International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory for young  composers


1. The Competition Aims are to:

1.1. Identify young talents and encourage creative youth development.

1.2. Create a system of support for young talents.

1.3. Promote contemporary classical music.


2. General Regulations

2.1. The name of the competition —International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory for young composers «New Classics» (hereinafter referred to as — «the Competition»).

2.2. The founder of the Competition — Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (hereinafter referred to as — «the Conservatory»).

2.3. The Competition will be held from 4 September to 18 November, 2018.


3. The Competition Organisation

3.1. The Organizing Committee — provides organizational support of the Competition’s events.

3.2. Competition entries shall be submitted anonymously and evaluated by an objective and expert panel of jurors. The jury chooses the best works on the professional criteria.


4. The Competition Nominations

The Competition will be held in two nominations:

4.1. Contemporary Academic Music:

Accepted are the works for any ensemble set from 3 to 19 performers within the following frame:

1 flute (or flute-piccolo, or alto flute), 1 oboe (or English horn), 1 clarinet (or bass clarinet, or clarinet in Es), 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, percussions (2 musicians), 1 piano (very limited preparation only is possible), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass. The use of two or three extra instruments from the orchestra is possible.

4.2. Popular Modern Classics:

Accepted are the works for any ensemble set from 3 to 41 performers within the following frame:

2 flutes (or flute-piccolo, or alto flute), 2oboes (or English horn), 2 clarinets (or bass clarinet, or clarinet in Es), 2 bassoons, 2 saxophones, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, percussions (3 musicians), 1 piano (very limited preparation only is possible), 1 synthesizer, 1 electric guitar, 1 bass guitar, 1 harp, 5 violins I, 4 violins II, 3 violas, 3 cellos, 1 double bass.


5. The Competition Jury

5.1. The jury consists of famous Russian and foreign composers and performers. The jury member list will be published on the Competition’s website no later than 5 September, 2018.

5.2. The Competition will be held anonymously. The submitted works will be evaluated and the winners will be selected by vote of the Jury members.

5.3. All the Jury’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed


6. The Competition Procedure

– The entries will be accepted from 4 September  to 23:59 of 31 October, 2018.

– The first round  (extramural selection) will be held  from 1 to 6 November, 2018.

– The works selected for the second round will be publicly performed on 17 November, 2018.

– The results announcement and the final concert will be held on 18 November, 2018.

6.1. The Competition is open to composers from 14 up to and including 35 years old (on the opening day of the Competition, the 4th September 2018)

6.2. The Competition will be held in two rounds. The 1st round is an extramural selection. The jury chooses the scores to be admitted to the 2nd round. The auditions of the 2nd round will be open to public. A maximum of 10 works will be selected for the 2nd round in both nominations.

6.3. All the works selected for the performance in the 2nd round will be performed by the Studio for New Music Ensemble respectively enlarged.

6.4. Each participant can submit up to 3 own works, not exceeding 15 minutes in duration, ensemble set ranged from 3 to 41 musicians within the frames mentioned above.

6.5. The results of each round will be publicly announced after the round is over and will be posted online at the official website of the Conservatory and the official website of the Competition.

6.6. Composers whose works will be selected for the second round must submit the performance material and parts in electronic format no later than 3 days after the results of the 1st round have been announced.

6.7. Composers whose works will be selected for the second round are required to provide authorization to the Conservatory for allowing their works to be performed at the 2nd round and the final concert. They also grant rights to release audio/video recordings to the Conservatory.


7. Prizes and Awards

7.1. The Competition offers the total of the prizes 1 000 000 rubles.

7.2. The Jury shall award at least two prizes.

7.3. All the competitors will be provided with electronic certificates of participation.

7.4. The works selected for the 2nd round of the Competition will be recorded and released on audio disc.

7.5. Upon the agreement with the  Organizing Committee any public organizations, including foundations and/or mass media, may offer additional prizes, awards and/or gifts for the competitors. Decisions on the awarding of any special prizes and/or gifts to the competitors will be taken by the jury of the Competition


8. The Application Procedure

8.1. The deadline for submitting the applications, scores and documents is  23:59 (Moscow Time) of  31 October 2018.

8.2. In order to participate in the Competition the applicants are required to register at the internet platform:  www.newclassicscompetition.art and to submit the electronic application containing following information:

8.2.1. Full name

8.2.2. Actual email address of the participant; (the address will be used to confirm the registration on the website as well as for other information related to the Competition)

8.2.3. Information about the applicant: A brief artistic biography including information on place of employment/education, course of study at the time of the Competition (for students),  teachers,  previous competitions achievements (including year, place and award), as well as any other information which applicant considers relevant for the Organizing Committee.

8.2.4. A PDF score without any identifying information. The scores that contain any identifying signs, names or any personal information will not be accepted for the Competition.

8.2.5. Optionally, an audio file with the recording of the work submitted for the Competition.

8.3. The composers whose works will be selected for the 2nd round must provide following additional information, upon request of the Organizing Committee:

8.3.1. The data page of the passport or other identity document (containing photograph and the signature of the owner);

8.3.2. One neutral background artistic photo with a resolution of  at least 300 DPI

8.4. The Russian citizens provide additional information:

8.4.1. The page of the internal Russian passport, which contains registration records. The registration should be valid for the whole period of the Competition;

8.4.2. INN (Taxpayer Personal Identification Number issued by the Federal Tax Service of Russia );

8.4.3. SNILS (Insurance Number of Individual Ledger Account issued by the Pension Fund of Russia).

8.5. The Organizing Committee reserves the right not to accept applications which do not meet the above mentioned requirements.

8.6. By applying, the applicant declares his/her full agreement with all the clauses of the present Regulations


9. Financial Terms

9.1. There is no entrance fee to take part in the Competition.

9.2. Transportation costs  from place of residence to Moscow (return ticket, economy class), accommodation in Moscow and meals will be provided for the composers admitted to the 2nd round.

9.3. All prizes and awards will be paid to the Competition prizewinners in Russian rubles, reduced by taxes in accordance with Russian tax legislation.


10. Special Conditions

10.1. There is no remuneration for the participants.

10.2. The Regulations are published on the Conservatory’s official website in Russian and English. In case of any divergence in the interpretation of any of the clauses of the Regulations the Russian version shall prevail.


11. Contacts

Department for Festivals, Competitions and Special Events of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory’s Center for Coordinating Artistic Projects

Mailing address: 13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, Bld. 1, Moscow, 125009, Russia

Telephone: +7 (495) 692-02-54

Email: news@ccmm.ru