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Summary:International Composers' Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 06 December 2017
Details: The Organizing Committee of the International competition "Young virtuosos” and the "Young virtuosos” Foundation are proud to announce its 2018 edition in the categories Chamber Music and Composition. The competition will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 16 to 22 April 2018 for the category Chamber Music and from 8 to 12 October 2018 for the category Composition

With a special decision of the organizers since 2018 the composition contest will bear the name of the famous Bulgarian composer Acad. Marin Goleminov.

I. General Conditions

1. The competition is addressed to young performers and composers from all nationalities, specialties and age groups as specified in point 2 of the General Conditions.

2. The competition is held in the following age groups and categories:

2.1. Categories:
Chamber music and Composition

2.2. Age groups

Chamber music
Group I - up to 19 years – average age of the ensemble.
Group II - up to 31 years – average age of theensemble.

Up to 35 years of age – born after 1.01.1983

II. Registration
1. The registration for participation in the competition is done only by Application Form. The application forms for all disciplines must arrive IN A ELECTRONICAL WAY no later than:

B. For the category Composition - MONDAY, 1st OCTOBER 2018

2. The application forms are available on the website of the “Young Virtuosos 2018” International Competition 2018”.

3. The application forms for the categorie Composition must be accompanied by the following documents:
- a document certifying the age of the participant;
- two artistic photos (.jpg, 800 x 500);
- a short artistic biography of the participant;
- a receipt of paid Registration fee of 30 (thirty) EURO for each submitted work;
- PDF file of one or more works written in the last five years;

4. The candidates must pay the fee on the cash-desk of the Competition or via Bank transfer to the following bank account:

“Young virtuosos” Foundation
Sofia Pametnik Levski
Sofia, 1, Yanko Sakazov Blvd.
IBAN: BG23 UNCR 7000 1522 4504 49

5. Registration fee deposited by an absent participants or candidate who doesn’t meet the conditions for participation is not refundable.
6. All candidates who will pay the Registration fee on the cash-desk of the Competition must add to the application documents the Declaration Model 1.
7. Late registration or the lack of any of the required documents will make the application void.

Up to 35 years of age – born after 1.01.1983
One or more works for solo instrument or chamber ensemble up to 5 performers written in the last five years.
The works must be sent exclusively in a PDF file by e-mail to the secretary of the competition at
no later than MONDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2018.


1. The work of the Jury is organized through Formal written regulations made by the Organizing committee according to
the Quality Standards of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY).
1.1. The order of performers will be defined by draw of lots.
1.2. Competitors missing their order of performance will be disqualified.
1.3. Special international jury formed by prominent musicians and composers will be elected for each category.
1.3.1. The International jury consists of recognized experts in the discipline, instrument or family group of instruments of the competition held.
1.3.2. The International jury of each one category is no less than 5 jury members.
1.3.3. At least 3 jury members must be without students participating at the competition.
1.3.4. The International jury must be summoned from different institutions and different countries of the world.
1.3.5. The jury members are independent of one another and take decision with a secret ballot.
1.3.6. Jury members shall not vote for competitors who are related to them or who have been studying with them in the 12 months preceding the competition.
1.3.7. Jury members should not discuss the participants prior to the end of the voting process.
1.3.8. The voting must be in a written and signed form.
1.3.9. At all the rounds the competitors will be assessed according to a points system from 1 to 25 points.
1.3.10. Only competitors, who are awarded 18 points (average grade) or more, proceed to the next round.
1.3.11. Special Secretary appointed by the Organizing Committee will provide the anonymity of the participants in category Composition. Only the Special secretary has the right to reveal and announce to the Jury members the names of the winning composers.
1.4. The prizes awarded by the Competition jury in each category will be based on the performance in the stages of the competition.
1.5. The decisions of the Competition jury are final and no contestation will be accepted.
1.6. Three prizes and a laureate diploma will be awarded in all age groups in each subject of the Competition.
1.7. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to give additional prizes to each category, after decision of the international jury.
1.8. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to give special prizes to each category or for all the competition, awarded by the constitutor, or by particularly indicated by him/her representative or body.


Up to 35 years of age – born after 1.01.1983
1st prize 4000 BGN,
2nd prize 3000 BGN,
3rd prize 2000 BGN,

6.1. The Organisational Committee provides hotel reservations –(70 BGN per day) if requested by the participants. 50% of the accommodation price must be paid with the registration fee. The bank receipt must be enclosed with the registration documents. (1 Euro= 1,96 BGN).
More accomodation information
For contacts:

VI. Application Form
7.1. The Application Form and all the supporting documents must be sent to the Organisational Committee of the Competition in ONLY by E-mail:

FOR THE CATEGORY COMPOSITION on E-mail: and no later then MONDAY, 1st OCTOBER 2018

Adrress of the competition:
Sofia – 1000, 10, Yuriy Venelin str.

7.2.The Application forms are available on the website of the “Young Virtuosos” Competition.

VII. Final Decree

8.1. All recording rights to the performances from the final Laureate Concert are sole property of the International Competition
“Young Virtuosos”.
8.2. Participation in the competition will be taken to mean acknowledging the above set of rules.
8.3.The Bulgarian text of the rules is definitive.

Download the Thirteenth International Competition "Young Virtuosos 2018" Regulations