The Second Nikolai Rubinstein Competition for Chamber Ensembles

23 сентября 2013 г. - 29 сентября 2013 г. | Сompetitions

Second International Nikolay Rubinstein Competition of Chamber Ensembles and String Quartets

23–29 September 2013, Moscow

The competition founder and organizer:
Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky

Schedule of the Final Round (Download Word)

Schedule of the Second Round (Download Word)

List of participants allowed to the Second Round

Name Ensemble type Country / city
Yamamoto  Duo Piano Duo Japan
Kiseleva — Ramlav Piano Duo Moscow
Gerasimova — Stekolschikova Piano Duo Moscow
"Aventure piano duo"
(Gavrouc — Gorbunova)
Piano Duo Moscow
Shalamov Duo Piano Duo Bulgaria
Baymuldina — Mironova — Strelnikova Piano Trio Moscow
"Oktavia" Trio
(Kontuashvili — Eyubova — Kononov)
Piano Trio Moscow
"Almaty" Trio
(Bazarbaeva — Kozhakhmetova — Karataev)
Piano Trio Kazakhstan
Morozova — Tomilov — Kiselev Piano Trio Saint-Petersburg
Shaykin — Mayboroda — Zemlerub Piano Trio Moscow
Chernyshova — Goldenberg — Kostina Piano Quartet Saint-Peterburg
Nguen — Nurzhigitova — Danilova — Boginskaya String Quartet Moscow
(Avramchik — Motuz — Pertseva — Shaykhutdinov)
String Quartet Moscow
"Art-mania" quartet
(Kuchenova — Monasypov — Atvinovsky — Aldangor)
String Quartet Moscow
"LongPlay StringQuartet"
(Guseva — Dikarenko — Kostandi — Zhuliva)
String Quartet Moscow
Igumnova — Khisambeev — Kandaurova — Kovalkov — Nechaev Piano Quintet Moscow


Jury of the Competition

Well-known musicians, both performers and pedagogues from all over the world are invited to the Jury of the Competition. This year the Jury consist of:

  • Tigran Alikhanov (Russia) — Chairman
  • Jania Aubakirova (Kazakhstan)
  • Boris Berman (USA)
  • Alexander Bonduryansky (Russia)
  • Bogumil Nowicki (Poland)
  • Peep Lassmann (Estonia)
  • Elena Semishina (Russia)
  • Hyoung-Joon Chang (Korea)
  • Andrey Shishlov (Russia)

Executive Secretary of the Jury — Vitaly Yunitsky (Russia)

Pre-selection jury:

  • Irina Menkova (Russia)
  • Irina Krasotina (Russia)
  • Vitaly Yunitsky (Russia)

Aims of the Competition

  • To search for the most talented young musicians, to support and stimulate their professional skills;
  • To secure conditions for artistic cultural exchange, to enhance the artistic development and to improve professional skills of the participants of the Competition;
  • To conserve and develop traditions of chamber music in Russia
  • To develop national music education programs
  • To make playing chamber music more attractive to wide audience;
  • To include chamber music in the context of contemporary musical culture.


  1. The competition is open to ensembles with the average age limit of the participants not exceeding 30 years and the age of the eldest member of the ensemble at the time of submitting application not more than 32 years. The teacher of the ensemble is not allowed to participate in the ensemble.
  2. The following types of chamber ensembles are allowed to participation:
    • String and wind instruments with piano (the number of ensemble members — at least three);
    • Piano duo (two pianos and piano in four hands);
    • String Quartet.
  3. One musician is not allowed to the participation in more than one ensemble. Otherwise, the Organizing Committee will remove at its own discretion one of the ensembles with the same musician.
  4. In order to apply for the participation in the competition each ensemble must complete the Application form (can be downloaded in .doc) in legible handwriting.
  5. The filled out application form must be supplied with the following documents:
    • The completed application form
    • documents required above
    • a DVD recording of I Round program
    that matches the conditions must be sent up to June 1st, 2013 (confirmed by postmark) to:
    Russia, 125009 Moscow, 13/6, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str. Moscow State P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, for the Organizing Committee of the International N. Rubinstein Chamber Competition.
  6. In case of failure of candidates to participate in the contest, as well as in the case of the jury’s decision on the non-admission of the ensemble to participate in the II round of competition, documents, DVD recording and the participation fee are not refundable.
  7. Not later than June 25th, 2013 all the ensembles admitted to the II round of the Competition will be notified by e-mail, incl. about the date of arrival at the II round of competition.
  8. The participants of these ensembles should arrive in Moscow on the dates specified in the notification.
  9. Changes to the program of II and III rounds can be made no later than July 1st, 2013 and are subject to approval by the Organizing Committee of the competition.
  10. The entry fee for each member of the ensemble is * 1500 (fifteen hundred) rubles for participants from Russia and the CIS * $70 (seventy USD) for foreign participants The entry fee must be paid to the account of the Moscow State P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

The bank account details for the money transfer:

