Festival Regulations

30.08 - 04.09.2022, Cluj-Napoca

Festival Regulations

Registration guide

Transilvania International Guitar Festival – online edition

the 30th of August – the 04th of September 2022, 20th edition

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Online edition Regulation

The 2022 edition of the festival will be held by broadcasting the video competition online and holding master classes. The competition will be broadcast on Youtube and Facebook and the masterclasses will take place both in person (in Cluj-Napoca) and remotely (via online communication platforms such as Skype and Zoom).

The international jury will evaluate the participants' performances in real broadcasting time. The jury’s vote is announced as soon as the category is completed, and all ratings will be signed and published as soon as possible on the festival website. The registration page will be available between the 1st - 21nd of August on the festival's website.

The festival's participants are asked to upload their videos with the competition's program and/or the work for masterclasses. For improving the masterclasses' quality, the organization will anticipate sending the participants' videos to the masterclass’s lectors. The participants may (also) use the video sent for the competition. 

This regulation contains guidance and recommendations for making video recordings. 


1. Competitions

2. Evaluation 

3. General rules for video recordings

4. Recommendations for making the video recordings

5. Registration for competitions and master class

6. Administrative aspects



On the occasion of the anniversary edition, in order to welcome all those who study classical guitar regardless of their level of performance, two competitions will be held during the festival, "Dumitru Capoianu" and "Mihai Babii", with two different levels of virtuosity, structured as in previous years by age categories.

1.1. The "Dumitru Capoianu" classical guitar competition is open to guitarists who have reached a high level of performance and has two sections, one for solo classical guitar and another one for chamber music.

1.1.1. The solo guitar section includes six age categories with the following corresponding competition program durations:

”Junior” Category for competitors born on the 1st of January 2014 or younger: between 4 and 8 minutes

I Category for competitors born on the 1st of January 2012 or younger: between 5 and 9 minutes

II Category for competitors born on the 1st of January 2009 or younger: between 7 and 11 minutes

III Category for competitors born on the 1st of January 2006 or younger: between 9 and 13 minutes

IV Category for competitors born on the 1st of January 2003 or younger: between 12 and 16 minutes

V Category without age limit. The V category will have two rounds. The competitors must upload two videos for both rounds, as follow: 

- for the first round, between 8 and 12 minutes

- for the second round, between 15 and 22 minutes. The program for the second round may include works performed already in the first round.

1.1.2. The chamber music section is open to groups of up to ten members (which may include other instruments apart from the guitar except the piano) and includes two age categories, as follows:

I-CM Category for competitors born on or after 1 January 2008 (the average age of the band members is taken into account).
For I-CM category, the competing bands must present a free program of no more than three works with a total maxim duration of 8 minutes.

II-CM Category without age limit.
For II-CM category the competing bands will present a free program of between 13 and 22 minutes.

1.2. The "Mihai Babii" solo classical guitar competition is open to all classical guitar lovers, regardless of their level of virtuosity. The competition programs will be no longer than 10 minutes. This competition includes six age categories as follows:

A Category for competitors born on or after 1 January 2011;

B Category for competitors born on or after 1 January 2009;

C Category for competitors born on or after 1 January 2007;

D Category for competitors born on or after 1 January 2005;

E Category for competitors born on or after 1 January 2003;

F Category without age limit

1.3. For all competitions the program is free. Anyway, one of the evaluation criteria is the diversity of the program and the stylistic realization. Also, the works presented in the competition can be played with or without repetitions.

1.4. The competitors may participate both in the "Dumitru Capoianu" competition and in the "Mihai Babii" competition; in such cases, competitors must pay the participation fees for each competition, with a 10% discount applicable to the total amount.

1.5. For „Dumitru Capoianu” Competition, the competitors may participate both in the competition of their age category and in the competition of the next age category; in this case, the contestants will pay the participation fee for both Categories, with a 10% discount for the total amount. 

1.6. For „Mihai Babii” Competition, the competitors will participate only in the competition of their age category. 

1.6. The organization reserves the right to cancel a certain age category competition if the number of applicants is less than three. In this case, the festival secretary will refund the participation fees.

1.7. The "length of the program" (or "the program's duration") is the total time used for the musical performance, including the time between pieces.

