Regulations

DISCLAIMER
Some of the information on this page (such as the dates, prizes, piece required, etc.) have not yet been determined.
This page will be updated once the final details for the 7th NWIPEC have been confirmed.

A. Dates

Closing Date for Applications:
March 1, 2022

Application Fees Paid via PayPal at time of application
Junion Divison: CAD $130/team
Intermedite Divison: Cad $250/team
Senior Division: Cad $350/team

First (Qualifying) Round - Online Video Only:

April 1,2022 - Video Submission Deadline
April 15, 2022 - Results posted online

Final (Prize) Round:

Video Submission Deadline by May 1, 2022
May 14, 2022 (Live in Vancouver - Location To be Announced)
*Participants may choose to only participate online*
May 15, 2022 - Award Ceremony (Results posted online)

B. Prizes

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

  • First Place: $300 and Certificate
  • Second Place: $200 and Certificate
  • Third Place: $100 and Certificate
  • First Place: CAD $1500 and certificate + Debriefing Master Class
  • Second Place: CAD $1000 and certificate + Debriefing Master Class
  • Third Place: CAD $700 and certificate + Debriefing Master Class
  • Potential for Honourable Mention Certificates
  • First Place: CAD $3000 and certificate
  • Second Place: CAD $2000 and certificate
  • Third Place: CAD $1000 and certificate
  • Honourable Mention Certificates
  • All participants are eligible to join the Debriefing Master Class
  • To Be Announced

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.

Intermediate & Senior Division will consist of two rounds:

D. Levels for the Junior Division

Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.

Maximum performance time: 10 minutes

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

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

E. Levels for the Intermediate Division

FIRST ROUND:

  • Piano Duet (one piano) Only
  • Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.
Maximum performance time: 12 minutes

FINAL ROUND:

  • Own Choice. Program must include only duo (two pianos) selections.
Maximum performance time: 12 minutes

F. Levels for the Senior Division

FIRST ROUND:

  • Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.
  • Required Work: Chosen by NWPES – announced 4 months prior to the Competition (3 minutes).

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

FINAL ROUND:

  • Own Choice. Program must include only duo (two pianos) selections.

Maximum performance time: 15 minutes

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.

  • 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.

 

  • The use of the auditorium hall and/or the pianos in it may not be used by any competitor, except in performance. However, if possible, warm up opportunity may be provided.
  • All the recordings for the competition must be made  within 3 months of the submission date.
  • 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.

Inquiries: Please note that any questions may be directed by email 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 by the competition organizers.

 

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

For the LIVE PERFORMANCE 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). Please note, that candidates who wish to use tablets instead of print music for their performance, may do so.

 

 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:

·      Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre, Op. 40

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

·      Milhaud: Le Boeuf Sur le Toit

 

J. Application Form

Online applications only. 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 submitted no later than March 1, 2022

K. Application Fees, Enclosures, and Attachments

(See item “A” for important dates)

1. Application Form

 

2. Team Photo: One high resolution recent photograph, that can be used for programs or advertising at the discretion of the NWPES. (if proceeding to the Final Round)

 

3. Team Write-up: A short biography, including the applicants’ musical education and training, background, performance experience, awards. Not to exceed 200 words. (If proceeding to the Final Round)

 

4. Repertoire: Each team must submit their planned list of repertoire for both the First and the Final Round. No changes after March 1st ,  2022

 

L. Jury

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

M. 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.

Travel and accommodation expenses are the candidate’s own responsibility.

Competitors should arrive in Vancouver at least one day prior to the competition and contact the NWPES President at

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 March 1st , 2022.
Any changes must be submitted via e-mail to 
info@nwpiano.com.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Changing the piece(s) after March 1st, 2022 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:

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.