EMCY

International Competition for Young Pianists ‘A Step Towards Mastery’

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03/06/2019 - 10/06/2019
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Piano/keyboard

The competition was founded in 1995 and has consistently grown and become more international. The competition participants also profit from a cultural programme in the beautiful city of St Petersburg.

Information

Organiser

School of Arts for Children No. 4

Structure

Two rounds followed by final accompanied by orchestra.
The partecipants should be aged up to 19 and divided in 3 age categories.
Category A – includes participants whose age shall be up to 11 years inclusive (born after 3 June, 2007),
Category B – from 12 to 15 years inclusive (born after 3 June, 2003),
Category C – from 16 to 19 years inclusive (born after 3 June, 1999).

Cycle

Every two years

Next deadline

01.03.2019

Application

The application form and audio or video recording must be sent by post (date as postmark) before the application deadline with:

  • a photo (10 x 15cm) of the participant for the competition booklet
  • copy of the participant’s birth-certificate
  • copy of the payment document confirming remittance of 50 % of the entrance fee

Without the advance payment applicants cannot be included in the selection round. This payment cannot be refunded, even if the participant is not selected. The entrance fee is 100 EUR.
The order of pieces in the application must be the order of performance in the competition. The audio or video recording must contain two pieces (chosen by the participant), including an etude. These pieces do not have to be played at the competition.
You can find the application form clicking here.

Rules

There are no restrictions in respect of the status of the participant (such as Musical School, Higher School, Academy, Conservatory or private education).

You can find details by clicking here.

Repertoire

Category A.

The first round: solo performance of compositions contrasting by their character. No
more than 10 minutes.
The second round: solo performance of compositions contrasting by their character,
including one piece of a composer of the participant’s country. No more than 15
minutes.

The third round: performance of the First movement of a piano concerto:
BACH – Concerto № 5 f moll BWV 1056
HAYDN – Concerto D dur Hob. XVIII/II
MOZART – Concerto A dur KV 414
BEETHOVEN – Concerto № 1 C dur op.15
Comment: the candidate is free to choose the concerto also from the category B repertoire.

Category B.

The first round: solo performance of one etude (Czerny, Moszkowski, Chopin, Liszt,
Rachmaninov, Debussy, etc.), the first part of a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven) and a piece (or several pieces) chosen by participant himself. No more
than 20 minutes.
The second round: solo performance including several compositions from the Baroque
to our days, among them one piece by the composer of the participant’s country and
one extensive piece by the romantic composer. No more than 25 minutes.
The third round: performance of the First movement of a piano concerto:
BEETHOVEN – Concerto № 3 c moll op. 37
CHOPIN – Concerto № 1 e moll
GRIEG – Concerto a moll op. 16
RACHMANINOV – Concerto № 2 c moll op.18
SAINT-SAËNS – Concerto № 2 g moll op.22
PROKOFIEV – Concerto № 1 Des dur (entirely)
Comment: the candidate is free to choose the concerto also from the category C repertoire.

Category C.

The first round – a concert etude, a sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), a piece by a
Russian composer. No more than 30 minutes.
The second round – a cyclic polyphonic composition by J.S. Bach (a suite, a prelude and
fuga, a fantasia and fuga, etc.), an extensive piece of a romantic composer or a
romantic cycle, a piece by a composer of the participant’s country. No more than 40
minutes.
The third round – performance of the First movement of a piano concerto:
SCHUMANN – Concerto № 1 a moll ор. 54
CHOPIN – Concerto № 1 e moll
TCHAIKOVSKY – Concerto № 1 b moll
RACHMANINOV – Concerto № 1 fis moll ор. 1 (the Second edition)
RACHMANINOV – Concerto № 2 c moll ор. 18
SAINT-SAËNS – Concerto № 2 g moll op.22
PROKOFIEV – Concerto № 1 Des dur (entirely)

Prizes

The prize fund of 20,000 € is divided as follows:

Category A – 3500 €

Category B – 5500 €

Category C – 7000 €

Grand Prize – 4000 €

Contact

Visit original competition page www.s2m.ru

Prize winners