Competition

Rules and Conditions

The Thousand Islands International Piano Competition is open for pianists of any nationality born on or after June 21, 1989. The Competition consists of three stages – one online preliminary round, followed by two live rounds in the Philippines – Semi-finals and Finals. 24 selected participants, who qualify for the Semi-final round, will be personally invited to come to Philippines. Selected participants are responsible for obtaining their visa to come to the Philippines. The organizing committee will provide the official letter of invitation.

The Semi-final round will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Six candidates will be selected to proceed to the Final round.

The Final round will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The announcement of the winners and award ceremony will be held on the same day evening during the closing Gala-concert of the Festival.

Awards

First Prize – $5,000 and Gold Medal

Second Prize – $3,000 and Silver Medal

Third Prize – $1,000 and Bronze Medal

Audience Prize – $500

Best participant from the Philippines – $300

Jury

SERGEY KUZNETSOV (Russia / USA)

VLADIMIR KHOMYAKOV (Russia)

BENJAMIN LOH (Singapore)

JINHA PARK (Korea / USA)

Application

The registration will be open on January 12, 2018.

Click Here for the Online Application and Payment Form

The application must be submitted on or before May 1, 2019. Applicants are solely responsible for international wire charges, local tax and any other associated fees.

Repertoire

All compositions must be performed by memory during all the rounds. Participants are allowed to use compositions from online preliminary round repertoire in their live round performances. The posted time limit should be taken to consideration by the applicants when selecting the repertoire. No simplified or shortened versions of any compositions are allowed. The applicants whose live performance will exceed posted time limit by more than 1 min will be stopped.

Preliminary round (online). Time limit 20 min. Free choice of compositions, selected from Baroque, Classical, or Romantic periods. Must include one virtuoso etude by one of the following composers: Chopin, Liszt, Lyapunov, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Kapustin, and Ligeti.

Semi-final round. Time limit 25 min. One prelude and fugue from Well Tempered Clavier by J.S.Bach OR two Sonatas by D.Scarlatti. One virtuoso etude by one of the following composers: Chopin, Liszt, Lyapunov, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Prokofiev, Scriabin (can use the one from preliminary round). Free choice of compositions, selected from Baroque, Classical, or Romantic periods.

Final round. Time limit 45 min. Free choice of compositions, selected from Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods. Must include one complete composition from Classical period.

Adjudicating procedure

The adjudicating procedure will include the Jury panel closed discussion and personal voting after each round. No point system will be used. All the Jury decisions are final.

The Jury reserves the right: not to award any of the prizes; to split a prize between several contestants; to stop any performance which exceeds posted time limits or does not meet professional standards; to disqualify any candidate who does not comply with any of Competition’s regulations, norms of social behavior, and laws of the Philippines.

Disclaimer: the organizing committee reserves the right to terminate the Competition, in whole or in part, and/or adjust, amend or suspend the Competition, and/or the Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice.