The Cliburn

2013 Competition Jury

2013 JuryMEMBERS OF THE 2013 JURY

John Giordano (United States), chairman
Dmitri Alexeev (Russia)
Michel Beroff (France)
Andrea Bonatta (Italy)
Richard Dyer (United States)
Joseph Kalichstein (Israel)
Yoheved Kaplinsky (Israel)


Liu Shih Kun (China)
Minoru Nojima (Japan)
Menahem Pressler (United States)
Blanca Uribe (Colombia)
Arie Vardi (Israel)
Xian Zhang (China)

 

JURY RULES

  1. All members of the jury must attend the official jury orientation scheduled prior to the Competition, except under special circumstances, at the discretion of the president of the Cliburn, during which they will be given an official notebook containing information and all materials necessary for their adjudication, including sections on which to write their evaluations. These notebooks must be treated as documents containing privileged information that may not be divulged to anyone during the course of the Competition. All notebooks and their contents remain the property of the jury members.
  2. Each member of the jury must attend every performance of each round. Failure to do so will disqualify the juror, except under extenuating circumstances, at the discretion of the president.
  3. Subsequent to the first jury orientation meeting, official gatherings of the jury for the purpose of briefing or voting will be closed except for jurors, the chairman of the jury, a voting administrator responsible for tabulation of the votes, and the president of the Cliburn. Any exceptions will be made at the discretion of the president. For example, members of the string quartet may be invited to appropriate jury meetings to relate their experience regarding their collaboration with the competitors, or the composer may be invited to talk about his commissioned work.
  4. Jurors will not discuss with any person whatsoever, including amongst themselves, their opinion of competitors’ performances or any other aspect of their adjudication responsibilities.
  5. Jurors may not communicate at any time during the Competition with competitors.
  6. Any juror having, or having had during the preceding four years, a familial, teaching, or professional relationship with a competitor must declare such relationship. Voting on that competitor’s performance shall be held in accordance with the special voting procedure outlined below. Any juror who has had a long-term teaching or close relationship of any kind with a competitor at any time must disclose such relationship. Master classes do not count as a teaching relationship. Jurors are required to sign a conflict of interest waiver.
  7. Jurors must refrain from verbal comment, demonstrative behavior, or any form of communication during competitors’ performances.
  8. No individual or composite jury votes may be disclosed at any time to any person who is not a juror, the voting administrator responsible for tabulation of the votes, or the president of the Cliburn, except the final composite decision of the jury at the conclusion of each round of the Competition, which will be announced to the public after the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds by the jury chairman, and after the Final Round by the master of ceremonies at the Awards Ceremony or as designated by the president.
  9. Jurors must comply with all rules in the Jury Handbook. Any infraction of the rules by a juror may result in the dismissal of that juror and/or the disqualification of a competitor.

The following procedures apply to the selection of competitors for the Semifinal and Final Rounds. The jury will select, in no specific order, the 12 most qualified pianists for advancement to the Semifinal Round and 6 most qualified for advancement to the Final Round. Selections for advancement will be based on a composite evaluation of the competitors’ performances.


2013 VOTING PROCEDURES

Ballots
Ballots will be distributed at the end of each round. Each juror will submit the number of competitor names equal to the number of spaces available for advancement to the next round, as well as a number of names of pianists who the juror feels have the possibility to advance, i.e. “maybes.”

After voting, the completed and signed ballots will be submitted to the jury chairman who in turn will submit them to the voting administrator. The names will be entered into a computer under the scrutiny of the jury chairman and the president of the Cliburn.

Results will be revealed to the jury in alphabetical order. The relative standing of competitors will not be revealed.

Ties
In the event of a tie for the last place(s), and in order to avoid re-voting, the names in the “maybe” votes will be taken into account. In the event of an unresolved tie for the last places (after counting the “maybe” votes), a second ballot shall be held for the tied competitors, in order to select the required number of competitors equal to the number of place(s) remaining. Subsequent ballots will be taken only if the vote remains deadlocked after the chairman of the jury’s vote is discarded.

Jurors with familial, teaching, or professional relationships with competitors
Any juror having, or having had during the preceding four years, a familial, teaching, or professional relationship with a competitor must declare such relationship. Master classes do not count as teaching relationship. The juror may, if he/she sees fit, include the name of this competitor on the ballot. However, in such cases, the juror’s opinion will not count as a vote on behalf of that particular competitor. When counting the votes for each competitor, the computer program will express that juror’s vote as the ratio between the total number of votes received and number of jurors eligible to vote for that competitor.

