1. The First China International Music Competition will be held in Beijing from May 4 to 21, 2019. It was established by the China Conservatory of Music (CCM).
2. The discipline of the 2019 Competition is piano.
3. Pianists must be between seventeen and twenty-eight years of age on the date of the opening of the Competition.
4. The competitors should not have any other professional engagements during the Competition unless specifically authorized by the general director.
5. The CCM will provide each competitor with a round-trip, economy-class airfare or train ticket from his/her place of residence to Beijing.
6. All competitors will be provided with hotel accommodations and meals from May 1 through the end of the Competition. Competitors will, however, be responsible for their own accommodations and meals on any days falling outside of this time period.
7. Foreign competitors will be responsible for obtaining their passports and any necessary visas. They should apply at the nearest Chinese consulate upon receiving a formal letter of invitation from the Competition.
8. The CCM reserves the right to make changes to the rules if circumstances dictate, but not later than two months before the opening of the Competition. In case of any difference between the Chinese and English-language versions of texts and rules, the Chinese-language version will be considered definitive.
COMPETITION RULES AND PROCEDURES
1. The Competition will be divided into three separate parts: a Preliminary Round, a Semifinal Round and a Final Round. The Preliminary Round will consist of a fifty-minute recital; the Semifinal Round will consist of a seventy-minute recital and a forty-five-minute recital with a singer; and the Final Round will consist of a classical concerto with the Orchestra Academia China and a concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
All timings are inclusive of applause. All rounds will be open to the public. All works must be played from memory, except for the recital with a singer.
2. The jury will advance not more than twelve pianists to the Semifinal Round, not more than six to Phase I of the Final Round, and three to Phase II of the Final Round.
3. The order of appearance of competitors in the Preliminary Round will be determined by a drawing. The competitors will follow this order in all rounds of the Competition except, at the discretion of the chairman of the jury, for reasons of accident, illness, or other unusual circumstances.
4. The competitors will be provided with practice time in a number of rehearsal facilities and the opportunity to rehearse onstage prior to each round.
5. A selection of pianos will be provided for the pianists to choose
, from May 1 through May 3, 2019.
6. All rounds of the Competition may be broadcast and webcast live and may be recorded and videotaped for subsequent broadcast, video, and audio use. Parts or all of the Competition will be made available on the Internet. Competitors will be required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials to the CCM and its assignees or licensees. Neither the CCM nor its assignees or licensees may be held liable for any payments to competitors relating to materials derived from Competition performances.
7. Competitors may not contact or speak with any member of the jury as long as they continue to participate in the Competition. Any violation of this rule may disqualify the competitor.
8. Decisions of the jury are final and may not be appealed.
REPERTOIRE RULES AND PROCEDURES
1. All repertoire selected by competitors must be submitted by January 1, 2019.
2. The repertoire for the singers' recitals will be determined by January 1, 2019.
3. Any changes in submitted repertoire must be approved no later than March 1, 2019.
PRIZES AND ENGAGEMENTS
The First China International Music Competition will award the following prizes:
First Prize: US $150,000, a Gold Medal, and three years of concert tours
Second Prize: US $75,000 and a Silver Medal
Third Prize: US $30,000 and a Jade Medal
Three Finalists (Non-Medalists): US $10,000 each and a Diploma
Six Semifinalists: US $5,000 each and a Diploma
Additional Participants (not progressing to the Semifinals): US $1,000 each
Rules Relating to Prizes and Engagements
1. A First Prize will be awarded. All prize amounts will be subject to local tax. Chinese residents will be paid in RMB, in accordance with the exchange rate of the Bank of China on the date of payment.
2. The Conservatory will prepare the list of potential recital and orchestral engagements for the laureates of the Competition, to be performed within a three-year period following the Competition. The list of engagements, which form part of the prizes, will be published in the Competition program book.
3. Scheduling of engagements will take into account any prior commitments of the laureates, but the laureates will be expected to fulfill all prize engagements.
Preliminary Round: Each pianist will perform a recital not to exceed fifty minutes in length and consisting of works chosen by the pianist from each of the following three periods: Classical, Romantic and Post-Romantic. Only complete works will be accepted.
Semifinal Round: Each pianist will perform a recital not to exceed seventy minutes in length. The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the pianist. Repertoire from the previous rounds may not be repeated. Only complete works will be accepted.
Each pianist will perform a recital, together with a singer, of forty-five minutes in length. Repertoire will be decided after January 1, 2019.
Liebesbotschaft, D. 957
Im Fruehling, D. 882
Ganymede, D. 544
Chanson gaillardes, FP42
La Maîtresse volage
Chanson à boire
Invocation aux parques
La belle jeunesse
Nichts, Op. 10, No. 2
Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27, No. 3
Caecilie, Op. 27, No. 2
Liebesbotschaft, D. 957
Ganymede, D. 544
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118
Quatre chansons de jeunesse
Clair de lune
Staendchen, Op. 17, #2
Ich schwebe, Op. 48, #2
Caecilie, Op. 27, #2
Final Round: All six finalists will perform a concerto during Phase I. The jury will then select three competitors to perform an additional concerto for Phase II.
Phase I: Each pianist will perform a concerto with the Orchestra Academia China, conducted by En Shao. Repertoire is to be chosen from one of the following:
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Mozart: 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
Phase II: Each pianist will perform a concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Repertoire is to be selected from one of the following:
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S. 124
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23