The Fourth Nikolai Rubinstein Competition for Chamber Ensembles

06 September 2020 - 10 October 2020 |

1. General Provisions

1.1. The name of the competition is The Fourth Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition for Chamber Ensembles (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Competition”).
1.2. The founder of the Competition is Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Conservatory”).
1.3. The Competition will be held during a period between 6 September and 10 October 2020 inclusive.

2. The Jury

2.1. The Jury of the Elimination Round

Members of the jury will be announced later.

2.2. The Jury of the Second and Third Rounds
Members of the jury will be announced later.

3. The Prizes

3.1 The Organizing Committee of the Competition has established the following prizes:

  • the 1st prize: 200,000 rubles;
  • the 2nd prize: 150,000 rubles;
  • the 3rd prize: 100,000 rubles;
  • two diplomas of 50,000 rubles each.

3.2. The jury of the second and third rounds may either abstain from awarding any prize out of the three or divide the amount of any of the prizes within the established prize budget.

3.3. Upon the Organizing Committee’s consent, any public organizations, including foundations and/or mass media, may establish any additional prizes, awards and/or gifts for the competitors. Decisions on the awarding of any special prizes and/or gifts to the competitors will be made by the jury of the second and third rounds of the Competition.

4. The Competition Procedure

4.1. Any ensemble whose participants’ average age is less than 30 full years may participate in the Competition, provided that the age of the oldest participant of an ensemble is less than 32 full years as of the first day of the Competition. The ensemble’s teacher may not participate in any of the Competition performances.

4.2. The following kinds of chamber ensembles are admitted to participate:
(1) string and/or wind instruments with the piano, provided that the minimal number of the ensemble participants is three musicians;
(2) piano duo (either two pianos or piano four hands);
(3) string quartet.

4.3. One and the same musician may not participate in several different ensembles. Should such a case arise, the Organizing Committee may, at its own discretion, disqualify any of the ensembles in which one and the same musician participates.

4.4. The Competition consists of three rounds. The first (elimination) round will be held according to the submitted video recordings (see 5.5). One composition of the Competition program may be performed in one of its rounds only. Both second and third rounds of the Competition will be held publicly.

4.5. All the ensembles admitted to participate in the second round must attend both the drawing of lots and the coordination meeting at the Conservatory. Time and place of both the drawing of lots and the coordination meeting will be announced through the Conservatory’s official website.

4.6. The order of the ensembles’ performances will be established at the drawing of lots and shall remain unchanged until the end of the Competition.

4.7. The order of pieces to be performed during the second round of the Competition should be agreed between the musicians of the ensemble.

4.8. Upon decision of the jury of the second and third rounds, the performance of any ensemble may be either shortened or stopped.

4.9. No jury member may vote for any ensemble at least one of whose participants has been his/her official pupil during the three years immediately preceding the period of holding the Competition. The jury member must notify the Organizing Committee about any of such cases in writing prior to the beginning of the first round.

4.10. The results of every round will be announced publicly upon its completion and then published on the Conservatory’s official website.

4.11. All decisions of the Competition jury shall be final and irrevocable.

5. The Procedure of Applying

5.1. The deadline of submitting the application and the documents — except for a receipt confirming the payment of a registration fee — shall be 5 September 2020.

5.2. The Competition’s official e-mail address shall be: artmosconsv@gmail.com

5.3. In order to participate in the Competition, the ensembles must:
(1) fill out an online questionnaire. Attention! Each participant of the ensemble must fill out his/her separate questionnaire;
(2) submit a video recording of the ensemble’s performance for the elimination round (see 5.5);
(3) e-mail scanned copies of the following documents:
(a) an official permission of every participant of the ensemble to process his/her personal data, personally signed (download *.doc)
(b) the front pages of passports or other documents, containing the passport holders’ photos and personal signatures, identifying each participant of the ensemble;
(c) one collective artistic photo of the ensemble on a neutral background, a minimum resolution of 300 dpi;
(d) certificates of music education of every participant of the ensemble, either in Russian or in English;
(e) brief artistic biographies of every participant of the ensemble (*.doc and *.docx only), containing information about their places of study/work, years of study at the time of the Competition (if students), teachers, earlier participation in any other competitions (including the year, place and award), as well as any other information that the applicants consider essential for the Organizing Committee;
(f) brief artistic biography of the ensemble (*.doc and *.docx only) in a free form, containing any information that the applicants consider essential for the Organizing Committee.

5.4. It is also necessary to e-mail a receipt about the payment of the registration fee. Attention! The registration fee must be paid not earlier than the results of the elimination round are announced, i. e. during a period between 30 September and 5 October 2020 inclusive.

