Entry to the 2018 Competition is now open

14th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

22nd February – 3rd March 2018 

2018 Competition Dates

Stage 1 Rehearsal days with HIPCC Accompanists Tuesday 20th and/or Wednesday 21st February

Contestant Reception Wednesday 21st February           

Stage 1                     Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th February

Stage 2 Rehearsal day with HIPCC Accompanists Sunday 25th February

Stage 2                     Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th February

Semi-final               Wednesday 28th February

Masterclass            Thursday 1st March

FINAL                       Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Prizes

First Prize:               £15,000 + Concerto performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other concerts/ engagement(s) including the United States of America.

Second Prize:          £7,000 

Third Prize:              £3,000 

Fourth Prize:           £1,500 

Fifth Prize:               £850 

Sixth Prize:              £600

Engagements may be offered to other prizewinners.

Semi-Finalists who do not reach the final:        £150 each

Orchestra Prize:     £500

Special Prize:  £1000 for an outstanding British Competitor in the Semi-Final or Final (awarded at the discretion of the Jury.)

Repertoire for 2018

Preliminary Auditions
For 2018 Contestants may either attend a live audition or upload an unedited video recording.

Live auditions will take place in six centres:

United Kingdom – London – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

United Kingdom – Manchester – Royal Northern College of Music

Italy – Milan – Yamaha, Via A. Tinelli, 67/69, 20855 Gerno, Lesmo MB

USA – Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
More information HERE

Japan – Tokyo- Matsuo Hall, Hibiya Marine Building B1, 1-5-1 Yuraku-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
松尾ホール
東京都千代田区有楽町1-5-1
日比谷マリンビルB1(日比谷交差点角)

Live auditions 25 – 28 minutes including all pauses and breaks. Video recordings unedited 20 – 25 minutes including all pauses and breaks.

Auditions must be solo repertoire by two or more composers from different periods. Video recording must have been recorded after November 2015. This must be uploaded with your application.

STAGE 1: Concerto 
Select one Concerto from the Stage 1 list. Contestants will give a maximum performance of 28 minutes including all breaks/pauses. Contestants must select which sections of the concerto they will play but must include part of every movement and any main Cadenza. The Jury reserves the right to request any part of the concerto.

This stage is on two pianos.

2018 Stage 1 Concerto List

Mozart    Piano Concerto No 26 in D major K537
Beethoven    Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Op.58
Beethoven    Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major Op.73
Mendelssohn    Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor Op.40
Chopin    Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op.11
Liszt    Piano Concerto No 2 in A major S.125
Brahms    Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op.83
Saint Saens    Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor Op.44
Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor Op.23
Grieg    Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16
Rachmaninov    Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.18
Rachmaninov    Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Op.30
Ravel    Piano Concerto in G major
Gershwin    Piano Concerto in F
Prokofiev    Piano Concerto No 3 in C major Op.26


STAGE 2: Concerto 

Select one Concerto from the Stage 2 list. This must be a different Composer to the Concerto chosen from Stage 1. Contestants will give a maximum performance of 35 minutes including all breaks/pauses. Depending on the length of the chosen concerto, Contestants must select which sections of the concerto they will play but must include part of every movement and any main Cadenza. The Jury reserves the right to request any part of the concerto.

This stage is on two pianos.

2018 Stage 2 Concerto List

Mozart    Piano Concerto No 23 in A major  K 488
Beethoven    Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op.37
Mendelssohn    Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor Op.25
Schumann    Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
Liszt    Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major  S.124
Saint Saens    Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Op.22
Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No 2 in G major Op.44  (Siloti edition)
Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No 2 in G major Op.44  (Original)
Rachmaninov    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43
Franck    Symphonic Variations M 46
Shostakovich    Piano Concerto No 2 in F major Op.102

Please note for the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2 you can choose either the Siloti Edition or the original. 

The Jury may select either of the two Concerti chosen by contestants from Stage 1 or 2, to be performed in the Final. 


STAGE 3: Semi Final Recitals

For 2018, the Recital programme must include at least 3 composers from 3 different periods.

Contestants must include one work from one of the following composers

  1. Scarlatti (at least 2 Sonatas)
    J. S. Bach
    A. Mozart (A movement from a substantial sonata is allowed)
    J. Haydn (A movement from a substantial sonata is allowed)
    L.v. Beethoven (A movement from a substantial sonata is allowed)

The remaining two or more works are own choice but must be from different periods. Total performance time is 35 minutes absolute maximum, including all breaks/pauses.

Semi Finalists not selected for the Final are expected to have a Masterclass given by some members of the International Jury and to stay for the remainder of the competition.

STAGE 4: FINAL – Six Contestants
Six finalists perform a complete concerto during two evenings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Jury may select either of the two Concerti chosen by contestants from Stage 1 or 2, to be performed in the Final.

Entry Fee

£100 (UK Sterling) non-refundable

Competition Regulations

PLEASE READ THESE VERY CAREFULLY

Contestants must be aged between 16 to 30 during the dates of the competition (22/02/2018 – 03/03/2018)

Audition Dates and Closing Dates:

Video Audition-
Closing Date- 26th November 2017

Live Auditions-

United Kingdom – Manchester – Royal Northern College of Music
Closing Date: 12th October
Audition Date: Sunday 22nd October

Japan – Tokyo – Matsuo Hall, Hibiya Marine Building B1, 1-5-1 Yuraku-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
松尾ホール
東京都千代田区有楽町1-5-1
日比谷マリンビルB1(日比谷交差点角)
Closing Date: 27th October
Audition Date: 6th November

USA – Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Closing Date: 15th October
Audition Dates: Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th November

United Kingdom – London – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Closing Date: 9th November
Audition Date: Sunday 19th November

Italy – Milan – Yamaha, Via A. Tinelli, 67/69, 20855 Gerno, Lesmo MB
Closing Date: 14th November
Audition Date: Friday 24th November

Contestants must complete their Programme with full details and timings. All works MUST have their Number/Title, keys, opus, movements and timings. Composers names should be in European spelling.

An English biography of 550 characters (approximately 80 words) must be supplied. This must already be suitable for printing directly.

Contestants must supply a high resolution photograph suitable for printing.

No change of programme will be accepted after 1st December, 2017.

Contestants may bring their own orchestral accompanist or use an official HIPCC accompanist. Contestants using an HIPCC accompanist will be given a rehearsal time on either Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st February.

Following the auditions all successful contestants will receive a welcome pack giving details of accommodation, transport, accompanist, etc. Registration takes place from Tuesday 20th February and all Contestants are expected to attend the welcome reception on Wednesday evening 21st February.

The Competition expects to provide donated home stay accommodation for all contestants for their time in the competition (only bed and breakfast). However, this will be on a first come first served basis. You may choose to stay in other accommodation at your own expense.

All Jury decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.

The Jury retains the right to hear any part of the concerti chosen in Stage 1 and Stage 2 and to stop a performance if any competitor exceeds their allocated time.

All recordings made during the competition by HIPCC will remain the property of HIPCC to use as it sees fit for the promotion of the competition.

Some bursaries towards travel may be offered in cases of merit or hardship – please email info@hastingsconcertocompetition.co.uk with inquiries.

Former First and Second prizewinners are not eligible to enter the competition.

Major prizewinners are expected to give a recital in Hastings as part of the prize and will be given travel and a token fee.

All information is correct at time of publishing.