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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 To Be Held In A New Format:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 7th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, originally scheduled for November 2020, was postponed. After many months of global uncertainty, we are pleased to announce that the event will be held virtually in March-May 2022.
Contestants from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate in this festival of musical art and showcase their skills to a wide audience. Competition details will be announced in the near future.
Speaking of change, President and Secretary Winfried Rompf will be delegating authority to Tanya Tyuleneva and Dr. Wei Chen (Bruce) Lin, who will now serve as President and Vice President, respectively. Winfried Rompf will stay on as a Musical Advisor, using his tremendous knowledge to inspire both organizers and contestants to develop their skills and broaden their horizons.
We are also happy to welcome new board members to our team. We hope that joining our efforts will help us to gain the most productive experience during challenging times.
Welcome to the 7th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition!
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.
Should you have any questions regarding the regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
“The North West Piano Ensemble Competition brings world-class judges who challenge me to embrace different interpretations in their master classes.”
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.”
Senior Division, 3rd Place, 2018
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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