Vacancies

76e Concours de Genève: Piano 2022 – Competition

  • Vacancy Data

  • Institution
    Concours de Genève
  • Full description
    76e Concours de Genève: Piano 2022 – Competition
  • Type
    Competition
  • Application deadline
    March 15, 2022
  • Additional notes

    Please download and read the official Competition rules below carefully before submitting your application.

    In order to apply, complete your muvac profile with the following data and documents:

    Under Resumé: 

    • Please specify your academic and professional background: studies, schools, professors, professional activities, awards and prizes.

    Under Documents: 

    • Scan of ID or passport
    • 2 different and recent colour photographs in high definition (300dpi)
    • 1 recording certificate (to be downloaded below)

    Under Media:

    • 4 videos recordings with the programme of the preliminary round

    ________

    During the application process:

    Write a Personal letter or submit a short presentation Video:

    • A short text or video (max. one page/3 minutes) introducing yourself and explaining why you want to participate in the Concours de Genève (if you choose the video option, add it to your profile under “Media”. )

    Answer the Questionnaire

    •  Please specify all the works to be performed during the Competition.

    For all questions or issues regarding registration, please contact us at the following address: application@concoursgeneve.ch

  • Mandatory pieces

    REPERTOIRE

    A.    Preselection Round – video recording (20 - 30 min.)


    W. A. Mozart or J. Haydn      

    2 contrasted movements from a piano Sonata


    J. S. Bach: one piece at free choice from the following list

    Preludes & Fugues (Well-Tempered Clavier) BWV846 – BWV893

    Partitas (min. 3 movements) BWV825 – BWV831

    Toccatas BWV910 – BWV916

    English Suites (min. 3 movements) BWV 806 – BWV811

    French Suites (min. 3 movements) BWV 812 – BWV817


    F. Chopin or F. Liszt: ONE Etude at free choice 

    Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 or Etudes Op. 25

    Liszt: Transcendental Etudes S. 139 OR

    Etude de Paganini S. 141


    Fourth piece at free choice (piano solo)


    B.    Online Recital - video recording (max. 30 candidates - max. duration 45 min.)


    Free 45 minute recital, must include a work from the "contemporary" list (see below). The choice of works, their originality and the relevance of their arrangement are an element of the judgement.                                                                                           

     

     C. Semi-Final Round in 3 parts - live in Geneva (max. 8 candidates)


    1. Solo Recital (60-75 minutes) 45% of the evaluation

    The program of the recital is at the free choice of the participants. It must be constructed as a concert and explained by a program note (in one of the following languages: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic).         

    The jury will take into account in its judgment the elaboration of the program, its interest and of course its execution.


    2. Chamber music / accompaniment (30-40 minute) - 35% of the evaluation

    L. v. Beethoven : one of the 5 Sonatas for Piano and Violoncello at free choice.                      

    One of the Song/Lieder cycles from the Annex list « Song/Lieder »   


    3. Presentation and defense of a personal artistic project - 20% of the evaluation


     D.   Final Round with orchestra (3 finalists)

    One of the following concertos:

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto n°3 in C minor Op. 37

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto n°4 in G Major Op. 58

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto n°5 in Eb Major Op. 73

    Béla Bartók: Concerto n° 3 Sz 119

    Johannes Brahms: Concerto n°1 in D minor Op. 15

    Frédéric Chopin: Concerto n°1 in E minor

    Frédéric Chopin: Concerto n°2 in F minor

    Franz Liszt: Concerto n°1 in Eb Major

    Franz Liszt: Concerto n° 2 in A Major

    Serge Prokofiev: Concerto n° 2 in G minor Op. 16

    Serge Prokofiev: Concerto n° 3 in C Major Op. 26

    Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G

    Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto n° 2 in G minor Op. 22

    Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto n° 4 in C minor Op. 44

    Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor Op. 54

    Piotr Tchaikovsky: Concerto n° 1 in B flat minor


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    Annex 1 : List of mandatory contemporary works to be chosen for the Online Recital :

     Luciano Berio:    Sequenza IV    

    *William Blank:    Lightnings   

    Pierre Boulez: 12 Notations    

    Pierre Boulez:    1ère Sonate    

    Elliot Carter:    Caténaires  

    Unsuk Chin:   3 Études (at free choice)    

