Piano Island Festival | 5th edition
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 - 11 December 2022

PIANO COMPETITION

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5th International Piano Island Competition 

7th - 9th December 2022

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

In 5 years, the International Piano Island Competition has attracted about 480 competitors from nearly 30 countries. A unique concept of Island hopping, we held our previous in Singapore and Reunion Island, an online edition due to the Covid-19 international restrictions. This year our destination will be Kuala Lumpur - a festival of concerts, master classes and lectures at the capital of Malaysia. Every stage of the competition will be played on a Steinway Piano. The Competition is a member of the Alink Argerich Foundation.

ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to pianists internationally from any country.
Previous first prize winners of past editions are not eligible to participate in the competition (unless applying for a higher category).

CATEGORIES

The competition consists of 3 Solo categories:

- Infantile Category (10 and under) 

- Youth Category (11 - 17)

- Professional Category (18 - 35)

DATES & VENUE

Dates for the competition - finals for infantile and youth categories ; and semi-finals and finals for Professional Category will be held from 7th to 9th December 2022 at Concert Hall, Dominus Arts Venue, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In-Person Registration for competition will be on the 6th of December 2022 from 9am to 5pm at Level 4 Foyer, Dominus Arts Venue, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In-Person Registration will require your passport /identity card and music score/s. 

COMPETITION PROCEDURE

Competition participants are to submit their application here. A registration fee of SGD $150 will be charged for each online application. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Deadline for competition application is on 30th October 2022.

 

- Screening Round (By Video Submission)
All Categories: At the point of application, all participants must submit a video link for a screening round before the live performance rounds. The repertoire for the video submission is of free choice and maybe different from the live rounds. Videos must not be filmed more than 2 years before date of submission. Video should be in the form of a viewable website link. Only shortlisted participants will proceed to the live performance rounds. The list of selected participants will be announced on the 1st of November 2022.

- Live Performance Round

Infantile and Youth Categories:

Shortlisted participants will perform in the live performance rounds. The results of the competition will be announced on the 9th of December 2022, after the final round of the professional category. Selected winners may be asked to perform during the closing gala concert and ceremony.

Professional Category:

Shortlisted participants will perform in the live performance round. At the end of the live round, 

5 participants will be selected to perform in the final round. The final result of the professional category will be announced on the 9th of December 2022. Selected winners may be asked to perform during the closing gala concert and ceremony.

Any performance that goes above the time limit will not be scored. The jury reserves the right to stop any performance if necessary.

- Prize announcement / Performance by winners

9th December 2022 (evening):

All competitors are encouraged to attend this prize announcement / performance by winners. This event will be set at 7pm (time to be confirmed). Competitors are to register their attendance by 1 hour before announcement to Piano Island Management at Level 4 Foyer, Dominus Arts Venue. Failure to show up for the prize announcement ceremony will be considered void, and awarded to the next available contestant.

- Closing Gala Concert and Ceremony

11th December 2022 (evening):

All diplomas and certificates will be given out during the closing ceremony on the final day of the festival. All participating competitors will receive an invitation to attend the closing gala concert, where some of the prize winners will be called upon to perform. There will be a group photo-taking session of all competitors. Special prizes including scholarships to festivals in Europe, printed music scores by Henle and other special prizes will be announced during this ceremony. In case of absence, the special prize will be awarded to the next available contestant. 

ADJUDICATION

The Artistic Directors including several members of the 5th Piano Island Festival will shortlist the participants chosen from the screening round.

A panel of International Jury consisting renowned pianists and piano professors will decide the results of the live rounds. Jury members for each competition category may differ.

The Adjucating Panel will use a clear and straight forward points system. All points given by each jury member will be out of 100 without any discussion. In case of a tie, the artistic directors are entitled to 2 votes. The Adjucating Panel reserves the right to award, or not award any prizes as they deem fit.

The Adjucating Panel's decision is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entertained.

