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  • 07.02.2021

«Silk Way» Second stage

Deadline for application (including a link to the video) – 1 April 2021

The results of the competition will be announced at www.artistproject.ru

no later than 1 May 2021, the diplomas will be sened no later than 15 May 2021.


  1. Organizing Committee
  • Concert agency ArtIst (Moscow, Russia)
  1. Partners of the competition:

• Auditorium  Circolo Unione (Bari, Italy)

• Interlational Culture Association (Turku, Finland)

• Association “W.A. Mozart” (Italy)

  1. Goals of the competition:
  • Development of and education in performing and visual arts among the young
  • Showcasing and support 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 at concert stages or exhibit works
  • Building a stronger cultural cooperation between the countries
  1. Conditions

We invite instrumentalists, vocalists, theater 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.

  1. Nominations
  • Piano (solo, ensembles)
  • Strings (solo, ensembles)
  • Winds (solo, ensembles)
  • Folk instruments (solo, ensembles)
  • Classical vocals (solo, ensembles)
  • Pop vocals (solo, ensembles)
  • Traditional singing (solo, ensembles)
  • Choir
  • Performance groups
  • Concertmaster`s art
  1. Age categories and repertoire
  • Category A: not older than 8 years of age – max. 5 minutes free repertoire
  • Category B: 9-10 years of age – max. 5 minutes free repertoire
  • Category C: 11-12 years of age – max. 10 minutes free repertoire
  • Category D: 13-15 years of age – max. 10 minutes free repertoire
  • Category E: 16-18 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire
  • Category F: 19-25 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire
  • Category G: over 26 years of age – max. 15 minutes free repertoire

In duets and ensembles, the age category is determined by the age of the youngest participant. The chosen repertoire should appropriate according to age. All solo works must be performed from memory. The use of score is permitted for instrumental duets and ensembles.

  1. Evaluation and jury

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 contestants are judged according to the following criteria:

  • technical proficiency
  • accuracy of performance
  • level of difficulty of repertoire (with regard to the ability of the contestant)
  • sound quality and touch
  • musicality
  • artistry

As a result, 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

The Jury:

Pavel Shatskiy, piano (Moscow, Russia)

Ph.D. of Musicology, Piano teacher at Moscow State Conservatory

Anna Leyerer, piano (Vienna, Austria)

Teacher at the Music Institute Polyhymnia in Vienna. Active concert pianist in Russia, Europe, Mexico and the USA. Debuted with a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2015.

Giovanni Callabrese (Italy)

President of the Association «W.A. Mozart », teacher of the Lyceum «C. Troya» in Andria.

David Ardukhanyan, violin (Russia)

winner of international competitions, teacher of the Moscow State Conservatory.

Lily Plamadyala, violin (England)

artist of the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra

Valentin Azarenkov, woodwinds and brass (Moscow, Russia)

Graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he also completed his post-graduate study program (specialty «clarinet, historical clarinet», K. V. Rybakov’s class). Graduated from the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Art (specialty «solo classical vocal», I. I. Tchernov’s class). Winner of international competitions. Currently teaches at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a soloist at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.

Victoria Zyablitskaya, soprano (Moscow, Russia)

solo vocal teacher at the M. Ippolitov-Ivanov Moscow State Pedagogical Institute, laureate of international competitions, chamber and operatic singer.

  1. Registration fee:
  • Soloists — 2500 RUB, or 28 EUR, or 32 $, or 215 ¥.
  • Duo, trio — 2000 RUB, 22 EUR, 26 $, or 172 ¥ per person
  • Piano accompanist — 2000 RUB, or 22 EUR, or 26 $ or172 ¥
  • Ensemble (4-10 members) — 1500 RUB, or 17 EUR, or 20 $, or 130 ¥ per person,
  • Ensemble (over 10 members) — 10000 RUB, or 110 EUR, 130 $, or860 ¥ per ensemble

Participation fees are non-refundable.

Please send your application and the link to your video recording to silk_way@internet.ru before 01 April 2021, putting «Silk Way» in the title of your e-mail. After we receive your application, we will send you an invoice for the participation fee.

  1.  The video-recording should comply with the following requirements:
  • your performance should not be subject to video editing of any type.
  • 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 recital or exam performance
  • you should upload your video to YouTube or Youku.com and send us the link of this video
  • you can send us several links
  1.   Awards

The award ceremony will take place at the winners’ gala concert. Other contestants will be awarded – in their respective category – the title of laureate of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade, or the title of diplomant. The participants also receive diplomas in electronic form, as well as electronic certificates for participation in international music competitions in Russia, Italy, and Kazakhstan.

All of the laureates will be admitted for the final «Silk Way» Summer Competition & Festival taking place in Moscow/St.Petersburg comprising recitals, masterclasses and excursions. Rules and regulations of the will of the final Summer Competition & Festival to be published at www.artistproject.ru no earlier that March, 2021.

The teachers of the contestants will receive letters of thanks per e-mail.

Your application for participation should include:

  • Your full name, phone number and e-mail address
  • Nomination and age category
  • Name of your school/college/university
  • The full name of your teacher, their phone number and e-mail address
  • The full name of your concertmaster, their phone number and e-mail address
  • Your repertoire and performance duration
  • Link to the video-recording(s)
  • Your mail address

 Please note!

The data in the diplomas (participant’s surname and name, teacher’s full name, accompanist’s full name, institution name) are entered from the application received from the participant. Check the correctness of all entered information before sending the application.

After the diploma has been sent, no changes are made to it.

By participating in the competition all contestants agree to provide the required personal data to the organizing committee and permit the publishing of the video of gala concert performance and results on the web-page of the competition.

In case of noncompliance with the Rules of the Contest by the contestant or its representatives, the organizing committee preserves the right to dismiss the contestant from further participation or withhold the award.

In case of any dispute the only right version of Rules is Russian.

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