Stanisław Moniuszko, print by Jean Baptiste Adolphe Lafosse (1810-1879); publlié par l'Editeur J.K. Wilczyński (1850)/ public domain; source: Biblioteka Narodowa (Polona)
The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition
The International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów promotes that part of the great legacy of nineteenth and twentieth century Polish music which has been forgotten or, for a variety of reasons, has been less popular in concert practice. The objective of the Competition is to present rediscovered works to the general public and provide this unjustly neglected legacy with appropriate analyses and new editions. The Competition also endeavours to promote talented musicians who are willing to include lesser-known works written by Polish composers in their concert programmes. The final aim of the Competition is to disseminate information about Polish artistic events addressed to the international recipients.
The Competition will be held every other year with its successive editions featuring different sets of musicians and ensembles.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1) The Competition is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance.
2) The Director of the Competition is the Director of the Institute of Music and Dance.
3) The Competition is co-organised by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów.
PLACES AND DATES
4) The Competition will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów and at the University of Rzeszów from 20 to 27 September 2019.
5) The Prize Winners Concert and the Award Ceremony will be held on 27 September 2019. The Prize Winners Concert will also take place at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw on 29 September 2019.
6) The Competition is divided into two distinct categories:
a) Category I – intended for pianists;
b) Category II – intended for chamber ensembles (only instrumental, two to sixteen musicians; the number of musicians in an ensemble and the number of individual instrumental parts may not be changed during the course of the Competition).
7) The Competition accepts instrumental musicians applying as soloists (Category I) or chamber ensembles (Category II).
8) There are no age or citizenship restrictions.
HOW TO APPLY AND BE ACCEPTED
9) Applications must be submitted no later than on 23 June 2019.
12) Application for Category I of the Competition can be submitted on one’s own behalf or through a representative holding a necessary letter of attorney. The persons with a limited capacity to legal transactions shall attach an appropriate declaration signed by their statutory representative or guardian.
13) Application for Category II of the Competition can be submitted by a person authorised to represent the ensemble. It is presumed that the person signing the application is authorised to do so by the necessary letters of attorney from the other members of the ensemble. If the ensemble has the status of a legal person, the application must be submitted by the person(s) authorised to represent it.
14) The submitted application for the Competition is construed as a contract made between the Organiser and the applicant. It provides for all the matters stipulated in the rules and regulations, including the copyright on the artistic performances in the Competition and the Prize Winners Concert, as well as the use of the pictures, comments and interviews recorded during, or in relation to, the Competition and the Prize Winners Concert. The contract is made on a conditional basis; it is concluded as soon as a given application is accepted by the Qualification Committee. As regards the ensembles without the status of a legal person, the contracts are entered into with all the persons specified in the application documents, pursuant to the presumed letters of attorney held by the person who submits the application on behalf of the ensemble.
15) Applications submitted after the deadline or otherwise failing to meet the requirements stipulated in the Rulebook and the Annexes thereto shall be rejected.
16) The Director of the Competition shall appoint a Qualification Committee, which shall:
a) make decisions as regards rejection of the applications mentioned in section 15 above;
b) evaluate the applications and the attached recordings;
c) qualify up to fifty (50) participants in Category I and thirty (30) participants in Category II of the Competition, including qualifiers from the preliminary round.
17) At least a month before the specified time limits set for submitting the application documents, the Director of the Competition shall organise a preliminary round to select up to ten (10) qualifiers from each category. The place, date and rules for the preliminary round will be announced separately. The preliminary round is only intended for candidates from Poland. However, Polish pianists and ensembles may also submit their applications according to the procedures stipulated in sections 10–13. The qualifiers of the preliminary round are exempted from the entry fee and are further awarded a scholarship to cover travel and accommodation costs incurred during the course of the Competition.
18) The Organiser shall also reimburse accommodation costs incurred during the course of the Competition by the qualifiers who will go into the final stage (pianists – Stage III, ensembles – Stage II) and take part therein. The other participants shall bear the costs of accommodation and meals by themselves.
