International Piano-e-Competition
Disklavier/Video Recording:
Up to sixty (60) contestants, selected by the Artistic Director from the application Audiotape/CD, will be invited to participate in the Disklavier/Video Recording. Five sites around the world will be prepared for these auditions. The sites will be located in Hamamatsu, Japan; Shanghai, China; Paris, France; Los Angeles and New York City, U.S.A. Other audition sites may be added later. If selected, you will be asked to attend the site nearest you at a specified time and date. Your performance will be recorded on the Yamaha CFIIIS Disklavier concert grand piano. This performance will also be videotaped. These materials will be sent to Minneapolis/St. Paul for the Virtual Audition by the Screening Jury Panel.

Disklavier/Video Recording: Duration 20 to 25 minutes
  1. One single movement from a Sonata by Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven (a movement from the sonata you played on the Audiotape/CD CAN be used)
  2. One virtuoso etude by Chopin or Liszt (the etude performed on the Audiotape/CD CAN be used)
  3. The rest of your program (up to 25 minutes, but no less than 20 minutes) should include selections from your Recital Round program ONLY. No other repertoire is allowed.
Virtual Audition:
A Jury of five musicians, headed by the Artistic Director (non-voting), will be assembled for this audition. They will be sited in Sundin Hall at Hamline University, with the Yamaha CFIIIS Disklavier concert grand piano and a large screen positioned on stage to hear and see each performance in its entirety. This Jury will select up to twenty-six (26) contestants who will be invited to come to the United States to participate in the Second International Piano-e-Competition. These twenty-six (26) contestants who come to Minneapolis/St. Paul will be reimbursed both for the cost of travel to the Disklavier Audition site as well as the cost of economy class roundtrip air fare to Minneapolis/St.Paul, U.S.A. from the country of their residence, or from any city in the U.S.A. (whichever is less expensive). These who do not come to the United States will not receive any reimbursements. Accomodations and food will be provided to all 24 contestants throughout the duration of the competition.

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Recital Round:
Twenty-six (26) contestants, selected by the Screening Jury, will come to Minneapolis/St. Paul to take part in the Recital Round in front of the Piano-e-Competition Jury. Contestants perform the program of their choice. Duration of the recital should be no less than 65 and up to 75 minutes. These limits will be strictly observed. The classical sonata and etude used in the Audiotape/CD included with your application is not allowed. The imagination and judgement used in the selection of the recital program will be considered in the Jury's overall evaluation. The program must be listed on the application form. The last day for repertoire changes is April 15, 2006 (concerto cannot be changed). Up to nine contestants will be selected to advance to the Schubert Round.

Schubert Sonata Round (Contestants must choose between one of the following sonatas):
  • C Major, D840
  • C Minor, D958
  • A Minor, D845
  • A Major, D959
  • D Major, D850
  • B-flat Major, D960
  • G Major, D894
These sonatas cannot be a part of the Recital Round.

Six contestants will advance to the finals.

Final Round (two parts):

Part One: Piano Quintet--One of the following Piano Quintets may be chosen
  • Brahms F Minor, Op. 34
  • Dvorak A Major, Op. 81
  • Schumann E-flat Major, Op. 44
Part Two: Concerto with Orchestra--Contestants may choose any piano concerto from standard repertoire. More unusual works have to be approved by the Artistic Director and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Performing order for each program is determined by the contestant. Contestants will not be interrupted or stopped during the programs and recitals unless the stated time limit is exceeded.

The order of appearance of pianists in all rounds will be determined by a drawing. The competition will follow this order except at the discretion of the Artistic Director, or for unusual and extenuating circumstances, or for program considerations in the final round. Each contestant will be allotted time to practice his or her recital programs on stage.

Contestants may not contact or speak with any member of the Jury (except for the Artistic Director) as long as they continue to participate in the Piano-e-Competition. Any violation of this rule may disqualify the pianist.

All rounds of the competition are open to the public.

The Piano-e-Competition may be videotaped or recorded for subsequent transmission. All stages of the competition will be broadcast over the Internet and may be accessed on All tapes or recordings will be the exclusive property of the Piano-e-Competition and no payment will be due any competitor for said recordings.
During the course of the Piano-e-Competition, the participants may be asked to meet with and perform for children at local schools.
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