Yerevan - Aram Khachaturian International Competition

The Competition is open for conductors, regardless of citizenship and nationality, aged at least 22 and no older than 35 years on the date of the opening ceremony of the Competition (June 6, 2021).

The 17th Khachaturian International Competition (hereinafter Competition) is planned to be held from June 6 to 12, 2021 in Yerevan. Conditions of the Competition. The Competition is open for conductors, regardless of citizenship and nationality, aged at least 22 and no older than 35 years on the date of the opening ceremony of the Competition (June 6, 2021). Conductors, who are former First prize winners of the Competition, are not eligible to participate.

The Khachaturian International Conducting Competition consists of a Primary audition stage (selection by submitted video materials) and 2 rounds: 1st round, 2rd round (final).

No more than 18 participants will be selected to participate in the 1st round of the Competition, following the Primary video auditions. No more than 6 participants will be selected to participate in the 2nd round. In exceptional cases, a different number of participants may pass to the following rounds of the Competition upon the decision of the Chairperson of the Jury. The Jury reserves the right to withhold a winning place altogether or share a place among candidates. The Jury's decision is final and is not subject to appeal. After resuming the results of the 1st round, a discussion session will be organized with jury members and those participants who haven't passed to the 2nd round. Jury members will give a speech with brief description of each participant's performance. By the end of the 2nd round all jury members will submit written reviews on each participant’s performance at the given round.

The performance program submitted by the participant may not be changed throughout the Competition. All compositions must be conducted with the scores. Participants are required to have all necessary scores during all rounds and have learned the whole repertoire of the competition.

The order of appearance of participants shall be determined by randomly drawn lots and kept until the end of the Competition. A performance dress code is instituted for candidates. The 1st and 2rd rounds of competition are open to public.

The broadcasting rights of the Competition and its rounds, all audio and video recordings as well as the right to their further use belong to the Competition and are made available to the participants per their request. The audio and video recordings of the participants' performances are kept uploaded till June 16, 2021 inclusive and then removed from the web with the exception of the performances of prize winning participants. Participants of the Competition are not allowed to use or make available to third parties the video recordings of their performances, unless a written permission is granted by the Competition.

All finalists of the Competition are required to give performances at the closing ceremony and the Laureates Concerts of the Competition as well as the concerts aimed at popularizing the Competition, with no financial remuneration Selection of Candidates.

All candidates must submit to the Competition the link to the video recordings of conducting performances (at a minimum duration of 15 minutes) of two pianos or an orchestra. The application form should include the exact title list of the compositions to be submitted for audition, with an indication of the date and duration of the video recordings. Videos should be without interruption/editing during the performance of the piece. Only videos made later than June 6, 2019 shall be accepted.

Only classical or romantic period compositions are accepted to the primary audition of the Competition. The compositions presented during Primary audition can be performed in the next rounds of the Competition as well. Candidates will be informed of transferring to the 1st round of the Competition via e-mail. The results of Pre-selection will be announced on the Competition website on May 15, 2021.

1st Prize Cash reward equal to 10,000 USD in AMD rate Participation in the concert programs in Armenia (in 2 concerts during 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons) offered by the Organizing Committee of the Competition. Laureate Diploma * Calculated at the US Dollar exchange rate, officially announced by the Central Bank of Armenia on the day of the payment of cash reward. The cash reward is liable to taxation in compliance with the tax legislation of RA. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Prizes. Laureate Diploma Special Prizes 1. Best interpretation of a Classical Symphony (1st Round) 2. Best interpretation of a work by Armenian contemporary composer (1st Round) 3. Best interpretation of the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from “Spartacus” Suite No.2. by Aram Khachaturian (1st Round) 4. Best interpretation of the Symphony No.2 “The Bell Symphony” by Aram Khachaturian (2nd Round) Performances receiving Special prizes will be published on the official website and social media pages of the Competition. 1. “Audience Award” Special prize: one concert performance with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra during its 2022/23 concert season.


1a Mark Grigoryan str., suites 300-302

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