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Aarhus International Piano Competition

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Date TBA
Aarhus, Denmark
Piano/keyboard

Aarhus International Piano Competition was established in 2009 by Prof Anne Øland and her piano students, pianist Dominik Falenski, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus. The first competition took place in March 2011 under the name ‘Bang & Olufsen pianoRAMA-competition’ with Bang & Olufsen as the main sponsor of the competition. After changing the main sponsor, the competition was renamed and successfully held in its new format in 2013. Pianists Rune Maahn Christensen, Jens Kjær Riemer and Christian Skovgaard Flarup are now in charge of the competition.

Information

Organiser

Royal Academy of Music Aarhus

Structure

Aarhus International Piano Competition is divided into two Age Categories.
Two rounds for category A and three rounds for category B

Cycle

Every two years

Next competition

TBA 2021

Next deadline

TBA 2020

 

Application

The application fee of 100 € cannot be returned. By sending the application form the participants declare that they approve the terms and conditions mentioned in the regulations.

Rules

The rules for 2019 edition were the following:

  • Every applicant has to upload an audio recording together with the application. Editing of the recordings is not allowed, but separate works or movements can be from different takes. For details about program for the audio recording, please click here.
  • As many participants as possible shall be offered the opportunity to stay with guest families in and near Aarhus during the competition period. Staying with guest families, participants are allowed to be accompanied by one family member.
  • Each competitor is responsible for all costs that may be incurred by participation in the Competition.
  • The Competition Repertoire must be played from memory.
  • A competitor may only alter his/her programme for any stage of the Competition by informing the Competition Secretary of the change by 15th of February, 2019.
  • No appeal shall be possible against decisions by the Jury or by the Competition Directors.
  • The Aarhus International Piano Competition is sole holder of the rights to all video or audio recordings and Internet broadcasts in all stages of the Competition. Competitors cede to the Aarhus International Piano Competition, without remuneration, the rights to the following:

a) performances of works during the the whole Competition
b) performances of works during the concerts for participants and the final-concert
c) photographic and recorded images taken during participation in the Competition and the concerts. These rights are unlimited in time and space for the following purposes: recording, reproduction (all forms), trading, placing on computer memory, internet or other networks, public play-back and performance, exhibiting, screening, renting, leasing, broadcasting by wired or wireless sound or vision by terrestrial or satellite stations, simultaneous and integral radio and television transmission and retransmission. The exploitation of these rights in the ways set out above will be carried out by individuals, firms, radio and television stations and record labels authorised to do so by the Aarhus International Piano Competition.

 

 

 

  • For reasons of competition planning the competitors are required to report in time.
  • All prize winners are obliged to take part in the Final Concert and to be present at the distribution of prizes. Should a prize winner not appear, he/she can lose the claim to prizes; on such matters the Management of the Competition shall decide.
  • All organizational decisions concerning the Competition remain the responsibility of the Competition Management. The Management reserves the right to make all final decisions in the event of any misunderstanding.
  • For as long as pianists take part in the Competition they are not be allowed to have contact with, or speak with members of the Jury.
  • The application fee of 100 € cannot be returned.
  • In some cases foreign competitors will need visas. Applicants should consult the nearest Danish Embassy or Consulate for advice.
  • By sending the application form the participants declare that they approve the terms and conditions mentioned in the regulations.

More on the official website.

Repertoire

REPERTOIRE CATEGORY A

1st Round

25 minutes repertoire, including one of the following works of Carl Nielsen:

  • 5 klaverstykker,  op. 3
  • Humoreske Bagateller, op. 11
  • Klavermusik for Smaa og Store, op. 53 (an excerpt of own choice with the minimum duration of 6 minutes)

The rest of the repertoire is of free choice.

2nd Round

25 minutes of free repertoire

 

REPERTOIRE CATEGORY B

1st Round

25 minutes repertoire, including one of the following works of Carl Nielsen:

  • 5 klaverstykker,  op. 3
  • Chaconne, op. 32
  • Tema med variationer, op. 40
  • Tre klaverstykker, op. 59

The rest of the repertoire is of free choice.

2nd Round

25 minutes of free repertoire

3rd Round

The first movement of one of the following piano concertos, performed with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra:

  • L.v. Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 in c minor, op. 37
  • L.v. Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73
  • F. Chopin: Piano Concerto no.1 in e minor, op. 11
  • F. Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2  in f minor, op. 21
  • R. Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor, op. 54
  • E. Grieg: Piano Concerto in a minor, op. 16
  • P.I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 in b-flat minor, op. 23
  • S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 3 in d minor, op. 30

Carl Nielsen Repertoire

The Carl Nielsen sheet music can be bought following this link: http://www.kb.dk/en/nb/dcm/cnu/index.html

 

 

Prizes

Cash Prizes

Category A:

  • 1st prize: 6.000 €
  • 2nd prize: 4.000 €
  • 3rd prize: 2.000 €

Category B:

  • 1st prize: 8.000 €
  • 2nd prize: 5.000 €
  • 3rd prize: 3.000 €
  • 4th prize: 1.000 €

Carl Nielsen Prizes

Category A:

Carl Nielsen Prize: 1.000 €

Category B:

Carl Nielsen Prize: 1.500 €

These prizes are given for the best Carl Nielsen performance in 1st Round

Other Prizes

Audience Prize: 1,000 €

EMCY Prize

Concert Prizes

The winner of the 1st prize in Category B will be invited to give a concert with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in the season of 2017/2018.

The other prize winners will be offered concerts in danish music societies or at festivals.

Contact

Visit original competition page www.pianocompetition.dk

Prize winners