    Henri Dutilleux:    3 Préludes   

    Beat Furrer:    Voicelessness. The Snow Has No Voice   

    Stefano Gervasoni:    Studio di disabitudine  

    György Kurtag:    8 Klavierstücke Op. 3   

    Michael Levinas:    Trois Etudes    

    György Ligeti:    3 Etudes (at free choice) 

    Olivier Messiaen:   Petites esquisses d'oiseaux    

    Rebecca Saunders:    Shadow    

    Salvatore Sciarrino:    One Piano Sonata   

    Karlheinz Stockhausen:   Klavierstück IX    

    *Stefan Wirth:    Faims II   

    Iannis Xenakis:    Evryali    


    Annex 2 : List of mandatory Song/Lieder cycles to be chosen for the Semi-final round:

    M. Moussorgski   Songs and Dances of the Death  

    F. Liszt:    Tre Sonetti di Petrarca   

    H. Wolf:    3 Goethe Lieder: Ganymed, Der Rattenfänger, Prometheus 

    C. Debussy:    Proses lyriques    

    F. Poulenc:    Tel jour telle nuit    

    A. Schönberg:    4 Lieder op. 2    

    A. v. Zemlinsky:   6 Gesänge op. 13    

    A. Berg:    7 frühe Lieder   

  • Question
    Answer on application

    PRESELECTION ROUND: W.A. Mozart or J. Haydn #1

    Please specify all the details of the chosen piece (composer, title, opus number, key, movements)

  • Question
    Answer on application

    PRESELECTION ROUND: J.S. Bach #2

    Please specify all the details of the chosen piece (title, opus number, key, movements)

  • Question
    Answer on application

    PRESELECTION ROUND: F. Chopin or F. Liszt #3

    Please specify all the details of the chosen piece (composer, title, opus number, key, movements)

  • Question
    Answer on application

    PRESELECTION ROUND: Piece at free choice (piano solo) #4

    Please specify all the details of the chosen piece (composer, title, opus number, key, movements)

  • Multiple Choice
    Answer on application

    ONLINE RECITAL: Contemporary work #1

    • Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV
    • William Blank: Lightnings
    • Pierre Boulez: 12 Notations
    • Pierre Boulez: 1st Sonata
    • Elliot Carter: Caténaires
    • Unsuk Chin: 3 Études at free choice
    • Beat Furrer: Voicelessness. The Snow Has No Voice
    • Stefano Gervasoni: Studio di disabitudine
    • György Kurtag: 8 Klavierstücke Op. 3
    • Michael Levinas: Trois Etudes
    • György Ligeti: 3 Etudes et free choice
    • Olivier Messiaen: Petites esquisses d'oiseaux
    • Rebecca Saunders: Shadow
    • Salvatore Sciarrino: one Sonata for piano
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück IX
    • Stefan Wirth: Faims II
    • Yannis Xenakis: Evryali
  • Question
    Answer on application

    ONLINE RECITAL: Piece at free choice #2

    Please specify all the details of the chosen piece (composer, title, opus number, key, movements)

  • Question
    Answer on application

    ONLINE RECITAL: Piece at free choice #3

    Please specify the composer, title, opus number, key, movements

  • Question
    Answer on application

    ONLINCE RECITAL: Piece at free choice #4 (optional)

    Please specify the composer, title, opus number, key, movements

  • Question
    Answer on application

    ONLINE RECITAL: Piece at free choice #5 (optional)

    Please specify the composer, title, opus number, key, movements

  • Question
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - SOLO RECITAL: Piece at free choice #1

    Please specify the composer, title, opus number, key, movements

  • Question
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - SOLO RECITAL: Piece at free choice #2

    Please specify the composer, title, opus number, key, movements

  • Question
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - SOLO RECITAL: Piece at free choice #3

  • Question
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - SOLO RECITAL: Piece at free choice #4 (optional)

  • Question
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - SOLO RECITAL: Piece at free choice #5 (optional)

  • Multiple Choice
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - CHAMBER MUSIC: Beethoven cello sonata #1

