Would you like to premiere Croatian percussion concerto with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and win a 10,000 EUR prize?

Apply to RHYTHM-O-PHONIA competition scheduled 07-14 July 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia!

Perform three new pieces plus highlights from your repertoire in the new concert hall situated in the heart of the capital.

Enjoy feedback on your performance from top international artists celebrating the 30th anniversary of percussion at the University of Zagreb Academy of Music.

­RHYTHM-O-PHONIA

International Percussion Competition, Zagreb, Croatia

07-14 July 2019

Celebrating 30 Years of Percussion at University of Zagreb Academy of Music

Online registration and accommodation form  

 

Program & rounds

  1. Eliminatory (max. performance duration 15 min)
    1. Ivana Bilić: Tafate for Marimba solo (9 minutes – Ed. Svitzer; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZJERkYrPQA)
    2. Free choice Snare drum piece

 

  1. Semifinals (max. performance duration 20 min)
    1. Igor Lešnik: Desert Thorn for Vibraphone and Sonic Landscape (10 minutes – Ed. biNgbang; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYd4h03YTRk)
    2. Free choice Timpani piece or movement from a longer work (optionally with instrumental or electronic accompaniment – accompanists NOT provided by competition).

 

  1. Finals (total finals program duration limited to max. 30 min)
    1. Free choice piece for solo Mallets
    2. Croatian Set piece – Concerto for Multiple Percussion Soloist with Orchestra (max 20 minutes or shorter – available from February 2019)

RHYTHM-O-PHONIA Competition Rules

  1. RHYTHM-O-PHONIA International Percussion Competition is organized by the University of Zagreb Music Academy on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its percussion department.
  2. Dates of the Competition are 07 July (arrival) 2019 to 14 July 2019 (departure)
  3. Application is open to percussionists of all ages and nationalities.
  4. The application process is composed of two steps:
    • candidates are requested to e-mail their competition performance program proposal to igor@igorlesnik.com as these are subject to confirmation by the application committee;
    • upon receiving official confirmation of their competition program proposal being accepted, the candidates may proceed to payment of the inscription fee via the online registration and accommodation form at http://www.rhythm-o-phonia.spektar-travel.com/eng-registration.php
    • the inscription fee is non-refundable
  5. Inscription fee is 120 EUR – no refund available once the payment is made.
  6.  The competition consists of 3 rounds and participants are requested to perform the program fulfilling the following requirements:
    • Eliminatory round (max. performance duration 15 min)

a. Ivana Bilić: Tafate for Marimba solo (9 minutes – Ed. Svitzer)

b. Free choice Snare drum piece

    • Semifinals (max. performance duration 20 min)

c. Igor Lešnik: Desert Thorn for Vibraphone and Sonic Landscape (10 minutes – Ed. biNgbang)

d. Free choice Timpani piece or movement from a longer work (optionally with instrumental or electronic accompaniment – accompanists NOT provided by competition).

    • Finals (total finals program duration limited to max. 30 min)

e. Free choice piece for solo Mallets

f.  Croatian Set piece – Silent Dance Concerto by Igor Lešnik (20 minutes)

  1. Along with the published works, the free choice pieces may be arrangements, transcriptions or own compositions. In such cases, the score samples are required at the first application step.
  2. Competition schedule is:

Sunday, 07.07.2019 Arrivals, Registration ends at 18h00, Performance order drawing at 19h00

Monday, 08.07.2019 – at 10h00 Eliminatory round

Tuesday, 09.07. 2019 / Rehearsals

Wednesday, 10.07.2019 / at 10h00 Semifinals

Thursday, 11.07.2019. / Setting up, practice sessions

Friday, 12.07.2019 / Rehearsals with orchestra:

