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RULES: Artist of the Year

Periodicity: Annually

Applications for the first edition:

July 12 - 19

July 20 - Sept 6
Competition Awards Announcement:

Sept 7


Artist of the Year is

  • the only one of our competitions exclusively open for prize winners: participants who have won an award from our competitions in a given period of time (see timing details below).
  • the only one of our competitions without a qualifying round (pre-screening) round. 
  • the only one of our competitions with a non-shareable first prize in each age group and category.


The 1st edition of Artist of the Year Season 2016/17 is 

For clarity and avoidance of doubt,  at the bottom of this page is the list of competitions for the period as stated above so you can easily check if you're eligible to submit an entry.

I. 5 – 7 years
II. 8 – 10
III. 11 – 13
IV. 14 – 16
V.17 – 19
VI. 20 – 22
VII. 23 - 25

AGE GROUPS (ensembles)
The same as above. Take into account the average age of the ensemble' members. 

I. Instrumentalists
II. Singers
III. Ensembles (instrumental and vocal groups from duo/duet to octet)


One free-choice piece from the Standard Repertoire: baroque, classical, romantic, modern and contemporary musical eras.

Participants can apply with a previously submitted piece for some of our competitions or with a new repertoire.
  • One movement from large scale works e.g. concerto or sonata is considered as one piece.  
  • Transcriptions/Adaptations/Arrangements are acceptable. For example, a piece of music adapted for another instrument(s) than which it was originally composed.
  • It's not required to know the piece by heart.
  • Applicable for piano instrumentalists only: the performance should be solo or with orchestra.
  • Applicable for all instrumentalists except pianists: the performance should be solo, with piano accompaniment or orchestra.
  • Applicable for singers: the performance should be “a cappella”, with instrumental accompaniment or orchestra.
  • Participants are required to submit a video recording* of their performance (YouTube link or other online video platform) 

    * Video recordings (audio not acceptable) must be genuinely performed by applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added. This means you're not permitted to use video editing software to correct or enhance the sound.
    If you submit YouTube links, be sure your video(s) have the proper settings:
    YouTube Video Manager → videos → Basic Info → from the drop-down menu, please choose "Public" or "Unlisted". Do not choose  "Private". If your video is "Private" we won't be able to view it.

Application Instructions

It's easy:

1. Pay the administrative fee of $32.50.

- Payment Method: pay with a PayPal account or with a bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal Credit, via PayPal.
- The Administrative Fee is Non-Refundable.
- In the Aplication Form, please insert the PayPal Transaction ID.

2. Fill out and submit the relevant Application Form via an encrypted connection on a HTTPS web page:

  • Eight qualified judges will be evaluating audition materials.
  • The decision of the Jury is final and can’t be appealed. 
  • The awards will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.
  • Multiple awards will be given in each age category.
  • The Jury may award additional special awards or specific acknowledgements.
  • The winners will receive diplomas. Their teachers may receive certificates by request.
Competition Awards Announcement
The competition results will be published on our website.

The 1st edition of Artist of the Year Season 2016/17 is open exclusively for prize winners from one or more of the following competitions:
  • The 1st editions 2017 of the following competitions in the BEST PERFORMANCE series:
Best Mozart Performance
Best Schubert Performance
Best Mendelssohn Performance
Best Handel Performance
Best Rossini Performance
Best Chopin Performance
Best Vivaldi Performance
Best Bach Performance
Best Bartók Performance
Best Rachmaninoff Performance
Best Haydn Performance
Best Prokofiev Performance
Best Tchaikovsky Performance
Best Brahms Performance
Best Elgar Performance
Best Schumann Performance
Best Grieg Performance

  • The 1st edition 2017 of The Music of America

  • The 1st edition 2016 & 2nd edition 2017 of THE MUSIC OF EUROPE series:
The Music of Germany & Austria
The Music of Eastern Europe
The Music of Mediterranean Europe
The Music of Northern Europe

  • The 1st edition 2016 & 2nd edition 2017 of THE MUSIC OF THE CENTURIES series:
The Music of 20th Century
The Music of 19th Century
The Music of 18th Century
The Music of 17th Century

  • The 1st edition 2017 of RISING TALENTS OF THE WORLD series:
Rising Talents of Americas
Rising Talents of Europe
Rising Talents of Asia & Oceania
Rising Talents of Africa

  • The 1st edition 2016 of MASTERS OF SONATA series: 
Masters of Piano Sonata
Masters of Violin Sonata
Masters of Cello Sonata
Masters of Winds Sonata

  • The 1st edition 2016 of MASTERS OF CONCERTO series:
Masters of Piano Concerto
Masters of Violin Concerto
Masters of Cello Concerto
Masters of Winds Concerto

  • The 1st edition 2016 THE ART OF INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE series:
The Art of Piano
The Art of Strings
The Art of Woodwinds & Brass
The Art of Percussion

  • The 1st edition 2016 of THE ART OF VOCAL PERFORMANCE series:
The Art of Musical Theatre
The Art of Opera
The Art of Art Song
The Art of Sacred Music

  • The 1st edition 2016 of The Art of Chamber Music

  • The 1st edition 2016 of The Art of Christmas Song

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