Music Contest

Canto Performance Section – Specific Rules

Please read the Specific Rules for the Canto Performance Section of the International Creation & Performance Contest. You can find out about the winners of the first edition of the Canto Interpretation Contest (Carols and Religious Pieces) at and listen to them at

AGE GROUPS for the Canto Performance Section:

The Singing Interpretation Section of the International Creation & Performance Contest is addressed to young people and adults passionate about classical singing, as follows:

Group I – competitors under 14 years of age

Group II – young people aged between 14 and 18 years

Group III – young people aged between 19 and 23 years

Group IV – adults over 23 years of age


All categories will perform a minimum of 2 (two), a maximum of 3 (three) pieces from the Romanian lied creation or from the universal creation, canzonetta, chanson, Russian romance, songs (Belgian lied, etc.). All songs will be recorded on a single video of up to 15 minutes. The video can be sent as a link to YouTube, where it was, prior to submission, published as unlisted, or as a file via WeTransfer (or similar platforms).


Videos sent via WeTransfer or similar platforms must be in .avi .wmv .mov or .mp4 format. The recording must be clear both in terms of image and sound, made without disturbances, background noises etc. The device must be positioned so that the whole body of the performer, gestures etc. are visible.

Make sure you have the consent of the accompanying musician to appear on the recording.

Recordings with computerized accompaniment (made electronically) and audio processing of the recording are not allowed.

The recording must contain all the contest pieces.

Please dress in a neat and correct manner. Participants can arrange the filming according to their own conditions. The use of professional rooms or equipment is not a necessity. Videos made with simple equipment, such as mobile phones, are sufficient.


The jury will pay special attention to the following issues:

Respect for the score:

  • melody and tempo
  • pace
  • text

Vocal technique:

  • breath
  • projection of the voice
  • pronunciation and diction
  • intonation


  • observance of musical styles,
  • use of timbre colors,
  • stage presence (appropriate attitude, gestures, facial expressions)