Competition rules

13th MICHAŁ SPISAK INTERNATIONAL
MUSIC COMPETITION
in DĄBROWA GÓRNICZA
Dąbrowa Górnicza 2018/2019

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REGULATIONS
of the 13. Michał Spisak International Music Competition

I ORGANISERS
The 13th Michał Spisak International Music Competition, hereinafter referred to as the Competition,
is organised by:
• Zagłębie Palace of Culture
• Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice
• Municipality of Dąbrowa Górnicza

II FORM OF THE COMPETITION
1. The Competition is held in the field of culture and art.
2. The Competition is held annually.
3. The Competition is held in different specialties every year.
4. In 2019, the Competition will be held on 14-23 September in the following specialties:
• harp
• clarinet
• saxophone
5. The Competition may be cancelled for reasons beyond control of the Organisers; however, not
later than until 16 August 2019. In case when the Competition is cancelled, any competition fees
paid shall be returned to the participants (after the deduction of any bank fees due).

III CANDIDATES
1. A candidate’s participation in the Competition is subject to simultaneous fulfilment of all
conditions laid down in these Regulations.
2. In 2019, the Competition is addressed to the musicians of all nationalities born after 14 September
1989.
3. Any natural person with restricted and/or full legal capacity may participate in the Competition.
The individuals with restricted legal capacity may take part in the Competition with written
consent of their statutory representative or legal guardian.
4. In case of minors under 18 years of age, written consent of parent or guardian for participation in
the Competition is required.

IV REGISTRATION
1. Registration in the Competition is equivalent to consent for participation in the event and
acceptance of these Regulations.
2. The deadline for registration in the Competition is 14 June 2019. Any applications delivered after
the above-mentioned deadline, not complying with all registration conditions or incomplete shall
be rejected.
3. The information about successful registration for the Competition and date of possible
preliminary qualification will be provided to the candidates electronically until 8 July 2019.
4. The organisers will not return to the candidates any documents submitted to the Competition.
5. Registration takes place via the electronic application form available on the official website of the
Competition: www.spisakkonkurs.pl. The following appendices are required to be attached to the
application form:
• a short biographical note to be used in the publications related to the Competition. Proper
names, e.g. names, surnames, institution names, shall be stated in the correct and full form.
The note length shall not exceed 1,800 characters (including spaces). The biographical note
shall be attached in .doc or .docx format, in Polish and in translation to English. The organisers
hereby reserve the right to make abridgements and edit the notes;
• two photographs showing the candidate’s current appearance, including at least one portrait
photo, to be used in the publications related to the Competition. The photos shall be
attached in .jpg or .tiff format, with the minimum resolution of 300 dpi;
• in case of minors under 18 years of age, consent for participation in the Competition signed
by the parent or guardian.

V FEES
1. The application fee is EUR 50 or its equivalent, converted at the average exchange rate of the
National Bank of Poland as at the date preceding the day of making the payment of the application
fee. The application fee shall be paid to the following bank account of the Organiser:
Zagłębie Palace of Culture
Bank PeKaO SA
Bank account number: 85 1240 4272 1111 0000 4835 1254
IBAN PL 85 1240 4272 1111 0000 4835 1254
SWIFT code: PKOPPLPW
Bank transfer title: Candidate’s name and surname / 13th Michał Spisak International Music
Competition
2. In case of filing a request for the services of an accompanist to be provided by the Organiser, the
additional application fee is EUR 25 or its equivalent in PLN, converted at the average exchange
rate of the National Bank of Poland as at the date preceding the day of making the payment of
the application fee, shall be paid. The fee of EUR 25 covers the costs of possible preliminary
qualification, one rehearsal, as well as the first and second stage of competition performances.
3. In case of a withdrawal from participation in the Competition, the fees paid shall not be refunded.
4. The costs of the bank transfer shall be incurred by the sender.

