Regulations

A. Dates

Early Application Deadline:
July 1, 2018

Closing Date for Applications:
August 31, 2018

First (Qualifying) Round: Friday, November 23, 2018

Location: Tom Lee Music Experience Centre
#309-650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Final (Prize) Round: Saturday, November 24, 2018

Location: Immanuel Church
109 East 40 Avenue, Vancouver

Competition Master Class: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Location: TBA
All participants are eligible to join the Competition Master Class.

B. Prizes

Please note that the jury has the right to withhold any prize and/or award. The decision of the jury is final.

  • Trophy and Certificates
  • First Place: CAD $300 and certificate
  • Second Place: CAD $200 and certificate
  • Third Place: CAD $100 and certificate
  • Honourable Mention Certificates
  • First Place: CAD $3000 and certificate
  • Second Place: CAD $2000 and certificate
  • Third Place: CAD $1000 and certificate
  • Honourable Mention Certificates
  • To Be Announced

First prize winners may be approached to perform in a special concert/recital within a 12 month period of the competition.

C. Categories and Eligibility

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

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

  • Junior Division (up to 12 years of age by August 31, 2018)
  • Intermediate Division (ages 13 to 18 by August 31, 2018)
  • Senior Division (ages 19 to 30 by August 31, 2018)

Each Division will consist of two 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 or Piano Duo by Debussy: see Appendix for list of duet/duo works by Debussy
  2. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano Duet or Piano Duo
  3. Required Work: Chosen by the NWPES and annouced 4 months prior to the Competition (3 minutes)

Maximum performance time: 15 minutes (including the Required Work)

FINAL ROUND:

  1. Own Choice. Program must include both piano duet and duo selections.
Maximum performance time: 12 minutes

Note: Level of difficulty for Junior and Intermediate divisions must be of the Grade 9 level (RCM) or higher.

E. Levels for the Intermediate Division

FIRST ROUND:

  1. Obligatory Piano Duet or Piano Duo by Debussy: see Appendix for list of duet/duo works by Debussy
  2. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano Duet or Piano Duo
  3. Required Work: Chosen by the NWPES and announced 4 months prior to the Competition (3 minutes)

Maximum performance time: 15 minutes (including the Required Work)

FINAL ROUND:

  1. Own Choice. Program must include both piano duet and duo selections.
Maximum performance time: 12 minutes

Note: Level of difficulty for Junior and Intermediate divisions must be of the Grade 9 level (RCM) or higher.

F. Levels for the Senior Division

FIRST ROUND:

  1. Obligatory Piano Duet or Piano Duo by Debussy: see Appendix for list of duet/duo works by Debussy
  2. Own Choice: Work(s) for Piano Duet or Piano Duo
  3. Required Work: Chosen by the NWPES and annouced 4 months prior to the Competition (3 minutes)

Maximum performance time: 20 minutes (including the Required Work)

FINAL ROUND:

  1. Own Choice. Program must include both piano duet and duo selections.

Maximum performance time: 20 minutes

Please note: works for both duet and duo must be represented in the program.
Judges reserve the right to choose works to be performed from the List provided.

G. Notes for All Divisions

  • All Divisions will prepare two programs of music to be performed (one for the first round, one for the final round).
    Works performed at first round may NOT be repeated in the second round.
    Please note that this will be strictly enforced.
  • In choosing the 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.D
  • 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. However, if possible, warm up opportunity may be provided.
  • 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.

H. Memory

As in all chamber music competitions and performance, although memory is not required, it is certainly recommended.
Professional standards of performance etiquette apply.

The use of photocopied scores and ring binders is unacceptable.

Page turners will not be provided.

I. 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.
For example:

  • Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, Op. 134
  • Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
  • Le Boeuf Sur le Toit by Milhaud

J. Application Form

Online applications are preferred, however applications can also be submitted by mail. The printed application form is available online for download here. The application form must be completed clearly 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, 2018.

NORTH WEST INTERNATIONAL PIANO ENSEMBLE COMPETITION (2018)
10560 Gilmore Crescent
Richmond, BC, Canada V6X 1X4

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.

K. Application Enclosures and Attachments

(See item “A” for important dates)

1. Application Fees: 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.

EARLY APPLICATION FEES received before and up to July 1, 2018

  • Junior Division: CAD $100 per team
  • Intermediate Division: CAD $200 per team
  • Senior Division: CAD $250 per team

APPLICATION FEES received after July 1, 2018

  • Junior Division: CAD $150 per team
  • Intermediate Division: CAD $250 per team
  • Senior Division: CAD $300 per team

2. Team Photo: 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.

3. Proof of Identity: One photocopy of the applicants’ passport or birth certificate, or permanent resident card or Canadian citizenship card if residing in Canada.

4. Team Write-up: A short biography, including the applicants’ musical education and training, background, performance experience, awards. Not to exceed 200 words.

5. References: One or two letters of reference.

6. Performance List: Possible copy of recent concert performance(s).

7. Repertoire: Each team must submit their planned list of repertoire for both the First and the Final Round.

L. Jury

The jury panel is composed of internationally acclaimed musicians. All decisions by the jury are final

Please also refer to item “I” above on “Music Scores.”

M. 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.

N. Repertoire

Any changes to the applicant’s repertoire selections may be made until September 30, 2018.
Any changes must be submitted via e-mail to info@nwpiano.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Changing the piece(s) after September 30, 2018 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:

  • THE PIANO DUET – A GUIDE FOR PIANISTS by Ernest Lubin; Grossman Publishers, New York 1970
  • 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.

Appendix

The following are the original works for piano duet and piano duo.
These works may be suitable as selections for the required Debussy work in the first round.

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
(1862 – 1918)

Original Works for Piano Duet (one piano, four hands)

  • Symphony in B minor
  • Andante Cantabile
  • Le Triomphe de Bacchus (Suite intended for, but never written for orchestra)
  • Divertissement
  • L/Enfant Prodigue (arranged by the composer for four hands)
  • Petite Suite
  • March Ecossaise sur un Theme Populaire
  • La Mer (Symphonic Suite) arranged for four hands by the composer
  • Six Epigraphes Antiques

Original Works for Piano Duo (two pianos, four hands)

  • En Blanc et Noir (Three Movements)
  • Lindaraja