Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris

2001 Rostropovich Cello Competition

next competition from November 9th to 20th, 2005

rules in the making, full information will be available in 2004

Age limit for participants : 33 years of age

The Concours Rostropovich is member of the
World Federation of International Music Competitions

rules 2001

Article 1

The 7th Rostropovich International Cello Contest is to be held in Paris, from October 4th to 14th, 2001, as part of the "Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris".

The contest is being organised by Acanthes.

The Jury is comprised of eminent international musicians and will be presided by Mstislav Rostropovich.

Article 2

The contest is open to cellists of all nationalities born after October 4th,1968. After due consideration of candidates' applications, the Contest organisers shall be sole judges of their eligibility to compete. Admitted contestants shall receive personal notification.

Article 3 - Programme

First eliminatory round (maximum : 20 minutes)

A - Jean-Sébastien Bach : Prelude (compulsory) and other movements (to be chosen) one of the six Suite for Cello (without repeats).

B - one of the following :

- Gilbert Amy : Quasi scherzando* - Universal
- Benjamin Britten : Suite for Cello, op. 72 (IV. Canto terzo, V. Bordone, VI. Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto) - Faber Music
- Benjamin Britten : Suite for Cello n° 2, op. 80 (I. Declamato, II. Fuga, III. Scherzo) - Faber Music
- Benjamin Britten : Suite for Cello n° 3, op. 87 (VII. Recitativo, VIII. Moto perpetuo, IX. Passacaglia) - Faber Music
- George Crumb : Sonata for solo Violoncello - Peters
- Henri Dutilleux : Trois Strophes sur le nom de SACHER (First Strophe) - Heugel-Leduc
- Paul Hindemith : Sonata for solo Cello, op. 25, n° 3 - Schott
- György Ligeti : Sonata for solo Cello - Schott
- Witold Lutoslawski : Sacher Variation for solo Cello - Chester
- Krzysztof Penderecki : Per Slava* - Schott
- Kaija Saariaho : Spins and Spells* - Chester Music
- Rodion Shchedrin : Russian Fragments* - Sikorski
- Alfred Schnittke : Improvisation for solo Cello* - Sikorski
- Iannis Xenakis : Kottos* - Salabert

* pieces commissioned for the previous Rostropovich contest.

Second eliminatory round

A - Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n°4 for cello and piano, in C major op.102, n°1

B - one of the following :

- Frédéric Chopin : Sonata for cello and piano, op.65 (3rd mouvement : Largo)
- Dimitri Shostakovich : Sonata for cello and piano, op.40 (3rd mouvement : Largo)
- Olivier Messiaen : Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (5th part: Louange à l’éternité de Jésus) - Durand
- Robert Schumann : Fünf Stücke im Volkston for Cello and Piano op. 102 (3rd piece: Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen)
- Richard Strauss : Sonata for cello and piano, op.6 (2d mouvement: Andante ma non troppo)

C - David Popper : Elfentanz, op.39

D - Marco Stroppa : A work for solo cello commissioned for the competition (circa 8 minutes). The score will be sent to the contestants one month before the competition. (commissioned by Musique nouvelle en liberté)

Final round

one of the following :

- Henri Dutilleux : "Tout un monde lointain...", for Cello and Orchestra
- Anton Dvorák : Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 104
- Sergei Prokofiev : Sinfonia Concertante, for Cello and Orchestra, op. 125
- Robert Schumann : Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 129
- Dimitri Shostakovich : Concerto n° 1 for Cello and Orchestra, op. 107

The final round will take place in the Théâtre du Châtelet on October 13th, 2001. The Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, will accompany the finalists.

Article 4

Lots shall be drawn on October 3rd, 2001 to determine the order of play. Contestants are required to be present at this occasion.
Participation in the first eliminatory round is compulsory and no contestant shall be exempted.

A second drawing of lots shall be held to determine order of play in the final round.

All rounds shall be open to the public.

Article 5

For the eliminatory rounds, contestants may play the works in the order of their choice. Any programme listed on the application form will be definitive.

Scores are allowed during the competition except for the final round.

Article 6

The Contest organisers will provide an accompanist for the contestants. Only one rehearsal session will be provided. Contestants may bring their own pianist at their own expense.

