Conditions of Participation for the International Violin Competition Stuttgart of the Guadagnini Foundation

These Conditions of Participation apply to all participants of the International Violin Competition Stuttgart of the Guadagnini Foundation (hereinafter also referred to as the "Competition"). By participating in the Competition by sending the online registration form, the participants declare their agreement with these Conditions of Participation as well as with the Competition Terms referred to herein.

1. Organiser
The organiser of the International Violin Competition Stuttgart is the Guadagnini Foundation, Postfach 150502, 70077 Stuttgart (hereinafter "Guadagnini Foundation"). The Competition is held in cooperation with the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst - HMDK) (hereinafter "HMDK Stuttgart").

2. Entitlement to participation
Violinists of all nationalities who are not older than 28 years of age at the date of the registration deadline are entitled to participate. The decisive date for this is the date of birth specified in the terms and conditions for the respective Competition (hereinafter referred to as "Competition Terms"). Violinists whose teachers are on the jury of the International Violin Competition Stuttgart are excluded from entry.

3. Registration and conditions for participation (pre-selection)

Registration for the competition will take place exclusively online via the website www.muvac.com, Beginning on the date specified in the competition terms. The registration deadline will be the date specified in the competition terms. Late or incomplete registrations will not be accepted.

For online applications, participants must complete their muvac profiles with the following information:

  • Personal data: enter your personal data and upload your profile photo.
  • Resumé: under “CV / Resumé” enter your full curriculum vitae.
  • Required documents: under “Documents” please upload the following:
    1. “Portrait photo”: a high-resolution artist photo, free of any copyright (jpeg)
    2. “ID or passport”: A scan of your passport or ID card
    3. “Repertoire”: a document with the planned competition repertoire
  • Videos: please upload your application video to YouTube or Vimeo and add them to your muvac profile under “Videos”. For pre-selection we require one video with all recordings or three separate videos containing the following tracks:
    1. Johann Sebastian Bach: 3rd and 4th movement from one of the sonatas for solo violin: BWV 1001, BWV 1003 and OR BWV 1005
    2. Niccolò Paganini: 2 Caprices from 24 Caprices for violin solo, op.1
    3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 1st movement plus cadenza from one of the following concertos for violin and orchestra: KV 216, KV 218, KV 219

    The music video must be produced without retouching the image and sound. This must be confirmed by the signature of the unit manager.

No registration fee is payable for participation in the Competition. The costs incurred by the participant in connection with the Competition shall be borne by the participant.
All applications received on time and in full will be evaluated by the jury as part of the pre-selection for the Competition. From this, 24 participants will be admitted to the Competition.
All applicants will be notified by e-mail of their admission to the Competition by the date specified in the Competition Terms. Admitted participants must confirm their participation in the Competition by e-mail to the Guadagnini Foundation by the deadline specified in the Competition Terms.

4. Execution of the Competition
The International Violin Competition Stuttgart of the Guadagnini Foundation takes place on the days specified in the Competition Terms in Stuttgart/Germany and is organised in cooperation with HMDK Stuttgart.
All participants must personally register on the evening before the first day of the Competition at the Competition Office in Stuttgart, stated in the Competition Terms. The order of the performances of the participants will be determined by the drawing of lots and announced on this day.
The Competition consists of two preliminary rounds and the final round.
The two preliminary rounds will take place in the Chamber Music Hall (Kammermusiksaal) of the HMDK Stuttgart with piano accompaniment. Each participant is entitled to an official piano accompaniment free of charge, which will be assigned to him together with the draw of the order of performance. The participants may use another piano accompanist at their own expense.
The jury will select 8 participants for the second preliminary round after the first preliminary round of the Competition. These 8 participants will compete in the second preliminary round, from which the jury will select the 4 finalists who will then compete in the final round. The jury's decision will be communicated to the participants at the end of each preliminary round.
The final round will take place in the concert hall (Konzertsaal) of the Stuttgart HMDK. The four finalists will be accompanied by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra during the final round. All Competition rounds are open to the public and can also be followed online worldwide via live stream.

5. Jury
The pre-selection of candidates, admission to the second preliminary round and the final round and the selection of winners will be carried out by a jury appointed and selected by the Guadagnini Foundation, which will make its decisions at its own discretion. Following the final round, the jury will select the first three winners and the winner of the special prize of the Competition. The decisions of the jury are final and incontestable.

6. Prizes, final concert and award ceremony
The three winners of the Competition will receive a cash prize in accordance with the prizes stated in the Competition Terms. The jury will also award a special prize of the Competition.
It is not possible to disburse prizes in cash, in kind, or to exchange or transfer them to other persons. A participant may waive his or her prize, which will then be forfeited for the benefit of the Guadagnini Foundation.
All prize winners are obliged to participate in the final concert. The winner of the Competition will perform in the final concert together with the orchestra. The official award ceremony will take place at the end of the final concert.

