Rules of 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists

 

Article 1    Co-organizers

Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists is a biennial international music competition open to youth aging 12 to 26 from all over the world, which is held every three years.

The main competition of 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists (hereinafter referred to as "the Competition") will be held in Beijing, China on October 17-30, 2016. The Competition is approved by Ministry of Culture of People's Republic of China, hosted by China Central Conservatory of Music, organized by the Musical China (Beijing) Culture and Arts Co., Ltd, special co-organized by the Beijing 21st Century Sino-Polish Culture & Arts Exchange Center. It is supported by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, the Culture.pl, Polish Institute - Culture Service of the Polish Embassy in Beijing and the TIANJIE GROUP. The Organizing committee will comprise Yu Feng, who is the president of Central Conservatory, as Chairman and Artistic Director, Zhao Yuelong as Vice Chairman, Wu Ying as Executive Artistic Director and Jury, Li Min as Director of Competition Department, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń as Chair of the Judging board. The Judging board of the Competition will comprise famed Chinese and foreign pianists and piano educationists as jury team including Andrzej Jasiński (Poland), Cyprien Katsaris (France), Dan Zhaoyi (China), Dina Yoffe (Latvia), John O'Conor (Ireland), Marta Sosińska-Janczewska (Poland), Mikhail Voskresensky (Russia), Piotr Paleczny (Poland) etc..

Article 2    Contestants

The Competition is open to youth from all over the world who were born between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 2004. Contestants will be categorized into senior and junior groups. Junior contestants may enter for competition with seniors.
Senior group: born between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 1998.
Junior group: born between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2004.

Article 3    Application

3.1 Contestants shall log on to www.chopin.com.cn for registration and application for the Competition. The application shall be submitted between April 1 and Aug 10, 2016.
3.2 Contestants' submission of application will be tantamount to the acceptance of the Rules and the conclusion of competition participation agreement with the Organizing Committee of the Competition.
3.3 The application fee for contestants is RMB 600 or USD 100.
 (See contestant's application page for detailed terms of payment)
3.4 Incomplete application will be deemed invalid.

Article 4    Submission of Audiovisual Recording

4.1 Contestants shall participate in the preliminary round by uploading and sending by post the audiovisual recording of the repertoire referred to in Article 5 hereof before they have a chance to qualify for the main competition.
4.2 The audiovisual recording shall be uploaded and sent by post no later than Aug 10, 2016.
4.2.1 Uploading: Contestants shall send video via email to master@chopin.com.cn
Note: Video shall be send together with application form. The application form can be downloaded via contestant's application page on the website.
4.2.2 Sending by post: The recording shall be stored on a DVD or flash disk and sent together with application form by post to the Organizing Committee at:
Organizing Committee of 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists
Addr.: No.A-29 Longtoujing Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, PRC, 100009
4.3 A photo up to passport requirements and identical to the one uploaded for application shall be sent by post with the DVD or flash disk. Contestant's name (in English or pinyin) and date of birth (mm-dd-yyyy) shall be noted.
4 Incomplete submission will be deemed invalid and will not be returned.

Article 5    Repertoire for Preliminary Round

5.1 Junior group:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Impromptus (including Fantaisie-Impromptu), Nocturnes and Lullaby
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballades (except Op.52), Scherzos (except Op.54), Rondos, Bolero and Variations
5.2 Senior group:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
A full set of Mazurkas by Chopin (Mazurkas shall be played in the order they are numbered in the opus)
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballade (Op.52), Scherzo (Op.54), Barcarolle, Fantasies, and a set of six consecutive Preludes by Chopin
5.3 Criteria for the recording: The keyboard, contestant's hands and either side of his/her body above the bench should also be clearly presented in the recording.
5.4 The sound and moving images shall not be edited. The title and author of the pieces may be displayed in the recording. No information relating to the contestant may be displayed in the recording.
5.5 The repertoire shall be played from memory.
5.6 The list of contestants admitted to the main competition will be made public on Aug 17, 2016 via www.chopin.com.cn.

