Rules of
The Second Beijing International
Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition
for Young Pianists



Article 1    Organization



Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists is a international music competition open to youth aging 12 to 26 from all over the world, which is held by the Central Conservatory of Music every three years. The 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition was successfully held from October 17th to 30th, 2016 and it is the only international piano competition for young pianists listed in the 2016-2019 Cultural Cooperation Protocol signed by Chinese and Polish governments. Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists is in line with the Chopin International Piano Competition and is formally authorized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute of Poland to be held at the Central Conservatory of Music.


The first prize-winners of each group would be accepted directly to the Preliminary Round of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (2020) in Warsaw.


The main competition of the 2nd Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists (hereinafter referred to as “the Competition”) will be held in Beijing, China between October 19th and November 2nd, 2019. The Competition is hosted by the Central Conservatory of Music, special co-organized by the Musical China (Beijing) Culture and Arts Co. and the Beijing 21st Century Sino-Polish Culture & Arts Exchange Center. It is supported by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Culture Service of the Polish Embassy in Beijing. The Organizing committee will comprise Yu Feng as the Chairman, Shen Yiguang as the Vice Chairman, Yu Feng as the Art Director, Wu Ying as the Executive Director, Wei Danwen as the Director of Competition Department, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń as the Chair of the Judging board. The Judging board of the Competition will comprise famed Chinese and foreign pianists and piano educationists as jury team including Piotr Paleczny(Poland), Dina Yoffe(Israel), Dang Thai Son (Vietnam), Wu Ying(China), Dan Zhaoyi (China), Kevin Kenner(USA), Ewa Pobłocka(Poland), Dmitri Alexeev(Russia).


Article 2    Contestants


The Competition is open to youth from all over the world who were born between Oct. 19th, 1992 and Oct 18th, 2007. Contestants will be categorized into senior and junior groups. Junior contestants may enter for competition with seniors. Each contestant could only applies to one group.


Senior group: born between Oct. 19th, 1992 and Oct. 18th, 2003.
Junior group: born between Oct. 19
th, 2003 and Oct. 18th, 2007.


Article 3    Application


3.1 Contestants shall log on to www.chopin.ac.cn or www.chipin.com.cn for registration and application for the Competition. The application shall be submitted between March 11th and July 10th, 2019.


3.2 Contestants’ submission of application will be tantamount to the acceptance of the Rules and the conclusion of competition participation agreement with the Organizing Committee of the Competition.


3.3 The application fee for contestants is RMB 600 or USD 100.
(See contestant’s application page for detailed terms of payment)


3.4 Incomplete application will be deemed invalid.


Article 4    Submission of Audiovisual Recording


4.1 Contestants shall participate in the preliminary round by uploading and sending by post the audiovisual recording of the repertoire referred to in Article 5 hereof before they have a chance to qualify for the main competition.


4.2 The audiovisual recording shall be uploaded and sent by post no later than July 10th, 2019.


4.2.1 Uploading: Contestants shall upload video via the website.
Note: After completing the application form successfully, you can upload the video.


4.2.2 Sending by post: The recording shall be stored on a DVD or flash disk and sent together with your name and ID or Passport number by post to the Organizing Committee at:
Organizing Committee of the 2nd Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists
Address: Room 311 Office Building, Central Conservatory of Music, No.43 Baojia Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, PRC, 100031.


4.3 A photo up to passport requirements and identical to the one uploaded for application shall be sent by post with the DVD or flash disk. Contestant’s name (in English or pinyin) and date of birth (mm-dd-yyyy) shall be noted.


4.4 Incomplete submission will be deemed invalid and will not be returned.


Article 5    Repertoire for Preliminary Round


5.1 Junior group:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Impromptus (including Fantaisie-Impromptu), Nocturnes and Lullaby
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballades (except Op.52), Scherzos (except Op.54), Rondos, Bolero and Variations


5.2 Senior group:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
A full set of Mazurkas by Chopin (Mazurkas shall be played in the order they are numbered in the opus)
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballade (Op.52), Scherzo (Op.54), Barcarolle, Fantasies, and a set of six consecutive Preludes by Chopin


5.3 Criteria for the recording: The keyboard, contestant’s hands and either side of his/her body above the bench should also be clearly presented in the recording.


5.4 The sound and moving images shall not be edited. The title and author of the pieces may be displayed in the recording. No information relating to the contestant may be displayed in the recording.


5.5 The repertoire shall be played from memory.


5.6 The list of contestants admitted to the main competition will be made public on July 19th, 2019 via www.chopin.ac.cn or www.chopin.com.cn.


