The 7th NWIPEC (2020)

for Piano Duet (One Piano, Four Hands)  &
Piano Duo (Two Pianos, Four Hands)

Competition Dates

First (Qualifying) Round:
Fri, November 20, 2020

@ Tom Lee Music
728 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC

Final (Prize) Round:
Sat, November 21, 2020

@ Immanuel Church
109 East 40th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Master Debriefing Class:
Sun, November 22, 2020

@ Immanuel Church
109 East 40th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

The rules and regulations have been revised for the upcoming 7th NWIPEC in November 2020, and the website has been updated to reflect these changes.

Should you have any questions regarding the regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The planning for the next competition in 2020 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.

COMPETITION HISTORY

This competition started in 2009, and has had six successful competitions since then. It runs every second year, the next being in November 2020. 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.

The Fourth North West International Piano Ensemble Competition (2014)
"The North West Piano Ensemble Competition brings world-class judges who challenge me to embrace different interpretations in their master classes."
Amanda Chan
Intermediate Division, 1st Place, 2018
"A platform where you will not only be up against international standards, but also have the opportunity to reach out to the community, sharing the common passion for piano ensemble music."
Gabriel Hoe
Senior Division, 3rd Place, 2018

Thank You!

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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