The Second Crystal Orpheus International Music Competition and Festival

Kirov, Russia

1–2 April 2017

The Crystal Orpheus International Music Competition and Festival aims to reveal and support young music talents and encourage them for new steps in music performance and education; offer a venue for meetings, master classes and round-table discussions to school and college teachers and leaders of performance groups; and support the sharing of best practices between Russian and foreign students and teachers of schools, colleges, art groups and other creative associations.

The Competition and Festival is open to soloists and groups of performers aged between 5 and 19 years on the date of the event

The Festival Programme includes concerts, master classes, a competition and a round-table discussion for teachers and leaders


Ministry of Culture of the Kirov Region
New Art Project Company (Kazan, Russia)
Kazenin Kirov Music College


Debut: 5 years old
Age Group 1: 6–7 years old
Age Group 2: 8–11 years old
Age Group 3: 12–15 years old
Age Group 4: 16–19 years old



Pop, jazz, classical, choir and folk/traditional

Programme: Two contrasting pieces, each not more than 6 minutes long

Pop and jazz singers should provide a high-quality CD recording containing two backing tracks for the music pieces to be performed and indicating the name of the soloist or ensemble and the durations of the pieces


• Piano (soloists)
• String instruments (soloists)
• Folk instruments (soloists)
• Wind and percussion instruments (soloists)
• Ensembles and orchestras of any instruments

Programme: Two pieces, each not more than 7 minutes long for the Debut group and Groups 1, 2 and 3, and up to 10 minutes for Group 4


Accompanists participating in the competition are to submit a separate application for participation and pay a participation fee


Performance of two music pieces written by one composer is not allowed in any category!
Official accompanists are not provided for performers in any category – please bring your own if you need one!



The Competition Jury will include prominent art figures, composers and professional teachers. The Jury reserves the right to divide prizes, withhold prizes (if the required standard is not achieved) and award special prizes. The Jury's decisions are final and irrevocable.

The participants of the Competition and Festival will be awarded the Grand Prix, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place diplomas and participation certificates. The Grand Prix winner will receive a cash prize.

Participants are obliged to perform without remuneration at all events and concerts organised by the Organising Committee during the Competition and Festival. The Organising Committee reserves the right to use and distribute, without remuneration to the participants or guests of the Competition and Festival, audio and video recordings as well as printed and other materials produced during the event.

The Competition Directorate will work out a Gala concert programme based on the decisions of the Jury and the Organising Committee

The Organising Committee also reserves the right to change the schedule of the Competition and Festival and limit or decline the receipt of applications without explanation



English is the language of all communications and documentation for non-Russian participants. To participate in the Crystal Orpheus Competition and Festival, please send a message indicating the participant's name, category, date of birth, programme and durations of the music pieces to the Organising Committee's e-mail address before 19 March 2017.

Participants, accompanying persons and guests are solely responsible for all costs associated with their travel, medical insurance and any other expenses

If you need a visa to travel to Russia, please send a message indicating your full name, date of birth and address to the New Art Project Company for an official invitation using the contact information below



Soloists: 1850 RR (Russian Rubles)
Duos: 3500 RR 
Groups of up to 6 performers: 4500 RR
Groups of 7–12 performers: 6000 RR
Groups of more than 13 performers: 8000 RR

Additional category: 2500 RR for groups of up to 6, 3000 RR for groups of 7–12 and 4000 RR for groups of more than 13 performers

Accompaniment: 1800 RR (A separate application is required!)

If an applicant withdraws from participation in the Competition for any reason, the participation fee will not be returned

Recommended hotels:

Central Hotel
80 Lenin St., Kirov
Tel: +7 8332 383050, +7 8332 653055
E-mail: centr@hotelkirov.tu

Gubernskaya Hotel
74 Kazanskaya St., Kirov
Tel: +7 8332 671689



New Art Project Company
Tel: +7 917 918 35 60