Enter the 2017 Competition

13th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

23rd February – 4th March 2017

ENTRY FOR THE 2017 COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

 

2017 Competition Dates

Rehearsal days with HIPCC Accompanists Tuesday 21st and/or Wednesday 22nd February

Contestant Reception Wednesday 22nd February           

Stage 1                     Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th February

Stage 2                     Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February

Semi-final               Wednesday 1st March

Masterclass            Thursday 2nd March

FINAL                       Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Prizes

First Prize:               £10,000 + Concerto performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other concerts/ engagement(s) including the United States of America.

Second Prize:          £5,000 

Third Prize:              £2,500 

Fourth Prize:           £1,500 

Fifth Prize:               £1,000 

Sixth Prize:              £500

Engagements may be offered to other prizewinners.

Semi-Finalists:        £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 2017

Preliminary Audition
For 2017 Contestants may either attend a live audition or send/upload a video recording.

Live auditions will take place in four centres:

United Kingdom – London (Venue to be confirmed)

Germany – Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

USA – Ball State University, Indiana
More information HERE

Japan – Tokyo (Venue to be confirmed)

Live auditions 25 – 30 minutes maximum. Video recordings 20 – 25 minutes maximum.

Auditions must be solo repertoire by two or more composers from different periods. Video recording must have been recorded after November 2014. 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.

2017 Stage 1 Concerto List

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

2017 Stage 2 Concerto List

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

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 2017, the Recital programme must include 3 composers from 3 different periods.

Contestants must include one work from one of the following composers

D.Scarlatti (at least 2 Sonatas)
J. S. Bach
A. Mozart
J. Haydn
L.v. Beethoven

The remaining two 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 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

Regulations

Contestants must be aged between 16 to 30 during the dates of the competition (23/02/2017-04/03/2017)

Audition Dates and Closing Dates:

Video Audition-
Closing Date- 16th November 2016

Live Auditions-
Muncie, Indiana, USA live auditions- 7th 8th 9th October 2016
Closing Date- 21st September
More information HERE

United Kingdom live auditions- 20th 21st October 2016
Closing Date- 10th October 2016

Japan live auditions- 2nd 3rd November 2016
Closing Date- 20th October 2016

Germany live auditions- 14th November 2016
Closing Date- 4th November 2016

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

An English biography of 80 words must be supplied. This must 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, 2016.

Contestants may bring their own orchestral accompanist or use an official HIPCC accompanist. Contestants using an HIPCC accompanist will be expected to arrive one or two days before the start of the competition to rehearse.

Following the auditions all successful contestants will receive a welcome pack giving details of accommodation, transport, accompanist, etc. Registration takes place from Tuesday 21st February and all Contestants are expected to attend the welcome reception on Wednesday evening 22nd February.

The Competition expects to provide donated home stay accommodation for all contestants for Stage 1 (bed and breakfast). However, this will be on a first come first served basis. You may chose 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 toward travel may be offered in cases of hardship- please email info@hastingsconcertocompetition.co.uk with inquiries.

All information is correct at time of publishing.