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  • 12.11.2020

«Magic Muse»

I INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COMPETITION
OF MUSICAL, PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS

Magic Muse’

Moscow, Russia

The best performances and art works will be awarded diplomas
and commemorative prizes, as well as discount entrance fee certificates of competitions and recitals in Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, and USA
.


Deadline for application (including a link to the video) –
20 January 2021.
The results of the competition will be announced at www.artistproject.ru
no later than 10 February 2021

REGULATIONS


1. Organizing Committee

Concert agency ArtIst (Moscow, Russia)

Production company GoldenArt (Moscow, Russia)

2. Partners of the competition

  • Talents of the World, Inc (New York, USA)
  • Global Echoes Radio (Boston, USA)
  • Pianorooms corporate group (Moscow, Russia)
  • 440Hz piano tuning and service company (Moscow, Russia)
  • Le Salon de la Musique video project, supporting talented pianists through publishing of recordings and online streams of their performances
  • Russian Guild of Pianists-Accompanists regional public organization (Moscow, Russia)
  • Radio Italy (Moscow, Russia)

 

3. Goals of the competition

Contribution to further development of performing art, and a mission of building a deeper apprehension of fine arts among the young

Revealing and promoting of both students and teachers of arts schools and colleges

Support in further career development of young performers and artists by providing the opportunity to perform in concert venues or exhibit their works in Russia, Kazakhstan, Europe, and USA

 

4. Conditions

We invite instrumentalists, vocalists, theatre and film actors, dancers, and visual artists – professionals or amateurs, students or teachers – of all ages.

All participants compete via video selection in one round.

 

5. The competition’s main divisions

  • Musical Performance
  • Composition
  • Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance 

6. Nominations

a) Musical performance

  • Piano (solo, ensembles)
  • Jazz piano (solo, ensembles)
  • Strings (solo, ensembles)
  • Woodwinds and brass (solo, ensembles)
  • Folk instruments (solo, ensembles)
  • Opera singing (solo, ensembles)
  • Jazz vocals (solo, ensembles)
  • Pop singing (solo, ensembles)
  • Traditional (folk) singing (solo, ensembles)
  • Choir
  • Performance groups
  • Accompaniment
  • Choir conducting
  • Symphonic conducting

NB! All contestants of the division Musical Performance are graded within two categories: professionals and amateurs. You will be categorized as a professional if you are a student in a specialized music or arts school, music or arts college, or if you have been graduated from such a college.

b) Composition

  • Instrumental music (works for solo instruments, ensembles, or orchestras)
  • Vocal and choir music (works for a soloist plus accompanying instrument, for a soloist plus an ensemble, for vocal ensembles, choir music, choir acapella music)
  • Electronic, electro-acoustic, and computer music
  • Pop and jazz music
  • Music for musical theatre

NB! All contestants in the division Composition are graded within two categories: professionals and amateurs. You will be categorized as a professional if you are a student of a specialized music or arts school, music or arts college, or if you have been graduated from such a college.

c) Acting

  • Prose (third-person narration, monologue, dialogue)
  • Poetry
  • Drama

NB! All contestants in the division Acting are graded within three categories: amateurs, theatre college students, and professionals. If you have not been graduated from a theatre college and/or do not have professional acting education but work in theatre or film, you will still be categorized as an amateur.

d) Visual arts

  • Landscape
  • Portrait
  • Still life
  • Genre painting
  • Surrealism/symbolism/visionary art
  • Arts and crafts
  • Art of photography

NB! All contestants in the division Visual arts are graded within the following techniques: oil, gouache, pastel, pencil, watercolour, graffiti, airbrush. The contestants are divided in two sections: professionals and amateurs. You will be categorized as a professional if you are a student of a specialized arts school, arts college, or if you have been graduated from such a college. In any other case you will be categorized as an amateur.

All contestants in “Arts and crafts” nomination are being judged SEPARATELY according the following techniques: carving, painting, embroidery, founding, incuse, intarsia. There is no grading by the material of art.

All contestants in “Arts of photography” nomination are being judged SEPARATELY according the following divisions: outside (daylight) photography, studio photography. Nominations: portrait, genre photography, landscape, still life, object shooting, nude photography, report shooting.

The criteria:
— nomination conformity
— originality, completeness of content disclosure
— art quality/ technical perfection (if only the defects are not part of the author`s main idea)
— composition
— perception in general

 

 

e) Dance

  • Classical dance (solo, ensemble)
  • Modern dance (solo, group)
  • Competitive ballroom dance (couple)

NB! All contestants in the division Dance are graded within two categories: professionals and amateurs. You will be categorized as a professional if you are a student of a specialized arts, dance, or ballet school, music or arts college. If you have been graduated from a dance class but do not have a professional education in dance, you will be categorized as an amateur.

