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Competitors must offer a recital programme lasting no longer than 25 minutes including contrasting works from the Baroque or Classical period (before 1800) and the Romantic period and / or early 20th century. Transcriptions unless by the composer of the work concerned are not permitted. All works must be complete from editions that adhere to the original text and played from memory. Repeats are at the Competitor’s discretion.
Competitors should prepare two contrasting programmes each of 40 minutes duration, and each to include one substantial work or group of works by a major composer.
No music from the First Round may be selected for the Second Round. All works must be complete, from editions that adhere to the original text and played from memory. Repeats are at the Competitor’s discretion.
Notification of the programme chosen for this round will be given with the announcement of the successful Competitors on 03 May 2021. Programmes may not be changed after this date.
Competitors should prepare two contrasting programmes – Programme A and Programme B – of no longer than 75 minutes music in total, made up of solo piano music and chamber music chosen from two Groups (see below). Consideration should be given to the building of each of these programmes as a whole.
The Jury will select one of the two programmes for the Competitor to perform. Competitors will be notified of this when the list of Semi-Finalists is announced at the end of the Second Round.
In Programme A, each Competitor should include one piece of chamber music from Group 1 (Piano Trios, Quartets and Quintets). In Programme B, each Competitor should include one piece of chamber music from Group 2 (Violin Sonatas and Cello Sonatas).
The remainder of each programme will consist of solo piano music of the performer’s choice but must include one 20th/21st century work from the list provided. The solo piano music selected should be different for each programme, with the exception of the 20th/21st century piece, which can be the same piece in both Programme A and Programme B.
No music from the First or Second Round repertoire may be selected for the Semi-Finals.
In total the solo piano music for each programme should last not less than 30 minutes and not more than 45 minutes.
The final duration of the solo piano music in each programme is at the discretion of the Competitor and will depend on the duration of the chamber works selected.
The total duration of each programme must not exceed 75 minutes, including pauses.
The repertoire must include a 20th / 21st Century work (use of the scores is permitted), which can be the same in each programme, drawn from the following:
Use of the score is permitted and a page turner is provided.
Two chamber works should be chosen, one from each of two different groups – one piano trio/quartet/quintet and one duo sonata, drawn from the following:
Piano Quintets and Quartets:
Only one chamber work will be selected by the Jury. Notification of the chosen piece will be given when the list of Semi-Final Competitors is announced.
The performance of the solo piano music will precede that of the chamber music.
The order of performance for this round will be at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury and will take into account practical considerations of programming and rehearsal allocation for the chamber works.
Competitors will receive adequate rehearsal time with the chamber musicians.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze CONDUCTOR
Competitors should submit two choices of concerto: one from Group 1 and one from Group 2. Only one concerto will be chosen by the Jury.
Notification of the concerto to be played will be given when the Finalists are announced.