Piano Competition

Cremona International Competition for Piano, 2021

July 17- July 18, 2021

Piano Competition 2018Competition Application Form

This year’s Competition will be conducted in a live-recorded format.  Competitors will record their program in “one take” – exactly like a live performance in Cremona. Recordings will be played on the Zoom platform in the presence of the jury, who in real-time, will evaluate performances. All rounds of the Competition, except the Preliminary Round, will be open to the audience.

 

I. ELIGIBILITY

The Competition is open to pianists participating in the 2021 Cremona International Music Academy. While students of the Academy are eligible and welcome to enter, participation in the Competition is not mandatory.

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

Completed Application Form
Document showing proof of age
Recent photograph
A digital video recording for Preliminary Round:  Two contrasting works of own choice (approx. 10 minutes long)
Non-refundable application fee of $100

Application material must be received no later than May 15, 2021.

Please note: Recordings for the Final Rounds (Rounds I and II) must be received no later than July 1, 2021.

Performances in all Categories should be digitally recorded in “one take” with no editing.  Separate recordings are required for each of the rounds. All works, with the exception of sonatas, are expected to be performed by memory.

Participants must upload and submit link to their recordings. CD/DVD recordings will not be accepted.

 

II. RULES

Piano Competition 2018

The participants will be assigned by age into four age categories (age as of July 1, 2021):

Debut Category – 10 years old and under
Junior Category – 11 to 13 years old
Intermediate Category – 14 to 18 years old
Senior Category – 19 years old and above

DEBUT CATEGORY
Preliminary Round: A program not exceeding 10 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to the Final Round.
Final Round: Mini-recital of approx. 15 minutes long.

JUNIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: A program not exceeding 10 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to the Final Round.
Final Round: Recital of approx. 20 minutes long.

INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY
Preliminary Round: A program not exceeding 15 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to Rounds One and Two.
Round One: Mini-Recital (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).
Round Two: Recital (not exceeding 25 minutes in length).

SENIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round:
A program not exceeding 15 minutes in length. Selected participants will advance to Rounds One and Two.
Round One: First Recital (not exceeding 20 minutes in length).
Round Two: Second Recital (not exceeding 30 minutes in length.

COMPETITION DETAILS

  • Proposed repertoire for all rounds must be approved by the Competition Committee
  • Participants in the Debut and Junior Categories are expected to perform in the Final Round, once they have advanced from the Preliminary Round
  • Participants in the Intermediate and Senior Categories are expected to perform in both Rounds, Rounds One and Two, once they have advanced from the Preliminary Round
  • Works from the Preliminary Round can be repeated in other Rounds
  • Works from Round One may not be repeated in Round Two
  • All works, except for sonatas, must be performed from memory
  • Participants who have won first prize in previous competitions may NOT compete again in the same age category
  • All rounds of the Competition will be adjudicated by a jury panel
  • The jury has the right to award shared prizes
  • The decision of the jury is final and will not be reviewed
  • All rounds of the Competition, except for the Preliminary Round, are open to the audience
  • The Academy reserves the right to cancel the Competition for a category where less than five candidates are selected to advance from the Preliminary Round
  • All rounds of the Competition, except for the Preliminary Round, are open to the audience
  • The Academy reserves the right to cancel the Competition for a category where less than five candidates are selected to advance from the Preliminary Round

 

III. REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Piano Competition 2018

DEBUT CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: Performance of two contrasting works or part of the works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 10 minutes in length).
Final Round: Mini-recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).

JUNIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round:
Performance of two contrasting works or part of the works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 10 minutes in length).
Final Round:  Mini-recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 20 minutes in length) consisting of:

  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 participant’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 Sonatina by Clementi).
  4. A work or group of works of the participant’s choice
  • Sonatas may be performed with or without repeats, at the participant’s discretion.
  • Concertos may NOT be included in the program.

INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: Performance of selected contrasting works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).
Round One: First mini-recital program of the participant’s choice 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 virtuoso etude of the participant’s choice. Please note: the etude may not be replaced by a virtuoso piece

Round Two: Second mini-recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 25 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 participant’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 the participant’s discretion.
  • Concertos may NOT be included in the program.

SENIOR CATEGORY
Preliminary Round
: Performance of selected contrasting works of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 15 minutes in length).

Round One: First recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 20 minutes in length) consisting of:

  1. A Prelude and Fugue from WTC by J. S. Bach.
  2. One virtuoso etude of the participant’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 Two: Second recital program of the participant’s choice (not exceeding 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 participant’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 the participant’s discretion.
  • Concertos may NOT be included in the program.

 

IV. JURY

The competition jury consists of renowned international artists and pedagogues.

 

V. PRIZES

1st Prize Winners:

  • Solo performance with Cremona Festival Orchestra in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • Solo Performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • 30% Tuition Scholarship for participation in 2022 Cremona International Music Academy

2nd Prize Winners:

  • Performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • 20% Tuition Scholarship for participation in 2022 Cremona International Music Academy

3rd Prize Winners:

  • Performance at the Winners Concert in Cremona during 2022 Academy
  • 15% Tuition Scholarship for participation in 2022 Cremona International Music Academy

 

2021 Competition Application Form