International Open Trophy 2020
Due to the International Health Crisis linked to the coronavirus, la Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon is adapting to ensure that the Trophée Mondial and the International Open Trophy 2020 exist and take place under the best possible conditions.
In addition, the Trophée Mondial de l’Accordéon is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2020!!!! So, let's be positive, and transform this dramatic situation linked to the planetary pandemic, into a true international jubilee, using all the new communication technologies "Livestreaming, Facebook Live, etc.", while at the same time contributing to the rejuvenation of the image of the accordion, despite the 70 years of the CMA :-)
The CMA delegates overwhelmingly endorsed the adaptation of the 2020 edition of the Trophée Mondial and International Open Trophy "ONLINE" and we thank them. A fine example once again of solidarity and family spirit within the CMA.
International Competition 2020 « ONLINE »
The CMA has tried to keep as many categories as possible for this year 2020. Given the “ONLINE” situation, we will not be financially supported by any local organizer. Candidate prizes will be covered by annual delegate dues (€ 100 per national delegate), candidate registration fees, official CMA sponsors, and CMA resources. Typically, all cash received by the CMA is used for candidate awards, CMA promotion and operations, and emergencies as is unfortunately the case this year.
The program of the categories of the Trophée Mondial and the International Open Trophy 2020 will be the same as in previous years. Long thought-out programs, tested for years, and which highlight all the qualities of the candidates according to the respective categories.
Candidates selected by National associations or by the CMA Office must record their program on VIDEO between October 19 and 31, 2020 and send them by email or wetransfer to the CMA Office imperatively before November 1, 2020.
The videos of the candidates for the International Final must be recorded exclusively for the Trophée Mondial and may in no case be old videos recorded at any other previous event whatsoever.
Of course, candidates will be able to make multiple registrations and select the best version for the competition. The fact of not having (or few) technical errors during the musical interpretation of the candidates on the videos will not change the artistic, musical or technical level of the candidates, as well as the good taste of the choice of their repertoire. In addition, the conditions are the same for all applicants. Let’s not forget that we are in a very special situation and that we have to deal with the elements that we can handle. From experience, after years of WEB TV and Facebook Live Show, I can confirm that the audio quality as well as the stability of the internet connections are often disappointing (especially regarding the sound of the accordion), and it seems to us rightly preferable, that the realization of the Trophée Mondial 2020 be made by pre-recorded videos.
Pay attention to the sound level of the videos. It is important that the volume of the video recording is large enough. Low volume will not allow adequate hearing during the competition.
The CMA Board reserves the right not to accept videos if the audio, video or technical quality is insufficient. In this case, applicants would be informed upon receipt of the video by the CMA office.
Schedule for the Competition
The categories will take place in the form of a Facebook Live Show, everyday between November 16 and 29, 2020, giving priority to time slots that will allow the greatest number of countries to watch it live, especially for the members of the international jury.
A draw will be made, and the videos of the candidates will be auditioned in the order imposed by this draw.
The International Jury
The Jury of the Trophée Mondial is made up of the best international teachers, composers and performers as well as a few internationally renowned guests, selected according to their musical specialty. For the sake of fairness, honesty and objectivity, it is important to note that at the Trophée Mondial, each category is judged by a minimum of 15 members of the jury and the two lower and higher scores are deleted. for each candidate. The members of the international jury are not authorized to judge their own students, nor the candidates representing the same country, and absolutely not the right to communicate between each other on the candidates during the duration of the Trophée Mondial. The marks of each member of the jury will be published on the Official Website of the Confédération Mondiale after the declaration of the results.
During the audition of the candidates' videos on Facebook, the jury members will all be invited to Zoom live from their phone or computer. At the end of the performances, and as is always the case during National Finals or international competitions, the members of the jury will communicate the points they have awarded for each candidate by email to the CMA Bureau. We will take the opportunity of "Direct Online" to ask members of the jury who so wish, to give some positive and constructive observations which justify their points per candidate. These observations will be very appreciable and useful for the candidates, their parents as well as their teachers, and will contribute to the clarity of the results of the competition. During this time, the averages for each candidate will be calculated.
The jury for the International Open Trophy will be made up of all the teachers presenting students for the competition, according to their respective musical specialties. To this list will be added a few juries of the Trophée Mondial. + a few internationally renowned artists invited.
Promotion of Professors, delegates and members of the CMA Jury.
During the Finals Weekend and the previous days, the CMA wants to take advantage of the event to promote the musical activities of the CMA members: School, Students, Concerts, Associations, Their personal and / or professional musical activities ... and everything else. that they can offer us in relation to their activities. This will be done in two ways: Live Interview on Zoom during the two weeks of the competition, during breaks and between categories + Amateur or professional videos of their activities published during the interview: excerpts from youtube videos or other that you already have, or video made for the occasion. A schedule of the tests and the various activities parallel to the competition will be communicated to you in a few days.
Prize Money for each Category
This list remains an indication and will be adapted according to the number of registrations of candidates per category, the number of sponsors present, and the number of CMA delegates for this year 2020. A final list will be announced in September.
CMA / Klingenthal / Castelfidardo partnership
As per last year, the winners of the Klingenthal competition as well as of Castelfidardo will be invited in concert (paid) and also to take place in the international jury. Unfortunately, this year, The Klingenthal competition did not take place, but the winner of the Castelfidardo competition (Premio Category) which will take place in mid-September, and will be our guest during the Jubilee concert for the 70th anniversary of the Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon.
Jubilee Concert - 70th Anniversary of the Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon
This concert will also take the form of a Facebook Live Show after the completion of the Trophée Mondial and International open Trophy events. We will try to invite live, some Trophée Mondial winners from previous years, will try to find some archive images, as well as their musical journey.
By October, some changes will surely be made to this pre-program as to the running of the tests, the number of categories, the number of jury members per category, the prices of the candidates (which as we all hope , will be on the rise, of course), as well as parallel activities during the course of the competition. Many ideas are being studied such as, for example, Artist Interviews, Master Classes, Analysis of works by composers, etc ...
But everything will be sorted in time ☺
Dear Teachers, all you must do is motivate your students, now that you have concrete information.
Dear National Delegates: Start disseminating information and thinking about national selections, Online or not, ...
Dear Candidates: forget the holidays and go to work on your program ☺
Dear Friends, ... I sincerely miss you and look forward to seeing you in person!
The CMA bureau joins me in wishing you all a good “studious” vacation and above all… take care of yourself.
Président de la Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon