The Director General of Czech Radio and the Manager of the Academy of Classical Music have published the following
Concertino Praga Statute
Effective as of 01. 06. 2023
Article 1: The subject of the Statute
1. This Statute regulates the name and registered office, the person of the co-organizers, the place of operation, the basic purpose of the activities, the mission, the organizational structure, the rights and responsibilities of the participants of the Concertino Praga international radio festival also known as “the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians” (hereafter simply referred to as the “Concertino Praga competition”).
2. This Statute is binding for all the organizational units of Czech Radio (hereafter simply referred to as “CRa”), the Academy of Classical Music (hereafter simply referred to as the “ACM”) and for all of the competition participants.
Article 2: The mission of Concertino Praga
1. The international multidisciplinary radio competition for young musicians was established in 1966 at the initiative of the editorial team for music broadcasting for children and young people at Czechoslovak Radio.
2. The competition’s mission is to search for young exceptional talents from national music schools, to present the best of them to experts and to the public and to bring their abilities closer to listeners and viewers in radio, television and internet broadcasts and during live competition and concert performances.
3. The competition promotes Czech music on an international scale by means of the competition repertoire’s dramaturgy, public concerts and radio programs.
4. By supporting the further personal and professional development of the competition laureates, the co-organizers hope that the positive influence which the young musicians’ gain from participating in this competition will extend long beyond the period when it is held.
Article 3: The registered office and the promotion and organization of the Concertino Praga
1. The registered office of the Concertino Praga is Czech Radio, Vinohradská 12, 120 99 Prague 2 – Vinohrady.
2. The competition for the 2020 competition year is held from 1. 4. 2019 with Czech Radio (hereafter referred to as the “co-promoter CRa” or simply as the “CRa”) and the Academy of Classical Music (hereafter referred to as the “co-promoter ACM” or simply as the “ACM”) in the role of the promoters, while the actual organization of the competition is undertaken by Czech Radio Section of Ensembles, Competitions and Festivals in association with the ACM (hereafter simply referred to as the “organizer”).
3. The relationship between the promoters is regulated by the Promoters’ Contract concluded between Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music.
4. The competition directorate is the Concertino Praga competition’s supreme body. The competition directorate consists of one representative from the CRa and one representative from the ACM.
5. The representative from the CRa is appointed by the Director General of the CRa. The representative from the ACM is appointed by the Director of the ACM.
6. The competition is usually announced by its organizer by 31 May of the given calendar year. The organizers will stipulate the Competition Rules as supplementary instructions for the realization of the given year of the competition and the festival and will send them to their partners abroad and in the Czech Republic, as well as publishing them on the competition’s website.
7. The Concertino Praga competition is a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) based in Munich.
8. The competition’s sub-title in foreign languages:
a) Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians
b) Antonín Dvořák Internationaler Rundfunkwettbewerb junger Musiker
c) Antonín Dvořák Concours radiophonique international des jeunes musiciens
d) Meždunarodnyj radiokonkurs junych muzykantov imeni Antonina Dvoržaka.
9. The Concertino Praga competition includes the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival, which follows on from the competition.
Article 4: The structure of the competition
1. The competition takes place as a multidisciplinary event every year in the category of solo playing, whereby the competition performances are assessed altogether regardless of the musical instrument, which was used for the performance. The individual instrument categories and the appropriate age limits for the given instrument categories are stated in the Competition Conditions for each year of the competition.
2. The competition takes place in two evaluation phases:
- the evaluation of the competition recordings by an expert journey,
- a live concert performance of the competition pieces in front of an audience and the competition jury.
The specifications of the individual competition phases are stated in the Competition Conditions.
3. The Concertino Praga directorate reserves the right to change the competition categories. The list of musical instruments may be modified on the basis of recommendations from competition juries or the artistic and pedagogical public. For each year, the list of competing musical instruments is defined by the Conditions of the competition and such a list, if it deviates from the Statute, does not require its change.
4. From 2021, a chamber music competition in the following formations will take place in parallel every two years: settings ranging from duos to sextets in any instrument setting; the ensemble might contain only one keyboard instrument – the age limits are stated in the Competition Conditions.