 

- Infantile and Youth Categories
All points will be tabulated from all judges and averaged. The First, Second, and Third Prize winners will be announced based on the points tabulated only. If any judge has any of his / her student in the category of competition, the scores will not be valid by the particular judge in that process. The scores will be tabulated by averaging on the other judges' scores. Special prizes will also be awarded in this categories.

- Professional Category

Live Round: All points will be tabulated from all judges and averaged. The top 5 finalists will be announced based on the points tabulated only. If any judge has any of his / her student in the category of competition, the scores will not be valid by the particular judge in that process. The scores will be tabulated by averaging on the other judges' scores. Special prizes may also be awarded to participants not selected for the final round.

Finals: The judges will determine the First, Second, and Third Prize winners through a discussion after the finals. No point system will be involved in this category. 

All Participants will receive a certificate of participation. Certificate of Merit will be awarded to all semi-finalists. Certificate of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize will be awarded to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners. Special Prize certificates will also be awarded to all special prize award winners.

 

 

 

RULES & REGULATIONS

10 and Under (Infantile)

Registration Fees - SGD $150


Repertoire

Screening: 10 mins Max - free program (youtube link to any video recorded within the last 2 years)

Live Round: 7 mins Max - free program


Prizes:
• 1st Prize - Cash Prize of MYR2000, Full Scholarship and live performance at the 6th Piano Island Festival 
• 2nd Prize - Cash Prize of MYR800, Invitation and 30% Scholarship to 6th Piano Island Festival
• 3rd Prize - Cash Prize of MYR300, Invitation
and 10% Scholarship to 6th Piano Island Festival

All Participants will receive a certificate of participation. Certificate of Merit will be awarded to all finalists. Certificate of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize will be awarded to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners. Special Prize certificates will also be awarded to all special prize award winners.

11 - 17 (Youth)

Registration Fees - SGD $150


Repertoire

Screening: 15 mins Max - free program (youtube link to any video recorded within the last 2 years)
Live Round: 10 mins Max - free program


Prizes:
• 1st Prize – Cash Prize of MYR3000, Full Scholarship and live performance at the 6th Piano Island Festival 
• 2nd Prize - Cash Prize of MYR1200, Invitation and 30% Scholarship to 6th Piano Island Festival
• 3rd Prize - Cash Prize of MYR500, Invitation and 10% Scholarship to 6th Piano Island Festival

All Participants will receive a certificate of participation. Certificate of Merit will be awarded to all finalists. Certificate of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize will be awarded to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners. Special Prize certificates will also be awarded to all special prize award winners.

18 - 35 years (Professional)
Registration Fees - SGD $150


Repertoire:
Screening: 20 mins Max - free program (youtube link to any video recorded within the last 2 years)

Live Round: 12 mins Max - free program

Final Round (5 Finalists): 30mins Max - free program including one major work from the Romantic period 


Prizes:

• Grand Prize

– Cash Prize of MYR10,000

– 5000€ worth of scholarships and prizes including:

2 Recitals in the 2023/2024 season

Full Scholarship to Piano Concerto Festival in Bulgaria 2023

Full Scholarship to 6th Edition Piano Island Festival

Economy Air Tickets return and accommodation to 6th Edition Piano Island Festival

Invitation as Faculty to 6th Edition Piano Island Festival

Invitation as Jury Member of 6th Edition Piano Island Competition

Concert management offered by Piano Island Management PTE LTD for 2 seasons starting 2022/2023

G. Henle prize - Music Scores

• 2nd Prize
– Cash Prize of MYR3,000

– 2500€ worth of prizes including:

50% Scholarship to 6th Piano Island festival

50% Scholarship to Piano Concerto Festival in Bulgaria 2023

Partial Concert management offered by Piano Island Management PTE LTD for 2 seasons starting 2022/2023

G. Henle prize - Music Scores

• 3rd Prize
– Cash Prize of MYR1,000

– 1500€ worth of prizes including:

30% Scholarship to 6th Piano Island festival

30% Scholarship to Piano Concerto Festival in Bulgaria 2023

Partial Concert management offered by Piano Island Management PTE LTD for 2 seasons starting 2022/2023

