Music Contest

Rules of
the ICon Arts International Music Contest,
6th edition, 23-25 July 2018, Transylvania

1. Presentation

In the period 23-25 July 2018, the ICon Arts Transylvania Festival will host the 6th edition of the ICon Arts International Music Contest, comprising the following sections: piano, keyboard percussion and singing.
Organiser: UCIMR – Uniunea de Creație Interpretativă a Muzicienilor din România (Romanian Musicians Association for Creative Performance)
Partner: Romanian Music Society in Japan

2. Registration

The contest is open to all participants born after 1 January 1982, but not later than 31 December 2003.
The documents required for contest registration:

  • registration form filled out in capital letters and without omissions [download here]
  • copy of the candidate’s identity card or passport
  • CV in Romanian or English
  • confirmation of payment of the registration fee

3. Registration fee

The registration fee is EUR 50 or RON 230 (net of bank charges) and must be paid by bank transfer.
The participants who attend the ICon Arts music classes may take part in the contest free of charge.

Name: UCIMR
Address: Piața V. Mărăcineanu nr. 1-3, et. 5, cam. 40
Tax identification number (CUI): 8286650

For payments in EUR:
IBAN EUR account: RO51 RNCB 0072 0496 9437 0006
SWIFT RNCBROBU
BIC/CIC 4969437
Bank: BCR, sector 1
Address of the bank: Calea Victoriei nr. 155, sector 1, Bucharest

For payments in RON:

IBAN: RO89RNCB0072049694370001
Bank: BCR, sector 1
Address of the bank: Calea Victoriei nr. 155, sector 1, Bucharest

With the following specification: “Registration fee for the ICon Arts International Music Contest 2018”
If the contestant is not present at the contest, the fee shall not be returned.

4. Deadline

The registration deadline is: 1 July 2018
All the documents required for registration must be scanned and sent to the e-mail address: office@iconarts.ro

5. Travel and accommodation

The expenses for travel, accommodation and meals shall be borne by the participants. The contest organisers will provide the contestants with a list of bed and breakfasts and hostels at affordable prices.

6. Schedule

The contest comprises two rounds which will take place in accordance with the following schedule:

1st Round – Sunday, 23 July 2018, in Dumbrăveni, beginning at 11.00 a.m.
2nd Round (Final Round) – Tuesday, 25 July 2018, in Sibiu, Thalia Hall, beginning at 7.00 p.m.

The performers included in the final will be the first thee contestants selected by the jury for each section of the contest.

7. Repertoire

SINGING

  • 2 opera arias in contrasting styles
  • 2 songs (lieder)
  • three of the music pieces above must be from the Italian, French, German or English/American repertoire
  • one of the pieces must be composed after 1950
  • all four pieces must be performed in their original languages
  • all four pieces must be performed from memory
  • all four pieces may not total less than 15 minutes

1st Round

  • The time allocated to each participant is 15 minutes. The contestant will begin with a piece of his or her own choosing from the proposed repertoire. The jury will choose the order of the following three pieces. The contestant may be interrupted by the jury when the allocated 15 minutes have expired.

2nd Round

  • The contestant will perform one piece of his or her own choosing from the first stage.

PIANO

  • 3 pieces in contrasting styles
  • one of the pieces must be composed after 1950
  • all three pieces must be performed from memory, with the exception of the piece composed after 1950
  • all three pieces may not total less than 15 minutes

1st Round

  • The time allocated to each participant is 15 minutes. The contestant will begin with a piece of his or her own choosing from the proposed repertoire. The jury will choose the order of the following two pieces. The contestant may be interrupted by the jury when the allocated 15 minutes have expired.

2nd Round

  • The contestant will perform one piece of his or her own choosing from the first stage.

PERCUSSION

1st Round

  1. One marimba or vibraphone piece from the following list, at the contestant’s own choice, or another piece composed for marimba or vibraphone.

Marimba:

Clair Omar Musser – Etude Op. 6 No. 9 and Op. 6 No. 10
Alice Gomez – Gitano
Gordon Stout – Two Mexican Dances for Marimba
Keiko Abe – Variations on Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavana
Keiko Abe – Frogs
Benjamin Wittiber – Rhythm dance
Pius Cheung – Verano Porteno
Takemitsu Muramatsu – Land

Vibraphone:

David Friedman – Vienna (or any other composition from the “Mirror from another” collection).
Ney Rosauro – Prelude and blues
Nebojsa Jovan Zivckovic – Rock song

  1. Mandatory:

Marimba – J.S.Bach – Suite No. 1 Prelude in G Major
Vibraphone – J.S.Bach – Sarabande from Violin Partita No. 2

Note: The chosen piece and the mandatory piece may be both for the same instrument or in a combination of the two instruments.

2nd Round

One or two pieces, at the candidate’s choice, not exceeding 10 minutes.
The pieces must be from the international marimba/vibraphone repertoire.

The repertoire specified by the candidate in the registration form shall remain final and may not be modified.
The results of the first stage will be announced by the contest organisers immediately after the candidates’ performances are completed and after jury deliberation.

8. Accompanists

The contestants shall participate in the contest with their own accompanists.
Upon request, the contestants may be assisted by the contest’s official accompanist.
The competitors who want to be assisted by the contest accompanist must send the scores for the entire repertoire together with the registration application.

9. Jury

The jury for the 1st round will be formed of three specialists for each section. For the 2nd round, the jury shall consist of two jurors from the first stage for each section, plus one ICon Arts representative.
The jury decision shall be final and may not be contested.

10. Awards

The jury, whose members are important figures of the Romanian and foreign music environment, shall grant the following awards:

Grand Prix: to be chosen from among the three 1st Prize winners and shall consist of 2-3 concerts in Japan offered by the Romanian Music Society in Tokyo
1st Prize for each section: EUR 500
2nd Prize and 3rd Prize for each section: the winners shall be included on the list of artists with whom the organisers will collaborate for the musical events of next year’s seasons

All contestants will receive participation diplomas.
The awards will be handed out by the members of the jury.
The failure by a candidate to comply with the jury’s decision to participate in the Laureates Concert shall entail the withdrawal of the award granted.

11. Public performances

The access of the public during the entire contest is free.

12. Disclaimer

The contest organisers shall not be liable for the theft or loss of personal items or scores within and from the premises of the contest venue.
The contest organisers reserve their right to make audio or video recordings and take photographs, including for radio or TV broadcasts, without undertaking to pay any compensation for this purpose.