Article 7 - Awards

Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris: 11 433,68 € (75 000 FF)

Furthermore, the winner of the “Grand Prix” will be engaged for the following performances:
- Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (“Midis musicaux” serie)
- Musée d’Orsay Concerts in Paris
- Midem 2002 (Cannes)
- Société des Concerts populaires of Angers (“Les Mardis musicaux”chamber music season)
- Festival international du jeune soliste d’Antibes Juan-les-Pins
- Flâneries musicales in Reims
- Equinoxe - Scène Nationale de Châteauroux
The winner of the “Grand Prix”will participate in a concert devoted to the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris”(Salle Gaveau in Paris and Menton Festival).

2nd Grand Prize: 7 622,45 € ( 50 000 FF)

3rd Prize: 4 573,47 € (30 000 FF)

4th Prize: 3 048,98 € (20 000 FF)

5th Prize: 2 286,74 € (15 000 FF)

6th Prize: 1 524,49 € (10 000 FF)

Prize for the best performance of the work by Marco Stroppa: 1 524,49 € (10 000 FF)

Prize for the most promising contestant donated by Sacem: 1 524,49 € (10 000 FF)

Pierre Fournier Prize for the best performance of Beethoven’s 4th Sonata for Cello and Piano:
1 524,49 € (10 000 FF)

Irina Prize for a contestant from the Russian Federation: 1 524,49 € (10 000 FF)

The Prades Pablo Casals Festival will engage the best performer of chamber music.

Article 8 - Jury

- The Jury shall deliberate at the end of each eliminatory round and the final round. In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairman’s decision shall carry the vote.
- The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.
- The Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris may not be shared.
- The Jury may issue special distinctions.
- The Jury shall not award a prize to any contestant who fails to attain the second round.
- The Jury's decision is final.

Article 9

On October 14th, 2001 a concert will take place at the prize-giving ceremony. Several prize-winners selected by the Jury shall perform at this concert. The Jury will decide on the programme in agreement with every winner.

Article 10

In order to participate in the Rostropovich Contest, the contestants will have had to pay for the application fee (article 12) as well as for the registration fee (article 14).

Article 11 - Entry Application

A full entry application must be sent to the organisers' address no later than June 25th, 2001 (date on postmark). The application shall comprise the following:
- duly completed, signed entry form
- photocopy of identity document or passport, or any official equivalent
- curriculum vitae in French or English (maximum length two typed pages), indicating institutions where musical studies were undertaken, most important teachers, any prizes obtained, and working status
- two references in the original from recognised musicians, written for the purposes of the Contest
- two recent passport-format photographs
- application fee or proof of payment in compliance with Article 12.

Article 12 - Application fee

The application fee is 150 F (22,87 €) and it cannot be refunded. The Contest organisers must receive the sum netto, i. e. no costs are to be incurred by the payee.

Payment may be made as follows :

1) French candidates may send a cheque made out to “Acanthes”.

2) All other contestants may either:

- send an international postal money order to the name of “Acanthes”;

- or ask their bank to establish a cheque for them, made out to “Acanthes”, and in French Francs and drawn on a French account only (no Eurocheques);

- or proceed to a bank transfer (Union de Banques à Paris, 22 place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris – bank code: 30938 – code guichet: 00080 – account number: 00519505000 – clé rib: 26).

Article 13

All applicants will be informed of their acceptance or rejection on and from July 20th, 2001.

Article 14 - Registration fee

The registration fee is 250 F (38,11 €). The contestants who will be accepted to enter the contest will have to pay for the registration fee on the day of the drawing of lots. The means for the payment will be indicated later on.

Article 15 - Accommodation

The Contest organisers can provide accommodation in university residences (two to a room) for contestants living outside of Greater Paris. Such accommodation must be requested on the entry form.

The contestants who successfully pass the first eliminatory round will have their accommodation expenses paid for during the rounds in which they will have competed. In this case, the contestants who will have provided their own accommodation will receive a daily allowance of 200F (30.49 €).

Article 16

Contest rounds and the prize-winners' concert may be broadcasted by radio or television without remuneration of the contestants.

Article 17

The fact of participating in the Contest shall indicate contestants' acceptance of the rules. Should a dispute arise, only the French edition of the rules shall be held valid.


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