Rostropovich Competition - Rules 2009
For the ninth edition, the Rostropovich Competition will take place without the great musician who had given his name to it, thus celebrating the continuation of an event which, through time, gained lawfulness and international gratitude. In 1975, when Rostropovich was “authorized” to leave his country and decided to make one of his residences in Paris, I invited him to participate in the Rencontres internationales d’art contemporain de La Rochelle for a series of events and I suggested him to create a cello competition having his name – a competition being part of the same perspective and the same type of organization as the Olivier Messiaen Competition, created eight years before. Rostropovich accepted this project with a lot of enthusiasm, a project which, in accordance with the festival profile, was to reinforce the strong ties which our friend Slava used to have with the musicians from his time. Thus, at his request, four major composers were our guests to take part, in 1977, in the prestigious jury of the first competition: Luciano Berio, Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutoslawski and Iannis Xenakis! Four years later, the Rostropovich Competition was leaving the French Charente-Maritime region to become one of the best competitions among the Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris.
In 1977, about thirty performers had entered for the competition; in 2005, they were 211 to apply, representing more than forty different nationalities! From now on, the Competition winners are internationally recognized and some of them pursue brilliant careers. That gives us a responsibility, the one to develop an event to which Rostropovich used to be passionately attached – in a faithful spirit, which confirms, needed one specify, the choice of the 2009 jury members and the programme, set for each round. Thus the image of excellence which the artist left us will be perpetuated, the artist who used to represent, at his time, the cello revival and whose fights, artistic, humanitarian and political, are for us a valued role model.
The 9th International Rostropovich Cello Competition is to be held in Paris, from 27 October to 8 November 2009, as part of the Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris. The Competition is organised by the Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Artistique (ACDA). It will be supported by an exceptional tribute paid to this prestigious artist.
The Competition is open to cellists of all nationalities born after 27 October 1979.
Article 3 – Dossiers for inscription
Contestants must send a completed application form to the Competition address, the latest date for entries is Saturday 9 May 2009 (postmark date validates) and it must include the following documents:
- the inscription form, duly and legibly completed, dated and signed
- a photocopy of the candidate’s identity card or passport, or any other equivalent official document of identity
- a curriculum vitae written in French or English (maximum 2 typed pages) stating names of schools of music attended, the main teachers, awards/diplomas obtained, their current professional situation
- a short biography in French or English (maximum 7 typed lines)
- two original letters of recommendation from recognised musicians, written for the purposes of this competition
- a colour photograph taken by latest six months ago, minimum dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with mention of surname and first name at the back
- the required payment or a document confirming payment of the inscription charge (article 5)
Given the hazards of postal mail, the applicant will send an
to mention the mailing date of his application
Moreover it would be better to send curriculum vitae, photocopy of the identity card or passport and photograph by
Article 4 – Acceptation
After due consideration of candidates' applications by a selection committee made up for that purpose, the Competition Organisers shall be the sole judges of their eligibility to compete.
A list of successful candidates shall be posted on our website on Monday, 22 June 2009.
Candidates will also receive personal notification by e-mail.
Article 5 – Registration charge
The registration charge is fixed at 30 € and must be sent at the same time as the registration. This charge cannot be reimbursed. Candidates must send this sum net of any extras charges or costs relating to participation in the competition.
Method of payment with mention of surname of the applicant:
- by French cheque made out to ACDA in Euros
- by a foreign bank drawn on a French account made out to ACDA in Euros
- by bank transfer in Euros - RIB
- by international postal mandate in favour of ACDA in Euros
- by money transfer (via international agencies) in Euros
- by cash in Euros
Article 6 – Registration fee
The registration fee is fixed at 40 €.
Candidates selected must pay the registration fee at the time of the drawing of lots; details of the method of payment will be supplied later.
Article 7 – Accommodation
The Competition Organisers can organise accommodation in university residences (single or twin rooms) or with a family, for contestants living outside of Paris or the Paris region and who have made a request for such accommodation on the application form.
Those contestants who successfully pass the first eliminatory round will have their accommodation expenses paid for during the rounds in which they will compete. In this case, the contestants will receive a daily allowance of 40 €.
Article 8 – Visa
Contestants requiring a visa to take part in the Competition are requested to organise this themselves. If a letter of invitation is required for visa purposes, candidates may request this from the Competition Organisers.
Article 9 – The Competition Programme
First round (maximum : 20 minutes)
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris
A – Jean-Sébastien Bach: Prelude (obligatory) and other movements (choose from) one of the six Suites for Solo Cello (without repeat)
B – One of the following:
- Benjamin Britten: Suite for cello opus 72 (IV.Canto terzo, V.Bordone, VI.Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto) (Faber Music)
- Benjamin Britten: 2nd Suite for cello opus 80 (I.Declamato, II.Fuga, III.Scherzo) (Faber Music)
- Benjamin Britten: 3rd Suite for cello opus 87 (VII.Recitativo, VIII.Moto perpetuo, IX.Passacaglia) (Faber Music)
- Rodion Shchedrin: Russian Fragments* (Sikorski)
- George Crumb: Sonata for solo Violoncello (Peters)
- Henri Dutilleux: Trois Strophes sur le nom de SACHER (First Strophe) (Heugel-Leduc)
- Paul Hindemith: Cello Sonata op.25 n°3 (Schott)
- György Ligeti: Cello Sonata (Schott)
- Witold Lutoslawski: Sacher Variations for Cello solo (Chester)
- Krzysztof Penderecki: Per Slava* (Schott)
- Marco Stroppa: Ay there's a rub* for solo cello (Ricordi)
*works commissioned for previous Rostropovitch Competitions
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris
A – One of the following:
• Ludwig van Beethoven: 4th Sonata for cello and piano in C major op. 102 n°1
• Johannes Brahms: 1st Sonata for cello and piano in E minor op. 38 (without repeat)
• Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata pour cello and piano n°2 in D major op. 58 (without repeat)
• Robert Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston for cello and piano op. 102
B – Claude Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
C – Éric Tanguy: Invocation, work for solo cello, composed for the Competition (about five-six minutes)
commissioned by Musique nouvelle en liberté - Creation Concours Rostropovitch 2009
The score will be sent to the competitors one month before the rounds start.
