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

Early Application Deadline:
July 1, 2020

Closing Date for Applications:
August 31, 2020

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

Location: Tom Lee Music, 650 West Georgia Street Unit #310, Vancouver BC

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

Location: Immanuel Church, 109 East 40th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Debriefing Master Class: Sunday, November 22, 2020

All participants are eligible to join the Debriefing Master Class. This takes place the day following the competition.

Location: Immanuel Church, 109 East 40th Avenue, Vancouver BC

B. Prizes

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

  • Trophy and Certificates
  • All participants are eligible to join the Debriefing Master Class
  • First Place: CAD $300 and certificate
  • Second Place: CAD $200 and certificate
  • Third Place: CAD $100 and certificate
  • Honourable Mention Certificates
  • All participants are eligible to join the Debriefing Master Class
  • 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

Each Candidate must fall into the following age restriction categories. No averaging is allowed.

  • Junior Division: up to 12 years of age by August 31, 2020
  • Intermediate Division: ages 13 to 18 by August 31, 2020
  • Senior Division (ages 19 to 30 by August 31, 2020)

Each Division will consist of two rounds:

  • First (Qualifying) Round - Piano Duet only
  • Final (Prize) Round - Piano Duo only

D. Levels for the Junior Division

FIRST ROUND:

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

Maximum performance time: 8 minutes

FINAL ROUND:

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

Maximum performance time: 8 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:

  • Obligatory Piano Duet by Beethoven: See Appendix for list of duet works by Beethoven.
  • 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

Note: Level of difficulty for the Intermediate division must be of the Grade 9 level (RCM) or higher.

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

F. Levels for the Senior Division

FIRST ROUND:

  • Own Choice: Program must include only duet (one piano, four hands) selections.
  • Required Work: New work 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

  • All Divisions will prepare two programs of music to be performed (one for the first round, one for the final round).
    • First Round is for piano duet (one piano)
    • Final Round is for piano duo (two pianos)
  • In choosing the program, the competitors are advised to perform works of different styles and periods, such as classic, romantic and contemporary works.
  • Timing of the programs may be enforced by the jury members. It is highly recommended to time programs before submission to the competition. Repeats are not required, but Da Capo’s must be played.
  • Please note that submitted programs cannot be changed after September 30, 2020.
  • The use of the auditorium hall and/or the piano(s) in it may not be used by any competitor, except in performance. However, if possible, warm-up opportunity may be provided.
  • It is strictly forbidden to record any performances during the competition, or to take pictures, videos, etc. Failure to comply with this rule may result in disqualification.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to be available for all given dates of the competition.

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

One original copy (or publisher-approved photocopy) of all music performed by the teams must be provided to 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 are preferred, however applications can also be submitted by mail. The printed application form is 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 mailed to the following address no later than August 31, 2020.

NORTH WEST INTERNATIONAL PIANO ENSEMBLE COMPETITION
10560 Gilmore Crescent
Richmond, BC, Canada V6X 1X4

Please Note: Unclear written application forms or incomplete enclosures will not be accepted or considered. Applicants should retain copies of the materials sent with their application. The NWPES will not be responsible for lost documents and reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant.

K. Application Fees, Enclosures, and Attachments

(See item “A” for important dates)

1. Application Fees: Non-refundable registration fees via a cheque if sent from Canada or the United States, or bank drafts if from other countries. Credit cards are not accepted.

EARLY APPLICATION FEES received before (and up to) July 1, 2020

  • Junior Division: CAD $100 per team
  • Intermediate Division: CAD $200 per team​
  • Senior Division: CAD $250 per team

APPLICATION FEES received after July 1, 2020

  • Junior Division: CAD $150 per team
  • Intermediate Division: CAD $250 per team​
  • Senior Division: CAD $300 per team

2. Team Photo: One recent team photo that can be used for programs or advertising at the discretion of the NWPES. Preferably 8 x 10 cm size.

3. Proof of Identity: Photocopy of both applicants’ ID. For example: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, permanent resident card, Canadian citizenship card

4. Team Write-up: A short biography, including the applicants’ musical education and training, background, performance experience, awards. Maximum 200 words.

5. Reference(s): At least 1 letter of reference is required.

6. Repertoire: Each team must submit their planned list of repertoire for both the First and the Final Round. No changes after September 30, 2020.

7. Performance List (Optional): A copy of recent concert performance(s).

L. Jury

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

Please also refer to item “I” above on “Music Scores”.

M. Other General Rules and Regulations

The NWPES reserves the right to record (CD/DVD) performances during the competition. All tapes or recordings will be the exclusive property of the NWPES. No payment will be given to any competitor for said performance of recordings.

Travel and accommodation expenses are the candidate’s own responsibility, but the NWPES will assist to the extent possible.

Competitors should arrive in Richmond/Vancouver at least one day prior to the competition, and contact the NWPES President at 778-929-5872.

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 September 30, 2020.
Any changes must be submitted via e-mail to info@nwpiano.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Changing the piece(s) after September 30, 2020 or denying to perform any piece(s) from the announced program will result in 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:

  • THE PIANO DUET – A GUIDE FOR PIANISTS by Ernest Lubin; Grossman Publishers, New York 1970
  • MUSIC FOR MORE THAN ONE PIANO by Maurice Hinson; Indiana Univ. Press; Bloomington 1983

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.

Appendix

The following are the original piano duets by Beethoven. He did not write any piano duos.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
(1770 – 1827)

Original Works for Piano Duet (one piano, four hands)

  • Große Fuge for Piano Four Hands, Op. 134
  • 3 Marches, Op.45
  • Sonata for Piano, Four-Hands Op.6
  • 6 Variations on 'Ich denke dein' for Piano, Four Hands, WoO 74
  • 8 Variations on a theme by Count Waldstein, Piano Four Hands, WoO 67