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IX Piano Bridges International Competition for Amateur Pianists

June 30 — July 6, 2019

We welcome amateur pianists aged 17 and above from all countries, people of various occupations for whom piano playing is a serious hobby, but not a professional activity.

Professional pianists as well as piano teachers and students of professional music colleges and conservatories (piano specialization) are not allowed to take part in the Competition.

The Сompetition is held in two categories:

1st Сategory — amateur pianists who received a diploma of secondary or higher musical education but haven’t been involved in music activities as professional pianists for at least 3 years

2nd Сategory — amateur pianists with no professional piano education

With the approval of the Оrganizing Сommittee, contestants from the 2nd category can be allowed to compete in the 1st category, but not vice versa.

The Сompetition is conducted in two disciplines:

1. Piano Solo — 3 rounds

Programme:
Contestants are free to choose their own programme which must include a classical piano repertoire.
Contestants may include not more than one of their own works in the competitive programme.
Not more than one non-classical transcription can be included in the programme.
Using scores is permitted.

Contestants may change their programme at any time by notifying the Organizing Сommittee.
The Organizing Committee reserves the right of final approval of contestants’ programmes.
Programme of the 1st round: 10-15 min
Programme of the 2nd round: 20-30 min

Not more than one work performed in the 1st round can be repeated in the 2nd round.

16 contestants from the two categories will be selected for the 2nd round.

Not more than 5 contestants from each category will be selected for the 3rd round.

The jury decide the 3rd round programme (from the pieces played in the 1st and 2nd rounds).
With the approval of the Оrganizing Сommittee, in the 3rd round contestants may perform works not played in the 1st and 2nd rounds .

The 3rd round will be held as a public concert.

After the 3rd round the jury decide the winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes) as well as recipients of the 4th and 5th prizes.
The winner of the Audience Award will be determined by public vote after the 3rd round.

The 1st prize winners receive cash prizes:

1st category:

1st Prize — 30,000 RUB
2nd Prize — Gifts from the Competition partners
3rd Prize — Gifts from the Competition partners

2nd category:

1st Prize — 30,000 RUB
2nd Prize — Gifts from the Competition partners
3rd Prize — Gifts from the Competition partners

The jury have the right to assign ex-aequo prizes or not to assign all prizes.
Contestans who couldn’t pass the first round receive certificates of participation.
Contestants who couldn’t pass the second round receive diplomas of semi-finalist.

2. Piano Ensemble — 1 round (one piano or two pianos)
(no categories)

Programme: maximum 20 min

Programme:
Сontestants are free to choose their own programme which must include a classical piano repertoire.
Composers can include not more than one of their works in the competitive programme.
Not more than one non-classical transcription can be included in the programme.
Using scores is permitted.

Contestants may change their programme at any time by notifying the Organizing Committee.
The Organizing Committee reserves the right of final approval of contestants’ programmes.

The jury decide the winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes)

1st Prize — 30,000 RUB
2nd Prize — Gifts from the Competition partners
3rd Prize — Gifts from the Competition partners

The jury has the right to assign ex-aequo prizes or not to assign all prizes.
The winners of the Piano Ensemble discipline must take part in the closing concert, otherwise they will be deprived of the cash prize and the winner title .

Contestants will be able to receive feedback from the jury members at a specially organized meeting after the first round.
The 1st Prize winners in all nominations can take part in the competition again after 3 years.
The 1st Prize winners in the 2nd category are allowed to compete in the 1st category the following year.
The 1st Prize winners of the Piano Ensemble discipline can reenter the competition the following year with different partners.

The winners and finalists are invited to take part in concerts held at different venues throughout the year.

SPECIAL PRIZES:
– for the best performance of a music piece by St. Petersburg (Leningrad) composers

Participation Fee :

Piano Solo — €45
Piano Ensemble — €45
The fee is not refundable and will be used for the purposes of the Competition.

The fee is to be paid via PayPal until May 31, 2019.
The fee is not refundable and will be used for the purposes of the Competition.

Applications are accepted until May 31, 2019.
Applications without payment will be declined.

The Organizing Committee retains the right of final decision concerning the admission of contestants to the Competition.

List of the participants will be published on July 2, 2019.

Competition Venue: Union of Composers’ Concert Hall (Bolshaya Morskaya str., 45 / ул. Большая Морская, 45) 
The Finals – will be announced soon.

The Organizing Committee retains the right of final decision concerning the admission of contestants to the Competition.

APPLY

Send the application:

dobrovolskaya_natalia@inbox.ru

The list of the participants will be published on the Competition website.

During the Competition the participants will receive discounts in the partnering hotels.

Acoustic rehearsals (10 min.) will be provided to all competitors during the registration day on June 30, 2019.

During the competition week, rehearsal pianos will be provided to all non-resident contestants (1.5-2 hours per day).