Competition Terms and Conditions


1. The Competition is held under the auspices of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, the Yamaha Music Corporation and others.

2. The organizers of the Competition are the Moscow Department for Culture and Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music.

3. The International Gnessin Festival Competition of young performers on wind and percussion instruments will be held in Moscow on January 4–8, 2017.

4. Entry is open to the students of music schools, art schools and music colleges who are studying the following instruments:







french horn


tenor horn




5. The participants must be between the ages of 6 and 20* (the age is determined on January 4, 2017).

*21 years old if the participant is not receiving high education yet.

6. The disciplines are the following:

  • Duo
  • Solo
  • Ensemble

7. The application fee is 4000 RUB in the ‘Solo’ category, 5000 RUB in the ‘Duo’ category, 6000 RUB in the 'Ensemble' category (regardless of the number of members). Foreign participants shall pay the application fee in cash (roubles) after having arrived to the competition.

8. The ‘Solo’ discipline

8.1 The soloists compete in four groups according to the age of the participants.

Group C — from 13 to 15 years old;

Group A — from 6 to 9 years old (recorder, Es-clarinet, fagottino, piccolo are added to the standard list of instruments);

Group B — from 10 to 12 years old;

Group D — from 16 to 20 years old.

8.2 The participants in age groups A, B, C can choose in what category to participate — either in Category 1 or Category 2. The program requirements are higher in Category 2 than in Category 1.

9. The ‘Duo’ discipline

  • Two performers (aged from 7 up to 20* years old) on any wind or percussion instruments with or without the piano.

10. The ‘Ensemble’ discipline

  • From three up to ten members (aged from 7 up to 20* years old); mixed ensemble is acceptable if two or more wind or percussion instruments are included.

11. The Competition is held in three rounds.

  • Round 1 is a qualifying round, it is based on the video recordings submitted.
  • Round 2 and Round 3 are intramural. They are done in Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music (12 Znamenka Street, Moscow).

12. The program of Round 1 and Round 2 can coincide partially or completely.

13. To take part in Round 1 of the Competition, a participant must send an application form which contains the following data:

  1. Discipline
  2. Name of the soloist or each member of the duo/ensemble.
  3. For soloists:

     — instrument

     — age group (A, B, C, D)

     — category (1, 2)

  1. Music school (if there is one), city, country
  2. Name of the teacher
  3. Name of the accompanist (if there is one)/ request for an accompanist
  4. Programs of Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3.

In addition to the filled application form, a participant must attach the following:

  • the link to the video recording of performing the program pieces of Round 1 (the file is not to be downloaded to the Internet earlier than January 1, 2016)**
  • a digital copy either of the birth certificate or the passport.

** The requirements for making the recording can vary insignificantly from the standard requirements for some instruments, it is noted in program requirements.

14. The application form must be sent to the Organizing Committee via e-mail: Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.. The theme of the letter must contain the following: ‘Application for participation in Gnessin Festival Competition’.

15. The application form is to be sent only together with the complete set of the documents and materials indicated above.

16. The schedule time of presenting the application form is from October 1 to November 20, 2016.

17. The participants, accepted to Round 2 of the Competition after the qualifying Round 1 based on the video recordings, are notified about it via e-mail no later than December 20, 2016.

18. The list of the participants of Round 2 will be published on the website of the Competiition.

19. The Grand Opening of the Competition is on January 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Organ Hall of Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music.

20. The auditions of the participants takes place at the halls of Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music from January 4 to January 8, 2017. The auditions begin at 10 a.m.

21. All the auditions are open to public.

22. During the auditions the video recording is performed. All the recordings are published on the channel of the Competition on YouTube.

23. The order of the participants' performing in Round 2 in every age group is determined by sortition performed by the Organizing Committee.

24. During the auditions in Round 2, the participants must play the pieces according to the program chosen by the Jury.

25. Competition performance duration in Round 2 and Round 3 is limited:

  • for soloists in groups A and B, categories 1 and 2 — up to 10 minutes;
  • for soloists in group C, category 1 — up to 12 minutes;
  • for soloists in groups C and D, category 2, if there is a piece of the participant's choice, also for duos and ensembles — up to 15 minutes.

(Time limitation may vary insignificantly for some instruments.)

26. In the ‘Solo’ discipline all the pieces, performed in Round 2 and Round 3, must be played from memory. In both the ‘Duo’ and ‘Ensemble’ disciplines music does not have to be memorized.

27. According to the results of Round 2, the winners of Diplomas of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees and the finalists of the Competition are determined.

28. Up to 30 of the participants having produced the best results in Round 2, become the finalists and play in Round 3. There are no quotas of the finalists among the disciplines, age groups and categories.

29. The finalists' performance in Round 3 is qualified according to 25-point grading scale.

The participants, having gained from 21 to 25 points, are the 1st Prize winners, from 16 to 20 points are the 2nd Prize winners, from 11 to 15 points are the 3rd Prize winners, up to 10 points are the winners of the Finalist's Diploma.

30. The Closing Gala Concert of the 1st Prize winners as well as the rewarding awards to the winners of the Competition takes place at 4 p. m. on January 8, 2017 at the Organ Hall of Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music. The order of performing is determined by the Jury. All the performers chosen for the Gala Concert must play at the concert.

31. During the Gala Concert the Jury chooses the Grand Prix winner among the performers of the concert by voting. The audience of the Gala Concert can take part in determining the Absolute Winner of the Competition by voting via SMS. According to the SMS voting, the winner of it receives an extra point.

32. All the professional video recordings of the participants’ performances are made by the operators of the ‘Camerton’ studio. They can be purchased on DVD after the auditions of each group is finished. After the competition the complete video album containing the recordings of all the auditions, as well as the Opening Concert and the Gala Concert, is available for purchase.

33. All the expenses, connected with staying in Moscow (travel, living, food) are paid by the participants.

34. In case of the successful performance in Round 2 the participants, who do not become finalists, are rewarded with Diplomas of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees. The performers, who do not receive Diplomas, are rewarded with Certificates of the participating in the Competition.

35. The participants, who have produced the best results in Round 3, become the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize winners. They are rewarded with prizes. All the other finalists are rewarded with the Finalist's Diploma.

36. The Absolute Winner of the Competition is rewarded with Grand Prix, the money equivalent of which is 30000 RUB.

37. One of the 1st Prize winners receives the invitation to perform at the festival ‘Moscow Meets Friends’ which is held in May, 2017. Several best participants among all the prize winners are recommended to perform at the concert programs of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, Children Art Festival "Christmas Evenings" in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the concert programs of the Yamaha Music Company as well as other projects organized by Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music.

38. According to the decision of the experts of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, three participants of the Competition are rewarded with the scholarships from the Foundation.

39. The Jury can:

  • reward not all the awards as well as to divide them among the participants;
  • set up special diplomas and prizes for performing some individual pieces;
  • reward with diplomas the best teachers and accompanists;
  • determine any other awards.

40. The Jury's decisions are final and irrevocable.