I.    Preliminary Round, phases I and II
Ballots with 12 spaces will be distributed on which each juror will enter the names of 12 competitors in no order of preference. On the same ballot and to help resolve a possible tie, there will be three (3) spaces on which each juror must submit the names of three (3) “maybes” in no order of preference. The “Ties” procedure outlined above will be used to resolve a tie in the last place(s).

II.    Semifinal Round
The jury will consider all phases to this point. The goal upon the completion of the Semifinal Round will be four-fold.

  • to select six finalists
  • to select the winner of the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music Award
  • to select the winner of the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work
  • to select up to three recipients of Jury Discretionary Awards, who will not also advance to the Final Round and/or receive awards for the best performance of chamber music and/or the commissioned work
  1. Finalist
    Ballots with six spaces will be distributed on which each juror will enter the names of six competitors from the Semifinal Round in no order of preference. On the same ballot and to help resolve a possible tie, there will be one space on which each juror must submit the name of one “maybe.” The “Ties” procedure outlined above will be used to resolve a tie in the last place(s).
  2. Chamber Music – Piano Quintet
    Ballots will be distributed for the best performance of the piano quintet at the completion of the Semifinal Round. Jurors will list the name of one competitor from the Semifinal Round for the best performance of a piano quintet. Should none of the competitors attain at least half of the votes of the jurors, then a further ballot shall be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.

    1. Should there be a tie between three or more competitors for the highest number of votes, a second ballot shall be held of the tied competitors. Should none of the tied competitors attain at least half of the votes, then a further ballot shall be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    2. Should there be a tie between competitors for the second most votes, the jury will first hold a ballot to decide between those tied competitors. Another ballot will then be held between the winner of that vote and the competitor with the most votes but who did not receive at least half of the votes.
  3. Commissioned Work
    The best performance of the commissioned work will be determined by the same voting procedure as that of the best performance of chamber music, outlined above.
  4. Jury Discretionary Awards
    A ballot will be distributed for the three Jury Discretionary Awards at the completion of the Semifinal Round: John Giordano Jury Chairman; Raymond E. Buck; and a third one. Jurors will enter three names. The awards will be granted to the three competitors with the highest count of votes who do not also advance to the Final Round and/or receive awards for the best performance of chamber music and/or the commissioned work. In the event of a tie for the last place(s), subsequent ballots shall be held for the tied competitors, in order to select the required number of competitors equal to the number of places remaining. The result of this vote will not be disclosed to the jury until the end of the vote in the Final Round.

III. Final Round

In awarding the prizes, the jury will render a final decision taking into consideration the pianist’s performances in the following:

  • Three recital performances:
    • Phase I of the Preliminary Round
    • Phase II of the Preliminary Round
    • Semifinal Round
  • A piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet
  • Two concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

If a juror has, or has had during the preceding four years, a familial, teaching, or professional relationship with a competitor who is in the Final Round, that juror may participate in the gathering of the jury, but he/she will not be permitted to vote in the Final Round. If the number of jury members entitled to vote is even, the chairman of the jury will not vote in the Final Round.

  1. Ballots will be distributed to the jury at the completion of the final concerto performance. The jury will enter the name of one person to be awarded the gold medal. Should none of the competitors attain at least half of the votes of the jurors entitled to vote and who did vote in the Final Round, then a further ballot shall be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    1. Should there be a tie of three or more competitors for the highest number of votes, a second ballot shall be held of the tied competitors. Should none of the tied competitors attain at least half of the votes, then a further ballot shall be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    2. Should there be a tie between competitors for the second most votes, the jury will first hold a ballot to decide between those tied competitors. Another ballot will then be held between the winner of that vote and the competitor with the most votes but who did not receive at least half of the votes.
  2. After the gold medalist is selected, the silver medalist will be determined using the same procedure. Ballots will be distributed to the jury to name the silver medalist. The jury will enter the name of one person to be awarded the silver medal.
  3. After the silver medalist is selected, the crystal award winner will be determined using the same procedure. Ballots will be distributed to the jury to name the crystal award winner. The jury will enter the name of one person to be given the crystal award.
  4. The remaining finalists will not be ranked.

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