7. Obligations of the participant, transfer and granting of rights of use and exploitation
By submitting their artist photos and application videos, the participants confirm that these are free of third-party rights (e.g. copyright, trademark or competition rights of participating musicians) or that they hold the rights required for the distribution or publication. By registering for the Competition, the participants grant the Guadagnini Foundation and its Competition partners the right to use and publish free of charge the artist photos, application videos, name and biographical information, in particular the musical career, submitted as part of the application, in all online (e.g. website) and off-line media (e.g. print) of the participant for the purposes of organising, advertising and executing the Competition, as well as announcing the results and winners of the Competition, or to pass them on to media representatives for this purpose.
In addition, the participants agree that all performances in the context of the Competition may be broadcast live online worldwide and that photo, sound and video recordings (hereinafter referred to as "Recordings") of the participants may be made during the Competition. The Guadagnini Foundation is entitled to use and exploit these Recordings for all purposes permitted to the Guadagnini Foundation, in particular for advertising and communication purposes, and/or to have them used and exploited by third parties. This includes all current and future types of media and usage (in particular audio-visual data carriers, online and off-line media, television, radio, streaming, download). To the extent permitted by law, the participants of the Guadagnini Foundation shall transfer or grant free of charge to the Guadagnini Foundation all rights to the Recordings arising from them, exclusively, irrevocably, transferably, sublicensable, unlimited in time, place and content. There is no right to a fee for the Recordings and further use. Statutory claims remain unaffected.

8. Data protection
The Guadagnini Foundation processes the personal data of the participants collected in connection with the Competition (e.g. name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, images and sound recordings) in accordance with the applicable provisions of data protection law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG). If necessary for the execution of the Competition, the data may also be passed on to HDMK Stuttgart, the jury and other service providers commissioned by the Guadagnini Foundation with the administration and execution of the Competition.
By registering for the Competition, participants agree that their personal data, as well as the Recordings produced and made available in connection with the Competition for the press and public relations work of the Guadagnini Foundation (in online and off-line media) and its official Competition partners, as well as media representatives, may be passed on for the purpose of reporting on the Competition.
Any consent given may be revoked at any time in the future bis-à-vis the Guadagnini Foundation, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until revocation.
Data processing is based on Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR (performance of a contractual relationship), Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR (consent) and Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR (overriding legitimate interests of the controller). In addition, the Data Privacy Statement available on the website of the Guadagnini Foundation shall apply.

9. Liability
The Guadagnini Foundation shall be fully liable for intent and gross negligence as well as for damages resulting from injury to life, body or health.
In the event of slight negligence, the Guadagnini Foundation shall only be liable for breaches of a material contractual obligation (cardinal obligation). A cardinal obligation in this sense is an obligation which makes the proper execution of the Competition possible in the first place and on the fulfilment of which the participant relies. In this case, however, the Guadagnini Foundation shall only be liable for the foreseeable damage typical of the contract.
The limitation of liability also applies, with the necessary modifications, to the employees, contractors and vicarious agents of the Guadagnini Foundation.

10. Early termination or abandonment of the Competition, exclusion from the Competition
The Guadagnini Foundation is entitled to abandon, suspend or modify the Competition prematurely in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the Guadagnini Foundation, which make the original execution difficult or unreasonable for the Guadagnini Foundation.
The Guadagnini Foundation reserves the right to exclude participants from the Competition for important reasons, in particular if there is an urgent suspicion or proof of false information, manipulation, violation of these Conditions of Participation or other unlawful acts. The Guadagnini Foundation is entitled to withdraw prizes awarded if violations of the Conditions of Participation, in particular violations of the provisions of Clause 10, Sentence 2, are proven.

11. Miscellaneous
Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Competition should be addressed to the Guadagnini Foundation.There is no legal recourse with regard to the decision on participation and the decision concerning the prize winners. All other disputes shall be governed by the law of the Federal Republic of Germany to the exclusion of private international law provisions. If a participant does not have a general place of jurisdiction in Germany, Stuttgart shall be agreed as the place of jurisdiction, unless further formal requirements apply beyond the agreement of these conditions with regard to the place of jurisdiction agreement.
Should individual provisions of these Conditions of Participation be invalid, or should there be a loophole, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. The ineffective or incomplete provision shall be replaced or supplemented by one that comes closest to the interests of the Guadagnini Foundation and the participants.
The Guadagnini Foundation reserves the right to adapt these Conditions of Participation, in particular to changes in the legal environment or technical conditions. The current version of these Conditions of Participation is available online on the Guadagnini Foundation website. In case of doubt, the German text of the Conditions of Participation shall prevail.

As at: December 2019