1.8. The video will be interrupted in case of exceeding the time limit of the program's duration with more than 119 seconds of the admitted length of the program.

1.9. By applying to enter the competition, competitors shall assume responsibility for compliance with competition rules. By signing the application form or by submitting the online application form through the www.transilvaniaguitar.ro website, each candidate agrees to accept these regulations and to resign all rights related to possible audio and video recordings. 

1.10. The competitors' video recordings will be broadcasted in alphabetical order of the competitors' last names. 

1.11. The first prize for the first participant in the fifth category of the "Dumitru Capoianu" competition will be EUR 1000. Cash prizes will also be awarded for first, second and third place in each age category. Prize money is taxable according to Romanian law.



2.1 The criteria for evaluation of contestants' performance sum 100 points as follow:

- the observance of the score: 15 points

- the diversity of the program and the stylistic realization: 20 points

- the quality of sound and technical accuracy: 20 points

- the difficulty and duration of the program: 20 points

- the artistic contribution, general performance, and ”stage” presence: 25 points

2.2 The result of the evaluation is expressed by points from 1 to 100, and it is determined by the average score (calculated to only two decimal digits) of the jury members, after excluding the highest and the lowest score.

2.3. The scoring of the juries and the public vote will determine several of the awarded prizes, as follows:

2.3.1. Prizes are determined by fulfilling the standards

- for the "Junior" and I categories ("Dumitru Capoianu" Competition), as well as for all categories in the "Mihai Babii" Competition:

- First Prize: 90 points or more

- Second Prize: from 80 to 89,99 points

- Third Prize: from 70 to 79,99

- Successful participation: score below 70 points

- for II, III and IV categories ("Dumitru Capoianu" competition):

- First Prize: 93 points or more

- Second Prize: from 86 to 92,99 points

- Third Prize: from 80 to 85,99

- Successful participation: score below 80 points

- for V and MC-2 categories ("Dumitru Capoianu" Competition):

- First Prize: 95 points or more

- Second Prize: from 90 to 94,99 points

- Third Prize: from 85 to 89,99

- Successful participation: score below 85 points

2.3.2. In the ”Dumitru Capoianu” section, besides the prizes above, the first three competitors from each category will get First PlaceSecond Place, and Third Place.

2.3.3. For the "Mihai Babii" section, participation stipends will be awarded (for the "Dumitru Capoianu" TIGF 2023 section) to the winners of each category. The title of ”Mihai Babii” Section Winner will also be awarded to the competitor who has obtained the highest score regardless of the age category in which he/she competed. 

2.3.4. For each category, there will be also a poll system and an Audience Award, determined by the audience's online vote. 

2.3.5. In addition to the first, second, and third place prizes, in the fifth category of the "Dumitru Capoianu" competition will be awarded the "Dumitru Capoianu" Prize for the interpretation of contemporary work and the "Mihai Babii" Prize for the interpretation of a work from the pre-classical period will be awarded. The festival organizers and sponsors reserve the right to award other special prizes.

2.4. The Prizes will be published as soon as the competition finishes, without showing or displaying the points. The individual point scores will not be published, but the participants can find out their own detailed jury feedback on the festival's website.

2.5. The jury will be formed by important figures of classical guitar and teachers of the participants.

2.6. The members of the jury are not entitled to score for their current or former students, or for their relatives participating in the contest. 

2.7 Any editions of the presented works are accepted; the candidate has to present the scores to the jury.

2.8 The jury's resolutions are final.



In order to be admitted to the competition, the recordings must meet the following requirements: 

3.1. include the entire competition program (individual recordings are not allowed unless the program contains only one work)

3.1.1. * The repertoire of the categories of the "Mihai Babii" competition can be recorded entirely or separately for each work (the choice is not important). The individual recordings must be merged into a single .mp4 file.

3.2. has no recording interruptions (the video recordings made by assembling are not allowed) 

3.3. has no tampering or audio-video editing

3.4. has no play-back editing (it is allowed to use an external microphone, but, in this case, the audio and the video recordings have to be made at the same time)

3.5. the recording file must have the MP4 extension, to be in the 16:9 rate, in landscape format (not portrait), without zooming. 

3.6. the minimum resolution should be HD-Ready 720p (1280×720px), 30 fps. Higher resolutions are allowed, but the 16:9 rate should be preserved.

