The 69th annual Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, will be held from 7 May until 15 May 2017 in Prague for the instruments HARPSICHORD and VIOLIN.
The competition is intended for artists of all nationalities who:
Persons interested in participating in the competition apply on line where they may complete and confirm a web application, attach required photographs suitable for reproduction, a recording of the compositions for the preliminary round, and other attachments if any.
The application must be accompanied by the following items:
A printout of the application form, duly completed and signed, along with any enclosures not sent electronically, is to be sent to the address:
Prague Spring Competition
118 00 Praha 1
If you send recording by post, please mark the envelope "Competition recording, not subject to tax"
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 1 DECEMBER 2016
(The date when the electronic application is sent is decisive.)
By 20 January 2017, candidates accepted for the competition (i.e. successful candidates chosen in the preliminary round) will be sent notification of their acceptance by e-mail. Candidates receiving this message shall pay the participation fee of EUR 80 onto the competition account no later than by 15 February 2017. Accepted candidates will then be sent a letter with complete information concerning the holding of the competition as well as sheet music for the compulsory composition.
The administrative fee and participation fee are nonrefundable.
These competition requirements have been announced in compliance with the Competition Statutes of the Prague Spring International Music Competition dated 9 November 2015. The competition requirements are being issued in the Czech, English, French and German languages. In case of any discrepancy, the Czech text shall be regarded as authentic.
Accoustic rehearsal: 7 May – Martinu Hall, Academy of Music
Opening of competition and drawing: 7 May – Martinu Hall, Academy of Music
Round I: 8 and 9 May – Martinu Hall, Academy of Music
Round II: 11 May – Martinu Hall, Academy of Music
Finals: 13 May (concerts as part of the festival) – Martinu Hall, Academy of Music
Accoustic rehearsal: 8 May – National House of Vinohrady
Opening of competition and drawing: 8 May – National House of Vinohrady
Round I: 9 and 10 May – National House of Vinohrady
Round II: 12 May – National House of Vinohrady
Finals: 14 May (concerts as part of the festival) – Rudolfinum
Award Presentation Ceremony 15 May – Old Town Hall
The competition organizers reserve the right to make changes to the schedule above.
Fabio Bonizzonni – Italy
Robert Hill – USA
Monika Knoblochová – Czech Republic
Giedré Lukšaité-Mrázková – Czech Republic
Blandine Rannou – France
Christine Schornsheim – Germany
Marek Toporowski - Poland
Ivan Ženatý – Czech Republic
Clemens Hellsberg – Austria
Liana Isakadze – Georgia
Shizuka Ishikawa – Japan
Ida Kavafian – USA
Bohuslav Matoušek – Czech Republic
Gérard Poulet – France
One further member is TBA
For each instrumental field at the 69th annual Prague Spring International Music Competition, the following prizes are being offered:
1st Prize: CZK 200,000
2nd Prize: CZK 100,000
3rd Prize: CZK 50,000
These are gross amounts of money, meaning that tax and possibly other fees must be deducted from them in accordance with the valid laws and regulations of the Czech Republic.
If the performances of the candidates are not of the required level of quality, the jury shall decide whether to award all of the prizes. The jury may choose not to award any of them, if it rules that the performances of the candidates do not meet the usual artistic standards for the awarding of prizes. If candidates’ performances are of equal quality, the jury may award multiple prizes for the same award level by combining the prize money and then dividing it equally for prizes on the same level. In doing so, it is necessary to ensure that the amounts of the prizes are not contrary to the final ordering of competitors and that the amounts of prize money offered are not exceeded for individual prizes.
Only one 1st prize may be awarded.
Winners of these main prizes also earn the title of Competition Laureate.
These prizes are also stated as gross amounts.
The winners of these additional prizes are not entitled to use the title Competition Laureate.
(the organizer reserves the right to choose a laureate from one category)
More prizes are under negotiation, and they will be published at the website and in the competition catalogue.
The competition will be held in three rounds, and the number of candidates is limited. For both instruments, the maximum number of Round I candidates is 50, a maximum of 12 candidates will advance to Round II, and four candidates will advance to the finals.
For competition performances, the jury has the right to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions.
A work by a Czech composer written for the 2017 Prague Spring International Music Competition will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.
The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.
Using illegal photocopies of sheet music for public performance is a violation of copyright and the commercial rights of the publisher, and the performers assume all liability for any legal sanctions.
All three rounds of competition performances are public.
Any radio or television broadcasts and recordings of competition performances are at the disposal of Prague Spring and serve for promotion of the competition. The possible commercial use of these recordings shall be the subject of future negotiations.
an audio recording with the following repertoire
Candidates who document that they have won the first prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:
A copy of a Flemish instrument and a virginal without a short octave will be available for Round I.
The total time of Round II may be no shorter than 40 minutes and no longer than 45 minutes.
For the Round II, a Flemish copy and a French copy will be available.
For Finals, a Flemish copy, a French copy, and a modern instrument by Goble will be available.
Memorization is not required in all rounds.
A video recording with the following repertoire
Candidates who document that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:
The candidate shall put together his/her own recital with interesting programming lasting 40 – 45 minutes.
Candidate may not repeat a composition from the first round. Candidates not complying with the minimum length may be disqualified. If the time limit is exceeded, the jury may stop a competitor’s performance.
Candidates may appear at the competition with their own piano accompanist, but those accompanists must pay all of their own travel and accommodations expenses. Candidates who will not be performing at the competition with their own accompanist may request in their application that the competition organizers secure the services of an official accompanist.
in collaboration with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leoš Svárovský
One of the following concertos:
Memorization is required for all rounds of the competition except for item 3 of Round II.
All travel and accommodations expenses through the holding of Round I are paid by the candidates themselves. Starting in Round II, candidates will receive paid accommodations in a hotel selected by the competition organizers for the duration of their active participation in the competition. Prizewinners will receive paid accommodations through the day when the prizes are presented to them. If a candidate secures accommodations other than those determined by the competition organizer, Prague Spring will not pay for those accommodations.