com

3. The candidate should send the same video recordings in DVD format to the following address :

Mr. René Koering
Concours International de Chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov
Place du Posterlon
30330 Tresques, France
 

4. Candidates who submit false information or material will be disqualified.

5. Candidates’ documents, video recording and other submitted material will not be returned.

6. For further details, please go to section entitled “Comments regarding Applications”.

COMMENTS REGARDING APPLICATIONS

1. Curriculum vitae

The CV should specify candidate’s previous experience and career as a musician: studies, names of professors, highlights of musical activities, competitions in which he/she has participated, prizes won, etc…

2. List of candidate’s chosen pieces (3 works)

  • Please go to section 3: “Information on competition rounds/evaluation method – set pieces and pieces chosen by candidates.”
  • The candidate must choose and specify three pieces. The jury will then select the piece or extract from the piece that the candidate will conduct if selected for the final round. The selected pieces must either be symphonies or orchestral music with no solo part for voice or instrument, no choir and with no more than :
  •  3 flutes (one can play the piccolo and one other the flute in G)
  • 3 oboes (one can play the english horn)
  • 3 clarinets (one can play the piccolo clarinet and another can play the bass clarinet)
  • 3 bassoons (one can play contrabassoon)
  • 6 horns
  • 4 trumpets
  • 3 trombones (including one bass trombone)
  • 1 tuba
  • 1 timpanist
  • 4 percussionists
  • 2 harps
  • 1 keyboard (piano or celesta)
  • 60 strings (16 first violins, 14 second violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and 8 doublebasses)
  • No other instruments will be allowed
  • The candidate must not choose pieces set for the first and second qualifying rounds and final round. The candidate may not include pieces he/she has composed
  • The duration of the works selected by the candidate should not exceed 45 minutes each
  • Titles of pieces chosen by candidates must be specified in the original language and in English, indicating names of composers, opus numbers and name of version.

3. Video recording

  • This must show footage of candidate conducting as well as members of orchestra. Footage of candidate should preferably be shown full face (i.e. as seen by orchestra)
  • Only digital videos in DVD format are acceptable
  • The candidate should clearly indicate titles of recorded pieces and date and length of recording on the “Video recordings” form. Only recordings subsequent to 1 January 2011 will be accepted
  • The candidate will choose from the following ensembles: symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, instrumental ensemble with a minimum of 15 musicians
  • The competition organisers guarantee that the video recording provided by the candidate will be used for selection purposes only and will not be used for any other purpose
  • The candidate should obtain prior authorisation where necessary regarding copyright and/or footage of this recording
  • The video recording supplied by the candidate will not be returned

APPLICATION PERIOD

The completed application, including video recordings, should be sent no later than 3rd March 2014 to the Competition Office of Radio France (date will be based on postmark).

CONTACT

For your specific questions and information :

Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition Secretariat
Tél : +33 (0) 6 03 85 40 17 (Monday and Wednesday from 14:30 to 18:30 Paris time)
E-mail : webmaster@svetlanov-evgeny.com
 

SELECTION BASED ON APPLICATION AND VIDEO RECORDING

1. The Artistic committee will either accept or reject candidates for the first qualifying round after reviewing applications and video recordings.

2. Results of the selection process will be sent to candidates by e-mail before 30th April 2014.

3. No reason for accepting or rejecting applications will be given.

APPLICATION FEES AFTER SELECTION

1. Candidates admitted to first qualifying round after selection based on application and video recording must pay an application fee in order to take part in the competition.

2. The application fee is 300 euros.
This fee is strictly non–refundable.
Fee payment should be made by transfer to the Competition’s bank account.
 
International bank account details :
BIC code: CCOPFRPPXXX
Account IBAN: FR76 4255 9000 3441 0200 1350 429
To: Concours International de Chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov
 

3. Applications will be cancelled in the event of failure to pay the application fee by the required date (before 25th May 2014).

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3) Rounds

DATES

First qualifying round: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June 2014
Second qualifying round: Friday 27th June 2014
Final round: Saturday 28th June 2014
 

VENUE

1. The qualifying rounds (first and second rounds) of the competition will be held in closed session at Radio France, 116 avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris.

2. The final round (open to the public) will take place at Salle Pleyel, 252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris.

ACCOMODATION AND MEALS

Accommodation for all selected candidates will be provided at the organisers’ expense for the period spent participating in the competition. Lunch will be provided for all the candidates during the first and second rounds.

ORCHESTRA

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Myung-Whun Chung, Music director) will be the Competition’s official orchestra.

EVALUATION METHOD – SET PIECES AND PIECES CHOSEN BY CANDIDATE

Each candidate must specify on the application form the piece he wishes to conduct for each qualifying round and the chosen piece

1. First qualifying round: 20 minutes per participant

Set pieces (choose one piece from list below)

Mozart : Don Juan, overture K. 527
Beethoven : Coriolanus, overture opus 62
Beethoven : Egmont, overture opus 84
Weber : Freischütz, overture
 

2. Second qualifying round: 30 minutes per participant

Set pieces (choose one piece from list below):

Brahms : Symphony n°1 in C minor opus 68
Tchaïkovski : Symphony n°5 in E minor opus 64
Strauss : Don Juan opus 20
Stravinsky : Petrushka, symphonic suite (1947 version)
 

3. Final round : 1 hour 20 minutes per participant

A. Set pieces (both set pieces must be performed)

  • Svetlanov : Poeme for violin and orchestra in memory of David Oistrakh with Svetlin Roussev as soloist, 1st solo violin of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. NB : the score will be send by email to the selected candidates
  • 2 minutes of contemporary music to be prepared in 10 minutes. NB: the score will only be provided to the candidates after the 2nd round

B. Pieces chosen by candidates

The Artistic committee will select the piece to be conducted from the three works chosen by the competitor and submitted in the application.