19) The Organiser shall not reimburse travel costs incurred by the participants of the Competition, with the exception of the Polish qualifiers from the preliminary round specified in section 17 travelling domestically.
20) The participants shall be notified of their qualification on 15 July 2019 at the latest. The notification shall be sent to the e-mail addresses provided in their submitted applications. The list of the qualifiers shall also be announced on the official website of the Competition.
21) The qualifiers shall pay the following entry fees:
a) in Category I – PLN 450 (or EUR 100) paid by a pianist;
b) in Category II – PLN 700 (or EUR 150) paid by an ensemble.
22) Each qualifier shall be sent (to the e-mail address provided in the submitted application) the information on where and when to pay the relevant entry fee. The payments shall not be refundable. Anyone not paying the entry fee by the specified deadline shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the Competition.
STAGES OF THE COMPETITION
23) The Competition is divided into stages, each having its own set of rules. The auditions for the Competition are open to the public, pursuant to the rules settled by the Organiser and the Co-organiser.
24) Category I – pianists.
a) Stage I: The participants perform musical works selected from the list to be found in Annex 1A (attached to the Rulebook), part I. The works included on the list are divided into four groups; the selection shall be made in accordance with the rules stipulated therein. The maximum total time of the musical presentation may not exceed 20 minutes.
b) Stage II: The participants perform musical works selected from the list to be found in Annex 1A (attached to the Rulebook), part II. Each participant selects at least three stylistically and expressively different works by at least two different composers. The composers included on the list are divided into two groups; the selection shall be made in accordance with the rules stipulated therein. The maximum total time of the musical presentation may not exceed 40 minutes but may not be shorter than 35 minutes. Stage II shall be reached by up to 20 qualifiers from Stage I.
c) Stage III – Final: The participants perform one musical work selected from the list to be found in Annex 1A (attached to the Rulebook), part III. Stage III – Final shall be reached by up to 8 qualifiers from Stage II.
25) Category II – chamber ensembles.
a) Stage I: The participants perform at least two stylistically and expressively different works by two different composers selected from the list to be found in Annex 1B (attached to the Rulebook), part I. The maximum total time of the musical presentation may not exceed 30 minutes.
b) Stage II – Final: The participants perform up to three works selected from the list to be found in Annex 1B (attached to the Rulebook), part II. The maximum total time of the musical presentation may not exceed 40 minutes but may not be shorter than 35 minutes. Stage II – Final shall be reached by up to 15 ensembles.
26) The presentation times specified above shall be construed as binding; however, depending on the form of musical works, exceptions may be accepted in Stage I and Stage II – Final for Category II. In such an event, the total time of the musical presentation may exceed the limit specified above by up to 10 minutes.
27) The applications for the Competition shall include a projected programme of the musical presentations for all three stages. This programme shall remain valid for the entire course of the Competition. If the selection of the works suggests the need to make an exception to the rule specified previously, it must be explicitly stated in the appropriate part of the application form (in the section dedicated to the lengths of time of the musical works).
28) The musical works selected for performance during all the stages of the Competition, in Category I and in Category II, shall be performed in their original instrumental scoring. Transcriptions are only allowed if they are original transcriptions made by the composers of the works themselves.
29) Every musical work selected for performance during all the stages of the Competition in Category I shall be performed in its entirety, whereas selected movements of works of a cyclic form may be performed in Category II. Furthermore, the Category I participants shall perform their entire programmes from memory.
JURY AND PRIZES
30) The Director of the Competition appoints, separately for each category, a Jury of the Competition consisting of distinguished Polish and foreign musical artists and musical personalities. The Jury is only authorised to make decisions with regard to the successive stages of the Competition, select the qualifiers, and award prizes and honourable mentions.
31) Rules and regulations governing the work of the Jury shall be settled in the first meeting of the whole Jury to be held before the Stage I auditions.
32) The decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable.
33) Each participant shall be awarded a diploma certifying his or her participation in the Competition.
