The 2022 competition will be opened in the solo performance category on the following instruments: violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone.
The registration deadline
The deadline for submitting registrations and delivering the competition recordings for the 1st round is 31st March 2022. The organiser will confirm the receipt of the registration within ten work days.
The competition categories, instruments and age limits
Participation in the competition is limited by age.
1. Participants playing the violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, harp or guitar who are under 16 at the time of the competition’s final round (i.e. who were born on 17.9.2006 or thereafter) may enter the compettion.
2. Participants playing the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone or trombone who are under 17 at the time of the competition’s final round (i.e. who were born on 17.9.2005 or thereafter) may enter the compettion.
All of the instruments in the solo performance category will be evaluated together.
The method of registering in the competition
A candidate may personally register in the Competition’s solo performance category or may be registered by his or her legal guardian, by a registering organisation, which may be the music school where the competitor studies the given instrument, or by a radio organisation. Each organisation can enter a maximum of five candidates in the Competition regardless of the instruments which the candidates play.
The form of registering in the Competition
1. Registration is only possible using the form which can be found online on the Competition’s website: www.concertinopraga.cz.
2. The following items must also be submitted along with the registration form:
a) professional recordings of the individual competition pieces in the WAV/PCM format – 16/24 bits – 44.1/48kHz which have been made during a single period of time,
b) a full video recording of the realisation of the competition recordings which the jury will view in the case of any doubts associated with how the competition recordings were made (this can be realised using a mobile telephone, as the jury will not take the video quality into account),
c) five different professional photographs of the competitor in print quality (at least 300 dpi), including the photographer’s name and his/her written consent to use them,
d) complete sheet music (with piano) for the competition recordings (without any personal markings),
e) a copy of the competitor’s passport or ID (in the case of foreign competitors),
f) the repertoire for the Competition’s public final round in the solo performance category; concertante pieces set for competitor’s solo instrument and orchestra. This means single or multiple-movement instrumental concertos and not individual movements from works.
3. The performer will make the recording for the 1st round at a total length of at least 20 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes at his or her own expense. Recordings lasting less than 20 minutes will be excluded from the Competition. The jury will be able to shorten any recordings which exceed 30 minutes.
4. It is recommended that the competition repertoire should consist of a selection of different stylistic periods. The piano part may be replaced with a cembalo in the case of early music, i.e. original baroque or classical pieces.
5. The competition repertoire for the solo performance category may also include works for solo instrument without the accompaniment of any other instrument. If the competition repertoire contains an instrumental concerto or any of its movements with piano accompaniment, the competition repertoire must also include a work originally designated only for solo instrument or originally accompanied by another instrument. An exception to this rule involves those works which are authorised to be accompanied by piano or works which have been included in the list of recommended competition works. In the case of any works not listed in the list of recommended works, it is necessary to provide the organisers with substantiation of the participant’s authorisation to perform them, either with a historical source or a reference.
6. Recordings of works made at public concerts must have been realised at a corresponding technical quality so that they can be used in radio broadcasts.
7. The Competition registration also constitutes the declaration in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 11 of the Concertino Praga Statute.
The course of the Competition
The 1st round
1. The recordings will be assessed by the jury by 30. 4. 2022.
2. The jury will designate a maximum of 4 candidates to progress through to the public 2nd round and at the same time, the jury will designate 4 understudies for the public final round who will perform their solo repertoire in a concert on the “Talent stage” at the Dvořák Prague 2022 Festival, if they do not get the opportunity to perform in the final due to all of the jury’s 4 finalists being able to perform.
3. The organiser will inform the candidates who have progressed to the Competition’s 2nd round in writing using the email addresses set out in the registration forms and will do so within 5 business days of the jury’s decision.
4. The qualifying candidates will be called upon to undertake a live performance with an orchestra as part of the Dvořák Prague International Music festival which will take place on 16th September 2022.
5. The candidate or his or her registering organisation will confirm the candidate’s intention of continuing in the Competition within 5 business days of receiving the notification of having progressed into the 2nd. If any of the candidates fail to confirm their intention of doing so, another candidate will progress through to the 2nd round according to the order designated by the competition jury during the Competition’s 1st.
The public 2nd round
1. The 2nd round will take place in the form of a public concert with an orchestra as part of the 2022 Dvořák Prague International Music Festival on September 16 2022.