5. The young artists participate in the competition by means of audio recordings of their competition performances, which are made without any subsequent editing of the recording of their artistic performance (without any so-called “cuts”).
6. The Concertino Praga competition accepts only professional recordings, which have been made during a single session. The technical specifications for the competition recording are stated in the Competition Rules, while taking into account its purpose, i.e. the evaluation of the recording in the competition and its use in radio broadcasts.
7. The prizes for the winners presented by the promoters are published every year in the Competition Conditions.
8. The application to participate in the Concertino Praga competition is also a declaration as to the fact that the competitors (if they are the creators of the competition recording) or the applying organization and the competitors (if the applying organization is the creator of the competition recording), whose performances are to be evaluated, will be subject to the provisions of this Statute and the Competition Conditions.
9. The competitors or the applying organizations will send the competition promoters their competition audio recordings in the appropriate competition categories within the deadline, which is stated in the Competition Conditions. The costs associated with making the competition audio recordings will be borne by the competitors, if they make their own competition recordings, or by the applying organization, which has made the recording. At the same time, they must also meet all the prerequisites in the competition application; see the Competition Conditions.
10. The performances of the competitors will be evaluated by expert juries consisting of individuals appointed by the competition directorate. The specifications of the juries, their composition and other conditions relating to the juries for individual years are given in the Competition Conditions. The jury composition will be regularly published on the promoter’s website.
11. The jury will evaluate the audio recordings anonymously using only serial numbers.
12. Once a decision has been reached on the competitors proceeding to the public final rounds, the jury and the public will be informed of their names, age, nationality and their supporting musical education institute, as well as the names of the understudies. The names of the competitors who have not progressed to the finale and have not received any other awards will not be announced to the jury or the public.
13. The final round will take place in the solo or chamber ensemble categories in the form of a live public concert associated with a live broadcast by Czech Radio as part of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival. The final round in the solo category will be accompanied by an orchestra.
14. The competitors in the final rounds will be evaluated by an international jury. The decision on the laureates and the awarding of the individual prizes will take place immediately after the completion of the final performances by all the participants and the award ceremony will be part of the public concert.
15. The international jury may award financial or non-financial prizes for any remarkable interpretational performances or any other prizes from music institutions. The list of these prizes will be published in the Competition Conditions for each year of the competition. The competition directorate reserves the right to expand the list of awarded prizes after it has been initially published.
16. All of the laureates and winners of honorable mentions will receive the prize of a stay in the Czech Republic at the expense of the promoter associated with their performances at the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival. This performance by the laureates constitutes an integral part of their participation in the competition and is unremunerated. The promoter will offer the concerts for live or delayed broadcast via the EBU or any other broadcast organization. It will send the performers copies of the audio recordings of their performances during the competition and the South Bohemian festival upon request.
Article 5: The special provisions
1. Competitors who have previously received the 1st – 3rd prizes in a specific category may not enter the Competition. This means that competitors who have previously received the 1st – 3rd prizes in the solo category may register for the chamber ensemble category and vice versa.
2. The promoter will pay for the following in association with the holding of the Concertino Praga competition:
a) the travel, accommodation and remuneration of the jury members;
b) the travel expenses, accommodation and catering for the invited finalists, understudies and their essential escorts (in the case of any underage minors, there will always only be one escort per ensemble) in Prague. Further escorts are permitted, but the costs will have to be borne by the competitor or the escort.
c) the travel expenses, accommodation and catering for the invited finalists and understudies during South Bohemian festival. During the South Bohemia Festival, a Czech Radio employee is responsible for all participants. Further escorts are permitted, but the costs will have to be borne by the competitor or the escort.
d) the costs associated with holding the 2nd round in Prague and with the South Bohemian festival;
e) the membership fee to EMCY in association with the membership in this organization, the amount of which is designated by the EMCY annual general meeting;
f) the costs associated with the acquisition of the audio recordings of the 2nd and final round and the concerts at the South Bohemian festival.
3. The competition promoters are responsible for the organization and economics of the competition.
Article 6: The closing provisions
This Statute fully replaces the Statute of Concertino Praga of 31.05. 2022.
Mgr. René Zavoral
The Director General of Czech Radio
The Intendant of the Academy of Classical Music