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1. Application procedure

1.1. V Knushevitsky International Cello Competition is held in two age divisions: junior and senior.

Performers, younger than 18 years of age (on the date of the Competition), will have the right to join Junior Division.

Performers, younger than 30 and older than 18 years old (on the date of the Competition), will have the right to join Senior Division.

Note: Performers who are younger than 18 years of age on the date of Competition may be allowed to join Senior Division of the Competition upon request. In this case they are required to perform the Program for Senior Division.

1.2. Competition will be held at Saratov Regional Philharmonics named after Alfred Schnittkein the period from October 1 2020.

1.3. The following documents should be mailed, sent by express post or by E-mail to the address of the Competition Board till September 1 2020.:

a) Application form;

b) Passport (X-copy);

c) X-copy of the Music education certificate (Diploma) or letter from the Music Academy /school/ college (for pupils and students);

d) brief curriculum vitae;

e) Competition program stating obligatory - name of the piece, composer, opus number, tonality and number (if it is available). It should be filled in accordance with the form attached;

f) one photo for documents (size 46 cm), one face photo (size 1015cm) Photos sent by E-mail are preferable.

1.4. The entrance fee should be paid as follows: 1500 Roubles - for the contestant of the Junior Division and 2500 Roubles - for contestants of the Senior Division. Entrance fee shall be paid by contestants upon their arrival at the Competition in Saratov during registration procedure and shall be paid in Roubles in accordance to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Russia on the date of payment.

1.5. The address of the Competition Board:

Knushevitsky International Cello Competition,

35, Arbat Str., Suite 642, Moscow, 119002, Russia,

e-mail: ifbc@mai;


Fax: +7(499) 248-59-70

Tel: +7 916 321 02 08 Katya Shiryaeva

1.6. The total number of competitors in two age divisions is limited up to 50 persons.

1.7. Applicants will be notified on admission by Competition Board not later than September 5, 2020.

1.8. Upon receiving of admittance notification foreign contestants shall apply for their visas at the Russian Consulate and submit formal invitation letter and telex number.

1.9. In the event the applicant withdraws from the Competition, the documents and entrance fee will not be returned.

2. Competition Order

2.1. Competition auditions of Junior Divisions will be held in two rounds ( Round I - elimination, Round II Final).

Competition of Senior Division will be held in three rounds. Round III (Final) will be held with orchestra. All auditions are open to public. Music must be played from memory. Every composition can be performedin one round only.

2.2. The performance order will be determined by drawing of lots and will remain up to the end of the Competition. Changes of performance order at competition are possible only under the Jury decision

2.3. After registration of participants and drawing lots procedure all changes in the competition program are possible only in exceptional cases upon Jurys approval.

2.4. Competitors of Senior Division scored not less than 18 points (on 25 - point system) will be admitted to Round II.

2.5. Not more than 8 competitors will be admitted to Final Round (Round II ) in Junior Division, not more than 5 competitors of Senior Division scored highest points will be admitted to Round III.

2.6. Program of Round I and Round II can be performed in full or partially up to Jurys decision. Performance order of music pieces in all rounds shouldbe determined by contestant.

2.7. All competitors who become laureates or diploma holders of the Competition in accordance to Competition results, are obliged to perform at the Closing Ceremony upon the decision of the Jury and Competition Board, on a free of charge basis.

2.8. The competitor has the right to perform with his/her pianist at competition. In case needed, the Competition Board will provide pianists for two rehearsals and performances in each round to contestants on a free of charge basis.

2.9. Competitors are obliged to bring scores of the music they will perform at the competition.

2.10. Jury has the right to:

a) refrain from awarding prizes;

b) shareprizes between performers;

c) award the title of Diploma Holder to participants of the Finals, who has not become Laureates;

d) award Special awards and prizes to contestants;

The decisions of the Jury are final and are not subject to review.

2.11. All Laureates and Diploma Holders and their pianists shall perform free of charge at the Closing Ceremony and Concert of laureates according to the program confirmed by Jury and Competition Board. If Laureate or Diploma Holder refuses to perform without any good reason, the award will not be paid out.

2.12 Competition Laureates will be offered a number of performances in various cities of Russia and other countries during concert season of 2020-2021, and also recording of music pieces on CDs.

2.13. The Competition Board reserves the exclusive rights to broadcast all rounds, and the Closing Ceremony on television. The Competition Board reserves the exclusive rights to make video-recordings and their further distribution without additional fee payable to contestants, their partners and pianists. The Competition Board possesses the exclusive right to arrange and sign contracts with other parties for realization of the above mentioned materials.

Video recording or filming carried out by all persons without an exception is possible only on special permission of the Competition Board.

3. Financial conditions

3.1. Competitors and their pianists shall arrive to the Competition according to the dates specified by Competition Board in the Letter of Invitation. The Contestants can arrive at the Competition earlier to prepare for the Competition. In this case, they will be responsible to pay their expenses on staying up to the specified date.

3.2. The Competition Board will pay for hotel accommodation and meals for contestants and their pianists only for the period of their official participation at the Competition: from the date of arrival in Saratov, but not earlier than the specified date, and not more than one day after the end of the Round in which the contestant took part.

3.3. Competitors who arrived at the Competition and refused to perform, and those who are not admitted to Round II and Round III, as well as their pianists, can stay at their own expense till the end of the Competition.

3.4. The Competition Board will provide assistance in visa arrangement and hotel reservation for the persons, accompanying competitors (teachers, relatives).

3.5. The Competition Board will not secure any insurance for competitors, their pianists and accompanying persons.

3.6. The Competition Board will not provide competitors with music scores.

3.7. The Competition Board will provide competitors with practice in class rooms and one rehearsal on stage prior to each round.

3.8. The competitors agree to obey the present Rules of the Competition by signing the Application form.

4. Awards and Prizes

Junior Division

I Prize 150 000 Rur, a Gold medal and title of Laureate.

II Prize 130 000 Rur., a Silver medal and title of Laureate.

III Prize100 000 Rur., a Bronze medal and title of Laureate.

3 Diplomas 70 000 Rur. (each) and title of Diploma Holder

Senior Division

I Prize 300 000 Rur., a Gold medal and title of Laureate.

II Prize250 000 Rur., a Silver medal and title of Laureate.

III Prize 200 000 Rur., a Bronze medal and title of Laureate.

2 Diplomas 80 000 Rur. (each) and a title of Diploma Holder.

Special awards

Three prizes and Diploma "For the best accompaniment at the competition "-20000 rubles each.

Note: State and public organizations, companies and private persons can award special prizes upon agreement with the Competition Board.

Money awards to the Laureates and Diploma Holders of S.Knushevitsky International Cello Competition are paid in roubles (tax deducted) according to the current legislation of the Russian Federation.


Application form

Program for the competition

Biography of Knushevitsky
Competition Rules