The 15th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition, organized by the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, will be held in Bergen, Norway, 2-10 September 2016.
The Competition is open to all pianists of all nationalities born in the years 1983-1999.
Selection and participation in the Competition is conditional on a candidate submitting the required documents and recordings by: 2 May 2016 at 4.00 pm.
All application documents (or translations thereof) must be submitted in Norwegian, English or German by: 2 May 2016 at 4.00 pm. Please see Application for more information regarding the application process.
Applications that are either late or incomplete will not be accepted. Submitted application materials will not be returned. Candidates will be notified of the receipt of their applications.
Each application will be assessed by the Admissions Committee, which is comprised of renowned Norwegian musicians. Those candidates who have been selected to participate in the Competition will be notified by: On or before 15 May 2016.
Competitors are required to register with the Competition Secretariat, no later than: 2 September 2016.
The Competition will consist of four rounds, as follows:
• In principle, thirty (30) candidates will be selected to compete in Round 1 of the Competition;
• In principle, twelve (12) competitors will be selected to compete in Round 2;
• In principle, six (6) will be selected to compete in the Semi-final Round; and
• No more than three (3) will be selected to compete in the Final Round.
The Competition will be open to the public.
The Competition Repertoire must be played from memory, except from Christian Blom's Butterfly in Round 2 (if chosen), the Edvard Grieg songs in the Semi-final, Harald Sæverud's Piano Concerto in the Final Round (if chosen), and modern piano pieces by appointment with the Competition.
A competitor may only alter his/her program for any round of the Competition by informing the Competition Secretariat of the change by: 1 August 2016.
The Jury assesses the interpretations of each competitor on the basis of the Jury Rules. The Jury awards regulation prizes, special prizes and distinctions. In addition, an Audience Prize and an Orchestra's Prize will be awarded in the Final Round of the Competition.
The finalists will be awarded the following prizes:
The prizes will be paid according to Norwegian tax regulations.
The Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
Candidates selected to participate in the Competition are required to pay for their own travel expenses to and from Bergen.
Competitors who advance to the Semi-final, but do not advance to the Final will be given a prize of 1000 euro. They will also be given the opportunity to play on a concert in Rosendal Manor on 8 September 2016, receiving a fee of 500 euro. The prize and fee will be paid according to Norwegian tax regulations.
Competitors who advance to Round 2, but do not advance to the Semi-final, will be given the opportunity to play on a concert in the city of Bergen on the day of the Semi-final receiving a fee of 500 euro. The fee will be paid according to Norwegian tax regulations.
Competitors who do not advance to the Round 2 will be given the opportunity to play on a concert in the Hordaland County on the day of Round 2 receiving a fee of 500 euro. The fee will be paid according to Norwegian tax regulations.
All competitors will be provided with free private accommodation during the week of the Competition.
Practice instruments will be made available to all competitors, but for limited hours every day of the competition. Semi-finalists are assured of one rehearsal with the singer. Finalists are assured of at least one rehearsal with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
The playing order of the competitors for Round 1 of the Competition will be drawn in public, at the opening reception on: 2 September 2016 at 5 p.m. All competitors must be present.
The Competition Office has the right to make changes to the order of the competitors on any particular day, for organizational or programming purposes.
Competitors cede to the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, without remuneration, the rights to the following:
• The performance of works during the Competition; and
• The photographic and recorded images taken during participation in the Competition.
These rights are unlimited in time and space for the following purposes:
• Reproduction (all forms);
• Placing on computer memory, internet or other networks;
• Public play-back and performance;
• Broadcasting by wired or wireless sound or vision by terrestrial or satellite stations; and
• Simultaneous and integral radio and television transmission and retransmission.
In all matters connected with the actual Competition beyond the competence of the Jury, the Competition Director’s decisions are final.
All matters not covered by the Competition Rules are subject to Norwegian law.
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