Cremona International Competition for Piano, 2017
Cremona, Italy

July 22 - July 23, 2017

2017 Competition Application Form: PDF

I. ELIGIBILITY
The Competition is open only to pianists participating in the 2017 Cremona International Music Academy. While students of the Academy are eligible and welcome to enter the Competition, participation in the Competition is not mandatory.

In order to participate in the Cremona International Competition for Pianists, candidates must include the following material in their application:

  • Complete Application Form
  • Copy of candidate's passport or birth certificate
  • Performance resume (no longer than one page)
  • Recent photograph
  • Preliminary Electronic or CD/DVD recording- see Repertoire. Please note: candidate's name should not appear on CD/DVD. Write the name on the CD/DVD case. (CD will not be returned)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $125

The material must be received no later than April 1, 2017.

 

II. RULES

  1. The competitors will be divided into three age categories (age as of July 15, 2017):

    * Junior Category - up to 12 years old
    * Intermediate Category - 13 to 18 years old
    * Senior Category - 19 years old and above

    Junior Category:

    * Preliminary Round: Electronic Recording of approx. 10 minutes long (CD/DVD recording are also accepted). Selected candidates will advance to Round Two.
    * Round Two: Cremona - Mini-recital (not to exceed 20 minutes in length)

    Intermediate Category:

    * Preliminary Round: Electronic Recording of approx. 15 minutes long (CD/DVD recording are also accepted). Selected candidates will advance to Rounds Two and Three.
    * Round Two, Cremona - First Mini-Recital (not to exceed 15 minutes in length)
    * Round Three, Cremona - Second Mini-Recital (not to exceed 20 minutes in length)

    Senior Category:

    * Preliminary Round: Electronic Recording of approx. 15 minutes long (CD/DVD recording are also accepted). Selected candidates will advance to Rounds Two and Three.
    * Round Two, Cremona - First Recital (not to exceed 20 minutes in length)
    * Round Three, Cremona - Second Recital (not to exceed 30 minutes in length)

  2. Proposed repertoire for all rounds must be approved by the Competition committee.
  3. Candidates in Intermediate and Senior categories are expected to present during both Rounds Two and Three once they have advanced from Round One.
  4. Works from Round Two may not be repeated in Round Three.
  5. All works must be performed from memory.
  6. Candidates who have won first prize in previous competitions may NOT compete again in the same age group.
  7. Accompanists - Candidates can perform with their own accompanist or with an accompanist provided by the Competition (accompanist fees may apply).
  8. All rounds of the Competition will be adjudicated by a panel of jury.
  9. The jury has the right to award shared prizes.
  10. The decision of the jury is final and will not be reviewed.
  11. All rounds of the Competition, except for the Round One, Preliminary CD, are open to the public.
  12. The Academy reserves the right to cancel the Competition for a group where less than five candidates are selected to advance from the Preliminary CD Round.

 

III. REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Junior Category
Preliminary Round - Electronic recording (preferable; CD/DVD recordings acceptable) presenting selected contrasting works of the candidate's choice. The recording must not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Round Two - Cremona, a mini-recital program of the candidate's choice, not to exceed 20 minutes in length, consisting of contrasting works and including:

  1. A polyphonic work by J.S. Bach (e.g. Small Preludes and Fugues, Inventions, Preludes and Fugues from WTC)
  2. One etude of the candidate’s choice. Please note: the etude may not be replaced by a virtuoso piece.
  3. A work written by Italian composer (e.g. a Sonatina by Clementi).
  4. A work or group of works of the candidate's choice.
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at candidate’s discretion.
  • Concertos may NOT be included in the program.

Intermediate Category
Preliminary Round - Electronic recording (preferable; CD/DVD recordings acceptable) presenting selected contrasting works of the candidate's choice. The recording must not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Round Two - Cremona, First mini-recital program of the candidate's choice, not to exceed 15 minutes in length, consisting of:

  1. Work by J.S. Bach with two contrasting movements OR a Prelude and Fugue from WTC by J. S. Bach
  2. One etude of the candidate’s choice. Please note: the etude may not be replaced by a virtuoso piece.

Round Three - Cremona, Second mini-recital program of the candidate’s choice, not to exceed 20 minutes in length, consisting of:

  1. A work written by an Italian composer (e.g. a Sonata by Scarlatti)
  2. One movement from a Classical Sonata (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven)
  3. A work or a group of works of the candidate's choice, including a virtuoso piece, and a work written after 1950, preferably from the candidate’s country
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at candidate’s discretion.
  • Concertos may NOT be included in the program.

Senior Category
Preliminary Round - Electronic recording (preferable; CD/DVD recordings acceptable) presenting selected contrasting works of the candidate's choice. The recording must not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Round Two - Cremona, First recital program of the candidate’s choice, not to exceed 20 minutes in length, consisting of:

  1. A Prelude and Fugue from WTC by J. S. Bach
  2. One virtuoso etude of the candidate’s choice. Please note: the etude may not be replaced by a virtuoso piece.
  3. A work written by an Italian composer (e.g. a Sonata by Scarlatti, a Sonata by Clementi)
  4. A work by Debussy or Ravel

Round Three - Cremona, Second recital program of the candidate’s choice, not to exceed 30 minutes in length, consisting of:

  1. Two contrasting movements from a Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century Sonata
  2. A work or group of works of the candidate's choice, including a virtuoso piece and   a work written after 1950, preferably from the candidate’s country.
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at candidate's discretion.
  • Concertos may NOT be included in the program.

IV. JURY
The competition jury consists of renowned international artists and pedagogues. The names of the jury members will be announced upon the candidate’s arrival to Cremona.

Competition Ceremony
Competition Award Presentation

V. PRIZES

Junior Category:

  • 1st prize – $300, performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona, and Solo Recital in Cremona.
  • 2nd prize – $200 and performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona
  • 3rd prize – $100 and performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona

Intermediate Category:

  • 1st prize – $500, performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona, and Solo Recital in Cremona
  • 2nd prize – $300 and performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona
  • 3rd prize – $200 and performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona

Senior Category:

  • 1st prize - $600, performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona and Solo Recital in Cremona
  • 2nd prize - $400 and performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona
  • 3rd prize - $300 and performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona

In addition to monetary prizes, the winners of the Competition will be awarded special tuition scholarships for participation in the Cremona International Music Academy 2017:

  • 1st Prize Winner – 50% Tuition Scholarship
  • 2nd Prize Winner – 25% Tuition Scholarship
  • 3rd Prize Winner – 15% Tuition Scholarship

First Prize Winners of 2017 Competition for Strings will be offered a solo performance with Cremona Festival Orchestra during the Academy 2018

2017 Competition Application Form: PDF

 

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