 

7. Age categories and repertoire

а1) Musical performance professionals

Group A: not older than 8 years of age – max. 5 minutes free repertoire

Group B: 9-10 years of age – max. 5 minutes free repertoire

Group C: 11-12 years of age – max. 10 minutes free repertoire

Group D: 13-15 years of age – max. 10 minutes free repertoire

Group E: 16-18 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire

Group F: 19-25 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire

Group G: over 26 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire

 

а2) Musical performance amateurs

Group A: not older than 12 years of age – max. 5 minutes free repertoire

Group B: 13-16 years of age – max. 10 minutes free repertoire

Group C: 17-20 years of age – max. 10 minutes free repertoire

Group D: over 21 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire

NB! A piano concerto with an accompaniment is prohibited to perform. In duos and ensembles, the age category is determined by the average age of the participants at the time application deadline. The chosen repertoire should be age-appropriate. All solo works must be performed from memory. The use of score is permitted for instrumental duos and ensembles.

b1) Composition professionals

Group A: not older than 8 years of age

Group B: 9-10 years of age

Group C: 11-12 years of age

Group D: 13-15 years of age

Group E: 16-18 years of age

Group F: 19-25 years of age

Group G: over 26 years of age

b2) Composition amateurs

Group A: not older than 12 years of age

Group B: 13-16 years of age

Group C: 17-20 years of age

Group D: over 21 years of age

NB! All participants in the nomination Composition have to submit 2 works of different genres. The overall duration of both works may not exceed 15 minutes.

c1) Acting amateurs

Group A: not older than 8 years of age – a free performance of max. 3 min.

Group B: 9-12 years of age – a free performance of max. 3 min.

Group C: 13-16 years of age – a free performance of max. 5 min.

Group D: 17-20 years of age – a free performance of max. 8 min.

Group E: 21-25 years of age – a free performance of max. 10 min.

Group F: over 26 years of age – a free performance of max. 10 min.

c2) Students of theater schools

Group A: I-II year – a free performance of max. 8 min.

Group B: III-V year – a free performance of max. 10 min.

c3) Acting professionals

Group A: 20-29 years of age – a free performance of max. 10 min.

Group B: over 30 years of age – a free performance of max. 10 min.

d1) Visual arts professionals

Group A: not older than 8 years of age

Group B: 9-12 years of age

Group C: 13-16 years of age

Group D: 17-20 years of age

Group E: 21-25 years of age

Group F: over 26 years of age

d2) Visual arts amateurs

Group A: not older than 12 years of age

Group B: 13-17 years of age

Group C: 18-25 years of age

Group D: over 26 years of age

e1) Dance amateurs

Group A: not older than 12 years of age – a free performance of max. 2 min.

Group B: 13-15 years of age – a free performance of max. 3 min.

Group C: 16-19 years of age – a free performance of max. 5 min.

Group D: over 20 years of age – a free performance of max. 5 min.

e2) Dance professionals

Group A: not older than 12 years of age – a free performance of max. 2 min.

Group B: 13-15 years of age – a free performance of max. 3 min.

Group C: 16-19 years of age – a free performance of max. 5 min.

Group D: over 20 years of age – a free performance of max. 5 min.

NB!!! Solo dancers as well as dance groups can participate in the contest. The total age of a dancing group is determined by the average age its members at the time of the application deadline.

 

8. Evaluation and judging criteria

The contestants’ performance is evaluated by a professional jury on a 100-points scale. The decision of the jury is final and is not subject to review or appeal.


The following prizes can be awarded:

Grand-Prix – 100 points
1st prize – 95-99 points
2nd prize – 90-94 points
3rd prize – 85-89 points
Diploma – 80-84 points

Judging criteria


a) Musical performance

technical proficiency

accuracy of performance

level of difficulty of repertoire (also regarding the ability of the contestant)

sound quality and touch

musicality

artistry

b) Composition

originality of the idea and intent

depth of musical development

professionalism (composition techniques, form, texture, style, musical complexity)

quality of performance


c) Acting

choice of material with regard to the level and age of the contestant

artistic/cultural value of the material

moral and aesthetic aspect of the material – theatre ethics and aesthetics

dramaturgy and composition: expressive means and tools (light, sound, musical accompaniment), interpretation of the author’s intent

originality and creativity of the interpretation

acting skills, diction, gesture, facial expression, stage presence, etc.

additionally for poetry: ability to control the metric form, perspective, atmosphere, plot

additionally for prose and fable: ability to control the context, perspective, atmosphere, maintain stage interaction, ability to develop the characters and the plot through form


d) Visual arts

composition

colour and tone

character and form of objects

expressivity and integrity of the work

e1) Dance solo

choreography (musicality, complexity, originality)

presentation (technique, timing)

performance (message, emotionality, entertainment value)

e2) Dance groups

choreography (musicality, complexity, originality)

patterns (accuracy, originality)

presentation (technique, timing)

 

The Jury


a) Musical performance

Andrey Dubov, piano (Moscow, Russia)
Soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic, piano teacher at Gnessin`s Academy of Music.