VI COURSE OF THE COMPETITION
1. In special cases, the Competition provides for the possibility of a preliminary qualification. The
candidates shall be informed about the possible preliminary qualification electronically until 8 July
2019. The participants will be informed about the details, form and course of preliminary
qualification if there is a need to conduct this additional stage of the Competition.
2. The opening concert will take place on 14 September 2019.
3. The competition auditions will be open to the public and will take place in three stages:
• First stage (15-16 September 2019) – auditions of all participants admitted to the
Competition. In case of a large number of applications, the Organisers will provide for
additional audition sessions.
• Second stage (17-19 September 2019) – not more than 12 participants in each specialty will
be admitted. In special cases, the jury may increase the number of qualified participants in
each specialty by 1 person.
• Third stage (20-22 September 2019) – not more than 4 participants in each specialty will be
admitted. In special cases, the jury may increase the number of qualified participants in each
specialty by 1 person. The performances in the third stage will be accompanied by the
Symphony Orchestra of Zabrze Philharmonic under Sławomir Chrzanowski. The Organiser will
provide one rehearsal with the orchestra to the qualified participants.
4. The participants should arrive at the location of auditions at least 1 hour before each stage of the
auditions.
5. During the registration in the Competition Organization Office, the participant is obliged to
produce an official document (identity card, passport) confirming the identity and date of birth.
6. Auditions at each stage of the Competition shall be held in the alphabetical order, starting from
the letter drawn by the Organisers. For organisational purposes, for important reasons and with
the permission of the Chairman of the Jury, the Competition Organization Office shall have the
right to introduce changes in the order of auditions on a particular day. The order of auditions in
the form of a list will be published every time on the day preceding the audition in the following
locations:
• Zagłębie Palace of Culture
• Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice
• place of accommodation of the participants
• www.spisakkonkurs.pl website
7. The Concert of Laureates shall take place on 23 September 2019. Prizes and distinctions will be
officially awarded during the Concert of Laureates. All laureates shall participate in the Concert of
Laureates without any additional gratification. Absence during the Concert of Laureates is
equivalent to resignation from the cash prize. The programme of the Concert of Laureates shall
be determined by the Jury in consultation with the laureates. The laureates shall perform the
programme in line with the above-mentioned arrangements.
8. It is advisable that the participants of the competition in the third stage and at the concert of the
laureates perform in a concert costume.

VII ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORT
1. The Organiser shall guarantee stay and cover the accommodation costs for all participants and
their accompanists for the period of participation in the Competition. The Organiser shall not
guarantee stay for any other persons who assist the participants.
2. The participants shall cover the individual costs of travel and meals.
3. The Organiser shall not provide any support in obtaining a visa. Upon a participant’s individual
request, the Organiser may issue a certificate of participation in the Competition.
4. The Organiser shall not provide any support in obtaining a health insurance for the period of stay
in Poland. It is recommended to possess the above-mentioned insurance due to unforeseeable
accidents.

VIII JURY
1. The Jury of the Competition consists of outstanding artists – Polish and foreign musicians.
2. The composition of the Jury shall be made public before the beginning of the Competition.
3. The Jury Regulations shall be determined during the first session of the Jury, before the beginning
of competition auditions.
4. The score awarded by the Jury may be published after each stage of the Competition. The results
of the Competition are the average of the second and third stage of auditions.
5. The decisions of the Jury are irrevocable and unappealable.

IX PRIZES
1. All participants are awarded with diplomas only in the Polish language version:
• First stage – participation diploma
• Second stage – semi-finalist diploma
• Third stage – finalist diploma
2. The finalists in each specialty may be awarded with the following prizes:
• First prize – gross PLN 12,000 and statuette
• Second prize – gross PLN 9,000 and statuette
• Third prize – gross PLN 6,000 and statuette
• distinction – gross PLN 3,000
3. Tax shall be deducted from the prizes in accordance with the legal status effective in Poland as of
23 September 2019.
4. The cash prizes shall be transferred to the bank account of the laureate within 30 days from the
end date of the competition, subject to providing the Organiser with details of the bank account
to which the prize is to be transferred.
5. The Competition prizes shall be transferred to the benefit of the laureates on the condition that
the Organiser was previously provided with all necessary data required to settle the flat-rate
income tax, pursuant to Art. 30 Par. 1 Item 2 of the Personal Income Tax, in the amount of 10% of
the prize value. The Competition Organiser, as a taxpayer, shall pay the flat-rate tax to the relevant
tax office on behalf of the laureates.
6. The prize winners are also awarded with the following title: Laureate of the 13th Michał Spisak
International Music Competition.
7. The Jury shall have the right to change the number and arrangement of the main prizes and
distinctions, with the reservation that the amount of particular main prizes and distinctions
cannot be either lower or higher than stated in the Regulations.
8. The Jury shall have the right not to award particular main prizes or distinctions.
9. Additional awards may be awarded regardless of the above-mentioned prizes.
10. Any additional (both cash and non-cash) awards sponsored by institutions or private individuals
shall be reported to the Artistic Director of the Competition before the beginning of the third
stage of the Competition.
11. The Jury shall have the right not to award special prizes or to decide to divide them.