    • L.V. Beethoven: Cello sonata in F maj, Op. 5, N°1
    • L.V. Beethoven: Cello sonata in G maj, Op. 5, N°2
    • L.V. Beethoven: Cello sonata in A maj, Op. 69
    • L.V. Beethoven: Cello sonata in G maj, Op. 102, N°1
    • L.V. Beethoven: Cello sonata in D maj, Op. 102, N°2
  • Multiple Choice
    Answer on application

    SEMI-FINAL ROUND - CHAMBER MUSIC Song or Lieder cycle #2

    • M. Moussorgski: Chants et Danses de la Mort
    • F. Liszt: Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
    • H. Wolf: 3 Goethe Lieder - Ganymed, Der Rattenfänger, Prometheus
    • C. Debussy: Proses lyriques
    • F. Poulenc: Tel jour telle nuit
    • A. Schönberg: 4 Lieder op. 2
    • A. v. Zemlinsky: 6 Gesänge op. 13
    • A. Berg: 7 frühe Lieder
  • Multiple Choice
    Answer on application

    FINAL ROUND WITH ORCHESTRA

    • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto n°3 in C minor Op. 37
    • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto n°4 in G Major Op. 58
    • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto n°5 in Eb Major Op. 73
    • Béla Bartók: Concerto n° 3 Sz 119
    • Johannes Brahms: Concerto n°1 in D minor Op. 15
    • Frédéric Chopin: Concerto n°1 in E minor
    • Frédéric Chopin: Concerto n°2 in F minor
    • Franz Liszt: Concerto n°1 in Eb Major
    • Franz Liszt: Concerto n° 2 in A Major
    • Serge Prokofiev: Concerto n° 2 in G minor Op. 16
    • Serge Prokofiev: Concerto n° 3 in C Major Op. 26
    • Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G
    • Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto n° 2 in G minor Op. 22
    • Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto n° 4 in C minor Op. 44
    • Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor Op. 54
    • Piotr Tchaikovsky: Concerto n° 1 in B flat minor
  • Personal letter

    A short text presentation introducing yourself and explaining why you want to participate in the Concours de Genève (if you choose the video option, add it to your profile under “Media”.)


  • Prerequisites
    • Maximum age on September 1, 2022: 30
  • Required document(s)
    • Scan of passport or ID card
    • Portrait photo: 2 different and recent colour photos in high definition (300dpi).
    • Recording certificate
    • Place of birth
  • Video

    Video(s) required for pre-selection purposes only (details below). Does not replace the live audition.

    PRESELECTION ROUND - VIDEO RECORDINGS (20 - 30 min.)

    Recording must be anonymous. Please do not include your name in the video nor any distinctive sign such as your school logo for example. 


    #1 W. A. Mozart or J. Haydn      

    2 contrasted movements from a piano Sonata


    #2 J. S. Bach: one piece at free choice from the following list

    Preludes & Fugues (Well-Tempered Clavier) BWV846 – BWV893

    Partitas (min. 3 movements) BWV825 – BWV831

    Toccatas BWV910 – BWV916

    English Suites (min. 3 movements) BWV 806 – BWV811

    French Suites (min. 3 movements) BWV 812 – BWV817


    #3 F. Chopin or F. Liszt: ONE Etude at free choice 

    Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 or Etudes Op. 25

    Liszt: Transcendental Etudes S. 139 OR

    Etude de Paganini S. 141


    #4 Fourth piece at free choice (piano solo)


    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRELIMINARY ROUND 

    a) Candidates must provide recent (less than 12 months) and high-quality video recordings, containing the required programme for the preliminary round only. 

    b) Recording must be anonymous. Please do not include your name in the video/file title nor any distinctive sign such as your school logo for example. 

    c) All recordings must be UNEDITED (no cuts – no sound editing). Microphones should be positioned at a distance allowing to obtain a good sound quality. The video must be filmed using a fixed and wide camera angle. The performer must be filmed from aside, hands and face remaining always visible. 

    d) Candidates must provide separate recordings for each piece. 

    e) In the case of a piece with several movements, candidates can either record the entire piece in one take or each movement separately. If you record each movement separately, please assemble them in one file. 

    f) Public recordings are accepted if they meet the recording conditions stated above. 

    g) It is highly recommended to take into consideration the quality of the sound, to allow the Jury to have the best possible judgement.