3.7. the frame should be stable, and the face and hands of competitors should be clearly visible at all times

3.8. the distance from the camera to the performer should be not less than 2 meters and not more than 4 meters

3.9. older recordings can be sent, but not older than 2 years.



Several devices, like phones or handy cameras, could be used for video recordings. Keep in mind that the evaluation of your performance will depend on the quality of the video recording. So,

4.1. it is recommended to use a tripod. Do not record holding your mobile device in your hand.

4.2 the recording device should be positioned in front of the performer, at a 2 to 4 meters distance, at 100 to 150 centimeters height, in order to make visible the guitar, the hands, and the face of the performer; the camera should be horizontal oriented, not focusing the ceiling or the floor, in order to have the performer in the center of the frame. 

4.3. pay attention to avoid the unwanted noises of phones, voices, steps, and ventilation systems; keep the doors and windows closed, in order to avoid outside noises; also, avoid the rooms with big echoes, like those plated with ceramic tiles on walls and floor. 

4.4. use a neutral background, without unnecessary items; a plain wall or a plain curtain should be enough.

4.5. avoid shooting against the light (e.g. competitors in front of the window), the camera should have the light behind. No light source should be seen in the video. 

4.6. use lots of light for video recording; the best option is to use daylight; if this is not possible, use more lamps than usual. 

4.7. if using an external microphone, make sure this one is not obstructing the visibility of the essential elements, like the performer's hands, face, or guitar. 

4.8. the first recording might be not the best one; make several trial videos a few days or weeks before you want to shoot the final, competitive video. Watch, listen, analyze, to spot any errors. 



Registration guide

5.1. The number of participants is limited. The admission to participate depends on the succession of applications. The organizers will announce the termination of the registration on this site when the maximum number of participants is reached.

5.2. The in-person masterclasses are held at the National Academy of Music "Gheorghe Dima" Cluj-Napoca, while the online masterclasses are held on Skype or Zoom. The master class's applicants are asked to upload their own video recording playing the work/s they want to study in masterclasses.

5.3. The Registration will be made by completing the following steps:

- paying the participation fee to ACT account; make sure to specify the name of the participant; the Stipend's beneficiaries of Transilvania International Guitar Festival are asked to pay only the fees that are not covered by the Stipend;

- filling the personal data in the Online Registration Form;

- uploading the requested scanned invoice in the Online Registration Form; the Stipend's beneficiaries of Transilvania International Guitar Festival are asked to upload also the scanned Stipend document or the scanned document of the decision to grant the Stipend;

- uploading the scanned participant's document of identity and the scanned document of the personal agreement for using the personal data in the Online Registration Form; 

- uploading the recording/s in the Online Registration Form.

The registration and the video files should be submitted between the 1st - 21nd of August 2022!

5.4. Participation fees:

5.4.1 "Dumitru Capoianu" classical guitar competition - solo classical guitar section:

Junior Category: 30 Euro

I Category I: 30 Euro

II Category: 30 Euro

III Category: 40 Euro

IV Category: 50 Euro

V Category: 70 Euro

5.4.2. "Dumitru Capoianu" classical guitar competition - chamber music section:

- I-CM category: 40 Euro

- II-CM category: 50 Euro

5.4.3. "Mihai Babii" classical guitar competition:

all categories: 30 Euro

5.4.4. Masterclasses:

- package M-2: 45 Euro - 2 meetings of 40 minutes each

- package M-3: 55 Euro - 3 meetings of 40 minutes each

- package M-4: 65 Euro - 4 meetings of 40 minutes each

- package M-5: 75 Euro - 5 meetings of 40 minutes each

5.5. The participation fee will be paid by bank transfer to one of TRANSILVANIA Guitar Association's accounts:

IBAN lei - Cod IBAN: RO12 BTRL 0130 1205 4334 05XX (Transilvania Bank)

IBAN Euro - Cod IBAN: RO58 BTRL 0130 4205 4334 05XX

SWIFT Code: BTRL RO 22 (Transilvania Bank)

C.I.F.: 18444715

5.6. The participation fees are not refundable.



6.1. The masterclasses' and competitions' schedules will be announced on this webpage and on the Facebook page of the festival. 

6.2. Should differences of opinion arise, only the Romanian version of these Festival Regulations shall be relevant.