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Competition Programme

There will be 3 Rounds of the Competition.

All compositions must be performed by memory, with the exception of duo sonatas in the Second Round.

Second and Third Round are open to public.

1/ FIRST ROUND

In the First Round of the Competition the applicants compete based on submitted audio-visual recordings (unedited DVD or online recording) of their performances which shall be judged by the Jury.

The Jury shall select a maximum of 24 applicants to be entered into the Second Round of the Competition. The decision of the Jury as to the applicants who shall proceed to the Second Round shall be reached by majority of votes. Due to the possibility of some applicants not turning up for the Second Round of the Competition, the Jury shall prepare a reserve list of 6 priority substitute applicants.

Competitors admitted to the Second Round of the Competition shall be informed in writing by November 10, 2015 at latest.

Programme in the First Round

  1. Max Reger: Prelude and Scherzo from Cello suite No 3 in A minor Op 131c
  2. Antun Tomislav Šaban: Lamento for cello solo
  3. one or more pieces for cello solo chosen by the competitor

The recording for the First Round of the Competition should be no longer than 30 minutes.

2/ SECOND ROUND

The Competition shall take place in Zagreb at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, starting on January 28, 2016. Competitors have to report to the Competition Administration Office on January 28, 2016 in person, presenting their identity document.

The order of competitors shall be determined in advance (in alphabetical order beginning with the letter J) and shall be officially announced in due time before the start of the Competition.

Competitors who are not ready to perform when called upon by the Jury may be disqualified.

Official piano accompanist shall be available. Each competitor is allowed one rehearsal free of charge with the official piano accompanist for the Second Round of the Competition. If they wish so, competitors may request more rehearsals, which will be charged with 50 EUR per rehearsal.

Competitors may bring their own accompanists at their expense.

Programme in the Second Round

Competitors shall perform one work form the list of required works and one work of their own choice.

a) required works in the Second Round:

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for cello and piano No 2 in G minor Op 5 No 2

Sonata for cello and piano No 3 in A major Op 69

Sonata for cello and piano No 4 in C major Op 102 No 1

Sonata for cello and piano No 5 in D major Op 102 No 2

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for cello and piano in E minor Op 38

Sonata for cello and piano in F major Op 99

Benjamin Britten
Sonata for cello and piano in C Op 65

Frederic Chopin

Sonata for cello and piano in G minor Op 65

Claude Debussy

Sonata for cello and piano

Cesar Franck

Sonata for cello and piano in A major

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata for cello and piano in C major Op 119

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sonata for cello and piano in G minor Op 19

Franz Schubert

Sonata for cello and piano 'Arpeggione' in A minor D 821

Dmitry Shostakovich

Sonata for cello and piano in D minor Op 40

Richard Strauss

Sonata for cello and piano in F major Op 6

b) work chosen by the competitor in the Second Round

It can be any composition from the standard cello repertoire, by competitor's choice, solo or accompanied (could be a movement of sonata) up to required length. Transcriptions are not allowed.

For the Second Round of the Competition each competitor shall have at his/her disposal 45 minutes.

The order of works performed in the Second Round shall be determined by each competitor. International Jury shall have an irrevocable right to curtail a performance, or to rule on its continuation.

3/ THIRD ROUND OF THE COMPETITION - FINAL ROUND

Based on the decision of International Jury 6 competitors shall proceed to the Third Round of the Competition.

Each finalist will have one orchestra rehearsal, plus general rehearsal.

In the Final Round the Competitors will play in the order determined by ballot.

Competitors who are not ready to perform when called upon by the Jury may be disqualified.

The organizer will cover the cost of the accommodation for the 6 finalists from the moment they enter the Final Round till the end of the Competition.

Programme in the Third Round

Competitors shall perform one concerto from the list of required works.

List of required works:
Antonin Dvořák: Concerto in B minor Op 104
Edward Elgar: Concerto in E minor Op 85
Joseph Haydn: Concerto No 2 in D major Op 101, Hob VIIb/2
Sergey Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante in E minor Op 125
Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor Op 129
Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto No 1 in E flat major Op 107
Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33

International Jury shall have an irrevocable right to curtail a performance, or to rule on its continuation.

The Official Orchestra of the Competition is Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra.