The Riga Symphony festival gathers talented and professional performers from all over the world to participate in a high-level vocal competition. The festival is held as a celebration of singing and vocal creativity of young people, as a creative meeting of managers and specialists to exchange experiences and establish business and creative relationships. See the Regulations for the competition on this page.
Diamond voice of Riga Symphony ! -Vocal Battle the Best of the Best – The best of the best . One award for the whole festival .
Special award from the composer E.L. Shvilpe. One award for the whole festival .
A category “The roots of the talents ” – for talented singing parents. Here pieces can be performed as a solo-duet-ensemble of parents, or together with children. One award for the whole festival .
The Riga Symphony competition consists of 2 parts.
First Part – Submission of applications and listening by the jury until 15. December.
To apply for listening you need to:
1) fill in the questionnaire on our official website: www.rigasymphony.lv. https://reg.rigasymphony.lv/ (if you cannot fill out the questionnaire and attach all the files, contact the Organizing Committee. They will respectfully help you) . After filling out the questionnaire, you can edit it in your personal account and even change the phonogram until 15/01/2022 After this date – all changes are for an additional payment
2) pay the registration fee of 45 € to the Festival. After that, the Organizing Committee and the Admissions Committee will start working with you. https://rigasymphony.lv/en/payment/
The Commission meets every two weeks. The commission listens to the contest work submitted by you and gives recommendations on the preparation for the competition and on the repertoire.
If you are a happy owner of a Certificate – an invitation to participate in the Final and you have already been listened to, then you still need to fill out a form and send in a scan of the Certificate.
The second part – Finals of the competition from 09-13 February – Riga, Latvia.
Please note the date and time of the first competitive performance – beginning at 9:00 am. Accreditation and sound check will begin at 8:00 am . In addition, on 12 February at 22:00 the Gala concert concludes the competition.
Therefore, please correctly calculate the time of your arrival and departure at the FESTIVAL.
Each contestant performs one work in one nomination and is obliged to send a phonogram minus no later than 15.12.2021. A backup version in MP3 format must be carried with you on a memory card. Soloists are allowed to have recorded backing vocals in the phonogram, as well as it is allowed to have a main voice in refrains, but only if the soloist improvises. The phonogram recorded with the main vocal part in the couplets is to be removed from the competition, and the contestant will be disqualified.
The duration of the contest work should not exceed 3:00 min. If the time limit is exceeded, the song will be mixed!
YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING:
– failure to comply with these requirements may lead to disqualification of the participant!
In the Academic vocal category, a competitor performs two diverse works accompanied by acoustic accompaniment or a’Capella. You can bring your own accompanist or ask the Organizing Committee to order one for you for an additional fee.
In the World Hit category, as in other categories, when performing popular works, one’s own reading and creative approach is encouraged, rather than simple imitation.
The category Author’s original song supports new unknown works for children and teenagers.
In addition, in this category, each composer can establish his/her own award for the best performance of his/her work. (The application from the composer must be received before 15 December to the Email of the festival)
Composer Elena Lorena Shvilpe will single out one of the best performers of her own written works.
The best of the best – Diamond voice of Riga Symphony!
Here ONLY winners of the Riga Symphony Festival of past years (Gold Symphony winners (first place) and the Grand Prix) can apply for participation. Participants will compete in the vocal arts and fight for the title “Diamond voice RIGA Symphony”. This is the only award for the whole Festival.
Contestants need to prepare one work of any genre, where the performer’s vocal abilities are especially pronounced. If the jury request follows, the contestant must be able to perform an a ’Capella fragment of a folk song and show his/her favorite singing warm-up.
Within the framework of the Festival, the style, image and beauty contest Princ & Princese Riga Symphony is traditionally held.
1.output is a business card-presentation. The participant must introduce himself in original uniform – dress style – casual
2.exit – passage – clothing style national costume
3.exit – creative number
4.outlet – aisle – dress style evening dress
Participation fee 65 €
The participant receives a crown, ribbon, diploma for participation, a gift
The jury members are professional and highly qualified specialists in the field of children’s and youth creativity from different countries, organizers and producers of festivals and competitions, as well as leading TV and radio programs about music.
Evaluation criteria: purity of intonation and sound quality, performance skills, compliance of the repertoire with the performance capabilities and age category of the performer, and stage culture.
Each nomination is evaluated by a separate jury, corresponding to the category. Voting is open. The average mark plus the Favorite of the jury . There is a live on-line broadcast to the entire world.