Composition of desks

3 flutes (one can play the piccolo and one other the flute in G)
3 oboes (one can play the english horn)
3 clarinets (one can play the piccolo clarinet and one other can play the bass clarinet)
3 bassoons (one can play contrabassoon)
6 horns
4 trumpets
3 trombones (including one bass trombone)
1 tuba
1 timpanist
4 percussionists
2 harps
1 keyboard (piano or celesta)
60 strings (16 first violins, 14 second violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and 8 doublebasses)

No other instruments allowed

 

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4) Qualifying rounds
 
ORDER OF PERFORMANCE

For all qualifying rounds, the Competition will draw lots in order to set the order of performance.

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

1. The order of performance for the first round will be sent by e-mail no later than 30th May 2014.

2. Candidates selected for the first qualifying round are expected 30 minutes before the appointed time for the first round at the following venue:

Radio France (details to follow)
116, avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris
 
Time of first qualifying round
Wednesday 25th June 2014 : from 15.00 to 17.30
Thursday 26th June: from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 16.30
 

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

1. Candidates’ order of performance will be announced after the display of the first round results.

2. Candidates selected for the second qualifying round should arrive at the time and venue indicated below:

Radio France
116 avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris
 
Time of second qualifying round
Friday 27th June 2014: from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 16.30

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5) Final round

1. Candidates’ order of performance will be announced after the display of the second round results.

2. Candidates selected for the final round are expected at the time and venue indicated below :

Salle Pleyel
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
 
Time of final round
Saturday 28th June 2014: from 14.00 to 17.00 and from 18.30 to 21.30

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6) Announcements of results 

1. The results of the first qualifying round will be displayed at the venue of the round following the jury’s deliberation on Thursday 26th June 2014 at 17.30.

2. The results of the second qualifying round will be displayed at the venue of the round following the jury’s deliberation on Friday 27th June 2014 at 17.30.

3. The results of the final round will be announced at the venue of the round following the jury’s deliberation on Saturday 28th June 2014 at 22.00 in public. The audience will also award its Special Prize.

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7) Awards ceremony
 

1. The awards ceremony will be held at Salle Pleyel after the announcement of the results of the final round of the Competition.

2. All finalists are required to attend.

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8) Prizes

1. Winners will be awarded First, Second and Third prizes and Honorable mention will be awarded to the 4th finalist.

2. In the event of a tie, the prize and cash award will be shared. The Jury may decide not to award all the prizes if it feels that the competitors do not deserve them.

PRIZES

First Prize : € 15,000 with diploma
Second Prize : € 10,000 with diploma
Third Prize : € 5,000 with diploma
 

SPECIAL PRIZE FROM THE ORCHESTRA

Maestro Mying-Whun Chung will choose from the finalists the young Associate conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for the 2014-2015 season.

PRIZE FROM THE AUDIENCE

The audience will choose its favourite candidate by a vote during the final round. The result will be announced on stage after the counting of the votes.

CONCERT IN MEMORY OF EVGENY SVETLANOV

The winner of the Third Competition and the young associate conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will take part in a concert dedicated to Evgeny Svetlanov to be held on 26th September 2014 at 20:00 at Salle Pleyel with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Vadim Repin as soloist.

MUSIC PARTNERS

The music partners will offer future engagements to one or more prizewinners. Please visit “Our partners 2014” page on the Competition website.

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9) Press relations and rights arising from competition

1. Candidates will have to obtain prior authorisation from the Competition (e-mail: webmaster@svetlanov-evgeny.com) for film and photo shots, or any interviews other than those planned by the organisers. Furthermore, they will be required to cooperate in all film, photo sessions and/or interviews planned by the Competition Secretariat.

2. During the competition, the Executive Committee will claim all rights indicated below. Candidates may neither object nor claim any remuneration (this clause includes the press conference).

  • Sound and/or video recording, film shots and photos
  • Radio, TV and Internet broadcast of the above items
  • Copy and/or sale of above items

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10) Insurance and compensation 

1. The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee will not be liable for accidents indicated below occurring during the Competition:

  • Damage to or loss of competitors’ belongings
  • Physical, material or moral injury caused or sustained by competitors

2. All candidates are therefore advised to make their own appropriate insurance arrangements.

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11) Objections regarding the administration, selection and evaluation of the competition

1. Decisions made by the Executive Committee regarding the administration of the competition and selection based on the application and video recording and the Jury’s decision on evaluation are final and irrevocable.

2. Candidates may not appeal against the above decisions.

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12) Additions, cancellations, or changes regarding clauses of rules

1. In order to ensure the smooth running of the competition, the Executive Committee may add, remove and/or change the rules even after they have been published.

2. If problems arise regarding points not covered by the rules, the competitors will be required to follow the decisions and rulings made by the Executive Committee.

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13) Legal action

Disputes arising from the competition may only be settled by a court of law in France.

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14) Original version of rules

1. The above rules are provided in French, English and Russian.

2. The French text is the only officially accepted version.

– See more at: http://www.svetlanov-evgeny.com/en/internation-competition/the-rules-of-the-2014-competition/#sthash.MtnnxJ6G.dpuf

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