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Robert Schumann Competition for young pianists

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23/02/2021 - 27/02/2021
Düsseldorf, Germany
Piano/keyboard

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.

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

23.02.-27.02.2021

Next deadline

20.11.2020

 

Application

Each applicant must:

1) fill in an online application form by 20th November 2020.
2) enclose an entry fee until

The participation fee is 100 Euros. The application fee has to be transferred via bank transfer or Paypal.

Bank Details
Verein Schumann Hochschule
IBAN: DE06 3005 0110 1007 3985 53
BIC: DUSSDEDDXXX
Reason for payment: Name of applicant and Age group
Bank: Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Berliner Allee 33, 40212 Düsseldorf

Each applicant, not admitted to the competition, will get the application fee back. By applicants resignation the application fee is non-refundable.

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

  • an electronic copy of the applicant´s passport, stating the applicant´s name, date of birth and passport number
  • a portrait photograph of the applicant in an image file format required in the on-line application form
  • Self made audio-recording in mp3-format with a virtuos Etude and another piece of the repertoire. Prize winners of international competition in the last two years are not required to send the recordings.
  • a short CV including the names of the teachers

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 no less than 8 min. and no more than 10 min.


2.Round
– One piece or several pieces or particular movements from Classical Age until Present Age
– One piece or parts from a piece by R. Schumann. The piece by Schumann has to represent at least half of the performance.
The total playing time has to be no less than 13 min. and no more than 15 min.


3.Round
One from the following concerts:
– J. Haydn: Piano Concerto G-Dur Hob.XVIII 4
– J. Haydn: Piano Concerto D-Dur Hob. XVIII 11
– W.A.Mozart: Piano Concerto A-Dur KV.414
1st movement from each concerto

 

CATEGORY B

1.Round
– J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue from „The Well-Tempered Clavier“ Book I or II or movements from Partitas, English and French Suites
– One virtuos Etude
– One piece or parts from a piece by R. Schumann
The total playing time has to be no less than 13 min. and no more than 15 min.


2.Round
– One piece or several pieces or particular movements from Classical Age until Present Age
– One piece or parts from a piece by R. Schumann. The piece by Schumann has to represent at least half of the performance.
The total playing time has to be no less than 18 min. and no more than 20 min.


3.Round
One from the following concerts:
– W. A. Mozart: Piano concerto d-Moll KV 466
– W. A. Mozart: Piano concerto C-Dur KV 467
– W. A. Mozart: Piano concerto A-Dur KV 488
1st movement from each concerto

 

CATEGORY C

1.Round
– J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue from „The Well-Tempered Clavier“ Book I or II or movements from Partitas, English and French Suites
– One virtuos Etude
– One piece or parts from a piece by R. Schumann
The total playing time has to be no less than 18 min. and no more than 20 min.


2.Round
– One piece or several pieces or particular movements from Classical Age until Present Age
– One piece or parts from a piece by R. Schumann. The piece by Schumann has to represent at least half of the performance.
The total playing time has to be no less than 25 min. and no more than 30 min.


3.Round
One from the following concerts:
– R. Schumann: Piano Concerto a-Moll op.54 1. Movement: Allegro affetuoso
– 2.Movement: Intermezzo and 3. Movement: Allegro vivace
– R. Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato G-Dur op.92
– R. Schumann: Concert-Allegro with Introduction d-Moll op.134

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 piece from Robert Schumann – 3.000 €

Contact

Visit original competition page Website

Prize winners