34) Three prizes and three equivalent honourable mentions shall be separately awarded for each category:
a) First Prize – 20 000 euros
b) Second Prize – 10 000 euros
c) Third Prize – 5 000 euros
d) Honourable Mentions – 3 x 1 500 euros
35) All the prizes are tax-deductible, pursuant to the laws applicable on the day of the awards ceremony. The taxes shall be settled by the Organiser.
36) The Jury shall award special, individual and other additional prizes in a separate announcement satisfying the will expressed by the sponsors of the prizes.
37) The candidates submitting their applications in person or through an authorised representative:
a) allow the Organiser to record the sound and vision of their artistic performances in the Competition and the Prize Winners Concerts, and transfer their economic rights to these performances to the Organiser;
b) allow the Organiser to record the sound and vision of their image, comments and interviews expressed in the Competition and Prize Winners Concerts, and transfer to the Organiser their economic rights to these statements and interviews, and also allow the Organiser to disseminate their image recorded for the purposes of the Competition and the Prize Winners Concerts;
c) transfer to the Organiser the exclusive right, not limited by time or place, to give permission for the use of dependent copyright with regard to the musical works specified above, particularly permission to dispose of and make use of arrangements of these works, including translations into other languages; the participants also undertake not to attempt to restrict this right in the future;
d) authorise the Organiser to exercise personal rights with regard to the musical works and artistic performances specified above, and undertake not to exercise their personal rights in such a way that would restrict the Organiser’s acquired rights pursuant to the rules stipulated herein;
e) allow the Organiser to make use of their artistic performances, interviews, comments and images, as a whole or as randomly selected fragments, or to make adaptations, cuts and alterations, as well as translations, and declare that the said use will not be construed as a violation of their reputation; the participants also allow the Organiser to use their first and last names, or their ensemble names, whenever the said artistic performances, comments, interviews or images are shown.
38) The transfer and grant of the rights (including the permissions) specified above is not limited by time or place, and covers all the fields of exploitation as known at the time of the announcement of the rules and regulations.
39) The transfer and grant of the rights (including the permissions) specified above is effective at the moment of recording the artistic performances, comments or interviews, and is non-refundable. Whenever permitted by law, the participants shall waive their right to financial compensation with regard to the dissemination of the said artistic performances, comments and interviews on the Internet, television or radio.
40) In respect of the acquired rights pursuant to the provisions stipulated herein, the Organiser may, without limitations, transfer these rights to further entities or grant licences and other authorisations. The participants of the Competition may not claim financial compensation relating to these actions.
41) The personal data provided in the application documents shall be administered by the Organiser for a period of two years of the date of its provision. The data of the persons being awarded financial prizes shall be additionally administered for a period of five years of the date of the payment of the prize, and shall only be processed during this period for tax and accounting purposes.
42) The personal data shall only be processed for the purposes directly related to the Competition itself, and in particular:
a) announcements of the order of auditions and the results of consecutive stages published on the website of the Competition;
b) printed and electronic publication of informational and promotional materials regarding the Competition, along with an image and a biographical note edited by the Organiser.
43) The provision of personal data is non-compulsory; nevertheless it is indispensable for the qualification process to be effective. Each person whose personal data is administered by the Organiser shall have the right to access the contents of this data and edit it, and may also request to limit its processing scope or to remove it; such a request may however have its relevant consequences, such as, in extreme cases, the termination of the participant’s right to remain in the Competition.
44) The personal data shall not be used for automated decision-making.
45) The Organiser shall not help the participants of the Competition obtain their visas; however, a relevant certification confirming participation in the Competition may be issued upon request.
46) The Organiser shall not help the participants obtain a health insurance covering the duration of their stay in Poland; obtaining such an insurance, however, is advisable.
47) For matters not provided for herein, which are related to the Competition but not authorised by the Jury, decisions made by the Director of the Competition shall apply. These decisions shall not be appealable.
48) Any doubts resulting from the construction of the provisions stipulated herein shall be resolved under the Polish version of the text.
49) Any disputes arising from the agreements stipulated herein shall be resolved in accordance with the Polish law before the court competent for the Organiser’s registered office.