Rules & Regulations

The competition will take place from March 11 – 21, 2019 in the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, 97070 Würzburg / Germany.

The Preliminary Round, the Quarter-Final and the Semi-Final in the building Am Residenzplatz, Hofstraße 13 — Kammermusiksaal, the Final with orchestra in the theatre in building Bibra, Bibrastraße

The four rounds are open to the public.

The competition is open to participants born after March 21, 1982, i.e. who are no older than 36 at the time of the contest.

Participants are asked to submit the complete application before December 15, 2018.

Before December 15, 2018, the entry fee of € 150 is to be paid to the following account with the reference:

«free of charge for the receiver»

Sparda-Bank SW Saarbrücken
IBAN: DE36 5509 0500 0005 1486 00

This application fee will not be refunded.

On receipt of the complete application form the applicant will receive a confirmation from the competition office.

We shall endeavour to provide private accommodation for contestants and therefore request advanced notification. If participants prefer to stay in a Hotel, they have to do so at their own expense.

Participants admitted to the Semi-Final will from then on receive €30 per day for the remainder of their participation in the competition.

The order of performance will be determined by lot on the evening prior to the competition (March 10th, 2019) in the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Building “Am Residenzplatz”, Hofstraße 13.

Participants are requested to arrive early enough to be present at the draw.

Participants admitted to the Quarter-Final, Semi-Final, Final are asked to remain in contact with the Organizing Committee.

Participants consent to any radio, video and television recordings, for which they waive all rights to financial remuneration. Any recordings made during the competition, remain the property of the International Piano Competition J. S. Bach, Würzburg, and can be used by the Competition in any way it seems fit.

The Final round consists of a Piano Concerto performed with the Moscow Chamber Schnittke-Orchestra, Conducted by Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of the Moscow State Institute named after A.G. Schnittke Igor Gromov.

Finalists will have 2 rehearsals with the Orchestra. The first rehearsal will take place in the afternoon of March 20, 2019, and the dress-rehearsal will take place in the morning and early afternoon of March 21, 2019.

Prizewinners will be announced at the award ceremony, approximately 45 minutes after the final performance of the Final Round, on March 21, 2019.

Prizewinners must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their prize. The prizes will only be awarded in person in the awards ceremony. Please take note that special prizes can be awarded for a performance from any round of the competition, and will be announced and awarded in the Awards Ceremony.

These regulations will be issued in German and English. However, in the case of doubt, only the German text shall be considered legally binding.

On submission of their entry form, participants imply their agreement with these regulations.


Rules and Regulations on the Voting procedure of the competition

1. A jury member must refrain from voting for the duration of the competition for any contestant that has at any point studied with them.

2. A jury member must refrain from voting for any contestant they have taught in a Masterclass in the two years preceding the competition during the first two rounds.

Due to the independent international teaching activities of the Jury members, and in spite of the competition’s attempts to diversify the jury by inviting guest jurors to the core jury, it is theoretically possible that a contestant may have participated in courses given by several jury members.

To ensure that the outcome of the final rounds is not effectively decided on by only one or two jurors, all jurors are allowed to vote in the last two rounds on participants that they have taught in masterclasses.

(This applies only to participants that have participated in masterclasses. For current or former students see point 1).

3. All rounds of the competition are judged on the same scale, with the final result being a sum total of results of all preceding rounds.

4. The decision of the jury is final.

5. In the evaluation of performances, the jury is required to maintain the highest standard, and is not required to award all prizes.

6. In the Preliminary round, the Jury reserves the right to interrupt a performance if it does not meet the artistic standard of the competition.

The voting process works in this way:

1. In the intervals between performances, jury members award points to the participants (anonymously and without discussion). These points are then tabulated by the jury director.

2. After the points are added, there is a discussion about the participants that have fallen just short of the required score to pass into the next round. This discussion aims to ensure that the maximum possible number of participants proceed to the next round and to prepare a reserve list in case of any cancellation of participants for the next round (e.g. due to injury or personal problems).

3. After the end of every round, there is a discussion (and vote if required) on all borderline cases.

Renewed votes DO NOT include any juror that has taught or is currently a teacher of a candidate.

The results are announced:

1. After the preliminary round, the competition provides an opportunity to participants that did not proceed to the next round for a discussion with one jury member.

2. The first 3 participant that are under the required score are placed on a reserve list.

3. After results are announced, participants proceeding to the next round are required to see one of the nominated assistants of the competition.

It is of particular importance to us to ensure that this competition is carried out fairly and transparently!