2018 Rules

THE EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
“MUSICAL FIREWORKS IN BADEN – WUERTTEMBERG”

March  2018

MUEHLACKER, (GERMANY)

Key dates:

Last day to apply and send recording: February 1, 2018

Second round: March 26-31, 2018
The competition is held by the initiative of the creative organization “Musical Culture of Karlsruhe”, with the support of Mayor, Kulturamta, musical community of Muehlacker, Musical Society of Rostov Region (Russia) and Long Island Conservatory of Music, New York, – for musicians of various specialties and generations – from young, promising talents, college and higher education institutions to professionals with experience in concert organizations in different countries.

REGULATIONS:

nominations and age categories
Auditions are held in the following nominations:

1.PIANO SOLO
2.STRING INSTRUMENTS (violin, viola, cello)
3.WIND INSTRUMENTS (brass and wood)
4.PIANO DUETS (four hands one piano)
5.SOLO SINGING, Vocal Ensembles and Choirs (independent divisions: academic, folk, pop singing and Vocal – Instrumental Ensembles)
6.CHAMBER and INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES (independent divisions: academic and pop – jazz)
7.ACCORDION, BAYAN
8.ACCOMPANIMENT
9.COMPOSITION

There are the following age categories *:

For all solo performers and composers:

Early bird
until September 1
Standard
until February 1
Last moment
Age category “A” – up to 10 years (up to 7 min.) EUR 40 EUR 50 EUR 60
Age category “B” – 11-14 years (10-12 minutes) EUR 50 EUR 60 EUR 70
Age category “C” – 15-18 years (13-15 minutes) EUR 60 EUR 70 EUR 80
Age category “D” – 19-23 years (16-20 minutes) EUR 70 EUR 80 EUR 95
Age category “E” – up to 32 years (20-25 minutes) EUR 80 EUR 95 EUR 105
Age category “F” – no age limit (25-30 minutes) EUR 90 EUR 105 EUR 120

For nomination 4:

Early bird
until September 1
Standard
until February 1
Last moment
Age category “A” – up to 15 years (10 – 12 min.) EUR 100 EUR 120 EUR 150
Age category “B” – up to 23 years (up to 15 min.) EUR 110 EUR 130 EUR 165
Age category “C” – up to 28 years (up to 18 min.) EUR 120 EUR 140 EUR 180
Age category “D” – no age limit (up to 20 minutes) EUR 130 EUR 150 EUR 195

For ensembles in nominations 5 and 6 (vocal ensembles, choirs, chamber and instrumental ensembles)

Age category “A” – up to 15 years (10 – 12 min.)
Age category “B” – up to 23 years (up to 15 min.)
Age category “C” – up to 28 years (up to 18 min.)
Age category “D” – no age limit (up to 20 min.)

The application fees for ensembles:

Early bird
until September 1
Standard
until February 1
Last moment
2 participants EUR 100 EUR 120 EUR 150
3-4 participants EUR 130 EUR 150 EUR 195
5-6 participants EUR 140 EUR 165 EUR 210
7-8 participants EUR 150 EUR 175 EUR 225
more than 8 participants EUR 200 EUR 240 EUR 300

For nomination 8 there are no age restrictions, application fee – 60 EUR

Contestant or contestants aspiring to participate in 2 or more categories, pay re-entry application fee at the rate of 50%.

Nominations Solo Singing, Vocal Ensembles and Choirs have 3 separate subgroups:
1) Academic vocals – in the program 2 or 3 works in accordance with timing for each age group. One aria by any composer, one of the works of German composer listed according to the list, then – by choice. All works are performed in the original language

2) Pop songs – 2 or 3 works in accordance with timing for each age group. The program is free, most clearly revealing the individuality of the performer. All works are performed in the original language. It is allowed to use CD soundtracks or an accompanist. In this category ensemble performances are possible as well.
3) Solo Folk Singing (Folk) – 2 or 3 works according the time limit for each age group. Among them: one piece a cappella, two other pieces of different characters (optional). In this category ensemble performances are possible
It is allowed to use CD soundtracks or an accompanist.

*Age category is determined by age of the party on March 1, 2018.

COMPETITION PROGRAM

Mandatory condition of the competitive program in all categories is the presence of any work of German or Austrian composer, including contemporary authors. The rest of the program is free, most clearly revealing the creativity and personality of the performer. The program should be performed by heart, strictly in accordance with time limit. Participants in the nomination “Chamber Ensemble” or “Piano Duet” should use music.

The competition will have two rounds for all nominations except #8 (Accompaniment) and #9 (Composition). For all other nominations the first round will serve as qualifying: competitors would provide recordings of two pieces of different character via email or video/file-sharing service like YouTube. The qualifying round will end February 1, 2018. Jury will preview/listen to the recordings and notify the applicants of the results. Based on the Jury’s decisions, the Organizational Committee will issue official invitations for participation in the second tour, to be held March 26-31, 2018. All invitations confirming passing through to the second tour will be sent via email after February 20, 2018.

Each participant provides an accompanist himself.

The competition provides the opening ceremony and the concert, meetings, master classes, a final gala concert.

Official language of the competition is English.

* All participants in the nomination of Chamber and Instrumental Ensembles, as well as all the accompanists must bring the original sheet music played on the competition repertoire. Photocopies may be used only as an aid, the availability of the originals is mandatory.

PRIZES

The jury’s decisions are not subject to revision.

Winners of first prizes must play at the final gala concert of the competition “Musical Fireworks in Baden-Wuerttemberg.”

The competitors and accompanists pay the cost of travel, accommodation and meals themselves.
The Organizing Committee will provide to all participants and guests free access to the concerts of the competition, provides classrooms, an acoustic rehearsals at the venue on the day of the competition the contestants’ performances. An additional cultural program can be arranged by the special request of the participants.
Master classes payment, for those wishing to take part, is optional during the competition.

The main application forms for the participants, the photos of competitors can be emailed directly to the President of the International Jury, his email address is: info@musikfeuerwerkbw.org .