Pavel Shatskiy, piano (Moscow, Russia)
Ph.D. of Musicology, Piano teacher at Moscow State Conservatory.

Paola Montemurro, piano (Matera, Italy)
Dante Alighieri Associations soloist, Professor of music at Matera Conservatory of Music E.R.Duni, jury member of many international piano competitions.

Ivan Dyma, brass (Moscow, Russia)
Winner of international competitions, teacher at A.Schnittke Music College, Yamaha Artist, member of the Moscow Music Society, soloist at the ‘Firebird Theatre’.

Alexander Barklyansky, strings, symphonic conducting (Moscow, Russia)
Soloist of ‘StradiValenki’ crossover-quartet, art director and conductor of ‘Collegium Musicum’ orchestra.

Sergey Kovtunov, folk instruments (Moscow, Russia)
Soloist of ‘Tornado ‘guitar duo.

Albina Starshinova, folk instruments (Moscow, Russia)
Soloist of ‘Kupina’ Russian gusli ensemble, soloist of ‘Sadko’ Russian music and dance ensemble, music teacher at Gnessin`s Academy of Music.

Igor Tarasov, opera singing (Moscow – St.-Petersburg, Russia)
CEO of ‘Onegin’ National Opera Award, Honoured Artist of Russia.

Lyubov Glazkova, opera singing (Moscow – St.-Petersburg, Russia)
Co-founder, member of jury of ‘Onegin’ National Opera Award

Veronika Sergeeva, traditional (folk) singing (Moscow, Russia)
Artistic director of ‘Slavyanochka’ Russian folk song ensemble. Winner of Russian and international competitions.

Sergey Zykov, pop singing (St Petersburg, Russia)
Grand-Prix laureate of ‘Spring of Romance’ international competition (St Petersburg, 2005), ‘Romansiada’ international competition (Moscow, 2007), winner of ‘The Domes of Neva’ international competition (St Petersburg, 2008), soloist at ‘Baritones of Petersburg’ music alliance.

Viviana Dragani, pop singing (Turin, Italy / Boston, USA)
Renown pop and jazz singer, founder and hostess of ‘Global Echoes’ radio in Boston, USA.

Olga Ber, accompanyiny art (Moscow, Russia)
CEO of RPO “Guild of pianists-accompanists”, accompanist at Moscow State Conservatory and M.M.Ippolitov-Ivanov school of music.

Larisa Shveikovskaya, choir conducting (Vladivostok, Russia)
Main choirmaster at ‘Primorsky Stage’ of ‘Mariinsky Theatre’, associate professor of choir conducting at Far Eastern State Institute of Arts.

    1. Composition

Tatyana Shatkovskaya (Moscow, Russia)
Member of Composer`s association of Russia, docent of Moscow State Conservatory.

    1. Acting

Denis Rojkov (Moscow – St.-Petersburg, Russia)
Theatre and cinema actor.

    1. Visual arts

Marina Raybman (Boston, USA)
Professor of Fine Arts, founder and director of the Chestnut Hill Art Academy in Newton, Massachussets, USA.

Evgeny Savonin (Moscow, Russia)
General videographer at ‘Zvezda’ broadcast, member of Photo Artists Association of Russia.

    1. Dance

Anastassia Sizova (Moscow, Russia)
Dancer of over 15 years’ professional experience, worked with the dance groups of Polina Gagarina, Yulia Kovalchuk, Zhanna Friske, Bianka and many others. Participated in many TV shows (‘Toch-v-toch’ (international format ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’), ‘Yesterday Live’, ‘Teatr Estrady’ etc); dancer or choreographer for music videos produced for Polina Gagarina, Bianka, Kristina Si; free programmes choreographer of ČSKA artistic gymnastics team, the TV show ‘Dance’ on ‘Pervyi’, ‘Top24’ channels.

