COMPETITION GUIDELINES

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Important Dates

 

January 1, 2020

Registration Opens

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February 10, 2020

Registration Closes

 

 

February 29, 2020

Competition

Eligibility

 

The competition is open to all pianists age 18 and under. All contestants will compete in two divisions determined by their age. 

Junior Division: Ages 10 – 14

Senior Division: Ages 15 – 18

Age requirements apply to applicant’s age as of February 29, 2020.

 

Location

All performances will be held at Arizona State University

School of Music, Katzin Concert Hall. 

50 E. Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Awards

Winners in each division will receive an award certificate and a cash award in the amount of:

Juniors                           Seniors             

1st Prize: $500                1st Prize: $800   

2nd Prize: $300               2nd Prize: $500  

3rd Prize: $200                3rd Prize: $300  

Honorable Mention: $100 (Both divisions) 

  • Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the jury. 

  • In addition to the cash awards, first prize winners of both divisions will be featured in a Winners' Recital at Katzin Concert Hall at Arizona State University at a later date in Fall 2020. 
     

Repertoire Requirements

Junior Division - 15 minutes maximum

At least TWO (2) stylistically contrasting pieces representing two different periods of music history from the standard published classical repertoire for solo piano.

 

Senior Division - 20 minutes maximum

At least THREE (3) stylistically contrasting pieces representing three different periods of music history from the standard published classical repertoire for solo piano.

General Rules

  • No original compositions and improvisations are permitted.

  • Repeats may be taken or omitted at the performer’s discretion; cuts are not permitted.

  • Only complete, unabridged solo piano works in the original form and key will be accepted; no concertos, or arrangements may be used.

  • Transcriptions by composers such as Liszt, Busoni are acceptable, but please submit their names to the committee before you commit yourself, so that the Competition maintain its level of artistry.

  • Individual movements of multi-movement works that can be performed as musical units are permitted.

  • All performances are to be from memory and must stay within the time guidelines listed above.

  • While no minimum performance time is required, the chosen program must be representative for its age division and demonstrate variety of style, tempo, and character.

  • The jury reserves the right to stop a performance if it exceeds the time limit for the respective division.

  • In case of high volume of applicants, the jury reserves the right to cut performances off during the competition.

  • No repertoire changes allowed after registration closes on February 10, 2020.

Application Procedure

 

  • All applicants must submit complete application at www.avantistudents.org by the deadline February 10, 2020. Application page will be closed at midnight.

  • A non-refundable $30 application fee must be paid at the time of application submission.

  • No late applications will be accepted.

  • A confirmation message will be sent once the complete application is received.

  • Individual performance times along with competition day details will be emailed to each applicant by February 22, 2019.

  • For questions and clarifications of repertoire requirements and for any other questions, please email to competition@avantistudents.org.

 

General Regulations

 

  • All contestants should bring one published score AND two additional photocopies of each piece from the chosen repertoire on the day of the competition. Contestants without the required scores may be disqualified.

  • Competition will be open to the public and the audience is welcomed and invited to support young performers.

  • No video or audio recording is allowed at the competition.

  • No contestant, teacher, parent, or audience member should approach the jury members at any time during the competition.

  • Each contestant, their teacher, and parents must abide by all requirements and deadline. Non-compliance will result in disqualification.

  • Contestants may not reveal their names or their teachers’ names to the jury.

  • Contestants are expected to dress appropriately and to conduct themselves at all time in a professional manner.

  • All decisions by the jury are final.