The fight for the Grand-Prix takes place directly at the Gala Concert and the contestants – candidates for the Grand-Prix are evaluated by a completely new and independent jury that has not seen the performances and is not familiar with the contestants. The jury names the Winners in each category and the overall Festival Winner.
After your competitive performance, you have the unique opportunity to meet each member of the jury. Don’t miss this opportunity!
All participants of the competition will compete in each age category for the golden, silver and bronze Symphony Award and Diploma;
For the Diamond voice award of the Riga Symphony (one for the festival);
For the composer award (one for the festival).
For the The roots of the talents of our children (one for the festival).
Each category has its own Grand Prix , :
The Grand-Prix of the whole Riga Symphony Festival (€ 1,000) will be awarded to the best and brightest festival participant, regardless of their category.
The nominee for the Grand Prix can be recommended by the jury only in one nomination.
Each participant receives a festival participant diploma and a nominal cup, a medal in accordance with the results and a souvenir. The person who prepared the participant for the competition receives a letter of appreciation. There are special prizes and awards from producers.
The term for full payment is 15 December.
First round of competition – performance assessment of the applied song and jury evaluation in the selection of contestants for festival Riga Symphony competition. Registration fee in amount of 45 euros must be paid simultaneously with the filling the participation questionnaire. Otherwise, you will not be registered in the database of applicants for participation.
Fee for participation in the international final in one category:
The Festival will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel RIGA SYMPHONY and professional video filming with 3-4 cameras. It can be obtained separately in the best quality by ordering in advance and paying 25 €.
Participants can participate in several categories (with one work in each), subject to payment.
Accreditation at the Riga Symphony Festival includes:
The price does not include:
invitation for visa (15 Euro),
On the dates of the festival, accommodation must be booked through the festival organizers.
This is one of the mandatory conditions for participating in the festival (except for citizens of Latvia).
Please note that the payment term is 15. December.
If payment for participation is made later than 15. December , then participation in the competition will cost an extra 50 euros! In addition, all other changes after 15. January will be made at an additional cost of 50 euros. Therefore, be careful and correct.
You need to specify in the reason of payment: name and surname of the participant, (age), for participation in the festival Riga Symphony.
Example – Ivanova Marija (15) for participation in Riga Symphony
Registration number: 40008244950
Address: Skolas 34, Riga, Latvia
Bank: AS LUMINOR BANK
Account number: LV89RIKO0001080145495 ,
Address: Skanstes 12, Riga, LV – 1013
If the participant does not participate in the competition for his own reason, the payment will not be refunded.
The organizers can cancel or postpone the dates of the festival depending on the epidemiological situation. Payment in this case will be refunded minus organizational costs.
Please note that the allowed length of the song is max 3 min!!!
We kindly ask you to name the file and the e-mail subject according to the festival’s regulation. Please name the email in the following way: participants name, surname, name of the song. Please name the file in the following way: APPLICATION NUMBER_SURNAME_NAME_NAME OF THE SONG_NOMINATION.
For example, 2345 Smith_Adam_HURT_WH.mp3.
For nomination codes please follow the following short forms:
WH – World Hit and Jazz
A -Academic vocal song
LV-Latvian composer song
OS -Original Song
F – Traditional or a Folk song
DV – Diamond voice of Riga Symphony
SP – The roots of our talented children – singing talented parents.
To issue an invitation for a visa (Schengen), you must to send data in Latin letters:
Name, Surname – exactly as in passport
Date of birth
Place of birth (city, country) Citizenship
Residence registration (in the registration, in addition to the address itself, specify the country and city).
Transfer the cost of registration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia for the bank account of the festival (15 euros per person).
After registration of the invitation, the Organizing committee will send you its number.
You need to apply with this number to the Latvian embassy (consulate) in your country for a visa issue.
For accompanying parents, it is necessary to send a scanned birth certificate of the child in Russian or English!
It is allowed to film only with mobile phones without flashlights.
RIGA SYMPHONY VIRTUAL .
The Riga Symphony Festival collects talented and professional performers from all the world to host a high-level vocal competition. The festival is held as a holiday of singing and vocal creativity of youth, as a creative meeting of leaders and specialists in order to exchange experience, establish business and creative contacts.
* World hit
* Jazz music and song.
* Author’s and original song.
* Folklore and folk song.
* A song by a Latvian composer or a song in the language of my country.
* The roots of talents- are for talented singing parents +25 . Here you can perform a work as a solo-duet ensemble of parents, and together with children.
* Movies and Musicals songs
* Video clip
Age categories for solo, duets, trios.