D – David Popper: Elfentanz, opus 39
A/ Place to specify
A free programme from twenty to thirty minutes of published works (or movements of works) for solo cello or cello and piano, except for works chosen for previous rounds.
One of the following:
• Dimitri Shostakovitch: 1st Concerto for Cello and Orchestra op. 107
• Anton Dvorák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra op. 104
• Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra op. 129
• Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski: Variations on a rococo theme for Cello and Orchestra in A major op. 33
For the first two rounds, contestants may choose the order of works to be played.
The competitors will be allowed to play using the scores, except in the final round with orchestra.
Candidates wishing to change their repertoire must advise the Competition Organisers in writing by e-mail no later than Friday, 17 October 2009.
download an extract of the programme (148 ko)
Article 10 – Drawing of lots
Lots shall be drawn on Tuesday 27 October 2009 to determine the order of play. Contestants are obliged to be present in person on this occasion.
A second drawing of lots shall be held to determine order of play in the final round.
Article 11 – Rounds
All rounds shall be open to the public.
The first two rounds will take place in the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris, 14 rue de Madrid 75008 Paris.
The final round (concertos) will take place on Saturday 7 November 2009 at the Salle Pleyel with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Jean Deroyer.
Article 12 – Rehearsals
For the second and the final round, the Competition Organisers will provide a pianist for the contestants.
Two rehearsal sessions will be provided by the Competition Organisers.
Contestants may bring an accompanist, at their own expense.
Article 13 – Jury
Following each round including the final, the Jury shall meet and make his decisions according to modalities previously known by each member of the Jury. In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairman holds the casting vote.
The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.
The Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris cannot be shared.
The Jury may issue special distinctions.
The Jury may only award prizes to contestants who have reached the second round except for the Prize for the young soloist.
The Jury's decision is final.
Article 14 – Prizes and prizewinners’ concert
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris: 10 000 €
2nd Prize - Prize donated by the Académie des Beaux-Arts: 7 000 €
3rd Prize: 4 000 €
4th Prize: 3 000 €
Special Prize, offered by the Rostropovich Foundation, to the most remarkable personality: 5 000 €
Prize for the best interpretation of the 1st Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 107 by Dimitri Chostakovitch: 2 500 €, offered by the Rostropovich Cello Foundation
Prize for the best performance of French romantic music, offered by the Palazzetto Bru Zane: 2 500 €
Prize for the young soloist: a bow from Sylvain Bigot, offered by both the instrument maker Nicolas Perrin and the bow maker Sylvain Bigot
Prize for the best performance of Invocation by Éric Tanguy, offered by Sacem: 2 000 €
The winner of the Grand Prix will benefit from various engagements offered by:
The Fourth Rostropovich Festival in Baku (December 2010)
The Beethovenfeste Bonn 2010 (between September 10 and October 10, 2010)
Les Estivales de Musique au cœur du Médoc (on July 6, 2010, in the Château Branaire-Ducru)
The Orchestre national de Lille
The Orchestre Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2010-2011)
The Bois d'Harmonie will give a complete set of accessories (pegs - tailpieces - endpins) to the Grand Prix.
The following events will propose engagements to one of the winners of their choice:
The Festival de Sully et du Loiret
The Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux
The"Cello Festival" - Kronberg (2011)
The City of Colmar as part of its promotion of the 2010 Colmar International Festival activities
The Saison musicale du musée de l'Armée in the Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides
The Festival international Antibes Génération Virtuoses
The Solistes aux Serres d’Auteuil (concerts-tremplin 2010)
The Festival d'Annecy as part of the Festival "Plaisir de Musiques"
Les nouveaux Solistes aux Serres d’Auteuil
The Festival Jeunes Talents 2010 ou 2011
The Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française, will propose an engagement to the winner of the Prize for the best performance of French romantic music, for one concert during the festival "Le Salon romantique" in Venizia, on February 2011
The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar will propose an engagement to the winner of the Prize for the young soloist (Caracas, saison 2010-2011)
Prizewinners will be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course.
The Competition Organisers should not be held as responsible for troubles, which might crop up in the organization of these events.
A concert, at which certain of the prizewinners selected by the Jury, will participate will be held at the Salle Pleyel on Sunday 8 November 2009, with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Jean Deroyer.
Article 15 – Broadcasting
Competition rounds and the prizewinners’ concert may be broadcasted by radio or television without remuneration to the contestants.
Participation in the competition implies contestants’ full acceptance of the Rules. In the event of a dispute, only the French language version of these Rules is binding.
Concours Rostropovitch 2009