Rules & Requirements


The Third G.Gershwin International Music Competition will be held in New York city, United States from October 26 - November 5, 2017,
under the auspices of
The O'Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation and The Shostakovich Cultural Program.

The Founder of the G.Gershwin International Music Competition is Michael Bulychev-Okser.

G.Gershwin International Music Competition welcomes musicians of all nationalities around the world.

The Competition is held in the following sections: piano, string instruments, winds & brass, and voice (female and male).

English is the official language of the G.Gershwin International Competition.

First-prize winners of previous G.Gershwin International Music Competitions are not eligible to compete.

In some cases foreign competitors will need visas. Applicants should consult the nearest American Embassy or Consulate for advice.
G.Gershwin Competition can provide a formal letter of invitation to a competitor in need of a visa.

During the dates of the Competiton, October 26 - November 5, 2017, selected participants will be accommodated individually in private homes, with meals, practice facilities, and transportation provided. Competitors will be responsible for their own accommodations on any days falling outside of this time period. Competitors who are not participating in the Final Round of the Competition are not required to stay until the end of the Competition, although they are strongly encouraged to do so. Any cost incurred by changing dates of travel will be at the competitor’s expense.

All phases of the Competition will be open to the public.

All information contained in this document was correct at the time of publication.

G.Gershwin International Music Competition reserves the right to make changes in the competition format or rules, if the circumstances require it.


The age limit of participants at the date of the Competition opening (October 26, 2017):
  • Instrumentalists:
      Artists Category - Not younger than 18 and not older than 40 years inclusive
      Young Artists Category - Not younger than 13 and not older than 17 years inclusive
      Talent Show Category - Not older than 12 years inclusive
  • Singers:
      Artists Category - Not younger than 18 and not older than 39 years inclusive
      Young Artists Category - Not older than 17 years inclusive
  • Ensembles:
      Artists Category - Not younger than 18 and not older than 35 years inclusive. The ensemble’s age must average less than 31 years old.
      Young Artists Category - Not older than 17 years inclusive

Important! If contestant's 13th or 18th birthday falls between January 1 - October 24, 2017, those candidates may still be qualified to participate in the Talent Show or Young artists categories respectively.


1. The Competition will consist of three separate rounds: Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final.

2. The order of appearance of pianists in the Semifinal and Final Rounds will be determined by a drawing. The Semifinal and Final Rounds of Competition will follow this order except for reasons of accident, illness, or other unusual circumstances at the discretion of the G.Gershwin Competition Committee.

3. All rounds of the Competition will be broadcast live and recorded for subsequent broadcast, video, or audio recording use. It is anticipated that a CD recording of selected Competition performances will be commercially produced, that a documentary of the Competition incorporating selected performances will be produced for television and DVD, and that parts or all of the Competition will be made available on the Internet. G.Gershwin Competition camera crew may videotape and/or photograph all Competition events.
All broadcasting and media rights belong to the G.Gershwin International Music Competition. Applicants are required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials to the G.Gershwin International Music Competition.


1. All Finalists will be awarded certificates.

2. All Prize-winners must appear in person at the Competition Award Ceremony and perform at the Winners' Gala Concert. Failure to be present at the competition's Award Ceremony will result in nullification of the Prize(s) and the revocation of the Laureate Title.

3. Taxes will be deducted from prizes according to U.S. tax laws in effect at the time of the Competition.

4. Following the two-year period after the Gershwin Competition 2017, The Competition Committee will organize a number of concert engagements for the competition winners. Scheduling of these engagements will take into account any prior commitments of the winners, but the winners will be expected to fulfill all prize engagements. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of a winner’s claim to prizes, awards, and engagements.

5. The names of all prize-winners, including the Diploma recepients, as well as finalists, etc. will appear on the G.Gershwin Competition Website. No exceptions.

6. The Grand Prix as well as any I Prize in any Category can not be divided.


1. All decisions of the Jury and the Gershwin Competition Committee shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding its decisions.

2. The Jury of the Competition shall have the rights:
  • Not to award all or some of the prizes
  • To share prize(s) among the established number of finalists, except the I prize, which can not be shared in any category.

3. Participants shall not communicate with jury members for as long as they take part in the Competition, nor shall any other person communicate with the jury members on behalf of any participant. Violation of this rule will result in automatic disqualification from the Competition.