2. The candidates are required to be physically present at the Competition venue, i.e. in Prague, at least 3 days prior to the holding of the public final round for the purpose of rehearsals with the orchestra. The same condition also applies to the designated understudies, provided it is known that any of the finalist will not be attending the 2nd round final.
3. The candidates are guaranteed 2 rehearsals with the orchestra in a rehearsal room and a dress rehearsal at the 2nd round venue, which will be the Dvořák Hall in the Rudolfinum in Prague.
4. The performance will be recorded by Czech Radio with the possibility of a live broadcast in both audio and audio-visual form. All of the candidates’ rights pertaining to the creation of the artistic performance have been set out in the Competition’s Statute.
5. The Competition jury will sit directly after the completion of all the competition performances at the public concert and will decide on the winners of the prizes and any honourable mentions.
6. The jury will announce its decision at the same public concert, where the Competition’s prize- giving ceremony will also take place on stage.
7. The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will become Competition laureates.
8. The principles for awarding the prizes are set out in the Competition’s Statutes.
The Competition’s juries
1. The juries for the individual rounds of the Competition and the jury chairpersons will be appointed by the Competition’s directorate.
a) The jury for the 1st round of the solo performance category will have at least 9 members and will consist of personalities from the Czech and international music scenes, of whom a maximum of 2 will be representatives of the EBU.
b) The jury for the final round of each category will have at least 7 members and will consist of significant personalities from the domestic and international music scene, of whom one will be a representative of the EBU.
2. The juries in each of the competition rounds must contain different people.
3. The jury members may not have any familial relationships with any of the competing candidates.
4. If a jury member has taught any of the competitors, he or she must declare this relationship to the remaining members of the jury and the Competition directorate. The jury member will not be authorised to evaluate the given competitor in such a situation.
5. The jury members for the 1st round may not receive any information about the Competition candidates.
6. The voting of the juries in 1st roundwill take place anonymously in the form of an online evaluation. The juries for these rounds will only hold a joint online evaluation meeting after casting their votes.
7. The voting of the jury in the 2nd round will take place on the basis of anonymous voting slips which the jury members will submit to the Competirtion organiser without any previous discussion with the other jury members for the purpose of the simple addition of the points and the processing of the results.
8. The juries’ meetings will not be public, with the exception of the participation of the promotor’s authorised representatives. The juries’ decisions will be final. The meetings of all juries containing international members will be held in English.
The Competition prizes
1. The jury in the Competition’s public final round may award the first, second and third prizes. The winners of these prizes will receive the title “Laureate of the Concertino Praga competition”. The jury may also award “Honourable mentions”. The jury does not have to award all the prizes. The jury will not award any prizes ex aequo (shared prizes).
2. The jury will also award other prizes, the list of which is published on the Competition’s website and is regularly updated.
3. Other prizes dedicated by the Competition’s partners may also be awarded at the suggestion of the Competition jury. These prizes will be presented by the jury’s chairperson and the prize donor.
4. One of the prizes is the Audience Prize, which is awarded on the basis of the votes of the audience members in attendance at the Competition’s final public round.
5. The grants associated with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the Competition may be provided under the auspices of both public institutions and private individuals. They will be presented by the jury chairperson and a representative of the prize sponsor. The prize’s name may also include the name of the natural person or the legal entity which has sponsored it.
6. The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes become the laureates of Concertino Praga.
7. The holders of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will receive special-purpose grants in the form of financial scholarships in the amount of:
1st prize – 5 000 EUR
2nd prize – 2 700 EUR
3rd prize – 1 800 EUR
The financial prizes will be paid in the form of scholarships on the basis of the submission of the Concertino Praga prize winner’s application for an appropriate educational program and will do so by direct credit to the account of the organiser or provider of the given educational program on the basis of a payment order. The prizes may also be paid out to the winners in the form of contributions towards the purchase of musical instruments after reaching an agreement with the competition directorate and after the submission of the appropriate documents associated with the purchase of the instrument in question.
Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Award – This award is given by the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation for the best interpretation of Bohuslav Martinů’s work.
Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Foundation Award – This award is given by the Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Foundation for the best interpretation of a contemporary music.
The Karel Komárek Family Foundation Award – This award is intended for the best Czech participant.
Czech Radio prize
The winner of the first prize will receive either
1) the opportunity to record their own CD in the Czech Radio studios. The recording will be released in a run of 200 CDs (by mutual agreement), of which the radio organisation which sent the candidate to the competition will receive 20; Czech Radio reserves the right to receive 30 copies for the promotion of the competition. The recording and release of this non-commercial CD is designed to support the most successful candidate, who can use the recording for promotional purposes.