The Conservatory’s US Dollar Account

Correspondent Bank: The Bank of New York, USA
IBAN: 890-0057-610
Beneficiary Bank: Sberbank of Russia, Moscow
Beneficiary Customer: Moscow State Conservatoire named after P. I. Tchaikovsky
Address: 13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa
TIN: 7703107663
Account No.: 40503840438110200266

The Conservatory’s Euro Account

Correspondent Bank: Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt-am-Main
IBAN: 10094987261000
Beneficiary Bank: Sberbank of Russia, Moscow
Beneficiary Customer: Moscow State Conservatoire named after P. I. Tchaikovsky
Address: 13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa
TIN: 7703107663
Account No.: 40503978538111000266


I Round
(on video recordings, the duration must not exceed 20 minutes)

One original work created before 1830 (no expositions repeated)

II Round
(Small and Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory. Duration - not more than 45 minutes)

Two original compositions:

  1. A significant work of one of the following composers:
    F. Schubert
    R. Schumann
    F. Chopin
    F. Mendelssohn- Bartholdy
    J. Brahms
    A. Dvorak
    B. Smetana
    H. Wolf
    E. Chausson
    G. Faure.
  2. One work composed in the twentieth century.

III Round
(Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory)

A significant work of one of the following Russian composers:
M. Glinka
A. Alyabyev
A. Borodin
P. Tchaikovsky
N. Rimsky-Korsakov
S. Taneyev
A. Glazunov
A. Arensky
A. Rachmaninov
N. Medtner
A. Grechaninov
N. Tcherepnin
A. Rubinstein

Each composition may be performed in one Round only.

Performance of separate parts is allowed for I and II Rounds.

In the III Round the works must be performed entirely.

The Procedure

  1. The competition consists of three rounds:
    • I Round – by video recording
    • II and III Rounds – the Small and Rachmaninov Halls of Moscow Conservatory September, 23–29, 2013
  2. The winners of other international and national competitions are not exempt from participation in the I Round.
  3. The decision to allow the ensemble to the II round is taken by the pre-selection jury, led by the chairman of the Jury of the Competition.
  4. The order of the participants’ performances is defined by draw of lots and is valid through all the competition. All the participants of the ensembles admitted to the II round must be present at the draw and at the informational meeting which is held the day before the II Round auditions.
  5. Before the II and III rounds contestants are provided with practicing rooms and one acoustic rehearsal in the Small and Rachmaninov halls of the Conservatory.
  6. Not more than 20 ensembles will be allowed to the II Round.
  7. Not more than 6 ensembles will be allowed to the II Round.
  8. The results of the II and III Rounds will be announced immediately after each round. The decisions of the Jury are final and cannot be contested.


  1. The Organizing Committee announces three awards and two diplomas:
    First prize – 200 000 RUR
    Second prize – 150 000 RUR
    Third prize – 100 000 RUR
    Two diplomas – 50 000 RUR
  2. Each Ensemble allowed to the III Round and not receiving awards and diplomas, will be mentioned with diplomas of merit.
  3. All monetary prizes will be paid in Russian rubles withholding the taxes applicable on the territory of the Russian Federation.
  4. In order to receive the cash value of the prize participants must submit the following documents:
    for Russian citizens — passport, pension insurance certificate, TIN
    for foreign participants (including the CIS) — Passport
  5. The Jury has the right not to award all the prizes or to share the awards.
  6. Special Prize of Moscow Conservatory for the First Prize winner ensemble — a recital in Small or Rachmaninov halls during the next year after the competition.
  7. Additional prizes may be awarded with the approval of the Organizing Committee to the participants of the second and third Rounds by governmental, non-governmental or commercial organizations, foundations, artistic unions, mass media and private individuals. The decisions on special prizes and awards are taken by the Jury.

Financial conditions

  1. The transportation, accommodation and alimentation expenses for the participants are paid by the contestants or the represented organization.
  2. Issuing invitations and visa support are provided by the Organizing Committee.
  3. Once received the official notifications from the Organizing Committee the participants from abroad should contact the nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate to submit the visa processing. All the visa expenses are paid by the contestants accordingly to the Russian Consulates requirements.

Special terms

  1. The participants of the Competition do not receive any fee for their performance at the Competition or for any later utilization of the recordings and broadcasts of these performances.
  2. The Organizing Committee of the Competition keeps the exclusive rights on the distribution of audio and video records and broadcasts of the Competition’s auditions and the final concert of the Competition’s laureates.
  3. The Laureates of the Competition must perform free of charge at the final concert of the Competition.
  4. The participants of the Competition will be provided with practice rooms of the Moscow Conservatory.
  5. Submission of the application form signed by the applicant means an unconditional acceptance of all the above-listed terms and conditions.
  6. In case of any arguments concerning the interpretation of present terms and conditions of the Competition, the Russian version of the text is to be considered the only correct one.

Contact Information

The Organizing Committee
Second International Nikolay Rubinstein Competition of Chamber Ensembles and String Quartets
Office for Festivals, Competitions and Special Events
Administration for Special Creative Programs
Art Department

Moscow State Conservatory P. Tchaikovsky
125009, Russia, Moscow, 13/6, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str.

Phone: +74956277274

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