Dates of the festival RIGA SYMPHONY VIRTUAL 2021:
Until 10. 11.2021 – Call for applications
Until 01.12. 2021 – Spectator online voting.
09.12.2021 – Contest and Live version results.
10.12.2021- Awarding ceremony.
11.12.2021 – Gala concert and determination – awards of the Grand Prix of the festival.
General provisions and stages of Riga Symphony VIRTUAL-competition:
Video of the performances of the contestants will be posted as they become available on the three official resources of the Riga Symphony Festival – a group on Facebook, a YouTube channel, an Instagram page. On each resource, voting with likes will be available.
Prizes I, II, III, in all age groups will be determined by a professional international jury remotely.
🔺Based on the results of the audience voting, the winners of the audience voting prize will be determined – 3 people who received the largest number of votes. Votes on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram are summed up. The votes are counted as of December 1, 2021.
🔺personal invitations to participate free of charge at the Tenth X Anniversary International Competition Festival Riga Symphony in Riga. ( February 2022)
🔺The results of the online competition will be published on the official website and social networks. All participants of the online competition, to the e-mail indicated in the application, will receive
Diploma (with the occupied place)
Diploma “Audience Award”
Diploma of a participant,
🔺 Participants will be awarded with invitations to other projects, competitions and festivals around the world on favorable financial terms.
🔺 December 11, 2021 live on YouTube, we will find out the names of the winners – the Grand Prix holders in each nomination free participation of the winner in Riga Symphony 2021) and one
Grand Prix winner of the entire Riga Symphony Festival VIRTUAL 2021 –
(prize pool € 250, free song recording and free participation in Riga Symphony 2021 and accommodation at Radisson Blu )
Conditions and requirements for submitting applications for the online competition:
Acceptance of applications and payments until 10. November. (video acceptance until November 10, if it is not possible to submit immediately with the application)
Participation in Virtual – competition 35 euros for one nomination
Participation in Virtual – competition 65 euros for two nominations
Participation in Virtual – competition 80 euros for three nominations
EUROPEAN CENTRE OF MUSIC FOR YOUTH
Registration number: 40008244950
Address: Skolas 34, Riga, Latvia
Bank: AS LUMINOR BANK
Account number: LV89RIKO0001080145495,
S.W.F.T. Code: RIKOLV2X,
Address: Skanstes 12, Riga, LV – 1013
In the purpose of payment it is necessary to indicate – the name and surname of the participant, (age) for participation in the Riga Symphony festival Example – Ivanova Marija (15) Virtual Riga Symphony If the participant does not participate in the competition, the payment is not refundable.
Soloist-vocalist performs one song in any nomination, you can participate in several nominations, subject to payment for each.
🔺At the beginning of the video, the participant is presented in English: Name, Surname, how old and where he lives, (country, city), and the phrase – “This video was shot specially for Riga Symphony 2021“.
🔺 The presence of a stage costume is required. The costume must be appropriate for the participant’s repertoire and age. – Shooting should be done horizontally, with a camera or phone
🔺 It is highly recommended to shoot on stage in good lighting, or at least the venue should have a clean, beautiful background. Only .avi .wmv .mov .mpeg4 .mp4 formats are accepted.
🔺MOVIE RECORDING TECHNIQUE Videos should be shot on a tripod or with special stabilization systems. The use of professional cameras or equipment is optional, but recommended to improve audio and video quality.
🔺 UPLOADING DOCUMENTS The video file should be uploaded to any platform for sharing documents on the Internet and cloud services (for example, Failiem.lv, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).
The file must be named: LAST NAME _NAME_Age -Song__Nomination _Example: Sokolova_Olga12_Toy_WH
Used abbreviations for the file name:
Download link must be provided when applying. If this is not possible, then the link to the video can be sent later by November 10 to an e-mail with the indication in the subject line and in the text: SURNAME NAME Nomination Age Song.
🔺If unaccepted post-processing is found in the video or if there is a soundtrack fix, the participant will be disqualified without notice.
🔺Copyright for videos is held by the competition committee upon submission. The Competition Committee may upload videos to a website, YouTube channel, or other online platforms for competition, promotion, or other use without notifying participants.
🔺Any sent links, files and documents that cannot be identified, found, opened, downloaded and played will not be processed.
The jury has the right not to award the GRAND PRIX title if the participants did not score the maximum number of points.
The organizing committee has the right to stop accepting applications before the deadline if the participant limit is exhausted.
The organizing committee reserves the right to make changes and additions to the Regulations without changing the general principles.
THE NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED !!!