9. Participation fees and application


Participation fees for 
Russian citizens:

Solo – 1200 RUB
Duo, trio – 600 RUB per person
Accompanist – 1200 RUB per person
Ensemble (4-10 members) – 600 RUB per person
Ensemble (over 10 members) – 5 000 RUB per ensemble

Participation fees for non-Russian citizens (Europe):

Solo – 25 EUR
Duo, trio – 15 EUR per person
Accompanist – 25 EUR per person
Ensemble (4-10 members) – 10 EUR per person
Ensemble (over 10 members) – 100 EUR per ensemble

Participation fees for non-Russian citizens (USA):

Solo – 30 USD
Duo, trio – 20 USD per person
Accompanist – 30 USD per person
Ensemble (4-10 members) – 15 USD per person
Ensemble (over 10 members) – 150 USD per ensemble

Please send your application and the link to your video-recording to magic_muse@bk.ru no later than 20 January 2021, putting ‘Magical Muse’ in the title of your e-mail. After we receive your application we will send you an invoice for the participation fee.

!!!Participation fees are non-refundable. If the contestant or his/her official representative, for any reason, withdraw from participation in the contest, or the contestant doesn`t get any award according the jury decision, the fee will not be returned!!!

Your application for participation should include:

 Your full name, phone number and e-mail address
 Nomination, category and age group
 Name of your school/college/university
 The full name, phone number and e-mail address of your teacher
 The full name phone, number and e-mail address of your accompanist

 Your repertoire and performance duration
 Link to the video-recording(s)
 Your ordinary mail address

APPLICATION FORM REQUIREMENTS

We accept ONLY .doc or .docx files filled out in black ‘Times New Roman’ font (font size -14)

APPLICATION FORMS FILLED OUT ANY WAY OTHER THAN THE ABOVE NOTED WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

10. Video and photo requirements


a) Musical performance

the video of your performance must not be edited
• the camera must be fixed to avoid the “shaky hands” effect
• your face and hands, as well as your instrument, should be clearly seen
• you can submit a video of a concert or exam recital, as well as a recording made in quarantine-induced self-isolation
• you should upload your video to YouTube and send us the link to this video
• you can send us several links

  1. Composition

you can submit links to both video and audio recordings
• you can submit several links
• you should submit the score of your music as a .pdf file

  1. Acting

your performance must be recorded in one shot without editing
• you must use natural day light or an artificial cold light
• your face must be clearly seen
• you must use close-ups and/or medium shots (from your waist up). Long shots will not be considered
• you must not use filters and other correction techniques on your video
• you should use simple neutral background of any colour, so that your clothes do not blend into it
• you must not use musical or any other sound accompaniment
• in the Prose and Poetry nominations there can only be one contestant in the frame. If you work with a partner, he/she should be outside the frame (not on the video)
• you must provide the link to your video on YouTube
• you may submit video recordings of stage productions, filming sessions etc., that were made earlier

  1. Visual arts

the photos must be sharp, in focus, and of good quality (no less than 1 Mb). For ‘Art of photography’ nomination no less than 2 Mb.
• the photos must reflect the colours of the work as exact as possible
• the photos should be well lit but not overexposed
• the work itself must carry the artist’s signature and date of completion (the actual creation time does not matter)
• you should submit two photos: one that shows your work close up, and one that shows you (in full height) next to it

NB! Do not change the size of the photo, do not crop it, change its colour scheme or alter its quality. Any kind of editing is prohibited and will lead to your disqualification.

For ‘Art of Photography’ nomination only original works are acceptable. Any kinds of links leading to published works (be it even Forbes, Men’s Health or Playboy) or social nets ARE PROHIBITED.

  1. Dance

your performance must be recorded in one shot without editing
• you must use natural day light or an artificial cold light
• your face / the faces of all dancers must be clearly seen
• you must not use filters or other correction techniques on your video
• the contestant(s) must provide the link to their video on YouTube
• you may submit video recordings of performances that were made earlier

11. Awards

The contestants will be awarded –respective to their category – the title of laureate (prize winner) of the 1st , 2nd , or 3rd grade, or the title of diploma winner. The participants also receive diplomas in electronic form, as well as electronic certificates for participation in international music competitions in Russia, Europe, and USA.

The teachers of the contestants will receive letters of gratitude via e-mail.

 

IMPORTANT!!! The following additional prizes are provided to all contestants:

  1. Memorable signed cup – 15 euro (20 dollars)
  2. Memorable signed medal – 10 euro (15 dollars)

Please note: by participating in the competition all contestants agree to provide the required personal data to the organizing committee and permit publishing of their competition performance videos as well as the results of the competition on the web-page of the competition.

In case the contestant or his/her representative violates the regulations of the competition, the organizing committee preserves the right to dismiss the contestant from further participation or withhold the award.

In case of misunderstanding or conflict, the parties should refer to the Russian text of these regulations as the basic document.

 

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