The Järvenpää Sibelius Festival, in
partnership with the City of Järvenpää, is arranging Sibelius Singing, an
international duo competition for singers and pianists, in Järvenpää, Finland,
on March 25–28, 2020. The competition is open to Lied duos of any nationality, both
members of which must have been born in or after 1985.
Application for the competition is online
at www.sibeliussinging.fi. The link
to the application form will become operative on October 1, 2019 and the
deadline for application is November 20, 2019. Late or incomplete applications
will not be considered.
The application must be accompanied
by the following for both members of the duo:
copy of each member’s passport or official identity card
account of studies and previous competitions
chosen competition repertoire
joint photograph of the duo
quality audio-visual recording in mp4 format for pre-selection purposes. Instructions
for how to save it will be issued on submission of the application.
Both the singer and the pianist
must be clearly visible throughout the performance in the audio-visual recording.
The recording must not be edited. The place and date of recording must be
stated in the application documents. The video performance must consist of two
songs from the competition repertoire, one of them by Sibelius and the other of
the duo’s own choice.
A panel appointed by the Competition
Committee will select duos on the basis of the application documents and audio-visual
recordings. The panel will select about 30 duos for the competition. The names of
the successful duos will be announced on the competition website by December
16, 2019. There will be no right of appeal.
SCHEDULE AND REPERTOIRE
Each duo must be present at the opening
ceremony of the competition and when the order of performance is decided by lot
at the Järvenpää Hall at 6 pm on March 25, 2020. The order of performance will
remain the same throughout the competition.
The number of songs is not limited
but the programme must include:
song by Sibelius
song by one of the following composers: Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf
song by a composer other than Sibelius from a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden,
Norway, Denmark, Iceland)
The total performance should last
not longer than 15 minutes. The Jury will select 8–10 duos from the preliminary
round for the finals.
Repertoire of the duo’s own choice
but including songs totalling at least 10 minutes by Sibelius. At least two of
the Sibelius songs must be from the following opuses: 35, 38, 50, 57, 61, 86,
The total finals performance must
last not longer than 25 minutes.
Minor changes may be made to the
repertoire up to January 25, 2020. Changes must be notified in writing in
accordance with separate instructions issued by the competition organisation.
All the Sibelius songs must be
performed in the original language. The singer must perform all the songs from
memory. The competition songs may be transposed.
Duos may not offer the same song
twice. The order of performance of the songs is free and the Competition Office
must be informed of the order at the beginning of each round.
A duo that is not ready to perform
when its turn is due may be disqualified from the competition. A duo may, on
presentation of a medical certificate, be permitted to perform later during the
The Jury will have six members:
three singers and three pianists. The competition will be judged according to
the principles and procedures laid down in the Rules for the Competition Jury. The
decisions of the Jury will be final.
The following prizes will be
The Jury will have the right to
distribute the prizes in some other way. Special prizes may also be awarded.
VIII TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Duos will be offered free
accommodation with families in Järvenpää. Each duo will be responsible for its
own travelling expenses to and from Järvenpää.
IX OTHER RULES
Duos undertake to abide by the
competition rules, the rules governing performance and the Jury’s decisions. A duo
that fails to abide by the rules may be disqualified from the competition.
The competition organisers or an
agreed third party have unlimited rights, both regional and temporal, to
record, show and distribute the competition performances in various media without
payment to the duos in question.
Duos not selected for the finals
will be given an opportunity to discuss their performance with members of the
The original language of these
rules is Finnish. Any disputes will be decided by the Competition Committee
according to the Finnish text.
The competition organisers retain
the right to alter the rules.
Jury members 2020
Gustav Djupsjöbacka, pianist (Finland)
Randi Stene, mezzo-soprano (Norway)
Andreas Schmidt, baritone (Germany)
Bengt Forsberg, pianist (Sweden)
Iain Burnside, pianist (Great Britain)