The idea of the competition was born in the Union of Composers of St. Petersburg in 2006-2007 with the goal to preserve the memory of its long-standing chairman, an outstanding figure in Russian music world – composer Andrey Petrov, as well as to encourage composers to create new works.
The main goals of the Competition are to support serious art and the opening of new composer names. The federal significance of the Competition is, first of all, the strengthening of the positive image of St. Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia. Of course, this also includes the preservation and development of Russian national culture, as well as its inherent cultural traditions, historical, and spiritual moral values. The competition helps in solving not only such important tasks as identifying and supporting talented professional composers from the many regions of Russia and near and far abroad countries, but also introducing the maximum number of music lovers and discoverers of this type of creativity in musical art.
In the first two years, the competition, open to all authors regardless of age and place of residence, was successfully held simultaneously in two categories - «Symphonic music» and «Song and pop romance», causing great interest from both sides - potential participants and listeners. Since 2009, the organizers of the competition have decided to hold it in turn in one of the two above-mentioned nominations. Since 2020 the official name of the Competition «Russian composers competition named after Andrey Petrov» has been replaced by «Open Composers Competition named after Andrey Petrov».
Competition organizing company - The Foundation for the Preservation and Development of the Creative Heritage of the composer Andrey Petrov.
Famous composers and performers are invited to the Jury membership. The jury evaluates the entries on a 10-point system. The number of compositions allowed to participate in the 2nd round is determined by the Jury members. The decisions of the Jury members are final and not subject to review.
The competition is held in three rounds. The final round of the competition is accompanied by a symphony orchestra, with the participation of famous soloists at prestigious venues in St. Petersburg.
Finalists of the competition receive:
• Monetary prizes
• Video and audio recording from the final of the competition
• Memorable gifts from the Andrei Petrov Foundation and partners of the competition
An entry fee for participation in the Competition is not provided.
More information about the conditions
of the competition:
Competition Regulation 2020
I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Andrey Petrov Foundation since its creation. I can say with confidence that for many years the Foundation has been engaged not only in promoting the music of Andrey Petrov himself, creating an archive, working on the publication of a composer’s collected works, which is undoubtedly very important, but also organizing a composers competition that is very significant for Russian cultural life. As a member of the jury several years ago, I had the opportunity not only to realize how many authors send their compositions to the competition, but also a wide range of cities and countries of participants.
In our difficult time, I consider the establishment of a large-scale competition of composers to be an exceptional phenomenon. No less significant phenomenon is that the competition is associated with the name of Andrey Petrov - a personality which is in all his manifestations a unique one. I am happy that my friend who was a sower of good in his life, continues to bring joy to many participants in the contest. A deep gratitude to all who have established and support the viability of this significant event.
In my life I was lucky for about 40 years to be friends and creative partner with an interesting, intelligent, kind person and a very talented composer Andrey Petrov. He was a big master in all genres - opera, ballet, symphonic music. But, of course, to most listeners first of all he is familiar as an outstanding film composer. Petrov’s music in the film is an integral and irreplaceable part as the play of Innokenty Smoktunovsky in the movie «Watch out for the car», of Alice Freyndlich in movie «The Office Romance», Leah Akhedzhakova in the movie «Garage», etc. Many melodies have become the hallmarks of not only for favorite films lovers, but also for the composer himself. It was very light and very creative time together with Andrey Petrov. Together we made 14 films.
The once-blooming garden of Russian musical culture has been blowing a bit down. Therefore, any support and stimulation of creativity in the field of culture and art is like blessed rain. I consider the Open competition of composers named after Andrey Petrov a matter of vital necessity, a matter of great national importance. Therefore, I express my gratitude to the organizing committee of the contest. Continue this way - it is necessary, it is joyful.
All my creative life was connected with Andrey Petrov, starting with our first work on Mosfilm. The music of this outstanding composer will forever remain a precious example of true art, those pharos that has been shining for all of us for many years. Someone, like me, grew up with the melodies of Andrey Petrov. Someone has recognized them only now. But the main thing is that his memory does not fade and his music does not age. And it’s fortunate that there is an opportunity for composers to take part in a competition where they appreciate, first of all, good taste, sincere service to art and the continuation of the wonderful traditions laid down by Andrey Petrov.
Competitions for composers are not frequent, but very important. Sometimes authors simply have nowhere to go with their composition, there is no way to hear their song in the concert hall performed by professional soloists and musicians. The contest, named after the wonderful composer Andrey Petrov, gives the participants this chance, inspiring them to create new compositions! I have long heard about this professional competition, about a worthy and impartial jury, about the widest geography of participants, but for the first time I ended up in the jury, which I was very happy about!
Dear friends, dear jury members, colleagues, young composers!
Now, more than ever, music will play a special role - the role of appeal to a person. Composers are simply called upon to return to music the high role that has always been inherent in it. I am not a “populist” at all, I am always for something new, with a condition that the purpose of this new is to touch the listener and reach out to him.
Doctor vocation is to heal human ailments;
Music - heals the soul, and we will remember it!
I wish you success, dear young colleagues!
The star of Andrey Petrov
shines with Petersburg -
and it is wonderous
that in the young -
the thaumaturgic whiteness
of the nights
is ever aflame with new life.