Rules & Regulations
1. General Conditions
1.1. The 11th edition of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (“the Liszt Competition”) will take place at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 08 until 21 October 2017.
1.2. The Liszt Competition is organized by the Liszt Competition Foundation. The Board of the Foundation is advised by the Artistic Advisory Committee.
1.3. The official language of the Liszt Competition is English.
1.4. The Liszt Competition is open to professional pianists of all nationalities who are at least 19 years and maximum 29 years of age at the start of the Competition (i.e. 08 October 2017).
1.5. The Liszt Competition consists of three stages:
a. International Selection Rounds;
b. Semi-Finals (three rounds);
c. Finals (solo and with orchestra).
1.6. All decisions of the Jury, the Artistic Advisory Committee or the Board of the Liszt Competition Foundation shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding its decisions.
2.1. Applications will be accepted until 01 December, 2016.
2.2. Applications will need to be submitted by way of the online form, which can be found at www.liszt.nl.
2.3. Applications must include the following:
a. A completely filled-in application form;
b. Applicant’s choice of repertoire and the order in which he/she wishes to play the works in the International Selection Rounds and all further stages of the Liszt Competition;
c. A digital copy of the applicant’s passport;
d. A short resume describing education and experience;
e. Two recent, high-quality photographs in JPEG format that are suitable for publication and free of copyright;
f. Two letters of recommendation, specifically written for participation in the 11th Liszt Competition.
g. A link to a YouTube video with a recording of a live performance work by Liszt by the applicant. (no further restrictions)
2.4. The Board of the Liszt Competition Foundation shall decide on the admission of participants to the International Selection Rounds in consultation with the Artistic Advisory Committee. If necessary additional information may be requested.
2.5. All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of 150 Euro upon applying. This excludes an international transaction fee of € 7,50.
3. The International Selection Rounds
3.1. The International Selection Rounds are scheduled to be held in Moscow, New York, Utrecht and Tokyo in February 2017.
3.2. The exact dates and locations will be announced before 01 September 2016.
3.3. Applicants are free to choose to participate at one of the four International Selection Round locations. The exact date and time of performance will be announced shortly in advance.
3.4. Participants of the International Selection Rounds must arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
3.5. The International Selection Rounds shall be held in public.
3.6 The International Selection Jury shall decide on the admission of a maximum of 14 participants to the Competition. No member of the Competition’s International Jury shall sit on the International Selection Jury.
4. The Competition
4.1. All rounds of the Liszt Competition will be held at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The playing schedule is as follows:
a. Semi-Finals 1: 09 until 10 October 2017;
b. Semi-Finals 2: 12 until 13 October 2017;
c. Semi-Finals 3: 14 until 15 October 2017;
d. Finals Solo, 18 October 2017;
e. Finals with Orchestra, 21 October 2017.
4.2. All performances of the Liszt Competition shall be held in public.
4.3. The sequence of performance will be decided by one drawing of lots, which shall take place on 08 October 2017 in the presence of all participants and a public notary. Deviation from the determined order can only be decided on by the chairman of the Jury and shall only be permitted in exceptional cases.
4.4. Participants shall not communicate with jury
members for as long as they take part in the Competition, nor shall any other person communicate with the jury members on behalf of any participant. Violation of this rule will result in automatic disqualification from the Competition.
4.5. Should a participant be a regular student of one of the members of the jury, the latter will abstain from the jury voting in respect to such a participant.
4.6. The jury will be strict about the prescribed performance durations.
4.7. No more than 14 participants will be admitted to the Semi-Finals, and no more than 3 participants will compete in the Finals.
4.8. All participants who are selected for advancement to the Semi-Finals shall be obliged to perform all three rounds of this stage of the Competition.
4.9. All participants who are selected for the advancement to the Finals shall be obliged to participate in the two rounds of this stage of the Competition.
4.10. Participants who are not admitted to the Finals of the Competition will be provided the opportunity to discuss their performance with each member of the jury.
4.11. All prizes will be awarded.
5.1. General observations:
a. The jury is looking for imaginative programming and repertoire choices. Creativity and artistic vision will be taken into account in the judging process;
b. Any piece played in the International Selection Rounds may be repeated in a subsequent round;
c. The three rounds of the Semi-Final must not contain any repertoire in common;
d. The Final Solo programme may consist of works played in previous rounds, but may also include new repertoire.
5.2. International Selection Rounds:
• The duration of the programme may not exceed 30 minutes (including intervals).
• Free choice of Liszt’s works (original compositions, transcriptions, fantasies and/or paraphrases), but including at least ONE piece (or groups of pieces) from EACH OF THE TWO set lists.
