9th International Flute Competition

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October 10th - 12th 2024

The European Music Academy Foundation is pleased to present the IX International Flute Competition (Live in Varna / Online), under the patronage of the Mayor of the city part of the Bulgarian cultural calendar and with the kind partnership of the Ministry of Culture, the City of Varna, the Ministry of Defense, the Embassy of Austria, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Honorary Consulate of Italy, the Honorary Consulate of Germany and many other partners and friends. EMA invites you again in this professional and personal adventure, which will take place in Varna in the period 10th - 12th October 2024.

THE COMPETITION IS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM OF MEASURES FOR TALENTED CHILDREN OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF REPUBLIC BULGARIA!

Please, be aware that individual performers in the age group 14-18 years old will receive scholarships by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria!

  1. General conditions

1. General conditions
1.1. The IX International Flute Competition, organized by the European Music Academy Foundation, will be held in the period October 10th-12th 2024.
1.2. The competition is for performers divided into four age groups, according to the age on the first day of the competition.
- First A group: 7-8 years of age;
- First B group: 9-10 years of age;
Instruments to be used in First group: flute, block flute, piccolo flute.
- Second group: 11-13 years of age;
- Third group: 14-18;
- Fourth group: 19-31 years of age.
1.3. Regarding the CoVid-19 situation - our team is actively following the current local measures to fight the virus. In order to make the participation of everyone interested possible, the competition will place as a HYBRID event - both in Varna and online.
2. Registration
2.1. In order to register for the competition, you need to send us following documents:
- filled online application form: https://applications.ema.foundation
- proof of transfer of the participation fee.
2.2. Application deadline: October 1st 2024.
2.3. Video submission deadline for the online participants: October 5th 2024.
2.4. The videos are sent via mail, following these instructions:
http://www.ema.foundation/Youtube_Instructions.pdf
2.5. All Non-European applicants are obliged to send a passport copy of the participant and of the accompanying person for their invitation letters.
3. Repertoire
3.1. First A group:
3.1.1. Instruments to be used in this group: flute, block flute, piccolo flute.
3.1.2. Рieces of choice with different character with a duration NOT LONGER THAN 8 minutes.
3.2. First B group:
3.2.1. Instruments to be used in this group: flute, block flute, piccolo flute.
3.2.2. Рieces of choice with different character with a duration NOT LONGER THAN 10 minutes.
3.2.3. OPTIONAL only: Filip Pavlov - piece for flute and piano "Contemplation" (Price: 6 €) - If you want to fight fot the Special Composer's Award
3.3. Second group - up to 15 min.
o G.F.Haendel - Sonate /by choice / I-st and II-nd movement or III and IV movement
o Piece - the candidate's choice from the Romantic era up to our days (We recommend "Easy inventions for Flute and Piano" by Giorgio Francesco Dalla Villa (Price: 6 €));
o One of the following pieces by Bulgarian composer:
- Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin - "Pastoral";
- prof. Filip Pavlov – only part/piece 1 from „3 Pieces for flute and pianо“.
Every contestant is allowed to choose and play one Bulgarian piece for a higher age group.
3.4. Third group: 14-18 years of age:
o The first movement concerto chosen from:
- C. Stamitz - Concerto op. 29 in G dur;
- J. Quantz- Concerto in G dur;
- G.B. Pergolesi - Concerto in Gdur.
o One of the following pieces by Bulgarian composer:
- Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin - "Sevdana";
- Filip Pavlov - ''Humoresque'' - flute/piano;
- Dimitar Kostantzaliev - “Four Pieces”;
- Dimitar Kostantzaliev - “Four Pieces” for piccolo.
o One of the following pieces:
- C. Reinecke – “Ballade” op.288 for flute and piano;
- P. Taffanel – “Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino” for flute and piano;
- W. Popp - “Hungarian rhapsody” op.385 for flute and piano;
- P. Morlacchi - “Il Pastore Svizzero” for flute and piano.
* Every contestant is allowed to choose and play one Bulgarian piece for a higher age group.
