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USA Competition: Oct 28-31, 2010

2010 NTDTV Chinese International Violin Competition Rules and Regulation

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The Chinese International Violin Competition is one of a series of world music events sponsored by New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV). Its purpose is to provide Chinese from around the world with a platform to exchange cultures and arts from East and West.


The Chinese International Violin Competition is hosted by NTDTV and will be televised around the world through satellite, cable and internet.

Panel of Judges

The Panel of Judges for the Chinese International Violin Competition shall be composed of professional veteran violinists and responsible for judging contestants’ performances. The decisions of the panel shall be final.

Procedures and Competition Repertoire

1. The competition is divided into three rounds: Preliminaries, semi-finals, and finals.
● Preliminary round (Piano Accompaniment Required): contestants are required to choose the 1st movement plus cadenza from one of the following concerti.
• K. 216 (Mozart Concerto No.3, G Major, K.216)
• K. 218 (Mozart Concerto No.4, D Major, K.218)
• K. 219 (Mozart Concerto No.5, A Major, K.219)
● Semi-final round: Contestants are required to play the following pieces.
  i. Beethoven, Sonata #8 in G Major, Op. 30, #3 (Piano Accompaniment Required):
    - Allegro assai
    - Tempo di menuetto
    - Allegro vivace
  ii. Bach, Unaccompanied Sonata No. 3, C major, BWV 1005, ii. Fugue
● Final round:
   i. Contestants are required to choose from below one of Paganini’s Caprices:
    - No. 15, E Minor
    - No. 17, E Flat Major
    - No. 19, E Flat Major
   ii. A work commissioned specifically for this competition -- "Dedu" Theme and Variations for Violin (Piano Accompaniment Required).
2. Contestants will be asked to play either the whole pieces or portion(s) of them, and the length of playing will be determined by the Panel of Judges, who will also have the right to suspend contestants’ playing.
3. Contestants are required to play from memory, except for the "Dedu" Theme and Variations for Violin.
4. The Organization Committee will provide piano accompaniment for the contestants, who may also choose to bring their own accompanists.


1. All students or teachers from professional performing arts academies and every violinist who has reached a professional level may sign up for the competition, provided they are 16 years of age or older.
2. Only Chinese or Chinese descendants are accepted in this competition.
3. Eligibilities: The Panel of Judges will examine all application materials before mailing the invitation by the Organization Committee to all eligible contestants, who will in turn obtain their visas to USA and register with the Committee.


1. Date: Ongoing registration starts from January 20th, 2010.
2. Methods of registration:
   1) Internet:
   2) Email: violin(AT)
   3) Hotlines: 1-646-736-2988 (Chinese & English)
   4) Fax: 1-212-918-3479
   5) Mail: 229 W.28th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.
      C/O: Organization Committee of NTDTV Chinese International Violin Competition
3. Application package:
   1) The applicant should fill out and submit the Registration and Resume Forms for the Chinese International Violin Competition and Resume, both of which can be downloaded from the Competition’s Web site. Signature of guardian is required if applicant is under 18 years old.
   2) The applicant should provide two 1-by-1 inch color photos (digital photos preferred) and a copy of their valid ID.
   3) As an option, the applicant could send in the latest recordings of his/her recital (10 minutes minimum) in the format of high quality cassette, audio CD, VCD or DVD (preferably in NTSC format). The VCD or DVD must not be enhanced or edited. The information of the applicant should be clearly marked on the cover of cassette or disk. In addition, no subtitles or logos that reveal any information about the applicant may appear within the image or else it will be considered an act of forfeiture. If the applicant has difficulty in fulfilling this request, please inform the Competition’s Organization Committee.
   4) The above application materials should be sent to the Competition’s Organization Committee through registered mail. All application materials shall not be returned.
4. Registration fee[1] : A US$50 registration fee shall apply. Accepted forms of payment are credit cards, cash, traveler’s check, or money orders. Please make your check payable to New Tang Dynasty Television.
5. Registered express mail charges: for applicant who need a United States visa, please indicate so on the Registration Form, and pay an additional US$25 fee for the registered express mail for the visa materials.

Remark [1]:
Under normal circumstances, the registration will only be completed once the registration fee has been cleared. For those under special financial circumstances and with written consent, the registration fee will also be accepted upon arrival with an extra fee of US$20.


The Competition (Preliminaries, semi-finals, finals, and award ceremony) shall take place in Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

The Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023


The Competition shall be held October 28th through 31st, 2010 according to the following schedule:

  • October 27th (Wed.): Contestant Registration, orientation & rehearsal.
  • October 28th (Thu.): Preliminaries.
  • October 29th (Fri.): Semifinals.
  • October 30th (Sat.): Activities to be announced.
  • October 31st (Sun.): Finals (including Award Ceremony).


  • One Gold Award will receive: US$5,000 and a hand-made violin from a renowned Asian luthier;
  • One Silver Award will receive US$3,000;
  • One Bronze Award will receive US$1,000;
  • A number of outstanding performance awards.

Accommodation and Transportation

  1. 1. The Competition’s Organization Committee will recommend hotels close to New York City for contestants.
  2. 2. Contestants and their entourage shall pay for their own accommodation and transportation. The Competition’s Organization Committee can arrange accommodation of entourage if entrusted, but only to the designated hotels.


  1. 1. Upon registration, contestants acknowledge the validity of the Rules and Regulations for the Competition.
  2. 2. Contestants must follow the arrangements by the Competition’s Organization Committee. The Committee has the right to revoke violators’ eligibilities and the prizes awarded.
  3. 3. New Tang Dynasty Television is entitled to all copyrights of audio and video products made during the Competition.
  4. 4. It is mandatory for the contestant to be present at the award ceremony to accept any awards, in the absence of the winning contestant, the award will be considered forfeited by the contestant.
  5. 5. Immediately after the final round of the competition, if the contestant is offered any performance or contract opportunities, it is the contestant’s liability to notify the judges committee.
  6. 6. It is the contestant’s full responsibility to handle any unexpected situations during the duration of the competition.
  7. 7. The Competition’s Organization Committee shall have the ultimate authority to interpret the Rules and Regulations for the Competition and have the right to make any changes to them as necessary.
  8. 8. The commissioned work "Dedu" Theme and Variations for Violin, in all of its forms and
    variants, is the exclusive property of NTDTV. It shall only be used for the sole purpose of the
    NTDTV’s Chinese International Violin Competition.

The Organization Committee of NTDTV Chinese International Violin Competition
Created on January 20th, 2010
Updated on September 20th, 2010