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The 7th NWIPEC (2021)
for Piano Duet (One Piano, Four Hands) &
Piano Duo (Two Pianos, Four Hands)
Seventh North West International Piano Ensemble Competition Postponed
Due to the world-wide outbreak of COVID-19, which makes global travel very difficult and uncertain along with our concern for the competition’s candidates and staff’s safety and health, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our seventh international competition to NOVEMBER 2021. The exact date will be announced later once we have clarity of the global pandemic situation.
We feel that this decision is fair to candidates who were looking to enter the competition, as this gives them the ability to remain with their families and to stay home to prevent potential exposure to the virus and to keep transmission to the lowest.
The North West International Piano Ensemble Competition is a unique competition based in Canada with candidates entering from all over the world. Your health and safety is on our minds and we wish, during this difficult time, that you and your families are safe and healthy!
First (Qualifying) Round:
Final (Prize) Round:
Master Debriefing Class:
The rules and regulations have been revised for the upcoming 7th NWIPEC in November 2021, and the website has been updated to reflect these changes.
The planning for the next competition in 2021 will include:
- revised rules and regulations
- new information on the required piece for each category
- own choice repertoire
- timing for the rounds and the final award event
- some new and innovative ideas
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
This competition has been birthed from a desire to provide opportunities for talented and advanced piano ensembles to have a platform for their performance of duets and duos. Piano students are encouraged to explore the vast repertoire of music, other than arrangements, that is available for such performances.
WHY PIANO ENSEMBLE?
Many serious students of the piano have experienced the desire to play with other musicians and to enjoy the social aspect and camaraderie of music making. Piano playing, though by itself a great art with much deep satisfaction, can be lonely at times. Therefore, since the time of Mozart, piano duets and duos have been a regular creative means of engaging in music-making with someone(s) else. This competition is the only one of its kind in Canada and should be viewed as a great chance to show what can be done when two talents unite in one exhilarating performance.
This competition started in 2009, and has had many successful competitions since then. It normally runs every second year. The competition has attracted very gifted pianists from several continents. We are proud to say that some of the past contestants have gone on to pursue professional musical careers and have performed with major orchestras both at home and abroad.
Our judges have been from Europe and North America and have contributed to attract great talent. The Bergmann Duo, Professor T. N. Baynov, Jeroen van Veen, Dr. Terence Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas were much appreciated for their international reputation and the high standard they placed in this competition.
Without the generous support of our sponsors and donors, we would not be where we are today.
The NWPES is a registered non-profit organization and we rely on the support of the community to help us make the competition as successful as it is. We invite you to get involved, whether it be as a volunteer, donor, or sponsor.
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