3.5. Fourth group: 19-31 years of age:
Round I (Solo)
o Baroque piece chosen from:
- J.S.Bach - Partita a moll “Sarabande” and “Courante”;
- G.Ph. Telemann -“Fantasie” № 2 – 12 (only one);
o One of the following pieces:
- Sigfrid Karg - Elert: Chaconne op.107 No 30;
- Eugene Bozza - “Image”.
Round II - up to 30 min.
o W.A.Mozart - Flute concerto No 1 in G Dur K.313 I. movement /Allegro maestoso/ with cadence
OR
W.A.Mozart – Flute Concerto No 2 in D Dur, K.314 I. Movement /Allegro aperto/ with Caddence
o One of the following pieces:
- T. Boehm -“Grand Polonaise” for flute and piano;
- A.Jolivet – ‘’Chant de Linos’’ for flute and piano;
- A.Casella - "Sicilienne et burlesque" for flute and piano;
- H.Dutilleux - "Sonatine" for flute and piano;
- F. Borne – “Fantasie brillante sur Carmen” for flute and piano;
- G. Hue – “Fantasie” for flute and piano.
- Piece - by candidate's choice (solo).
o One of the following pieces by Bulgarian composer:
- Marin Valchanov – „Fantasy“;
- Dimitar Kostantzaliev – „Wood Nymph“.
4. Programme of the competition, jury, awards
4.1. The order of performance of all participants will be alphabetical.
4.2. The first day of the competition starts at 10:00 h with the first round of group IV.
4.3. Participants who do not appear in the prescribed order will be disqualified.
4.4. Playing with original notes is mandatory for all Bulgarian pieces. 4.5. Playing with original notes for the foreign pieces is recommended.
4.6. The participants will be evaluated by an international jury.
4.7. The prizes given by the jury will be based on the performance of participants during the competition.
4.8. It is possible to participate in a higher group (by request of the applicant), but only if no group is skipped.
4.9. All first prize winners are allowed to participate again in the same group in next year's event.
4.10. In regard of the Bulgarian pieces in the program of the competition - participants are allowed to perform pieces assigned to a higher group than theirs.
4.11. The members of the jury are not allowed to vote on the performances of their own students.
4.12. The jury's decisions are final and indisputable. All applicants declare their understanding with this with submitting their applications forms.
4.13. Considering the Covid-19 epidemic situation worldwide, the organizer keeps the right to make changes in the jury.
4.14. There will be three prizes in each category:
First group:
- First prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, subject prize.
- Second prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, subject prize.
- Third prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, subject prize.
- special price – for the performance of a Bulgarian piece.
Second group
- First prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 200 €;
- Second prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 100 €;
- Third prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 50 €.
Third group:
- First prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 350 €;
- Second prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 200 €;
- Third prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 100 €.
Fourth group:
- First prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 500 €;
- Second prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 300 €;
- Third prize - Laureate diploma, the Award of the European Music Academy, 200 €.
4.15. In case of online participation, the prizes will be paid via bank transfer. The participants must provide full and correct bank details for the bank transfer and carry the bank charges of their bank for its receiving.
4.16. The organizer reserves the right to give other prizes - cash and/or subject prizes. These awards will be given by the jury which has to comply with the sponsors’ wishes if there are such. The jury may not give all the prizes.
4.17. Jury awards - each member of the jury will award one participant of their choice with a three-
day course in the conservatory where they teach (all of travel and accommodation costs have
to be covered by the participant)
4.18. The award of the Union of Bulgarian Composers will be awarded for the performance of a Bulgarian piece.
4.19. A special prize from the Mayor of Varna.
4.20. Prizes from the Embassies of Austria and France in Bulgaria - concert performance at the Embassies' halls.
4.21. EMA Foundation is not responsible for organising and managing prizes given by its partners, sponsors or other third party organisations.
