Regulations

A. Dates

Early Application Deadline: July 1, 2016
Closing Date for Applications: August 31, 2016
Deadline to change chosen repertoire: September 30, 2016

First (Qualifying) Round: November, 2016 (exact date to be announced).
Final (Prize) Round: November, 2016 (exact date to be announced).

Location of Performances: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (exact address to be announced).

B. Prizes

Please note that the jury has the right to withhold a first prize. The decision of the jury is final. Junior Division

  • First Place: Canadian $1,000
  • Second Place: Canadian $750
  • Third Place: Canadian $500

Senior Division

  • First Place: Canadian $4,000
  • Second Place: Canadian $2,000
  • Third Place: Canadian $1,000

Audience Choice Award To be announced (value of up to CAD $500) First prize winners may be approached to perform in a special concert/recital within a 12 month period of the competition. Details regarding date will be negotiated with the winning team and announced. Please note that a concerto performance with an orchestra may replace the above mentioned winners concert. Notification will be given.

C. Categories and Eligibility

Each Candidate must fall into the age restriction. No averaging is allowed.

Junior Division (up to 16 years of age by August 31,2016)

Senior Division (between the ages of 17 and 30 by August 31, 2016 )

The competition is open to all Canadian and international amateur pianists.

EACH DIVISION WILL CONSIST OF 2 ROUNDS:

  • First (Qualifying) Round
  • Final (Prize) Round Performers will be required to play both, piano duet and duo as per details below.

 

D. Levels for the Junior Division

First Round:

  1. Obligatory Piano Duet: The first movement of any Sonata for 4 hands, by W. A. Mozart, except Sonata in C, K.19D
  2. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano Duo – two pianos
  3. Own Choice: Work for piano duet or piano duo.

Total performance time is 20 minutes.

Final Round:

  1. Obligatory Piano Duo work (5 min.)(to be announced four months before the competition date).
  2. Piano Duet or Piano Duo.
  3. Total performance time is 15 minutes.

E. Levels for the Senior Division

First Round:

  1. Obligatory Piano Duet: W.A. Mozart Sonata in C, K 521 (1st movement)
  2. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano Duo – two pianos
  3. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano duet or piano duo Total performance time is 25 minutes.

Final Round:

  1. Obligatory Piano Duo Work (5 min.) (will be announced 4 months before the competition date),
  2. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano Duet or Piano Duo.

Total performance time is 20 minutes.

Notes:

  • Both Junior and Senior Divisions will prepare two programs of music to be performed at first, and if successful, second round. Works performed at first round may NOT be reprogrammed for the second round. (Please note that this will be strictly enforced.)
  • In choosing program, the competitors are advised to program works of different styles and periods, including early classic, romantic and contemporary works.
  • Timing of the programs may be enforced by the jury members and therefore it is highly recommended to time programs before submission to the competition. Repeats are not required, but Da Capo's must be played.
  • Please also note that the judges and the NWPES directors reserve the right to choose from the submitted performance repertoire for Round II of the competition. Please note that submitted programs cannot be changed after September 30.
  • The use of the auditorium hall and/or the piano(s) in it may not be used by any competitor, except in performance.
  • It is strictly forbidden to record any performances during the competition, or to take pictures/videos, etc. Failure to comply with this rule may result in disqualification.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to be available for all given dates of the competition.

Inquiries: PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY QUESTIONS ARISING FROM REPERTOIRE FROM ANY DIVISION MAY BE DIRECTED BY E-MAIL TO THE PRESIDENT AT  info@nwpiano.com

F. Memory

As in all chamber music competitions and performance, although memory is not required, it is certainly recommended. Professional standards of performances apply. The use of photocopied scores and ring binders is unacceptable. Page turners will not be provided.