2) the opportunity to record in the Czech Radio studios with the option of the non-commercial use of all forms, all technical means and for all methods of promotion, whereby Czech Radio will secure the purchase of any protected works.
The selection of these two options will be at the discretion of the first prize winner.
The recording may not be used for any commercial purpose without the written consent of Czech Radio (the conclusion of a licencing contract). Czech Radio will be the issuer of the CD and the holder of rights of the audio recording’s creator. Czech Radio reserves the right to use this recording for its promotional purposes and for radio broadcasts.
The radio broadcasts during the course of the Concertino Praga
1. The final round will be broadcast live by Czech Radio – Vltava. The organiser will do everything to ensure that this concert is broadcast live in the form of a video broadcast and in the Euroradio season via the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) during the course of 2022/2023.
2. Czech Radio – Vltava will broadcast the concerts from the South Bohemian festival either live or as recordings.
3. The organiser will provide the EBU with a pink offer of the recordings of those candidates who have been awarded the first, second and third prizes. The EBU will receive this offer within one month of the end of the jury’s deliberations.
4. The organiser will also offer the EBU broadcasts of all the concerts, both live and as recordings. The radio organisations which have participated in the competition will bear a moral obligation to broadcast the audio recordings.
Compensation for costs
1. The organiser will provide compensation for the following costs:
a) the transport and accommodation costs for the laureates and their escorts in Prague and to the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival, but only in the case of transport and accommodation organised by the organiser. The organiser will not cover any costs for travel or accommodation which the laurate and his or her escort arrange themselves.
A Czech Radio employee will be responsible for the participants from the Czech Republic throughout the period of the aforementioned events. The accompaniment of a legal guardian is permitted, but the legal guardian must meet any associated costs.
b) The organiser will only pay the transport costs to and from the Czech Republic for the Competition laureates and their escorts.
2. The winners and participants at the concerts in the Competition will not receive an honorarium from the organiser. Similarly, no honorarium will be paid to the organisation which registered them in the competition.
3. A candidate’s escort may either be his or her legal guardian or a delegate from the organisation which has registered the candidate in the Competition. If the escort is not the candidate’s legal guardian, the legal guardian’s verified consent for the escort will be required.
A list of recommended compositions and links where you can buy the scores
1/ F. Ondříček: Scherzo Capriccioso for Violin and Piano Op. 18
2/ B. Martinů: Five Madrigal Stanzas H.297 (1943) – selection
3/ B. Martinů: Sonate for Violin and Piano nu. 2 H.208 (1931) – (I. Allegro moderato, III. Poco Allegretto)
4/ S. Bodorová: „Dža more“ for violin solo
1/ B. Martinů: Three Czech Dances (Dupák)
2/ V. Novák: Reminiscences Op. 6 (Inquieto)
3/ A. Dvořák: Humoresques Op. 101(one of following: nu. 1, nu. 5, nu. 8.)
4/ V. Kalabis: Accents Op. 26 (selection)
5/ J. Gemrot: Short Story for Piano
1/ E. Douša: Pocta mistrům
2/ J. Feld: Dvojhlasá partita; Petite prelude
3/ P. Fiala: Nálady; Sonatina brevis
4/ O. Kvěch: Snapshots
5/ J. Matys: Bagatelles
6/ J. Teml: Miniatures
7/ P. Trojan: Small suite for accordion; Days
8/ J. Truhlář: Suite for Ivo
1/ B. Martinů: Scherzo
2/ O. Kvěch: 6 Preludes (I. Melodia semplice, II. Scherzino, III. Rubato)
3/ J. Mysliveček: J. Mysliveček: Flute Concerto in D major – 1st movement
4/ V. Blodek: Andante cantabile
1/ P. Čotek: Prelude et theme varié for Bassoon and Piano
2/ E. Hlobil: Divertimento for Bassoon and Piano
3/ O. Mácha: Sonate for Bassoon and Piano – 2nd movement
4/ K. Sodomka: Andantino and Scherzando for Bassoon and Piano
5/ A. Rejcha: Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet (adjusted for bassoon and paino)
1 / L. Simon: Fantasy for Trombone and Piano
2/ V. Smita: Romance for Trombone and Piano
3/ J. Dvořáček: Inventions for Trombone and Piano
4/ O. Blaha: Suita for Trombone and Piano
5/ I. Loudová: Ballata antica for Trombone and piano