Competition

Category Requirements 1st Prize
Classical Guitar
First age group: up to 9 years Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 8 minutes Plaquette, material prizes
First age group: up to 12 years Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 8 minutes Classical guitar “Kremona”(worth:300 euro), plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second age group: up to 15 years Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 15 minutes Classical guitar “Kremona”(worth: 700 euro), 200 euro, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Third age group: up to 19 years First stage: Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 10 minutes Second stage: Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 15 minutes 400 euro, Invitation for taking part in a tour (six concerts,that will be held in Bulgaria) in 2017, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Fourth age group: no age limits First stage: Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 15 minutes Second stage: Two or more compositions different in style and character duration max. 30 minutes Classical guitar (worth 4000 euro) made by Hristo Georgiev; 750 euro, Invitation for taking part in a tour (six concerts that will be held in Bulgaria) in 2017, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Acoustic Guitar
First age group: up to 15 years Two or more instrumentals different in style and character duration max. 10 minutes 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Second age group: up to 30 years Two or more instrumentals different in style and character duration max. 15 minutes 300 euro, acoustic guitar “Kremona” (worth 600 euro) invitation for taking part in a solo concert in 2017, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Guitar and voice: up to 25 years Two or more songs different in style and character duration max. 15 minutes 300 euro, invitation for taking part in a concert during International Guitar Festival Pleven 2017, video of taking part at the Gala Concert, plaquette, material prizes.
Open stage: no age limits Two or more songs/instrumentals different in style and character duration max. 12 minutes Invitation for taking part in a concert during International Guitar Festival Pleven 2017
||CLASSICAL GUITAR|| FIRST AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1.Youths born after 2004/included/ can take part in this category.

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 8 minutes. The participants must perform compositions in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)

The compositions should be performed by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 15 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: classical guitar “Kremona”(worth:300 euro), plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 50 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 25 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Three material consolation prizes
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||CLASSICAL GUITAR|| SECOND AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. Youths who have turned 15 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 2001).

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The participants must perform compositions in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)
The plays should be performed by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 20 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

6.Prize fund:
First prize: classical guitar “Kremona” (worth: 700 euro), 200 euro, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 125 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 75 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Fourth, fifth and sixth consolation prizes are material.
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||CLASSICAL GUITAR|| THIRD AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. Youths who have turned 19 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 1997).

2. The programme includes two rounds. The participants must perform plays in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.) First round: maximum duration of 10 minutes Second round: maximum duration of 15 minutes
Participants, whose result is determined by the jury and the organizers, are allowed to the second round. The participant is not allowed to play the same repertoire in the second round.
The repertoire should be performed by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 40 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers. First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: 400 euro, Invitation for taking part in a tour (six concerts,that will be held in Bulgaria) in 2017, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 200 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes Three material consolation prizes. The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||CLASSICAL GUITAR|| FOURTH AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. The programme includes two rounds. The participants must perform compositions in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)
First round: maximum duration of 15 minutes
Second round: maximum duration of 30 minutes
Participants, whose result is determined by the jury and the organizers, are allowed to the second round.
The participant is not allowed to play the same repertoire in the second round.
The repertoire should be performed by heart!

2. The participation fee in this category is 70 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

3. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

4. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

5. Prize fund:
First prize: Classical guitar (worth 4000 euro) made by Hristo Georgiev; 750 euro, Invitation for taking part in a tour (six concerts that will be held in Bulgaria) in 2017, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 350 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 250 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Three material consolation prizes.
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

6. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||ACOUSTIC GUITAR|| – FIRST AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. Youths, who have turned 15 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 2001).

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 10 minutes. It includes freely chosen pieces in one of the following music styles:
– classical music
– pop and jazz
– rock
– flamenco and others
Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!
The repertoire should be played by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 10 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different genres and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, character of the plays, interpretation, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged.

5. The participants can supply themselves with a person to accompany their performance and who will only have a supporting role. These supporting musicians do not pay participation fees and their skills are not being assessed. They do not compete and do not get prizes.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
Second prize: 50 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
Third prize: 25 euro, plaquette, material prizes.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||ACOUSTIC GUITAR|| – SECOND AGE GROUP CATEGOR

1. Youths, who have turned 30 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 1986).

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The participants must perform plays in at least two of the following music styles:
– polyphonic jazz play depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– solo part of a jazz play depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– solo part of a play, written by a classical composer and depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– blues or rock play depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– others: traditional music – Bulgarian or foreign depending on the candidate’s personal choice
Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!
It is advisable that the participants demonstrate good improvisational skills throughout the performance or in a concrete play chosen for this purpose. It is also recommended that every participant has a good artistic look as well as appropriate clothing that adds to it (again depending on the personal judgement). The winner is obliged to take part in the Gala Concert dressed formally.
The repertoire should be played by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 30 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different genres and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, interpretation, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged.

5. The participants can supply themselves with a person to accompany their performance and who will only have a supporting role. These supporting musicians do not pay participation fees and their skills are not being assessed. They do not compete and do not get prizes.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: 300 euro, acoustic guitar “Kremona” (worth 600 euro), invitation for taking part in a solo concert in 2017, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 100 euro
Third prize: 50 euro

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||GUITAR AND VOICE|| CATEGORY

1. Youths, who have turned 25 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 1991).

2.The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The participants perform songs in the following music styles:
-classical music
-pop and jazz
-rock
-flamenco and others
In case that the project is from one performer, then the person should perform their vocal repertoire accompanied with a guitar. Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces. Other types of musical instruments are allowed as well. The maximum amount of participants in one group is 8. One participant can take part in more than one group.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!
Performances of instrumentals are not allowed!
The repertoire should be played by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 30 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different genres and styles) and difficulty, character of the songs, interpretation, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. Prize fund:
First prize: 300 euro, invitation for taking part in a concert during International Guitar Festival Pleven 2017, video of taking part at the Gala Concert, plaquette, material prizes.
Second prize: 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
Third prize: 50 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
The winners of the first prize take part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

6. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

||OPEN STAGE|| – NO AGE LIMITS CATEGORY

1. This category is for amateur performers.

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 12 minutes. It can include instrumentals and/or songs. In this category there are no style restrictions or any other restrictions concerning the repertoire.
Soloists as well as ensembles (maximum of 8 people) are admitted to participate. One participant can take part in more than one ensemble or group.
Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces. Other types of musical instruments are allowed as well.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!

3. The participation fee in this category is 10 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. Prize fund: In this category there is no first, second or third prize. The best and the most attractive performances get a plaquette as well as the opportunity to be presented at a concert during International Guitar Festival Pleven 2017.