XIV Open composers competition named after Andrey Petrov
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Official regulation of the
XIV Open composers competition
named after Andrey Petrov 

1. About the competition 

The Fourteenth Open Composers Competition named after Andrey Petrov is announced (hereinafter referred to as the Competition). In accordance with the decision of the Directorate, starting in 2009, the Competition is held alternately in one of two categories:

1) «Symphonic music», 2) «Song and pop romance», and since 2020 the official name of the Competition «Russian composers competition named after Andrey Petrov» has been replaced by «Open Composers Competition named after Andrey Petrov».

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.

Competition organizing company - The Foundation for the Preservation and Development of the Creative Heritage of the composer Andrey Petrov. 

In 2020, the Competition is held in the «Symphonic Music» nomination and will take place from March (the starting date for the applications acceptance from composers) to October (gala-concert of the competition).

The Composers Competition is open for everyone, regardless of the age of the participants, education and their place of residence. The official language of the Competition is Russian, however knowledge of Russian is not required to participate in the Competition.

  • Participation in the Competition is free of charge.
  • Works created in various genres and forms of symphonic music (symphony, sinfonietta, symphonic fantasy, suite, poem, rhapsody, concerto, etc.) written for a symphony orchestra are allowed to participate in the Competition. Duration of the composition should be no more than 15 minutes, but not less than 10 minutes. The represented work may be cyclical or single-part. One or two solo instruments or voices are allowed. The possibility of using rare or non-standard instruments of the symphony orchestra must be agreed in advance with the Competition Directorate.
  • All participants in the Composers Competition submit their works anonymously, using a motto or pseudonym. The motto should not exceed 10 characters.
  • One participant can submit to the Competition only one composition under one motto.
  • Compositions that have previously won prizes and/or other awards are not allowed to participate in the Contest.
  • The composition submitted by the participant should not be published, publicly performed in a professional capacity and / or recorded on replicated media, or also performed earlier than October 1, 2018. *

  * «Public performance of the competition» means the presentation of the Composition in live performance or by technical means (radio, television and other technical means) in a place open for public access, or in a place where there are a significant number of persons not belonging to the family. The term «published composition» means a composition that has become, with the acceptance of the author, available to the public by publication, public display, public performance, broadcast, cable or other means. 

2. Organizational structure of the Competition 

For the Competition, the following structures are created: 

Competition Directorate - provides organizational and informational support for the events of the Competition; ensures the anonymity of the participants during the competitive tours.
Jury members – listen, analyze the submitted compositions, and evaluate them. The criteria for evaluating the works are brightness, individuality and professionalism. 

3. Jury Members


Famous composers and performers are invited to the jury membership. The final list of jury members will be published no later than April 1, 2020.

The Jury members evaluates the Compositions on a 10-point system. The final 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 Jury members have the rights to:

  • Not awarding all prizes
  • Share prizes between contestants
  • Present special diplomas and prizes.

4. Competition Dates

  • Acceptance of applications: from March 01 till June 15, 2020.
  • The first round of the Competition: June - July 2020.
  • Announcement of the results of the first round of the Competition - July 2020.
  • The second round of the Competition - August 2020.
  • Announcement of the results of the second round of the Competition - August 2020.
  • Competition Gala-concert - October 12, 2020.

The first round will held from June to July 2020. For the first round, the Organization committee determines a special Qualifying Committee, which consists partly of Jury members (not fewer than 4 people). As a result, the Qualifying Committee will determine at least 10, but not more than 25 works, for participation in the second round. 

The second round is held during August 2020. The scores and audio recordings (if available) of the selected works are provided to the full team of Jury members. According to the results of voting, 6 finalists will be determined. 

The third round (Final) will be held on October 12, 2020 in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic named after D.D. Shostakovich in the form of a public concert where six selected compositions will be performed live by symphonic orchestra. 


5. The Final round. Awards and prizes 

Finalists of the Competition will be invited to St. Petersburg in October 2020 to participate in rehearsals and the gala concert of the Competition. The Directorate of the Competition covers expenses for accommodation (not more than four nights) and travel (the maximum allowable amount of travel expenses is 20,000 rubles or its equivalent: air tickets - economy class, railway tickets), in case of excess of the cost of the specified amount of tickets, the difference is paid by the contestant.

All finalists receive special diplomas and medals. The winners of the Competition are awarded with the titles of laureates or diplomats and also receive monetary prizes. In addition, video recording of the Final concert is provided.

  • First prize and title of laureate - 250,000 rubles  
  • Second prize and title of laureate - 175 000 rubles
  • Third prize and title of laureate - 100,000 rubles
  • Three Diplomas and titles of diplomats - 25,000 rubles each

  * All monetary prizes are paid in rubles and taxed in accordance with article 224 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation. The payment of the awards can be performed until and not later than the end of the fiscal year (until December 31, 2020). 

6. The procedure of informing the participants of the Competition

Information about applications submitted to the Competition will be published on the official website of the Competition - www.konkurspetrov.ru and the official website of the Foundation - www.fondpetrov.ru . The information update will be not less than once a week. Information about the participants of the second and third rounds will be announced on the websites mentioned above as well.

7. Ways of sending the application to the Competition

Option №1 «On-line application via website»

  1. on-line applications are accepted from March 1 till 15 of June, 2020;
  2. on-line applications are accepted only via the official website of the Competition www.konkurspetrov.ru;

Option №2 «By Official Postal Service»

The applicant must submit no later than till 15 of June, 2020 (the date of departure is set by postmark on the envelope to submit to the Competition Directorate*:

  1. two copies of the score under the motto (if the score is typed on a computer, be sure to attach a digital medium with musical material (CD / DVD disc, USB-drive);
  2. digital media (CD / DVD disc, USB-drive) with a demonstration recording of the composition (computer or piano; mp3, wav format) under the same motto (providing a recording is desirable, but not required);
  3. an envelope sealed and signed with the same motto, with the participant's profile **. Download application form

* Address for sending post: 191186, Russia, St. Petersburg, Nevsky prospect, 11, St. Petersburg Music Fund, “Composers Competition named after A.P. Petrov» 

** The application form for filling out can be found on the websites www.konkurspetrov.ru or on the website of the Association of Music Competitions of Russia www.music-competitions.ru 

The accepting applications period is from March 1 till 15 of June, 2020.

Contact information: 

Composers Competition Directorate:  

Tel.: +7 (911) 738-63-29 , +7 (921) 399-65-75 
 E-mail: info@fondpetrov.ru 

Official competition website: www.konkurspetrov.ru  
Official website of the foundation: www.fondpetrov.ru