Article 6    Repertoire for Main Competition


Junior group:


Stage I:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
One Polonaise by Chopin (except Op.22, Op.44, Op.53 and Op.61)


Stage II:
One Waltz by Chopin
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Impromptus (including Fantaisie-Impromptu), Nocturnes and Lullaby
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballades (except Op.52), Scherzos (except Op.54), Rondos, Bolero and Variations
One Chinese piece (Designated Chinese piece, about five minutes)
Final: One of the following pieces for piano and orchestra by Chopin:
Variations Op.2: sur “la ci darem la mano” de “Don Juan” de Mozart
Fantasie Op.13: sur des airs nationaux poloais
Krakowiak Op.14: Grand Rondeau de Concert


Senior group:


Stage I:
Two etudes by Chopin (except Op.10 No.3, Op.10 No.6 and Op.25 No.7)
One of the following Polonaises by Chopin:



Stage II:
One of the following Sonatas by Chopin: Op.35 and Op.58
A full set of Mazurkas by Chopin (Mazurkas shall be played in the order they are numbered in the opus)
One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballade (Op.52), Scherzo (Op.54), Barcarolle, Fantasies, and a set of six consecutive Preludes
One Chinese piece (Designated Chinese piece, about five minutes)
Final:
One of the following concertos by Chopin: Op.11 and Op.21


Article 7    Prizes


7.1 The first prize-winners of each group would be accepted directly to the Preliminary Round of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (2020) in Warsaw.


7.2 Junior group Prizes:
1
st prize: USD 20,000 and a gold award certificate
2
nd prize: USD 10,000 and a silver award certificate
3
rd prize: USD 8,000 and a bronze award certificate
4
th prize: USD 5,000 and a certificate
5
th prize: USD 4,000 and a certificate
6
th prize: USD 3,000 and a certificate


Senior group prizes:
1
st prize: USD 30,000 and a gold award certificate
2
nd prize: USD 15,000 and a silver award certificate
3
rd prize: USD 10,000 and a bronze award certificate
4
th prize: USD 8,000 and a certificate
5
th prize: USD 6,000 and a certificate
6
th prize: USD 4,000 and a certificate
All the above prizes shall be gross amount.


7.3 Special prize:
For the best performance of a Chinese piece: USD 3,000
For the best performance of a Polonaise: USD 3,000
For the best performance of Mazurkas: USD 3,000
All the above prizes are pre-tax.


7.4 Additional prizes:
The first prize-winners from Junior group and Senior group of the competition will be invited to visit Poland in 2020 sponsored by Poland Adam Mickiewicz Institute.


Article 8    Supplementary Notes on the Prizes


8.1 The prize-winners shall pay income tax according to Chinese law.


8.2 Stage II contestants who fail to qualify for the final will receive certificates of merit.


8.3 The judging board will have the right to decide to award a prize to more than one contestant, or not to award a prize to any contestant.


8.4 An extra prize of the Competition may be set up.


8.5 All decisions made by the judging board will not be subject to any change.


8.6 The certificate for Stage II contestants will be awarded upon completion of Stage II.


8.7 The certificates of merit, special prizes and Additional prize will be awarded in the prize-winners’ concert.


8.8 The prize money will be awarded upon completion of all concerts concerned (no later than November 15th, 2019).


8.9 All laureates will be required to play without remuneration in the prize-winners’ concert and three subsequent concerts. An absence from the prize-winners’ concert will be tantamount to the giving up of prize money. The laureates will be required to perform the exact repertoire as established by the Organizing Committee.


Article 9    Rights and interests of Contestants


9.1 For domestic contestants, the costs of travel to and from Beijing shall be borne by themselves. For overseas contestants, the Organizing Committee will provide a proper amount of travel allowance (USD 200 for those from Asia Pacific, and USD 500 for those from Europe and Americas).


9.2 The expenses for board and lodging as from Stage II and the costs of travel to and from Beijing of final contestants will be borne by the Organizing Committee (as per the standards determined by the Organizing Committee).


9.3 The Organizing Committee will make practice pianos available to all contestants. Contestants passed into the final will have one rehearsal with the orchestra.


9.4 The order of contestants’ performances drawn during the on-site registration will be observed till the completion of the Competition.


9.5 Contestants shall assign the following rights and interests free of charge to the Organizing Committee:
The copyrights to performances and all audiovisual recordings of the preliminary round, main competition and prize-winner’s concert (Assignment of the above-mentioned copyrights to performances includes reproducing, offering for sale, transferring, storing in computer and making available over the Internet; public replaying, exhibiting, displaying and licensing; cable and wireless dissemination by ground transmitters or satellite; live broadcasting and replaying via radio or TV).


9.6 The Organizing Committee will have the priority right to sign the laureates and other contestants (during and within three months of the Competition).


Article 10    Disclaimer


10.1 The Organizing Committee will not bear any liability for the cancellation or discontinuation of the Competition due to an event of force majeure.


10.2 In case of doubt, the Chinese version hereof shall prevail. The Organizing Committee will retain the right to interpreting the Rules.


10.3 The Rules may be subject to change. The latest version of the Rules released on the official website of the Organizing Committee shall prevail.


 


 


Organizing Committee of 2nd Beijing International
Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists


March 2019



This event is authorized or supported by the following institutions and organizations of the Republic of Poland

Beijing 21st Century Sino-Polish Culture & Arts Exchange Center

Beijing, China

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