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RULES: GLORY 25 under 25 Int'l Music Competition

Applications open on February 2
Your journey to world glory starts here. Build your CV and showcase your talent

I. About
  • Presenting no more than 25 of the brightest young performers under the age of 25.
  • The rating depends on the score received from the Jury. To secure a place in the ranking the performer should have a score of minimum 6 points or more. The ranking is according to the scoring system as explained further below. 
II. Schedule

Applications open each year on Feb 2 | Application deadline: Feb 13
(for more info please read Paragraph V. "Limited Number of Participants")
Pre-judging process: Feb 14 - 20
Judging: Feb 21 - 27
Processing of results: Feb 28 - Mar 4
Announcement of the results: Mar 5

III. Periodicity & Place
  • The competition will be held annually.
  • Place: online
IV. Eligibility 
  • The competition is open to instrumentalists of all countries and nationalities worldwide.
  • Acceptable instruments: piano, stringed instruments, woodwinds, brass, and percussions.
  • Chamber groups are not acceptable.
V. Limited Number of Participants


  • The competition is limited to the participation of maximum fifty (50) contestants. 
  • The applications close on Feb 13 unless the competition receives applications from 50 contestants before the deadline date. In the latter case, the applications will close earlier than the deadline date.
  • The application process is organized on the "first-come, first-served" basis.
VI. Age Groups
The contestants have to be under the age of 25 at the time of the performance they will submit for the competition.
There are no distinctive age groups but the Jury will take into consideration the age of each contestant.

VII. Video Recordings Requirements
  • Participants are required to submit online a video recording of their performance. Please submit a link: we accept YouTube links as well as Dropbox, Google Drive etc.  
  • The videos should be viewable online. 
  • We don't accept videos that are not available for viewing online (download links).
  • Recordings that are audio only are not acceptable.
  • Video recordings must be genuinely performed by the contestants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added. To ensure that poor recording quality does not interfere with jury’s ability to review the material, avoid distortion and ensure that accompaniment is not louder than the applicant (where applicable).
  • If you submit YouTube links, be sure your videos have the proper settings:
    VIDEO MANAGER → videos → Basic Info → from the drop-down menu, please choose "Public" or "Unlisted" instead of  "Private".

VIII. Repertoire Requirements

General Requirements

  • One free choice piece. If your chosen work is a multi-movement piece such as concerto or sonata, please submit only one movement. The chosen piece may be composed from approximately 1600 to nowadays. In other words, from the baroque era to the present.
  • It's not required to know the piece by heart.
  • The performance can be solo, with accompaniment or with orchestra.
  • Transcriptions, adaptations or arrangements are acceptable. 
IX. Jury

The Jury Board consists of:
  • The teachers of the participants who accept to join the Jury
  • The competition committee
X. The unique judging process

How it works
  • The teachers of all participants will be invited to join The Jury. Those who agree will be able to vote online along with the competition committee, according to the scoring system below. 
  • The ranking will be computed according to the votes provided by The Jury.
  • To secure a place in the ranking the performer should have a score of minimum six (6) points or more. 
  • The rankings will be awarded based solely on the submitted recordings. 
  • The competition committee may award additional accolades.
Scoring System

Excellent: 10 points
Very Good: 8 points
Good: 6 points
Average: 4 points
Poor: 2 points

For example: someone gives you 10 points, another gives you 8 points, and another 6 points.  So far your score is 24 / 3  = 8.00

Fair Play 

An important part of the judging process is to guarantee there's no conflict of interests, prejudice or underhand stipulations. 

To ensure honesty and integrity: 

  • Judges may not vote for their students because they have a professional teacher-student relationship or both professional and personal affiliation (teacher and parent). In other words, the judges may vote for all participants except for their student(s).
Any cheat attempt may result in a disqualification of the participant who is trying to cheat.

In addition to the above, the competition committee will be on the alert for unfair play: suspicious or very unusual votes. For example a person giving the lowest possible points to all participants. In such cases of unfair play those votes will be treated as null and void and won't have any influence upon the final ranking. 

Certificates will be granted to all members of The Jury.

The participants have no right to present any objections against the composition or the votes of the Jury.  

The decision of the Jury and the competition committee is final and can’t be appealed.

XI. Prizes
  • Your spot in the Ranking
  • All winners also get a dedicated profile web page on the competition's website with a photo and other details included to share with friends and the world. 
  • Diplomas will be granted to all winners. 
The VirtuosoChannel Awards

The five (5) winners with the highest rating get the following award provided courtesy of VirtuosoChannel: an interview to be published on the sponsor's website www.virtuosochannel.com.
About Virtuoso Channel
Virtuoso Channel is a news website publishing top arts and culture news from top sources.

XII. Results

The results of will announced on the competition's website on February 9th. 

XIII. How to Apply in under 5 minutes

Now you've read the rules and are ready to boost your career, showcase your talent, and build your CV. Your journey to world glory starts here. Apply easily in just a few minutes:

1. Pay the application fee, and
2. Fill out and submit the Application Form

XIV. Miscellaneous

The GLORY Int'l Music Competition Committee reserves the right to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competition.

The GLORY Int'l Music Competition reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any applicant found to be, including, but not limited to: (a) violating the Competition Rules and Policies; (b) tampering or attempting to tamper with the application process or the operation of the Competition; (c) cheating or attempting to cheat by means of false or manipulated recordings or otherwise; (d) providing false or misleading information before, during the application process, or afterwards(e) making abusive demands or comments.