Competition Rules APPC-LA 2013

April 24, 2013

Competition Rules

I.  The American Paderewski Piano Competition – Los Angeles will take place from May 21 to May 26, 2013.
The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, born after November 1th, 1981 and before November 1th, 1997.
No more than 24 pianists will be admitted to the competition.
No more than 9 pianists will be admitted to the final second stage.

II. The competition will consist of two stages.

First Stage Repertoire: 25-30 minutes.
Mandatory one or more pieces by I. J. Paderewski, chosen from the following: 
Cracovienne Fantastique
Op.14 No.6
Intermezzo Pollaca
Op.14 No. 5
Op.9 No.1
and a free choice of repertoire up to the time limit.

Second Stage Repertoire:  50-55 minutes.
Free choice of repertoire.  The program from the first stage must not be repeated.

III. Prizes:

Winner:   5,000.00 USD
2nd Place:   2,500.00 USD
3rd Place:   1,000.00 USD

Other Prizes

First Prize winner will be presented by the Paderewski Music Society in concerts in the USA, Poland, and France in the 2014-2015 season.

Special Award for the First Prize Winner:  $2,000,  Paderewski  Statuette by Andrzej Renes, and invitation to the Paderewski Festival in Lviv (Ukraine) on November 15 – 16, 2013
presented by the Association “Polish Community”
Stowarzyszenie “Wspólnota Polska”)

Best European Pianist – Barbara Wibrowski Prize:  $1,500 and two concerts in Poland and/or France with all expenses paid (transportation, accommodation, and food) during 2013/2014 season.

Best Performance of Paderewski:  $1,000
presented by the Paderewski Music Society, LA

Best American Pianist in the Final Round:  $1,500
presented by the Chopin Foundation of the United States

Jury’s Choice:  One week of master classes for pianists playing piano concertos with symphony orchestra at the Paderewski Piano Academy, Bydgoszcz, Poland – equivalent of 1,000 Euros
presented by the Paderewski Music Association in Bydgoszcz, Poland

IV. Applications must be received by March 15th, 2013.  For application form and additional instructions please visit:

V.  The jury will consist of eminent American and Polish pianists.

VI. The Jury has the option to refrain from awarding all prizes and has the right to divide the prizes between performers. The first prize will be awarded to only one contestant. The decision of the Jury is final. Taxes will be deducted from the prizes according to U.S. tax laws in effect at the time of the Piano Competition.

Foreign contestants must obtain their own passports and visas. Applicants should contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate for advice.

Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult, or should make suitable arrangements with the APPC-LA prior to departure from their home country.

Competitors must not have any other professional commitments during the APPC-LA.  No contestant may have any member of the jury or the Artistic Director as a principal teacher during the year preceding the APPC-LA (May, 2012 through May, 2013).  Once the 24 participants are announced in March 2013, the competitors cannot participate in master classes or take private lessons with the jury members. No relative of any juror or the Artistic Director may participate in the APPC-LA.

It is the responsibility of the contestants to provide the Competition with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or International Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to receive any prize money.

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