WE WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE AND INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE SECOND EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION OPUS 2020 ORGANIZED BY LIFE AND ART FOUNDATION

RESULTS OPUS 2019 HERE

 

Who can apply?

The competition is dedicated to the musicians of all nationalities can take part up to the 35th years old playing the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, accordion, guitar, lute, harp and chamber music ensembles.

 

When can you apply?

4.12.2019 – 31.03.2020

 

How to apply?

In order to participate in the competition an instrumentalist needs to send a link with an audio-video recording (YouTube). The length of recording should be in accordance with the category a participant belongs to. More information in regulations.

 

Where submit?

competitionopus@gmail.com

Regulations

International Music Competition

Opus 2020

 

art. 1 General terms

  1. The organiser of the International Music Competition Opus 2020 (further: “Competition”) is the Life and Art Foundation with its main office in Krakow, Poland.
  2. The competition is held only online. Every necessary piece of information concerning the competition is posted on the website www.lifeandart.eu.

art. 2 Organisation of the competition

1.The participants of the competition are divided into the following categories:
a) soloists:

  • category A: born in 2012 or earlier – program free of choice up to 5 minutes;
  • category B: born in 2011 – 2009 – program free of choice 5 – 8 minutes;
  • category C: born in 2008 – 2005 – program free of choice 8 – 10 minutes;
  • category D: born in 2004 – 2001 – program free of choice 10 – 15 minutes;
  • category E: born in 2000 – 1995 – program free of choice 15 – 20 minutes;
  • category F: born in 1994 – 1985  – program free of choice 20 – 25 minutes;b) chamber ensembles:
  • category G: under 12 years old – program free of choice up to 8 minutes;
  • category H: 12 – 19 years old – program free of choice up to 15 minutes;
  • category I: 20 – 27 years old – program free of choice up to 25 minutes;
  • category J: 28 – 35 years old – program free of choice up to 30 minutes.
  1. The competition is divided into the following sections:
  • section I – piano;
  • section II – string instruments;
  • section III – woodwinds;
  • section IV – brass instruments;
  • section V – percussion and accordion;
  • section VI – guitar, lute, harp;
  • section VII – chamber music (2 – 10 performers).
  1. The age category of the chamber music ensembles is based on the average of the ages of the performers calculated for the application deadline – the 31st March 2020.

art. 3 The participants of the competition

  1. The instrumentalists of all nationalities, up to 35 years old, can take part in the Competition, including: the students of music schools of the first and second degree, students and graduates of higher education schools, performing classical music.
  2. The competition is dedicated to the musicians playing the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, accordion, guitar, lute, harp.
  3. The participation in the competition is voluntary.

art. 4 Terms of participation

  1. In order to participate in the Competition it is mandatory to send a one link with an audio-video recording (YouTube). Participant who sends more than one link will be disqualified. The length of recording should be in accordance with the category a participant is assigned to. The description of the recording on YouTube must include the following: “International Music Competition OPUS 2020, name and surname of the participant, section, category, instrument, program”. The audio-video recording must be set to public.
  2. The recording cannot be edited and should contain the whole silhouette of the  performer or the whole ensemble, from the distance that enables to identify participants. The recording cannot be edited, the registration should be made on one camera without any cuts during the performance. It is allowed to record the parts of a musical piece separately and  combine them into one film.
  3. The participant of the competition pays a non-refundable donation for statutory purposes:
    40 Euro for solo categories;
    25 Euro for each performer in chamber ensembles categories.

Life and Art Foundation does not account or have any liability for any participants’ bank fees and charges that may be levied as a result of currency conversion, foreign exchange transaction, or non-sufficient funds (NSF) transaction. The donation should be completed to:

Bank of beneficiary – Nest Bank

IBAN PL04253000082062104094900001

SWIFT/BIC NESBPLPW

Remittance information: “donation for statutory purposes + name and surname + category and section”.

  1. Link to the video recording with signed application form (in case of underage person – a signature of legal guardian), confirmation of payment and the agreement to process personal data should be sent to an e-mail competitionopus@gmail.com until 31st March 2020.

art. 5  Awards and decisions of the jury

  1. Awards can be monetary and non-monetary.
  2. Special prizes can be awarded, of which the jury decides.
  3. A panel of judges evaluates a submitted audio-video material. The winners of the first three prizes as well as the honoured performers in every section and category are the laureates of the Competition. The Jury has the right not to bestow the awards or to decide to share the awards ex aequo. The division of the awards and prizes is determined by the jury.
  4. Participants’ performances will be evaluated by an international jury consisting of exceptional musicians.
  5. The names and surnames of the laureates of the Competition will be published on the website lifeandart.eu on the day the 4th May 2020. A short opinion on a performance will be made accessible to a participant on the demand of a participant.
  6. The jury evaluates the performances according to the following criteria: intonation (in case of pianists precision), articulation, rhythmical precision, interpretation and musicality, the level of program, other factors influencing a performance, 0 to 50 points. The maximum number of points for a performance is 40 points from every member of a jury.
  7. The diplomas of laureates will be sent by e-mails. When a participant asks, a diploma will be sent via traditional post.
  8. The participants of the Competition will not obtain diplomas of the participation. When a participant asks, a diploma will be sent via e-mail.
  9. The decisions of the jury are final.

 

jurY:

Milena Kędra (Poland)

Ivan Pernicki (Croatia)

Aleksandra Kuls-Koziak (Poland)

Kristine Dizon (USA)

Natalia Chudzicka (Poland)

Wojciech Jeliński (Poland)

Maciej Zimka (Poland)

Anna Rutkowska (Poland)

Tomasz Fechner (Poland/USA)

 

Download:

Regulations of the International Music Competition Opus 2020

Application form Opus 2020

 

What you can win?:
  • participation in music courses Letnia Manufaktura Sztuki 2020 in Niepołomice, Poland (17-21.08.2020)* ;
  • participation in music courses Letnia Akademia Muzyczna w Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie 2020 in Kraków, Poland (21-29.08.2020)* ;
  • participation in music courses Małopolska Akademia Talentów in Łącko, Poland (28.06-5.07.2020)* ;
  • mouthpiece for clarinet by Barkley;
  • other awards like CDs, scores, accessories to the instrument.

*travel expenses and accomodation are covered by a participant

 

FAQ:

1. How to register chamber music group?

Each member of ensemble should fill the application form personally, writing the name of ensemble next to personal data and sending a copy of a document confirming the identity and age. All documents should be sent in one e-mail.

2. Can I participate in more than one category?

Yes, each competitor can apply to more than one category, paying each time for participation.

3. Do I have to participate in winners concert to receive an award?

No, you don’t.