Regulations

A. Dates and Application Fees

Closing Date for Applications:
November 1, 2022

Application Fees Paid via PayPal at time of application
Junion Divison: CAD $150/team
Intermedite Divison: CAD $175/team
Senior Division: CAD $200/team

Video Submission Deadline:

November 1st 2022

Gala Concert:

To be live streamed on 7pm November 19th, 2022 Vancouver Time

B. Prizes

  • First Place: $300 and Certificate
  • Second Place: $200 and Certificate
  • Third Place: $100 and Certificate
  • First Place: CAD $800 and certificate 
  • Second Place: CAD $600 and certificate
  • Third Place: CAD $500 and certificate
  • Potential for Honourable Mention Certificates
  • First Place: CAD $1500 and certificate
  • Second Place: CAD $1000 and certificate
  • Third Place: CAD $500 and certificate
  • Honourable Mention Certificates

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

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

Age averaging is not allowed. If two candidates of different age fall into different divisions (eg: A 10 year old and a 13 year old) they are required to apply into the higher division. In this example, the duo will be required to enter the intermediate division.

D. Repertoire for the Junior Division

  • Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.
  • Required Work: Any one selection from Schubert Op.51 Three Military Marches (Trois Marches Militaires).

Maximum performance time: 10 minutes

Note: Choice and level of difficulty is discretionary, but may be a factor in deciding the winning entry.

E. Repertoire for the Intermediate Division

  • Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.
  • Required Work: Any one selection from Schubert Op.61 Six Polonaises.

Maximum performance time: 12 minutes

Note: Choice and level of difficulty is discretionary, but may be a factor in deciding the winning entry.

F. Repertoire for the Senior Division

  • Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.
  • Required Work: Commissioned piece “Let’s Go” by Dr. Stefan Young. (Link to download).

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

Judges reserve the right to choose works to be performed from your repertoire list provided.

G. Notes for All Divisions

In choosing the program, the competitors are advised to program works of different styles and periods, such as classic, romantic and contemporary works.

The video can be filmed 1 piece at a time, however, the submission must be in 1 Youtube or Bilibili video link. There must be no editing for the playing portion of the video. The total length of the video cannot exceed the maximum performance time for each Division. Repeats are not required, but Da Capo’s must be played

Inquiries: Please note that any questions may be directed by email to the vice-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.
  

I. Music Scores

  • All the participants must obey copyright restrictions in using musical scores

For the ONLINE part of competition competitors must send PDF files of the musical scores

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.

Arrangements that are by the composer of the original piece will be permitted.
For example:

·      Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre, Op. 40

·      Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

·      Milhaud: Le Boeuf Sur le Toit

 

Arrangements and transcriptions which are not by the composer of the original piece are not allowed.

For example:

  • Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 arranged by Stephen Kovacs

 The following books may be of help:

J. Application, Enclosures, and Attachments

Online applications only (link here). All required information must be filled in completely. The form must be submitted and application fee paid no later than November 1st, 2022

Additional Package (to be submitted via email to info@nwpiano.com, after applying and before video submission deadline:

  • Team Photo: One high resolution recent photograph of both players, that can be used for programs or advertising at the discretion of the NWPES.
  • Signed Photo and Video Consent Form You can find the form here
  • Team Write-up: A short biography, including the applicants’ musical education and training, background, performance experience, awards. Not to exceed 200 words. 
  • Repertoire: Each team must submit their planned list of repertoires and the PDF sheet music for video submission.

K. Jury

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

L. Other General Rules and Regulations

By participating in the Competition all the participants agree to give the NWPES the right to use submitted recordings for promotional reasons

No payment will be given to any competitor for performance of recordings.

A first place winning team may not participate in the same competition category twice in a row