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  • 08.02.2021

«Ars Astra»

1st International online competition
of musical, performing and visual arts.

«Ars Astra»

Moscow, Russia

The best performances and art works will be awarded diplomas
and memorable prizes, as well as certificates for fee reduction at competitions and recitals in Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, and the USA
.

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 15 April 2021, the diplomas will be sended via e-mail no later than 1 May 2021.

REGULATIONS

  1. Organizing Committee
  • Concert agency ArtIst (Moscow, Russia)
  • Production company GoldenArt (Moscow, Russia)
  1. Partners of the competition
  • Moscow school of music “Music Way”
  • Culture Association » Art Jonica» (Italy)
  • Acting and models school “MosModels”
  • Corporate group Pianorooms (Moscow, Russia)
  • Piano tuning and reconstruction company 440Hz (Moscow, Russia)
  • Video project Le Salon de la Musique – support of talented pianists through publishing of videos and online streams of their performances
  • Radio 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 in Russia, Kazakhstan, Europe, and the USA
  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. The competition’s main divisions
  • Musical performance
  • Composition
  • Acting
  • Visual arts
  • Dance
  1. 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
  • Concertmaster`s art
  • Choir conducting
  • Symphonic conducting

NB! All contestants in the division Musical performace are graded according to 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 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 theater

NB! All contestants in the division Composition are graded according to 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 graduated from such a college.

c) Acting

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

NB! All contestants in the division Acting are graded according to three categories: amateurs, theater college students, and professionals. If you have not graduated from a theater college and/or do not have professional acting education but work in theater 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 according to the following techniques: oil, gouache, pastel, pencil, watercolour, graffiti, airbrush. The contestants are divided into two categories: professionals and amateurs. You will be categorized as a professional if you are a student in a specialized arts school, arts college, or if you have 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 judjed 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 judjed 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 defects absence (if not an author`s main idea)
— composition
— perception in common

e) Dance

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

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

  1. 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 accompanied by an orchestra, ensemble or concertmaster prohibited. In duets and ensembles, the age category is determined by the average age of the participants as of the application deadline. The chosen repertoire should be age-appropriate. All solo works must be performed by heart. The use of score is permited for instrumental duets 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. If you are participating as a group, the age group is determined by the average age of the group members as of the application deadline.

  1. 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 (with regard to 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 – theater 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, bodily movement, 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

Dmitriy Onischenko, piano (Ukraine – Russia)
Concert pianist, graduated from Moscow State Conservatory and Hannover High school of music, his professors were L. Naumov, A. Diev, V. Krainev and A. Vardi. Many international competitions laureate, including V. Krainev young pianists competition, V. Horowitz International piano competition in Kiev, P. Tchaikovsky International piano competition. Ukraine Ministry of Culture honor certificate holder for significant contribution in culture and professional mastership. Ukrainian nationwide program “Person of the Year – 2001” laureate. Founder and member of jury on many international competitions.
Irina Chistyakova, piano (Russia – Germany)
Graduated from Moscow State Conservatory and University of arts in Berlin, artist of Ars Luminae agency (Portugal), Steinway & Sons award laureate.
Alexey Kudryashov, piano (Moscow, Russia)
Soloist of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic, winner of international competitions, teacher at the F. Chopin Moscow State College of Music Performance.

Francesco Comito, piano (Messina, Italy) -special guest, director of «Le Salon de la Musique» concert agency.

Nikolay Ageyev, woodwinds and brass (Moscow, Russia)
International competitions laureate, clarinet teacher in Moscow State Conservatory.
Massimiliano Monopoli, strings (Taranto, Italy)
Strings Professor at Giovanni Paisiello Conservatory in Taranto, Italy.
Roman Efimov, strings (Perm – St.Petersburg, Russia)
The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation fellow, the “New names” and the “Russian performing arts” foundations fellow, international competitions laureate, MusicAeterna orchestra soloist under Teodor Currentzis leadership, concertmaster at Perm Opera and Ballet Theater orchestra.
Anastasia Chernovolos, opera singing (Paris, France – Voronezh, Moscow, Russia)
Palais des Congres de Paris soloist, Moscow Academic Music Theater named after K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko guest soloist, many Europe opera theaters guest soloist, Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theater lead soloist, Gradsky Hall guest soloist, three times “Bravo” award winner, international competitions laureate, Moscow music school “Music way” lead teacher.
Emil Kadyrov, pop singing, guitar (Baku, Azerbaijan – Belgorod, Moscow, Russia)
«The Voice Russia» finalist, Gradsky Hall lead soloist, Music school «Music way» founder.
Snezhana Orlova, traditional singing (Moscow, Russia)
«Fedora`s sorrow» show group soloist, Vologda Regional State Philarmonic named after V. Gavrilin soloist, voice teacher at Moscow State Intitute of Music named after A. G. Shnittke.
Sergey Osokin, accordion (Moscow, Russia)
Head teacher at Moscow State Intitute of Music named after A. G. Shnittke, International competitions laureate, composer.

