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2017 Competition Rounds & Repertoire

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

 

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS
Videos will be submitted through the online application process. Submissions must be between 35 and 40 minutes in length. The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the pianist and may be selected from works offered for the Competition recital rounds. Only complete works will be accepted. The video must be filmed with both the pianist’s face and hands in the frame at all times. Recordings may be paused between each repertoire selection. Each work on the video must be continuous and unedited performance. Videos must not be filmed more than six months prior to submission.

 

SCREENING AUDITIONS
Each pianist will perform a recital not to exceed 40 minutes in length. The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the pianist and may be selected from works offered for the Competition recital rounds. Only complete works will be accepted.

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND (30 competitors)
Each pianist will perform a recital not to exceed 45 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the pianist and must include the commissioned work of 4 to 6 minutes in length, written by Marc-André Hamelin. Only complete works will be accepted.

 

QUARTERFINAL ROUND (20 competitors)
Each pianist will perform a recital not to exceed 45 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the pianist. Repertoire from the Preliminary Round may not be repeated. Only complete works will be accepted.

 

SEMIFINAL ROUND (12 competitors)
The Semifinal Round will be held in two phases.

Phase I: Each pianist will perform a recital not to exceed 60 minutes in length. The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the pianist. Repertoire from the Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds may not be repeated. Only complete works will be accepted.

Phase II: Each pianist will perform a Mozart piano concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Repertoire must be chosen from the following:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595


FINAL ROUND (6 competitors)
The Final Round will be held in two phases:

Phase I: Each pianist will perform a piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet. Repertoire must be chosen from the following:

Brahms                     Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Dvořák                      Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
Franck                       Piano Quintet in F minor
Schumann               Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

Phase II: Each pianist will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. The pianists may choose any work scored for full symphony orchestra and piano. The choice is subject to approval by the Cliburn.


RULES AND PROCEDURES RELATING TO REPERTOIRE

  1. Total performance times include applause and pauses, and will be strictly enforced. The jury retains the right to stop a performance if the pianist exceeds the allotted time. Repeats are at the discretion of the pianist.
  2. All works must be performed by memory, except for the commissioned work and the piano quintet. A page turner will be provided as needed.
  3. If requested, pianists must supply a copy of the edition of the score used in the preparation of each work performed to the Cliburn.
  4. The commissioned work will be sent to pianists no later than March 25, 2017.
  5. Changes in submitted repertoire or running order may be made only with permission from the Cliburn. No changes will be accepted after April 3, 2017. Any proposed changes must include timings.

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