As we navigate these difficult times, we at Musicians In Debut International continue to work on creating valuable performance experiences for young musicians everywhere. While the format of the competition is adjusted to minimize travel and to keep our contestants and audiences safe, we continue to uphold our trademark commitment to quality and integrity and to utilize technology to promote great art of piano performance.
- The e-Piano Junior Competition VIRTUAL! will be held July 12-18, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U. S. A.
- English is the official language of the competition. Please contact the competition with questions concerning the repertoire requirements and interpretation of the rules. Please read all rules and regulations carefully. It is contestantís responsibility to make sure that the program complies with all repertoire and time requirements.
- The e-Piano Junior VIRTUAL! is open to pianists of all nationalities. Applicants can enter the competition in ONE of the following three (3) categories:
YOUNG ARTIST category is open to all pianists no older than 17 years of age as of July 12, 2021.
CONTESTANTS MUST BE BORN AFTER JULY 12, 2003.
APSIRE category is open to all pianists no older than 14 years of age as of July 12, 2021.
CONTESTANTS MUST BE BORN AFTER JULY 12, 2006.
SPARK category is open to all pianists no older than 10 years of age as of July 12, 2021.
CONTESTANTS MUST BE BORN AFTER JULY 12, 2010.
- Applicants must choose the category in which they compete at the time of the application. Once contestant is admitted to the competition, no changes of the category are allowed.
- E-Piano Junior Competition VIRTUAL! contestants will be chosen, based on their initial application recording. Up to 20 contestants in each category will be selected to compete in e-Piano Junior VIRTUAL!, 60 contestants total.
Contestants will be asked to record their competition programs using Disklavier/Videosync technology. The recording window will be between February 15 and June 15, 2021. The locations for recordings will be determined by each
contestantís geographic location, once the contestants are selected. Recording sites will be in multiple cities around the world.
- Disklavier/Videosync recordings from all contestants will be transmitted to Minneapolis, MN and recreated during the competition in July 2021 on an acoustic Yamaha Disklavier piano with the accompanying synchronized video, in a concert hall, presented for a live jury and audience, if it is deemed safe to have audience at the time of the competition. Each contestant will virtually perform two rounds of the competition (the first round is a non-elimination round), and the winners of the competition will be determined based on the cumulative performance in the two virtual rounds of the competition.
- No contestant may have any member of the jury or the Artistic Director as a principal teacher during the five year
period preceding the e-Piano Junior (July 12, 2016 through July 18, 2021). No relative of any juror or the Artistic Director may participate in the e-Piano Junior. Once the competitors are announced in January 2021, they are not allowed to take part in masterclasses or private lessons with the jury members or Artistic Director. Any violation of this rule will disqualify the pianist.
- Contestants may not contact any member of the Jury, including the Artistic Director, as long as they continue to participate in the e-Piano Junior. Any violation of this rule will disqualify the pianist.
- It is the responsibility of the contestants to provide the Competition with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to receive prize money in full.
- Only solo repertoire is allowed. All repertoire must be performed from memory.
- All video, audio and MIDI recordings, as well as photographs and interviews made during any of the events of the e-Piano Junior Competition will remain the sole property of the e-Piano Junior, International Piano-e-Competition and Musicians in Debut International.