5.5. In addition, every ensemble must submit a video recording of their performance of the elimination round program in the form of an actual link to a file-sharing service. The obligatory technical requirements are as follows:
(1) the link must open the only video file of high density;
(2) no amateur videos are allowed;
(3) only the *.avi, *.mov, *.wmv, and *.mp4 file formats are admitted;
(4) the video file must be opened without any passwords or captchas;
(5) the file-sharing service may be neither Youtube nor any other online resources with public access, including P2P networks.

5.6. Every competitor who is a citizen of Russia must submit the scans of three additional documents: see the Competition webpage in Russian.

5.7. In the event an ensemble refuses to participate in the Competition, neither the scans of its participants’ documents nor the registration fees they paid out will be returned.

5.8. The fact of forwarding the application shall mean the ensemble’s unconditional consent with all the provisions of these Regulations.

6. Financial Terms

6.1. The registration fee for one ensemble to participate in the Competition will be, optionally: either 3000 Russian rubles or 50 US dollars or 45 euros.

6.2. The registration fee for participation in the Competition must be forwarded to any of the following bank accounts of the Conservatory:

6.2.1. in Russian roubles:
See the Competition webpage in Russian for details;

6.2.2. in US dollars:
Correspondent Bank: The Bank of New York, USA
SWIFT: IRVTUS3N
IBAN: 890-0057-610
Beneficiary Bank: Sberbank of Russia, Moscow
SWIFT: SABRRUMM
Beneficiary Customer: Moscow State Conservatoire named after P. I. Tchaikovsky
Address: 13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, Moscow, 125009, Russia
TIN: 7703107663
Account No.: 40503840438110200266
Purpose of the Payment: Participation in the Fourth Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition for Chamber Ensembles

6.2.3. in euros:
Correspondent Bank: Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt-am-Main
SWIFT: DEUTDEFF
IBAN: 10094987261000
Beneficiary Bank: Sberbank of Russia, Moscow
SWIFT: SABRRUMM
Beneficiary Customer: Moscow State Conservatoire named after P. I. Tchaikovsky
Address: 13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa
TIN: 7703107663
Account No.: 40503978538111000266
Purpose of the Payment: Participation in the Fourth Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition for Chamber Ensembles

6.3. All transportation and other expenses directly or indirectly related to participation in the Competition shall be paid either by the competitors themselves or by their sponsoring organizations.

6.4. All prizes and awards will be paid to the Competition laureates in rubles, with taxes to be deducted under Russia’s legislation.

7. Special Provisions

7.1. The Conservatory shall be the only owner of an exclusive copyright for audio- and/or video-recording, as well as for any radio, TV and/or online translation of all the rounds and the concert of the laureates of the Competition.
7.2. The ensembles that will become laureates of the Competition must perform at its final concert without any remuneration. In the event an ensemble fails to participate in the final concert of the Competition without a valid excuse, the prize awarded to the group will not be paid.
7.3. The competitors shall receive no remuneration for their performances during the Competition rounds; nor shall they be paid for any usage of audio- and/or video-recording, as well as of any radio, TV and/or online translation of any of their performances by the Conservatory.
7.4. These Regulations are published on the Conservatory’s official website both in Russian and in English. In the event any disputes or disagreements arise in the interpretation of any clauses of these Regulations, the version published in Russian shall prevail.

8. Contact Information

The Competition’s Organizing Committee:
Department for Festivals, Competitions and Special Events of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory’s Center for Coordinating Artistic Projects
Mailing address: 13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, Bld. 1, Moscow, 125009, Russia
Telephone: +7 (495) 627 7274
E-mail: artmosconsv@gmail.com

9. The Program

Round One (eliminating after the watching of all submitted video recordings, the performance duration should be between 15 and 20 minutes inclusive)
One piece by any of the following composers (with no repeat of the exposition):

  • J. Haydn
  • W. A. Mozart
  • L. van Beethoven

Round Two (the performance duration should be 45 minutes maximum)
Two original chamber pieces:

1. One piece by any of the following composers:

  • F. Schubert
  • R. Schumann
  • F. Chopin
  • F. Mendelssohn
  • J. Brahms
  • A. Dvořák
  • B. Smetana
  • H. Wolf
  • E. Chausson
  • G. Fauré (prior to the year 1900 inclusive)

2. One chamber piece composed during the 20th century.

Round Three
One piece by any of the following Russian composers:

  • A. Alyabyev
  • M. Glinka
  • A. Borodin
  • P. Tchaikovsky
  • A. Rubinstein
  • A. Arensky
  • N. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • S. Taneyev
  • A. Glazunov
  • S. Rachmaninoff
  • N. Tcherepnine
  • N. Medtner
  • A. Grechaninov

It is permitted to perform separate movements of a piece during the first and second rounds. However, a piece during the third round must be performed in full.