Article 6    Repertoire for Main Competition

Junior group:
Stage I:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
One Polonaise by Chopin (except Op.22, Op.44, Op.53 and Op.61)
Stage II:
One Waltz by Chopin
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Impromptus (including Fantaisie-Impromptu), Nocturnes and Lullaby
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballades (except Op.52), Scherzos (except Op.54), Rondos, Bolero and Variations
One Chinese piece (Designated Chinese piece, about five minutes)
Final: One of the following pieces for piano and orchestra by Chopin:
Variations Op.2: sur "la ci darem la mano" de "Don Juan" de Mozart
Fantasie Op.13: sur des airs nationaux poloais
Krakowiak Op.14: Grand Rondeau de Concert
Senior group:
Stage I:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
One of the following Polonaises by Chopin:
? Op.22: Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante
? Op.44: Polonaise in f-sharp minor
? Op.53: Polonaise in A-flat major
? Op.61: Polonaise-Fantaisie
Stage II:
One of the following Sonatas by Chopin: Op.35 and Op.58
A full set of Mazurkas by Chopin (Mazurkas shall be played in the order they are numbered in the opus)
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballade (Op.52), Scherzo (Op.54), Barcarolle, Fantasies, and a set of six consecutive Preludes
One Chinese piece (Designated Chinese piece, about five minutes)
Final:
One of the following concertos by Chopin: Op.11 and Op.21

Article 7    Prizes

Junior group:
1st prize: USD 20,000 and a gold award certificate
2nd prize: USD 10,000 and a silver award certificate
3rd prize: USD 8,000 and a bronze award certificate
4th prize: USD 5,000 and a certificate
5th prize: USD 4,000 and a certificate
6th prize: USD 3,000 and a certificate

Senior group:
1st prize: USD 30,000 and a gold award certificate
2nd prize: USD 15,000 and a silver award certificate
3rd prize: USD 10,000 and a bronze award certificate
4th prize: USD 8,000 and a certificate
5th prize: USD 6,000 and a certificate
6th prize: USD 4,000 and a certificate
All above prizes shall be gross amount.

Special prizes:
For the best performance of a Chinese piece: USD 3,000
For the best performance of a Polonaise: USD 3,000
For the best performance of Mazurkas: USD 3,000

Additional prizes:
The top performer from Junior group and Senior group of the competition will be invited to visit Poland in 2017 sponsored by Poland Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Article 8    Supplementary Notes on the Prizes

8.1 The laureates shall pay income tax according to Chinese law.
8.2 Stage II contestants who fail to qualify for the final will receive certificates of merit.
8.3 The judging board will have the right to decide to award a prize to more than one contestant, or not to award a prize to any contestant.
8.4 An extra prize of the Competition may be set up.
8.5 All decisions made by the judging board will not be subject to any change.
8.6 The certificate for Stage II contestants will be awarded upon completion of Stage II.
8.7 The certificates of merit, special prizes and extra prize will be awarded in the prize-winners' concert.
8.8 The prize money will be awarded upon completion of all concerts concerned (no later than November 1, 2016).
8.9 All laureates will be required to play without remuneration in the prize-winners' concert and three subsequent concerts. An absence from the prize-winners' concert will be tantamount to the giving up of prize money. The laureates will be required to perform the exact repertoire as established by the Organizing Committee.

Article 9    Rights and interests of Contestants

9.1 For domestic contestants, the costs of travel to and from Beijing shall be borne by themselves. For overseas contestants, the Organizing Committee will provide a proper amount of travel allowance (USD 200 for those from Asia Pacific, and USD 500 for those from Europe and Americas).
9.2 The expenses for board and lodging as from Stage II and the costs of travel to and from Beijing of final contestants will be borne by the Organizing Committee (as per the standards determined by the Organizing Committee).
9.3 The Organizing Committee will make practice pianos available to all contestants. Contestants passed into the final will have one rehearsal with the orchestra.
9.4 The order of contestants' performances drawn during the on-site registration will be observed till the completion of the Competition.
9.5 Contestants shall assign the following rights and interests free of charge to the Organizing Committee:
The copyrights to performances and all audiovisual recordings of the preliminary round, main competition and prize-winner's concert (Assignment of the above-mentioned copyrights to performances includes reproducing, offering for sale, transferring, storing in computer and making available over the Internet; public replaying, exhibiting, displaying and licensing; cable and wireless dissemination by ground transmitters or satellite; live broadcasting and replaying via radio or TV).
9.6 The Organizing Committee will have the priority right to sign the laureates and other contestants (during and within three months of the Competition).

Article 10    Disclaimer

10.1 The Organizing Committee will not bear any liability for the cancellation or discontinuation of the Competition due to an event of force majeure.
10.2 In case of doubt, the Chinese version hereof shall prevail. The Organizing Committee will retain the right to interpreting the Rules.
10.3 The Rules may be subject to change. The latest version of the Rules released on the official website of the Organizing Committee shall prevail.


Organizing Committee of 1st Beijing International Fryderyk
Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists
Jun 2016

, CCOM , 2016-08-30


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