G. Henle prize - Music Scores

• Recording Prize – Piano Island Records Award (Professional Album Release)


*** Other special prizes may be offered to prize or non-prize winners of both categories: ***

 

PRACTICE & REHEARSAL

Each participant may book one rehearsal session to rehearse at the competition venue (main hall of Dominus Arts Venue) with Steinway Concert Grand Model D prior to the competition during the festival period. This rehearsal session may be conducted on the day of competition or before the competition. The duration of each session will be 10 minutes. Each session will be charged at SGD $50. Further details will be announced closer to the festival dates. Piano Island Festival will inform all shortlisted applicants once these practice sessions are available for booking. All bookings must be made via our website only. These booking slots will be on a first come first serve basis only. Due to limited availability, participants are encouraged to book these slots upon release. This booking fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Practice rooms will be made available during the competition period to the participants in the right order of passage. The practice slots have to be booked in advance. Each participant will be given 1 hour of practice time before the competition. If any participant requires more practice time, additional practice slots will be at the expense of the participant (subject to availability). This booking is non-transferable.

Warm up piano will be made available right before the actual performance. Competitors will need to arrive at competition venue at least one hour before their scheduled performance. Warm up session timetable will be at organiser's discretion.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITION

  • Jury members will consist of invited guest artist, internationally renowned teachers and performers.

  • Any jury member with students competing in the competition is to opt out of voting - The president of the jury will get 2 votes in this case. (for professional finals round only)

  • The decisions of the jury at every round of the competition are final.

  • The Jury may award or withhold any prize as deemed fit.

  • All performance will be open to all festival participants, competitors and observer pass holders only. 

  • Each competitor is only allowed to bring one accompanying member only.

  • The works at every round must be performed from memory.

  • The works may be performed with or without repeats at the contestant's discretion.

  • All works must be communicated precisely, including key and opus number, on the application form or by email.

  • All changes on works must be communicated at least 2 weeks before live rounds competition.

  • All prize winners may be requested to perform at the prize winner's concert. Refusal to perform will result in the immediate disqualification of the prize.

  • The Piano Island Festival Competition is sole holder of the rights to all video or audio recordings and Internet broadcasts (if any) in all stages of the Competition. Competitors cede to the International Piano Island Competition, without remuneration.

  • No refunds will be made to any withdrawals of participation.

  • By sending the application form the participants declare that they approve the terms and conditions mentioned in the regulations.

  • Registration fees and any booking fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. (unless due to force majeure)

  • Where participants perform an unpublished work or works in manuscript form, it is incumbent upon the Participants to obtain necessary approval under the Copyright Act to perform such works during the competition. If the participant fails to do so, the organiser will not be responsible for any copyright or composer's fee incurred. Participants also agree to indemnify the organiser against any action and / or claims for damages from any third party who owns the copyright.

  • Prize winners in all categories may be invited to perform in public, or television, on radio and / or attend interviews related to the competition without payment. 

  • The Organiser reserves the right to record all or part of the proceedings of the competition and related activities for broadcast / promotional purposes without any payment to the participants. The organiser retains all rights to the recorded materials.

  • Shortlisted participants will have to provide necessary documents (passport copy, identity card, music scores) upon registration. Failure to do so may result in disqualification on registration day.

  • Participants who are unable to be present at the scheduled performance time may be disqualified.

  • Participants and supporters of participants must not communicate with or attempt to influence the adjucating panel. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in disqualification of the participant.

  • Photography, audio and video recording by the participants and their supporters are not allowed during the competition or for any competition - related events. 

  • Any participant who knowingly gives inaccurate or misleading information will be disqualified.​

  • In case of any dispute, the organiser's decision, or that of the adjucating panel acting on the organiser's behalf, shall be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entertained.

  • Piano Island Management Pte. Ltd. reserves the rights to amend the rules and conditions of this competition.

All applications must be received no later than 30th October 2022

Please contact us if you require further information - pianoislandfestival@gmail.com

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