I: One of the following pieces (or groups of pieces):
a. Trois Caprices-Valses, No. 1 Valse de bravoure, S214/1
b. Pastorale – Schnitterchor , S508
c. Faribolo pastour, S236/1
d. La romanesca, S252a/ii
e. Bach/Liszt - ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ Praeludium, S179
f. Vexilla Regis prodeunt, S185
g. Mephisto-Waltz No. 3, S216
h. Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch, S206
i. Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort, S203
AND En rêve - Nocturne, S207
AND Bagatelle sans tonalité, S216a
II: One of the following pieces (or groups of pieces):
a. Douze Grandes Etudes, No. 8 in C minor, S137/8
[NB NOT the Douze Etudes d’exécution transcendente, S139]
b. Douze Grandes Etudes, No. 2 in A minor, S137/2
AND No. 6 in G minor, S137/6
[NB NOT the Douze Etudes d’exécution transcendente, S 139]
c. Etudes d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, No. 3 in A flat minor, S140/3
[NB NOT the Grande Etudes de Paganini, S141]
d. Magyar Dalok & Magyar Rápszódiak, No. 13 Rákóczi-Marsch, S242/13
[NB NOT the Rapsodie Hongroise No. 15, S244/15]
e. Trois Caprices-Valses, No. 3 Valse de concert sur deux motifs de Lucia et Parisina, S214/3
f. Bellini/Liszt - Introduction et Polonaise de le Opéra I puritani, S391
g. Donizetti/Liszt - Marche funèbre et Cavatine de la Lucia di Lammermoor, S398
h. Beethoven/ Liszt - Adelaïde, S466iii [final version]
i. Berlioz/Liszt - Episode de la vie d’un artiste – Grande Symphonique Fantastique, II Un bal, S470/2
j. Berlioz/Liszt - Episode de la vie d’un artiste – Grande Symphonique Fantastique, IV Marche au supplice, S470/4
k. Händel/Liszt - Sarabande und Chaconne über Themen aus dem Singspiel Almira, S181
5.3. Semi-Final Round 1
• The duration of the programme may not exceed 35 minutes (including intervals);
• Free choice of Liszt’s works, but including ONE of the following pieces (or group of pieces):
a. Bellini/Liszt - Réminiscences des Puritains, S390
b. Bellini/Liszt - Sonnambula – Große Konzert-Fantasie, S393iii [final version]
c. Mozart/Liszt - Fantasie über Themen aus der Oper Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, S697
[NB: NOT the Figaro Fantasy as arranged by Busoni]
d. Gounod/Liszt - Les adieux Rêverie sur un motif de l’opéra Roméo et Juliette, S409
AND Gounod/Liszt - Valse de l’opéra Faust, S407
e. Berlioz/Liszt - Ouverture des Francs-Juges, S471
AND Halévy/Liszt - Réminiscences de La juive, S409a
f. Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/1-6
g. Verdi/Liszt - Ernani – Paraphrase de concert, S432
AND Verdi/Liszt - Don Carlos – Coro di Festa e
Marcia funebre, S435
h. Auber/Liszt - Tarantella di bravura d’après la Tarantelle de la Muette de Portici, S386
AND Donizetti/Liszt - Spirto gentil aus der Oper La favorite, S400a
i. Wagner/Liszt - Aus Lohengrin, S446/1-3
j. Chopin/Liszt - Six chants polonais, S480
AND Glinka/Liszt - Tscherkessenmarsch aus der Oper Rußlan und Ludmilla, S406ii
k. Beethoven/Liszt - Symphony No. 1 in C major, S464/1
l. Beethoven/Liszt - Symphony No. 8 in F major, S464/8
m. Meyerbeer/Liszt - Réminiscences des Huguenots, S412ii [second version]
n. Rubinstein/Liszt - Zwei Lieder, S554
AND Tchaikovsky/Liszt - Polonaise aus der Oper Jewgeny Onegin, S429
o. Große Konzertfantasie über spanische Weisen, S253
5.3. Semi-Final Round 2:
• Chamber music performance with violinist;
• ONE of the following pieces (or groups of pieces):
a. Duo ‘sur des thèmes polonais’, S127
b. La notte, S377a
AND Rapsodie hongroise XII, S379a
c. Epithalam zu Eduard Reményis Vermählungsfeier, S129 AND Grand Duo concertant sur la Romance de M. Lafont ‘Le départ du jeune marin’, S128
d. Die drei Zigeuner, S383
AND Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S382bis
AND La lugubre gondola, S134bis
5.4. Semi-Final Round 3
• The duration of the programme may not exceed 45 minutes (including intervals);
• Free choice of Liszt’s works, but including ONE of the following pieces (or group of pieces):
a. Apparitions, S155/1-3
AND Ballade No. 1, S170
AND Ballade No. 2, S171
b. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, S173/3
AND Zweiter Mephisto-Walzer, S515
AND Csárdás, S225/1
AND Csárdás obstinée, S225/2
c. Csárdás macabre, S224
AND Trois Odes funèbres: Les morts, S516;
AND La notte, S516a;
AND Le triomphe funèbre du Tasse, S517
d. Années de pèlerinage I, S160
(a selection of one’s own choice at least consisting Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 AND 9)
e. Années de pèlerinage II, S161
(a selection of one’s own choice at least consisting Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 AND 7)
f. Années de pèlerinage III, S163 (complete)
g. Zwei Episoden aus Lenaus Faust: No. 1: Der nächtliche Zug, S513a
AND Die heiligen drei Könige (aus Christus), S498b/2
AND Quatre Valses oubliées, S215
h. Sonate in h-moll, S178
AND Rondeau fantastique sur un thème espagnol – El contrabandista, S252
i. Variationen über das Motif von J.S. Bach: ‘Weinen, Klagen’, S180
AND Großes Konzertsolo, S176
j. Deux Légendes, No.1 St. François d'Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux, S175/1
AND Deux Légendes, No.2 St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots, S175/2
AND Fantasie und Fuge über das Motiv B-A-C-H, S529ii
AND Scherzo und Marsch, S177
AND Pensée des morts, S173/4
k. Rapsodies Hongroises, S244: Nos. 1, 16, 17, 18 AND 19
[NB 19 without the ad libitum repeated section (bars 286-399)]
5.5 Finals Solo
A signature recital of up to 25 minutes, with completely free choice of Liszt’s works (original compositions, transcriptions, fantasies and/or paraphrases). Pieces performed in earlier rounds may be included.