Kristina Sharabidze, folk instruments (Moscow, Russia)

Winner of Russian and international competitions, laureate of the Moscow Government Prize, teacher at the Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music, PhD in pedagogy.

Alexey Shatsky, conducting (Moscow, Russia)
A. Rybnikov Theater head guest conductor, member of jury on International music competitions in Greece and Israel, Promuscan Music Society honorable member (Spain), 2009 Anniversary theatral award winner in Montenegro, opera and symphonic conducting teacher at State Music and Pedagogy Institute named after M. M. Ippolitov-Ivanov.

Composition

Roman Galiev (Moscow, Russia)
Graduated from Moscow State Institute of Music named after A. G. Schnittke and Moscow State Conservatory, his professors were members of Russian composers union V. Sariev and A. Tchaikovsky. As composer collaborates with many famous orchestras, choirs and ensembles, including “Moscow Soloists” chamber ensemble under Yuri Bashmet leadership. Holder of many awards and honor certificates as a composer. International competitions laureate.

Acting

Artyom Bibilyurov (Moscow, Russia)

Theater and film actor, theater director, artistic director of the First Experimental Youth Vakhtangov Studio “Turandot” and Moscow drama theater “Turandot”, member of the expert committee of Moscow’s Department of culture, member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, member of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia.

Visual arts

Yulia Shifershtein (Krasnoyarsk/Moscow, Russia)

Theater and film actress, graduate of the Russian Institute of Theater Arts GITIS (Yuri Vassilyev’s class), member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, member of the Creative Union of Russian Artists.

Dance

Evgeny Kravchenko (Rostov-on-Don, Russia)
World level stage ballroom dancing referee, member of referee colleague on many ballroom dancing competitions. The Black sea latin cup winner.

Participation fees and application
Participation fees for Russian and CIS citizens:
Soloists – 1200 RUB
Duet, trio – 700 RUB per person
Concertmaster – 1200 RUB per person
Ensemble (4-14 members) – 700 RUB per person
Ensemble (over 15 members) – 10 000 RUB per ensemble

Participation fees for non-Russian citizens (Europe, Asia):

Soloists – 25 EUR
Duet, trio – 15 EUR per person
Concertmaster – 25 EUR per person
Ensemble (4-14 members) – 15 EUR per person
Ensemble (over 10 members) – 200 EUR per ensemble

Participation fees for non-Russian citizens (USA):

Soloists – 30 USD
Duet, trio – 20 USD per person
Concertmaster – 30 USD per person
Ensemble (4-14 members) – 20 USD per person
Ensemble (over 15 members) – 300 USD per ensemble

Please send your application and the link to your video-recording to ars.astra@bk.ru not later than 20 January 2021, putting «Ars Astra» 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 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

APPLICATION FORM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Only WORD is acceptable
  2. Only «Times New Roman» 14 black is acceptable

THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED NOT ACCORDING THE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

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.

 

  1. Video and photo requirements

a) Musical performance

  • the video of your performance must be filmed by one shot, 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

Composition

  • you can submit links to both video and audio recordings
    • you can submit several links
    • you should submit the score of your music in pdf

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

Visual arts

  • the photos must be sharp, in focus, and of good quality (not less than 1 Mb). For «Art of photography» nomination non less than 2 Mb.
    • the photos must faithfully reflect the colours of the work
    • the photos should be well lit but not overexposed
    • the work itself must carry the artist’s signature and date of completion (it does not matter how old a work is)
    • 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 kind of link on a publication with the work (even it is 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
  1. Awards

The 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, Europe, and the USA.

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


IMPORTANT  The following additional prizes are provided to all contestants:

  1. Memorable signed cup – 20 euro (25 dollars)
  2. Memorable signed medal – 10 euro (15 dollars)
  3. Feedback from the jury member (video) – 15 euro (20 dollars)/1 member.
At the choice of the jury  will be formed  the JUNIOR JURY from the winners of the competition under the age of 15. Selected candidates for the next competition will be able to choose their favorite!

Please note: 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 their competition performance and results on the web-page of the competition.

In case the contestant or his/her representative violate 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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