G. Music Scores

One original copy (or publisher-approved photocopy) of all music performed by the teams must be provided for use by the jury. Candidates must use original copies for performances (if not memorized). Candidates must take care of their scores and any private belongings. The NWPES is not responsible for any lost or damaged items in the competition.
ONLY ORIGINAL WORKS ARE TO BE CHOSEN. ARRANGEMENTS THAT ARE BY THE COMPOSER OF THE ORIGINAL PIECE WILL BE PERMITTED. e.g. Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, Op. 134, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a or Le Boeuf Sur le Toit by Milhaud, to name only three of many.

Please Note: Legally produced photocopied of non-copyrighted scores of public domain originals, usually obtained from libraries in digitized format, are acceptable.

H. Application Form

The printed application form is available online at www.nwpes.ca for convenient download. The application form must be clearly printed in BLOCK letters or typed.  All required  information must be filled in completely.  It must be accompanied with all the necessary enclosures and fee and mailed to the following address no later than August 31, 2016.

FIFTH NORTH WEST INTERNATIONAL PIANO ENSEMBLE COMPETITION (2016)
10560 Gilmore Crescent Richmond, BC Canada V6X 1X4 
E-mail: info@nwpiano.com
Phone +1 778 929 5872

Please Note: Unclear written application forms or incomplete enclosures will not be accepted or considered. Applicants should retain copies of the materials sent with their application. The NWPES will not be responsible for lost documents and reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant.

I. Application Enclosures and Attachments
(See item “A” for important dates)

  1. Non-refundable registration fees via a cheque if sent from Canada or the United States or bank drafts if from other countries. Credit cards are not accepted.
  2. Early Application Fees received before and up to July 1, 2016
    Junior Division: Canadian $ 100 per team, Senior Division: Canadian $ 150 per team.
    Application Fees received after July 1, 2016
    Junior Division: Canadian $ 150 per team, Senior Division: Canadian $ 200 per team
  3. One recent black and white glossy photo that can be used for programs or advertising at the discretion of the NWPES. Preferably 8 x 10 cm size. (team photo)
  4. One photocopy of the applicants’ passport, or birth certificate, or permanent resident card, or Canadian citizenship card if you live in Canada.
  5. A short biography, including the applicants’ musical education and training, background, performance experience, awards. Not to exceed 200 words.
  6. One or two letters of Reference.
  7. Possible copy of recent concert performance(s).
  8. Each team must submit their planned list of repertoire for both the First and the Final Round. (see above)

J. Jury

The jury panel is composed of internationally acclaimed musicians. All decisions by the jury are final. Please also refer to item “G” above on “Music Scores.”

K. Other General Rules and Regulations

The NWPES reserves the right to record (CD/DVD) performances during the competition. All tapes or recordings will be the exclusive property of the NWPES. No payment will be given to any competitor for said performance of recordings. Travel and accommodation expenses are the candidate’s own responsibility, but, the NWPES will assist to the extent possible.

Competitors should arrive in Richmond/Vancouver at least one day prior to the competition and contact the NWPES President at 778 929 5872.

A first place winning team may not participate in the same competition category twice in a row.

L. Repertoire

Any changes to the applicant’s repertoire selections may be made until September 30, 2016. Any changes must be submitted via e-mail to info@nwpiano.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Changing the piece(s) after September 30, 2016 or denying to perform any piece(s) from the announced program will cause disqualification/withdrawal from the competition. Since there are a large number of works from every period of music from the 17th century to the present written specifically for this combination, only original works will be accepted in the competition. Repertoire information is available from all major music publishers and music retail outlets.
The following resources may be of help:
A. THE PIANO DUET – A GUIDE FOR PIANISTS by Ernest Lubin; Grossman Publishers, New York 1970,
B. MUSIC FOR MORE THAN ONE PIANO by Maurice Hinson; Indiana Univ. Press; Bloomington 1983.

First prize winners may be approached to perform in a special concert/recital within a 12 month period of the competition. Details regarding date will be negotiated with the winning team and announced. Please note that a concerto performance with an orchestra may replace the above mentioned winners concert. Notification will be given.