4.22. The European Music Academy Foundation, as the organizer and provider of the concert prize, reserves the right to change the laureate name before the announced event.
5. Participation fees and accommodation.
5.1. The participation fees for each group will be as follows:
- First group: 45 €;
- Second group: 55 €;
- Third group: 60 €;
- Fourth group: 65 €
5.2. For accompanist (pre-ordered through the application form) participants pay additional fees as follows:
- 30 minutes - 15 €;
- competitive implementation - 20 €;
5.3. Rehearsals are paid in advance in Varna!
5.4. All travel, accommodation and food costs are at the expense of the participants individually.
5.5. Accommodation option:
Hotel "VMK" (2 stars) Bul. "Vladislav Varnenchik" 2, Varna, is a partner of the EMA Foundation and offers accommodation to participants with the opportunity for rehearsals in the rooms. The participants can book one by indicating that in the application form. Checking the accommodation check box in the application form is considered a reservation!
5.6. It is paid locally in Varna or by a bank transfer.
- Price per bed in a double room – 25 € per night.
5.7. The accommodation offers meals for extra cost.
5.8. For the comfort of all participants, all rehearsals will be held in specially provided halls in the hotel.
5.9. All participants who are accommodated elsewhere, will have to take care of their transportation to the hotel and keep track of the rehearsal schedule.
5.10. The organizer does NOT provide rooms for individual rehearsals for participants accommodated elsewhere.
5.11.The rehearsal schedule will be available in the hotel lobby and uploaded to the EMA Foundation FB page. The last rehearsal ends at 8:30 p.m. Rehearsals are closed to outside visitors.
5.12. The participation fee is to be paid in advance via bank transfer: a proof of payment must be added to
the application documents.
5.13. The account details are as follows:
Beneficiary: Teodora Dimitrova (European Music Academy Foundation)
IBAN: BG89BPBI79451464305002
BIC: BPBIBGSF
Bank: Postbank Bulgaria
Address: Varna, Bulgaria
Reason for payment: International Flute Competition Varna 2024
EUROPEAN APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO USE SEPA TRANSFERS TO AVOID HIGH SERVICE CHARGES.
6. Final regulations
6.1. Each participant must organize an accompanist, unless they have requested one.
6.2. It is recommended to know part of the performed pieces by heart.
6.3. One week before the start of the competition the organizer will publish the names of the participants and the rehearsal schedule.
6.4. Participation in the competition implies recognition of the above mentioned rules.
6.5. The organizer keeps the right to make changes regarding the conduction of the event.
6.6. The organizer keeps the right to make changes in the schedule and the order of play.
6.7. When submitting the application form, each participant over the age of 18 and the parents of the
participants under the age of 18 agree to give their consent that photos and videos made during the competition and the final concert are posted on the internet and other media and used from EMA for marketing purposes.
6.8. When submitting the application form, each participant over the age of 18 and the parents of the
participants under the age of 18 agree to let the EMA Foundation store, manage and use their provided personal data for the purposes of the competition.
6.9. When submitting the application form, each participant over the age of 18 and the parents of the
participants under the age of 18 agree to comply with the rules of the organizer.
6.10. The organizer keeps the right to change the rules and the deadline for applications.
6.11. Application forms that include incorrect, incomplete or wrong information, including incorrectly transferred fees, will not be considered as submitted.
6.12. The Bulgarian pieces, included in the mandatory program of the competition, must be played with original notes, purchased from the organizer. Otherwise, the participants won’t be permitted to perform.
6.13. The notes can be ordered via the EMA Foundation (please find the bank details above). Please send the proof of payment via e-mail at emavarna2015@gmail.com. Once the transfer has been received, each applicant will receive a reply with the pdf-notes. Originals will be received upon arrival in Varna in order to avoid high delivery costs.
6.14. Only the organiser is allowed to shoot photos and videos during the event.