Applications are now open for our 2020 competition.
Please ensure that you read the rules and syllabus below fully. When submiting your application you will be asked to confirm that you have done so. The closing date for applications is 9th June 2020 and recordings should be sent by 14th July 2020 at the latest to Steve Taylor at by Wetransfer.com
RULES AND SYLLABUS
1. The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, studying or resident in the British Isles on 21st November 2020 and born on or after 21st November 1985.
2. All competitors must submit with their entry a copy of their birth certificate or passport as evidence of date of birth.
3. Previous First Prize winners and anyone who has studied with any member of the Jury twelve months prior to the competition are not eligible to enter.
4. A maximum of 20 competitors will be selected for the Competition. Eight competitors will be selected for the semi-final and three for the concerto final.
5. Competitors must be free from any commitments for the full duration of the Competition ie. from Friday evening, 20th November to Monday morning 23rd November and for 6th February 2021.
6. In the event that one of the finalists is unable to play in the final the winner of the fourth prize will be required to play. By applying for the competition all applicants will be treated as confirming that, in the event of them winning fourth prize, they will be able to play in the final at short notice.
7. The Competition reserves the right to refuse the entry of any competitor without giving a reason.
8. Competitors’ applications should be supported by:
a. two referees, one of whom should be the competitor’s current piano teacher or if not applicable a reference from a distinguished member of the music profession. DIPC will ask for these references if required, you do not have to submit them with your application form.
b. a recent unedited audio recording of professional standard, 20 to 25 minutes, containing your performances of three contrasting works or movements. Concerto movements will not be accepted.
* Each piece in your audio must be recorded in one unedited take.
*Send your recording via wetransfer.com to Steve Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org clearly labelled with your name and titles of the pieces played.
9. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION FORMS AND PAYMENTS IS 9th JUNE 2020. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER 9th JUNE 2020. CHANGES TO PROGRAMME WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO 1st OCTOBER 2020. APPLICATION RECORDINGS ARE ACCEPTED UNTIL 14TH JULY 2020.
10. Selections will be made by the DIPC Chairman and Artistic Adviser and the Chairman of the Jury. Their decision is final. No written or verbal feed-back will be provided.
11. Competitors must supply two copies of all music performed in the edition used.
12. It is left to the competitors’ discretion
a. whether to play from memory or not
b. whether or not repeats are played.
13. The jury may stop competitors who exceed the time limit.
14. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the jury. The debut recording will be awarded at the discretion of Siva Oke, Somm Records.
15. The decision of the jury at all stages of the competition will be final.
16. The order of playing for the preliminary stage will be determined by a ballot. The same order will be kept for the semi-final. The jury will decide the order for the final.
17. The Competition reserves the right to replace any member of the jury who is unable to attend.
1. The entry fee is £75 (non-refundable under any circumstances) for all entries. Payments should be madeby bank transfer online or via BACS - DIPC bank account details as follows:
Dudley International Piano Competition
Sort Code: 40-19-28
Account Number: 22021439
Payment can also be made by PayPal to Please ensure that your full name is shown in the note section if payment is made by PayPal.
For any enquires about payment please contact the Secretary - Steve Taylor: email@example.com or 07581 296499.
Please note that no application will be accepted unless payment of the entry fee has been made.
2. All stages are open to the public.
3. Practice facilities will be provided for all competitors.
4. Competitors are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements for the preliminary and semi-final rounds.
5. Overnight accommodation will be provided for the three finalists on 5th February 2021.
6. All enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary Steve Taylor or 07581296499..
The Competition is divided into three stages:
1. The Preliminary Stage will be held on 21st November 2020 at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR commencing at 9.30.
Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of 20 minutes for the performance of three contrasting works from each of the following categories:
a) either a Bach Prelude and Fugue or a Scarlatti Sonata
b) any one movement from a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
c) a study by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy, Rachmaninov or one significant work from the Romantic or 20th/21st century repertoire.
A maximum of eight competitors will go forward to the Semi-final Stage.
2. The Semi-final Stage will be held on 22nd November 2020 at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR commencing at 10.00.
Competitors will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes for a professionally presented programme which must include one major work. Competitors will be allowed to incorporate one work from the Preliminary Stage.
3. The Final Stage will be held at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Saturday 6th February 2021 commencing at 15.00. Competitors must prepare TWO concertos to an equal standard from the list opposite.
One concerto will be chosen by the jury for performance at the Final. The choice of concerto will be made immediately after the semi final results are announced. Both concertos must be prepared to equal standard.
No 1 Sz 83
No 2 Sz 95
No 3 Sz 119
No 1 in C major Opus 15
No 2 in B flat major Opus 19
No 3 in C minor Opus 37
No 4 in G major Opus 58
No 5 in E flat major Opus 73 (Emperor)
No 1 in D minor Opus 15
No 1 in E minor Opus 11
No 2 in F minor Opus 21
A minor Opus 16
No 1 in E flat major G124
No 2 in A major G125
No 9 in E flat major K 271
No 14 in E flat major K 449
No 17 in G major K453
No 20 in D minor K 466
No 21 in C major K 467
No 22 in E flat major K 482
No 24 in C minor K 491
No 25 in C major K503
No 27 In B flat major K 595
No 2 in C minor Opus 18
No 3 in D minor Opus 30
Piano Concerto in G major
No 2 in G minor Opus 22
A minor Opus 54
No 1 in B flat minor Opus 23