5.6. Finals with Orchestra
One of the following works:
a. Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
b. Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125
c. Totentanz – Paraphrase über “Dies irae,” S126ii
d. Hexaméron – Morceau de concert – Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini par MM Liszt, Thalberg, Pixis, Henri Herz, Czerny et Chopin [Liszt’s version for piano and orchestra], S365b
e. Schubert/Liszt - Grosse Fantasie ‘Wanderer’ [Liszt’s arrangement for piano and orchestra], S366
5.7. Participants are free to decide the order of their programme and should state it when applying.
5.7. The choice of repertoire will need to be approved by the Artistic Advisory Committee.
5.8. Participants of the International Selection Rounds are not allowed to change their choice of repertoire and order after the application deadline of 1 December 2016.
5.9. Participants admitted for participation in the Liszt Competition shall be given the opportunity to change their choices and/or preferred order up until 1 July 2017.
5.10 Participants shall perform all rounds from memory (without the use of scores), except for the performance of the Semi-Final Round 2.
The Liszt Competition distinguishes the following prizes:
6.1. First Prize
- A sum of 20,000 Euro
6.2. Second Prize
- A sum of 12,500 Euro
6.3. Third Prize
- A sum of 7,500 Euro
6.4 Career Development Programme for all three Prize Winners, valued at more than 300,000 Euro including:
• international concert tour following directly after the Competition
• coaching and training opportunities
• promotion support (website, cds, etc.)
• up to three years of concert management
6.5 Henk de By Incentive Prize
Awarded by the International Jury for the most remarkable talent, with the exception of the finalists
- A sum of 3,000 Euro
6.6 Press Prize
Awarded by the International Press Jury for the best recital programme during the Finals Solo
- A sum of 3,000 Euro
6.7 Taxes shall be deducted from prizes in accordance with Dutch tax law in effect at the time of the Competition.
6.8 The Prize winners shall be obliged to fulfill the appearances attached to their prizes. Should a Prize winner remain in breach of this, he/she can lose his/her claim to prizes, awards and appearances; on such matters, the Board of the Liszt Competition Foundation shall decide.
6.9 Prize winners must, if requested, play a maximum of three concerts for the benefit of the Competition, for which the Liszt Competition Foundation shall pay no fee, but shall reimburse the costs of travel and accommodation.
7.1. The Liszt Competition will supply the following to all participants selected to take part in the Semi-Finals:
a. Reimbursement of pre-agreed reasonable travel expenses to and from the Netherlands with a maximum of 750 Euro (proposed travel arrangements should be discussed with the Liszt Competition timely in advance);
b. Free accommodation with host families in the Utrecht area for the duration of the competition (from 06 October 2017);
c. A private instrument for practicing at the host family;
d. A (short) stage rehearsal for each round of the
Competition (excluding the International Selection Rounds). The competition will ensure sufficient rehearsal time with the violinist as well as with the orchestra.
e. The selection of a grand piano of one’s preference from a number of brands and types (excluding the International Selection Rounds);
f. A recording of their performances during the Competition for promotional purposes.
7.2 Accompanying individuals including family members must make their own accommodation arrangements.
8.1. The Competition accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever for any personal illness or injury sustained by the participant, nor for loss or damage to a competitor’s belongings during transit or while at the Competition. Medical costs, of whatever nature, will not be reimbursed by the Liszt Competition.
8.2. Obtaining appropriate travel documents, visa and insurance is the sole responsibility of each competitor.
8.3. Host families shall not be held responsible for accidents or damage of any kind which may befall the participants, with the exception of those accidents that fall under third party insurance.
8.4. Participants must be free of professional obligations during the entire Competition period.
9.1. By submitting the online application form, applicants state their agreement:
a. with all articles in the Rules & Regulations;
b. with all ensuing engagements as part of any prize;
c. that all concert and recording engagements obtained by the Competition or its designates as part of the prizes will not be subject to any fee or commission payable to the prizewinner’s current or future artist management;
d. that the Liszt Competition Foundation is authorized to record, videotape, film, broadcast, and/or photograph any Competition concerts or events for any purpose, without payment of any fee. All rights, including copyright in such media shall vest in and be solely owned by the Liszt Competition Foundation in perpetuity.
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