International Music Competition

Classica Nova
In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich

The competition is intended to be the first of a series of competitions under the title "Classica Nova". The main aim is to popularise the music of the 20th century.

    The competition will be held from May 17th to May 23rd, 1997 in Hannover, Germany.

The competition has the following categories:

The participants in the competition are divided into five age-groups and one Grand-Prix group. There is no age limit for accompanists in any of the groups. The accompanists may take part several times (with different partners). The competition consists of one round for groups one to five. In the Grand-Prix group, there will be two rounds. Every participant must perform at least one piece written by Shostakovich, and, if there is enough time, music by other 20th-century composers (separate movements are allowed). Shostakovich's piece from the first round may be repeated in the second round.

Program length:

Groups 1 and 2: up to 10 minutes
Group 3: 10-15 minutes
Groups 4 and 5: 15-20 minutes
The first round of the Grand-Prix group: 20-40 minutes (15-20 minutes for vocalists)
The second round of the Grand-Prix group: 40-60 minutes (20-30 minutes for vocalists)


Certificates will be awarded for first, second, and third places in all groups, and in groups one to five there are the following awards:
1. for first place up to 1000 DM
2. for second place up to 600 DM
3. for third place up to 400 DM

For winners of the first, second, and third places in the Grand-Prix group, there are the following awards:
1. for first place up to 15 000 DM
2. for second place up to 9000 DM
3. for third place up to 6000 DM

The nine best accompanists in the 'String Instruments', 'Other Instruments', and 'Vocal' categories (three places from each category) will receive certificates and the following awards:
1. for first place up to 1000 DM
2. for second place up to 600 DM
3. for third place up to 400 DM

There are certificates of merit for participants in the Grand-Prix group and those accompanists who have been placed 4 to 6, as well as teachers who have prepared prize-winners in groups 1 to 3.
Prize-winners in all six groups who have been placed first in their categories will take part in the Final Concert which will be recorded on CD. In all, the competition will have about 300 participants (not counting the accompanists). The members of the jury are Igor Oistrakh, Lazar Berman, David Geringas, Dario De Rosa, Zahar Bron, Jevgeny Nesterenko and others (about 50). In the Honorary Comittee there are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rudolf Barshay, Dmitri Bashkirov, Luciano Berio, Sofia Gubaidulina, Natalia Gutman, Vladimir Krainev, Gidon Kremer, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta, Maxim Shostakovich and many others. The organizing committee will provide free accommodations for the participant, accompanist, and one of the parents or a legal guardian of a participant under 16 years of age. This applies to everyone, with the exception of participants under 16 years of age who are either soloists or are without adult accompanists. In that case, any adult accompanying person will be provided with free accommodation. 

+    Official languages: English and German.

+    Deadline: the 1st of March 1997 (by eMail: the 10th of March)

More information and Application Forms:

VALERI BRAININ Art Director of Classica Nova
Grabbestr. 31
30165 Hannover
Phone: +49-511-3506037
Phone/Fax: +49-511-3506038 Cellular Phone 0171-3814357