The 24th International Competition
YOUNG VIRTUOSO, ZAGREB 2018,
piano 
Zagreb, February 14th-18th, 2018 

COMPETITION REGULATIONS

1. The 24th International Competition YOUNG VIRTUOSO, ZAGREB 2018, piano, is organised by the Music School Pavao Markovac and under the patronage of The Zagreb City Assembly. The competition is going to take place from 14th to 18th of February, 2018.

2. The competition is divided into five categories and  the Revue for the youngest candidates. Candidate's age is calculated according to the years he has turned until the date of the beginning of the competition, the 14th of February 2018.

  • Revue -         aged 8 and younger 
  • I. category -   aged 10 and younger
  • II. category -  aged 12 and younger
  • III. category - aged 15 and younger
  • IV. category - aged 18 and younger
  • V. category -  aged 24 and younger*

* IV. and V. category are divided into two stages. The jury decides if the candidate has the right to perform in the second stage.

3. Programme

Revue / registration fee 20 €

  • Programme by own choice – duration up to 6 min.

I. Category / registration fee 40 €
     duration of the programme up to 10 minutes

  • One etude by C. Czerny (including C. Czerny – H. Germer)
  • One piece from the baroque period
  • One or more pieces by own choice
  • Bruno Vlahek: Etudes - Towers, Etude No. 1 Babel etude*

II. Category / registration fee 40 €
     duration of the programme up to 15 minutes

  • One etude by C. Czerny 
  • One etude by own choice
  • One piece by J. S. Bach (it is possible to perform one movement of a cycle)
  • One or more pieces by own choice
  • Bruno Vlahek: Etudes - Towers, Etude No. 2 Eiffel etude*

III. Category / registration fee 50 €
     duration of the programme up to 20 minutes

  • One etude by C. Czerny 
  • One etude by own choice
  • One piece by J. S. Bach (it is possible to perform one movement of a cycle)
  • One or more pieces by own choice (it is possible to perform movements of a cycle separately)
  • Bruno Vlahek: Etudes - Towers, Etude No. 3 Empire etude*

IV. Category / registration fee 60 €

I. stage – duration of the programme up to 15 minutes

  • One etude by C. Czerny from op. 740
  • One etude by own choice
  • One piece by J. S. Bach (it is possible to perform one movement of a cycle)
  • Bruno Vlahek: Etudes - Towers, Etude No. 4 Pearl etude*

II. stage – duration of the programme up to 20 minutes

  • Programme by own choice which includes fast movement of classical sonata (J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven)

V. Category / registration fee 60 €

I. stage – duration of the programme up to 18 minutes

  • One etude by F. Chopin from op. 10 or op. 25 (excluding op. 10 No. 3 and No. 6 and op. 25 No. 7)
  • One etude by own choice
  • One piece by J. S. Bach (it is possible to perform one movement of a cycle)
  • Bruno Vlahek: Etudes - Towers, Etude No. 5 Khalifa etude*

II. stage -  duration of the programme up to 40 minutes

  • Programme by performer’s own choice, including one classical sonata (J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven).

* Etudes (pieces) by Croatian composer Bruno Vlahek, composed specifically for this competition, will be available for informational purposes on this web site (HERE) from October 1st, 2018. Original sheet music will be available in the stores listed here.

4. The entire programme has to be performed by heart; repetitions are not necessary. The jury listens to the programme as a whole. In case of exceeding the specified duration of programme, the Jury has the right to interrupt the performance.

5. The awarded contestants are obliged to attend the diploma and award giving ceremony, where all first-prize and special-prize winners will be performing, otherwise they lose the right to the prize.

6. Awards

The Revue category is not of competitive character, and as such has no list of order; all participants get participation diploma, and one participant, chosen by the jury, will perform at the final concert.

In other categories five prizes will be awarded, and the special awards. Winners of the special awards will be selected among all candidates from all categories. In each category, it is possible to assign several first prizes, several second prizes, several third prizes, several fourth prizes and several fifth prizes. In this case, the winners equally share the prize money.

