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2019 COMPETITION

The 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition took place from 21st February – 2nd March 2019

Stage 1 Rehearsal days with HIPCC Accompanists Tuesday 19th and/or Wednesday 20th February

Contestant Reception Wednesday 20th February

Stage 1: Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February

Stage 2: Rehearsal day with HIPCC Accompanists Sunday 24th February

Stage 2 : Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th February

Semi-final: Wednesday 27th February

Masterclass: Thursday 28th February

FINAL: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

First Prize: £15,000 plus Concerto performances 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 prize winners.

  • Semi-Finalists who do not reach the final:  £150 each
  • Orchestra Prize: £500
  • Special Prize: £1000 (awarded at the discretion of the Jury).
  • Preliminary Auditions – For 2019 Contestants may either attend a live audition or upload an unedited video recording.
  • Live auditions – will take place in five centres:
    UK, London – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
    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, 日比谷マリンビルB1(日比谷交差点角)
    China, Wuhan – BIG HOUSE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTRE, 76 linjiang avenue , wuchang district, wuhan, hubei province, PR CHINA, 430060

Audition Repertoire for live and video auditions:

Contestants must include:

  • 1 major Cadenza by any composer (free choice)
  • 2 other solo works by different composers and from different periods (free choice)
  • Maximum programme/performance time, including all pauses and breaks: 26 minutes (minimum 23 minutes).
  • Contestants must upload a copy of their chosen cadenza for the auditions with the application (this will be discarded after the auditions).
  • Video recording must have been recorded after November 2016. This must be uploaded with your application.
  • Please submit FULL DETAILS for every chosen work.

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.

  • W A Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A major K 488
  • L van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Op.58
  • L van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major Op.73
  • F Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op.11
  • F Liszt: Piano Concerto No 2 in A major S.125
  • J Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op.15
  • P Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor Op.23
  • E Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16
  • B Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Sz 95 BB 101
  • A Scriabin: Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor Op.20
  • S Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.18
  • S Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Op.30
  • M Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
  • G Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F 
  • S Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 in C major Op.26

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.

  • W A Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major  K 271
  • L van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op.37
  • R Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
  • F Liszt: Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major  S.124
  • C Saint Saens: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Op.22
  • S Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43
  • C Franck: Symphonic Variations M 46
  • D Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 in F major Op.102
  • F Delius: Piano Concerto Op.20
  • J Ireland: Piano Concerto in E flat major

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

2019, the Recital programme must include at least 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
  • W A Mozart: (A movement from a substantial sonata is allowed)
  • J Haydn: (A movement from a substantial sonata is allowed)
  • L van Beethoven: (A movement from a substantial sonata is allowed)

The remaining two or more works are contestants free 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 take a Masterclass given by members of the International Jury on Thursday 28th February.

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

PLEASE READ THESE VERY CAREFULLY

Eligibility

Conntestants must be aged between 16 to 30 for the duration of the competition (21/02/2019 – 02/03/2019).

Former First and Second prize winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition.

Video Auditions:

Closing Date: 26th November 2018

Live Auditions:

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, B1(日比谷交差点角)
Closing Date: 4th October 2018
Audition Date: 19th October 2018

China, Wuhan – BIG HOUSE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTRE, 76 linjiang avenue , wuchang district, wuhan, hubei province, PR CHINA, 430060
Closing Date: 18th October 2018
Audition Date: 28th and 29th October 2018

USA, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Closing Date: 15th October
Audition Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th November 2018

United Kingdom, London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Closing Date: 8th November
Audition Date: 18th and 25th November 2018

Italy, Milan – Yamaha, Via A. Tinelli, 67/69, 20855 Gerno, Lesmo MB
Closing Date: 13th November
Audition Date: 23rd November 2018

Auditions

Contestants must upload a copy of their chosen cadenza for the auditions with the application (this will be discarded after the auditions).

Programme

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

Contestants offered a place in the competition will be notified by email, and will then be given 7 days to make any changes to programmes.

The Judges

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

Accompanists

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 19th or Wednesday 20th February.

Publicity/Marketing

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 jpeg photograph suitable for printing.

Any recording made of HIPCC live auditions or any performances throughout the competition will be and will remain the property of HIPCC and may be used by HIPCC or its partners for the promotion of the competition or any future HIPCC Auditions/Competitions

Registration

Following the auditions all successful contestants will receive a welcome pack giving details of accommodation, transport, accompanist, etc. Registration takes place from Tuesday 19th February and all Contestants are expected to attend the welcome reception on Wednesday evening 20th February.

Accommodation

The Competition will provide accommodation with hosts for all contestants in the competition (bed and breakfast). This is offered to the contestant only and not for family members or accompanists. You may choose to stay in other accommodation at your own expense.

Travel

Travel to and from the Competition is at your own expense. Some bursaries towards travel may be offered in cases of merit or hardship – please email  info@hipcc.org.uk with inquiries.

Prizes

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

All information is correct at time of publishing.