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Robert Schumann Competition for young pianists

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19/12/2020 - 27/02/2021
Düsseldorf, Germany
Piano

The Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Robert Schumann Hochschule organises the international competition for young pianists Robert Schumann Competition. The first edition took place in March 2017 and the second on in March 2019. The competition takes place at the Robert Schumann Music Academy in Düsseldorf, while the final round – a concert with an orchestra – takes place in the Robert Schumann Saal, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf Ehrenhof.

The third edition of the competition will take place on 19th and 20th of December 2020 (First Round) online and 25th and 26th of February (Second Round) live at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf with a final concert (Third Round) on 27th of February at the Robert Schumann Saal, Kunstpalast.

Information

Organiser

The Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Robert Schumann Hochschule e. V.

Structure

The participants should be aged up to 20 years old (three age categories).
The competitions has three rounds for each age group category.

Cycle

Every two years.

Next competition

19.12.2020-27.02.2021

Next deadline

01.10.-20.11.2020

 

Application

Applications can be made from 1st October – 20th November, 2020. Please apply online using the application form.

The following documents should be attached to the online application form:

  • Fully completed online-application form
  • Scan of ID-Card or Passport
  • Recent photo in format 4 x 6 cm or 300 DPI (passport photo) for the competition catalog
  • Short CV including the names of the teachers
  • Self made audio or video recording in mp3-format with a virtuos Etude and another piece of the repertoire.

In exceptional cases, one may send the application also via post. This can be done only after consulting the competition office. The effective date is the date of receipt at the competition office.

A preliminary judging based on the audio and video recordings will determine who may take part in the competition. These decisions are made by Prof. Barbara Szczepanska, Prof. Georg Schneider and Dr. Lars Wallerang.

By 30th of November 2020, all of the applicants will receive the results of the preselection via mail. All applicants admitted will receive all further details about the competition schedule.

Rules

The competition is open to young pianists of all nationalities under the age of 20.

The competition is divided into three age categories:

  • Category A – until 13 years;
  • Category B – 14-17 years;
  • Category C – 18-20 years.

The competition rounds are open to public viewing and will be broadcasted via live-stream.

The order of performance of the competitors will be defined through a draw.

The repertoire must be played by heart. An exception can be made only for contemporary pieces. The order of pieces in the rounds may be set by the performer. It´s not allowed to play the same pieces in more than one round.

Program change after the application is not allowed.

The applicants are not entitled to claim any rights for the broadcast and/or recording of their performances. Only the organizer of the competition reserves those rights.

The competitor’s performance will be assessed on a point-based system. If a member of the jury has taught a competitor within the last two years, he or she will abstain from assessing that competitor. The results for each category will be announced after each round. The decisions of the jury are final and not subject to question, review or appeal.

Repertoire

CATEGORY A

1.Round
– J. S. Bach: one Invention or one movement from a French Suite
– One virtuos Etude
– One piece or parts from a piece by R. Schumann

The total playing time has to be 8 to 10 minutes.


2.Round
– One work or several works or particular movements from Classical Age until Present Age
– One commissioned work written by Manfred Trojahn (approx. 2 minutes playtime). The scores will be sent with the admission to the 2nd Round.
– One work or parts from a work by R. Schumann. The work by Schumann has to represent at least half of the performance.

The total playing time has to be 13 to 15 minutes, excluding the commissioned work.


3.Round
One from the following concerts:
– W. A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor KV 478
I. Allegro
– L. van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in C major Nr. 3 WoO 36
I. Allegro vivace
– F. Schubert: Piano Quartet in F major D 487
Adagio e Rondo concertante

To be played with repetitions.

 

CATEGORY B

1.Round
– One work by J. S. Bach, e.g. Prelude and Fugue from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” or movements from Partitas, Englisch and French Suites
– One virtuos Etude
– One work or parts from a work by R. Schumann

The total playing time has to be 13 to 15 minutes.


2.Round
– One piece or several pieces or particular movements from Classical Age until Present Age
– One commissioned work written by Manfred Trojahn (approx. 3 minutes playtime). The scores will be sent with the admission to the 2nd Round.
– One work or parts from a work by R. Schumann. The work by Schumann has to represent at least half of the performance.

The total playing time has to be 18 to 20 minutes, excluding the commissioned work.


3.Round
One from the following concerts:
– R. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major op. 47
I. Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
– J. Brahms: Piano Quartet Nr. 1 in G minor op. 25
I. Allegro
– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Piano Quartet in B minor op. 3
I. Allegro molto

To be played with repetitions

CATEGORY C

1.Round
– One work by J. S. Bach, e.g. Prelude and Fugue from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” or movements from Partitas, Englisch and French Suites
– One virtuos Etude
– One work or parts from a work by R. Schumann

The total playing time has to be 18 to 20 minutes


2.Round
– One work or several works or particular movements from Classical Age until Present Age
– One commissioned work written by Manfred Trojahn (approx. 4 minutes playtime). The scores will be sent with the admission to the 2nd Round.
– One work or parts from a work by R. Schumann. The work by Schumann has to represent at least half of the performance.

The total playing time has to be 25 to 30 minutes, excluding the commissioned work.


3.Round
One from the following works:
– R. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major op. 44
I. Allegro brillante
– J. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor op. 34
I. Allegro ma non troppo
– A. Dvorák: Piano Quintet Nr. 2 in A major op. 81
I. Allegro, ma non tanto

To be played with repetitions.

Prizes

CATEGORY A

1st Price 2.000 Euro

2nd Price 1.500 Euro

3rd Price 750 Euro

CATEGORY B

1st Price 3.000 Euro

2nd Price 2.000 Euro

3rd Price 1.000 Euro

CATEGORY C

1st Price 5.000 Euro

2nd Price 3.000 Euro

3rd Price 2.000 Euro

Special prizes:

– special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Robert Schumann
– special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work by Manfred Trojahn
– Schumannfest 2021: the winners will get the opportunity to give a concert at the Schumannfest in Düsseldorf in May/June 2021

Contact

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