I. and II. Category 

  • I. prize – 1.000,00 kn 
  • II. prize – 800,00 kn
  • III. prize – 500,00 kn
  • IV. prize – 350,00 kn
  • V. prize – Diploma

III. Category 

  • I. prize – 2.000,00 kn
  • II. prize – 1.500,00 kn
  • III. prize – 1.200,00 kn
  • IV. prize – 800,00 kn
  • V. prize – Diploma

IV. and V. Category 

  • I. prize – 3.000,00 kn
  • II. prize – 2.200,00 kn
  • III. prize – 1.600,00 kn
  • IV. prize – 1.000,00 kn
  • V. prize – 550,00 kn

Special prizes awarded by the Zagreb City Assembly:

  • Absolute winner of the competition is awarded the Plaque of the City of Zagreb and the prize of 7.500,00 kn
  • For the best performance of an etude – 2.500,00 kn
  • For the best performance of the piece of J. S. Bach – 2.500,00 kn

Other special prizes

  • Croatian composers' society award for the best performance of the obligatory etude by the Croatian composer – work of art.
  • Award Classical Sonata, for the best performance of the classical sonata - donation of professor Peter Eicher
  • Award Zvjezdana Bašić, for the best performance of the virtuoso piece – 1.500,00 kn, donation of the Bašić family
  • Award EURO-UNIT group, Yamaha Music Croatia
  • Prize International Summer Music School Pučišća - free summer course Pučišća 2018
  • Prize a-classic, Zagreb, International Summer School UPBEAT - free summer course Milna 2018
  • Prize Summer music camp Maruševec - free summer course Maruševec 2018

7. The application form has to be filled out in capital letters, and sent by January 17th, 2018 to the following address:

Glazbena škola Pavla Markovca
Trg žrtava fašizma 9, HR – 10000 ZAGREB
With the note: "for The 24th International Competition YOUNG VIRTUOSO, ZAGREB 2018, piano"

Tel: +385 1 4552 590, Fax: +385 1 4552 858

E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.mladivirtuozi.org 

The following documents should be sent to the address above:

  1. Application form, completed and signed. Programme the candidate has prepared for the competition, stating full names of the composers, opus of every piece and the exact duration of each composition
  2. A receipt of paid participation fee
  3. A copy of one of the following documents: passport, ID card or birth certificate, which confirms the candidate's identity.

Participation fee is to be sent to the following transfer account (for candidates coming from Croatia):

Glazbena škola Pavla Markovca, Trg žrtava fašizma 9, Zagreb
Zagrebačka banka d.d. 10000 Zagreb 

IBAN: HR4323600001101358742
Reference number: 24-2018
Payment description: Name of the competitor

Candidates comming from foreign countries pay into the following transfer account:

Glazbena škola Pavla Markovca, Trg žrtava fašizma 9, Zagreb
Zagrebačka banka d.d. 10000 zagreb
SWIFT address: ZABAHR2X
IBAN: HR4323600001101358742
Reference number: 24-2018
Payment description: Name of the competitor

8. The organizer has the right to limit the number of competitors if due to the large number of applicants it will not be able to ensure the proper running of the competition within the foreseen time frames. In this case, the order of the application will be considered.

9. All travelling and accommodation costs must be paid by the participants themselves.

10. The exact performance order in all categories is determined by the first letter of candidate's family name. The 24th International Competition YOUNG VIRTUOSO, ZAGREB 2018, piano, begins with the letter N.

11. The organizer of the competition will accord the candidates rooms for preparation for one hour before the performance, according to the posted schedule.

12. The competition is public and will be recorded. The organizer has the right to use and reproduce the recordings without compensation.

13. The results will be announced after each category ends. All candidates will receive certificate for participation. The winners will be awarded diplomas and prizes at the final concert.

14. Prize-winners are obliged to perform at the final concert without any financial retribution; otherwise they lose the right to the prize.

15. The programme of the final concert is set by the jury and it can not be changed.

16. The winners of the first prizes in a former competition can't compete in the same category.

17. Absolute winners of former competitions YOUNG VIRTUOSO - ETUDES AND SCALES, piano have no right to compete again.

18. The jury is composed of eminent Croatian and world pianists and pedagogues.

19. Member of the Jury does not assess competitors to whom he is a mentor or with whom he is related.

20. Decision of the jury is final.

21. The organizer disclaims all responsibility in case of injury or any accidents that may befall participants of the Competition (active and passive participants, teachers / mentors, organizers, as well as all the other guests who find themselves in the premises where the event is held) and damage or theft of their property .

22. The organizer, Music school Pavao Markovac, reserves the right to change the Competition regulations.

23. Should there be any doubts in understanding the regulations, the Croatian text will be taken into account.

24. By signing the application for the competition, all competitors accept the stated rules.