X COPYRIGHTS
1. The participants consent to recording (especially in the form of photos and video films), use and
publication of their image through any medium, including electronically on the Internet, social
media and in printed form.
2. The participants of the Competition shall transfer to the Organiser their proprietary copyrights
related to performance of pieces and right to own image recorded during the Competition free of
charge.
3. The participants shall transfer the above-mentioned rights for the purpose of their use by the
Organisers without a time or space limit in the below fields of exploitation:
• recording
• multiplication by means of any technique
• saving in computer memory, on the Internet or in a different network
• public reproduction and performance
• issuance
• display
• rental
• lease
• marketing
• broadcasting, integral transmissions, retransmissions via vision or sound, wired or wireless,
by satellite earth stations and systems, or via the Internet or a different network.
4. The exploitation of the above-mentioned rights in the above-mentioned fields shall be made by
the entities authorised by the Organiser.
5. The Organisers shall not be liable for any infringement of third party copyrights by any participant
of the Competition.

XI DATA PROTECTION
1. Data submission is voluntary but required in order to participate in the Competition.
2. The personal data provided in the application form shall be processed in accordance with
Directive 2016/79 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the
protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free
movement of such data, and repealing Council Framework Decision 95/46/EC (general regulation
on protection of personal data). Legal basis: Art. 6 Par. 1 letter a of GDPR.
3. The administrator of your personal data will be the Zagłębie Palace of Culture with its registered
office in Dąbrowa Górnicza at Plac Wolności 1, during the period from the submission date for 2
years; in case when prizes are awarded, the personal data of the awarded individuals shall be
processed for the accounting purposes for the period of 5 years.
4. The personal data shall be processed for the purpose of organisation and promotion of the 13th
Michał Spisak International Music Competition.
5. On the basis of a separate consent, personal data in the form of e-mail address shall be processed
in order to inform the participants about subsequent editions of the Competition. The data for
this purpose shall be processed until the consent is withdrawn by the participant. You may, but
do not have to consent to it.
6. Your personal data may be provided to the following entities:
• Personal data in the form of your name and surname will be forwarded to the Karol
Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in order to organise accommodation for the
participants. The data will also be published on the website: www.spisakkonkurs.pl in order to
inform the participants about the order of auditions, schedule of rehearsals and results of
particular stages of the Competition.
• Personal data in the form of your name and surname will be forwarded to the accompanists
for the purpose of contact, in order to determine the schedule of rehearsals, verify the
programme of the Competition, etc.
• Personal data in the form of your name, surname and biographical note will be forwarded to
a translation agency for the purpose of translation of the text to Polish or English.
• Personal data in the form of name, surname, telephone number and e-mail address may be
forwarded to sponsors or patrons that will decide to award prizes or distinctions in the
Competition.
• The data including your image will be used for the marketing purposes of the Organiser, with
a particular consideration of the promotional materials, through any medium, including
electronically on the Internet, social media and in printed form.
• The company operating and supporting the Competition website may also have access to your
personal data.
7. When providing your personal data, you have the right to access and edit such data, restrict their
processing, remove them, as well as the right to raise an objection to the supervisory body Prezes
Urzędu Ochrony Danych Osobowych (President of the Personal Data Protection Office).
8. Your personal data will not be used for taking decisions by automated means, including profiling.
9. It is required to accept (select) all consents for personal data processing marked with the so-called
asterisk.

