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Categories & Requirements

The Debussy International Music Competition is open to every musician from all over the world in the classical categories of All Instruments, Conducting, Composition, Voice & Chamber Music. There is no age limit.

01. Prodigy (Age 7 and younger)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces

Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

 

02. Junior (Age 8-10)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces

Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

03. Youth (Age 11-13)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces

Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

 

04. Young Artist (Age 14-17)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

05. Advanced (Age 18-22)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

 

06. Professional (No age limit)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces

Video duration: no longer than 20 minutes.

07. Baroque A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces written in the Baroque period

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

08. Classical A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces written in the Classical period

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

09. Romantic A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces written in the Romantic period

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

 

10. Modern A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces written after the year 1900

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

11. Own composition

Free choice of 1 or more pieces written by candidates themselves

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

12. Duo Performance

Open to all instrumental duos, or piano 4 hands

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes, 1 or more pieces.

13. Chamber Group

Open to chamber group of 3-10 players.

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes, 1 or more pieces.

14. National Music

Open to traditional/national instruments/singing styles in different countries.

Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes, 1 or more pieces.

15. Concerto

Free choice of 1 movement, or a whole concerto

Video duration: no longer than 30 minutes

Concerto can be accompanied by orchestra/piano/audio.

16. Sonata

1 Movement of a sonata ​ ​

Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

17. Etude

Free choice of 1 Etude ​

Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

 

18. Musical theatre / Opera

Free choice of 1 or more pieces ​

Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

19. Orchestra

Free choice of orchestra work - suitable for conductors, composers and orchestra.

20. Film/Game Music

Music composed for films, TV shows and video games.

One work only.

Requirement FAQ

Q: Do I need to show my hands in the video?

A: For instrumentalists, the hands and face of the performer should be visible in the video most of the time; For singers, the face of the performer must be visible; This requirement does not apply to composers.

Q: How do I submit my video?

A: You can upload your video to Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, or any video platforms (as long as visitors can watch it), then submit the video link at the online application form. You can also submit the form first and leave the video link blank, send the link to us by email before the competition deadline.

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Q: Can I use Audio background for accompaniment if I can't find an accompanist? 

A:​ Yes, you can use the audio background music for accompaniment.

Q: Can I use the same piece/video for multiple categories?

A: Yes. As long as the chosen piece meets the requirement of the categories.

Q: Can I wear a facemask in the video due to the covid situation?

A: Yes.

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Q: Can I have several pieces in one link? Can there be a gap between the pieces?

You can send only one link to your performance, it can include several pieces, and pauses are allowed. This means if you are willing to submit a few small pieces, you can combine them into a longer video.

Q: Can I play more instruments in one video?

A: You can only play one musical instrument for each application. An additional musical instrument will need to be submitted as another application.

Q: If I am a composer, can I submit my piece performed by other performers?

A: Yes. For composers, audio submissions/compositions played by computing software are also accepted.

Q: Can I play a single movement of a sonata?

A. Yes, you can play one or more movements.

Q: Can I submit a longer video than the listed duration?

A: If you submit a longer video, only the first x (according to categories) minutes of it will be used for the competition.

Q: For conductors, can I submit my video without an orchestra?

A: Conductors can submit a video of conducting an orchestra, or conducting with audio playing in the background.

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