         10h00 only orchestra without soloists

         19h00 Finalists with orchestra

Saturday, 13.07.2019 / Finals

         10h00 rehearsal general

         19h30 Concert

Sunday, 14.07.2019 Departures

  1. Candidates are obliged to provide original scores for the jury, except for unpublished works. All the scores and unpublished works shall be given back after each round.
  2. Practice sessions will NOT be available during the eliminatory round except 15 minutes for warm up immediately prior to the performance.
  3. Candidates going through to the next competition round will have hotel expenses for that round covered by the competition.
  4. Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies set piece performances in the final round.
  5. PCO agency Spektar putovanja Ltd. will be in charge of participants’ registration and accommodation.
  6. The Jury of the Rhythmophonia competition is: Jean Geoffroy / France, Ludwig Albert / Belgium, Marta Klimasara / Germany, Shinichi Ueno / Japan, Ivana Bilić / Croatia and Igor Lešnik / Croatia as the jury president.
  7. Performance order of the two pieces is up to each contestant.
  8. Performances exceeding the time limit shall be stopped by the jury president, but the contestant will still receive points.
  9. The organizer reserves all rights to any kind of audio-video broadcast during all stages of the Competition, without compensation to the competitors.
  10. The jury will cast their votes at the end of each round using prepared voting ballots, the validity of which shall be verified by their signatures.
  11. The performances of each round will be evaluated by jurors with a score from 0 to 100 for every candidate.
  12. Depending on the number of points received from the jury in the first round, six contestants with the highest number of points qualify for the semi-final.
  13. Semi-finalists will have practice time at their disposal according to the schedule announced together with the results of the first round.
  14. Pieces with electronic accompaniment in the semi-finals are to be performed using monitor speakers and a PA system provided by the competition.
  15. Concert piano would be available for semi-finals, but it is the responsibility of Competitors to arrange everything concerning their accompanist – Competition does not cover such additional travel nor hotel expenses.
  16. Competitors may use their personal instruments for practice in Semi-final and Final rounds. Rhythm-o-phonia will provide practice rooms and stage hands. Using personal instruments for the performance is permitted only in the Final round.
  17. Number of points achieved in the Second round will be doubled for calculation.
  18. Three highest scores of the semi-final go to Finals.
  19. Finalists will have practice time at their disposal according to the schedule that shall be announced together with the results of the second round.
  20. Points achieved in Finals will be tripled for total calculation.
  21. The points from all rounds will be added and the winner of the competition is highest total score comprising points achieved in all rounds.
  22. First prize of the RHYTHM-O-PHONIA Competition in the amount of 10.000 EUR is donated by Competition Artistic Director, Igor Lešnik.
  23. Second prize of the Competition in the amount of 2.000 EUR is donated by Zagreb Music Academy.
  24. Third prize in the amount of 1.500 EUR is donated by the Croatian Composers Society for the best performance of a piece by a Croatian composer.

Application starting October 2018 comprises two steps:

  • candidates are requested to e-mail their competition performance program proposal to igor@igorlesnik.com as these are subject to confirmation by application commitee;
  • only upon receiving official confirmation of their competition program proposal being accepted, the candidates may proceed to payment of the inscription fee.

Inscription fee is 120 EUR – no refund available once the payment is done.

Candidates are obliged to provide original scores for the jury, except for unpublished works. All the scores and unpublished works shall be given back after each round.

Practice sessions will NOT be available during the eliminatory round except 15 minutes for warm up immediately prior to the performance.

Candidates going through to the next competition round will have hotel expenses for that round covered by the competition.

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies set piece performances in the final round.

PCO agency Spektar putovanja Ltd. will be in charge of participants’ registration and accommodation.

Online registration and accommodation form

Sunday, 07.07.2019 Arrivals

Monday, 08.07.2019 – Tuesday, 09.07. 2019 / Eliminatory rounds

Wednesday, 10.07.2019 / Rehearsals

Thursday, 11.07.2019. / Semifinals

Friday, 12.07.2019 / Setting up, practice sessions and rehearsals with orchestra

Saturday, 13.07.2019 / Finals – First Prize 10.000 EUR

Sunday, 14.07.2019 Departures

For further questions concerning the RHYTHM-O-PHONIA  please feel free to e-mail competition Artistic Director Igor Lesnik at igor@igorlesnik.com

RHYTHM-O-PHONIA frequently asked questions, Vol. 1.

How can I apply for the competition?

First step: e-mail your competition program proposal to igor@igorlesnik.com

Is there an age limit for participation?

There is no age limit.

What is the deadline for submitting my program proposal?

Applications close after the 35th competitor pays the inscription fee; therefore, early application is recommended.

What if my program proposal in the first round is slightly longer than 15 minutes?

Performances exceeding the time limit shall be stopped by the jury president, but the contestant will still receive points.

Is there a required performance order?

Performance order of the two pieces is up to you in all rounds.

What headphones are used at the competition?

Pieces with electronic accompaniment are to be performed using monitor speakers and a PA system provided by the competition.

May I perform with my piano accompanist?

Yes, but Rhythm-o-phonia does not cover such additional travel or hotel expenses.

May I include my own composition into the competition program?

Along with the published works, the free choice pieces may be arrangements, transcriptions or compositions of your own. In such cases, the score samples are required at the first application step.

What are the brands of instruments at the Rhythm-o-phonia Competition?

The general list of instrument brands and models offered by the competition is: Marimba One Izzy Enhanced Keyboard, Pearl Philharmonic Snares, Musser vibraphones, Adams Professional and Universal timpani, Yamaha tom-toms and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Grover Pro percussion…

I would like to play a timpani piece for seven drums, is this possible?

Rhythm-o-phonia Competition timpani availability comprises sets of 5 drums – 32“, 29“,26“, 23“ and 20“ by Adams (Professional II and Universal models) and Ludwig Professional Symphonic. Additional single drums might be available but candidates must accept that these additional drums might be of a different model or brand.

May I bring my own marimba for practice and the performance?

Competitors may use their personal instruments for practice in Semi-final and Final rounds. Rhythm-o-phonia will provide practice rooms and stage hands. Using personal instruments for the performance is permitted only in the Final round. 

 

  For further questions concerning the RHYTHM-O-PHONIA  please feel free to e-mail competition Artistic Director Igor Lesnik at igor@igorlesnik.com

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