XII PROGRAMME OF THE COMPETITION
1. The Organisers inform that it is mandatory and necessary to possess the original editions of the
scores of pieces included in the programme of the Competition in each specialty. By joining the
Competition, the participants certify the legality of the scores that they will use.
2. The participants may introduce changes in the programme submitted for the Competition;
however, not later than until 11 August 2019. Any changes shall be sent electronically to the
following e-mail address: sekretariat@palac.art.pl.
3. The duration of auditions for a single participant should not exceed: 20 minutes in the first stage,
40-45 minutes in the second stage and 20-30 minutes in the third stage (depending on the
specialty).

HARP
*In the second stage, it is allowed to play the piece ‘Movimento Rapsodico’ by Krzysztof Meyer from
the sheet music. All other pieces have to be performed from memory.
First stage, three pieces:
1. Eric Schmidt Etude no. 6 from the set of Six Etudes (publisher: Éditions Alphonse Leduc)
2. any complete sonata by François-Joseph Naderman from the set of Sept Sonates progressives
(publisher: Éditions Alphonse Leduc)
3. one piece chosen by the participant
Second stage, free, a stylistically diverse recital (40-45 minutes) mandatorily including:
1. Nino Rota Sarabanda e Toccata (publisher: Ricordi)
2. Krzysztof Meyer Movimento rapsodico (publisher: Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski,
Hamburg)
Third stage, one piece with the orchestra:
1. Reinhold Glière Concerto in E-flat major op. 74 (publisher: Lyra)

CLARINET
First stage, two pieces:
1. Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Concerto in F minor part 1 op. 73 with piano (the piece shall be
performed from memory)
2. one piece to be chosen from:
• Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces
• Jörg Widmann Fantasie
• Edison Denisov Sonata
• Franco Donatoni Clair part I
• Tiberiu Olah Sonata
• Bruno Mantovani Bug
Second stage, three pieces:
1. Claude Debussy Première Rhapsodie (version with piano, the piece shall be performed from
memory)
2. Jan Wincenty Hawel Rapsodia – Romans op. 154 (publisher: MERAKEL, catalogue no. 1451, price:
PLN 35, www.merakel.com.pl)
3. one piece to be chosen from:
• Johannes Brahms Sonata no. 1 in F minor op. 120
• Johannes Brahms Sonata no. 2 in E-flat major op. 120
• Robert Schumann Fantasiestücke op. 73
Third stage, one piece with the orchestra:
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major KV 622 (the piece shall be
performed from memory).

SAXOPHONE
First stage, two pieces:
1. Johann Sebastian Bach Partita in A minor BWV 1013, parts: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande
(publisher: G. Henle Verlag); the piece must be performed on alto saxophone without repetitions,
the participant has the right to their own interpretation of articulation and ornaments
2. Pierre Sancan Lamento et Rondo (publisher: Durand Salabert Eschig)
Second stage, three pieces:
1. one chosen piece for solo saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) composed after 1980; the
participant shall submit a copy of the solo piece for jury verification before the second stage
auditions
2. one piece to be chosen from:
• Alfred Desenclos Prélude Cadence et Finale (publisher: Éditions Alphonse Leduc)
• Fernande Decruck Sonate en Ut dièse for alto saxophone and piano (publisher: Gérard
Billaudot Éditeur)
• Edison Denisov Sonate for alto saxophone and piano (publisher: Éditions Alphonse Leduc)
• William Albright Sonate for alto saxophone and piano (publisher: Ed. Peters)
3. Józef Świder Scherzo for alto saxophone and piano (publisher:Merakel)
(publisher: MERAKEL, catalog number 1452, price: PLN 32, www.merakel.com.pl).
Third stage, one piece with the orchestra:
1. Henry Tomasi Concerto for alto saxophone and piano (the piece shall be performed from
memory). (publisher:Alphonse Leduc)

XIII OTHER PROVISIONS
1. The Artistic Director of the Competition shall have the right to decide in any issues related to the
course of the Competition which do not fall with the competence of the Jury. Such decisions shall
be irrevocable and unappealable.
2. The Organisers hereby reserve the right to amend these Regulations without stating a reason.
3. The Organiser shall decide in any matters not governed by these Regulations.
4. Any potential court disputes shall be resolved by the court of local jurisdiction over the seat of the
Organiser.

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