Hosted by the Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kyiv, Ukraine, and the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, Switzerland
Venues: Conservatoire de Musique and Victoria Hall, Geneva
Partner: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
As the current situation in Ukraine makes it impossible for the Horowitz Competition to take place in Kyiv, the World Federation of International Music Competitions will support and assist the Horowitz Competition to hold its 2023 edition in Geneva, Switzerland.
Endorsed by the Ukrainian Minister of Culture, Oleksandr Tkachenko, and the Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, the competition will be held from 13-21 April 2023 at the Geneva Conservatory, with the final scheduled to take place on 21 April at the legendary Victoria Hall. The final round will be accompanied by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Applications will be open to artists from any nation. Following an online pre-selection, about 25-30 young pianists will be invited to perform in Geneva, competing for monetary awards, performances, recordings, and career development prizes. There will also be a prize for the best Ukrainian artist as well as a prize for the best performance of a Ukrainian work.
Please visit our website at www.horowitzv.ch for more details.
Application fee: there is an application fee of 100€.
The application fee is to be paid by credit or debit card and it is part of the application process via muvac.
Payment exception: candidates with Ukrainian citizenship are exempt from paying this fee. If you are a Ukrainian citizen, or if you have problems to complete the payment via credit or debit card, please write us a short email to email@example.com. You will then receive a separate application link within 24 hours.
Candidates shall perform a programme lasting approx. 20-25 minutes. The programme must include:
· One etude by one of the following composers:
Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ligeti, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn Op. 104,
V. Kosenko 11 Etudes in the Form of Old Dances, Op.19, S. Bortkiewicz op. 15.
· One complete Sonata (without repeats) by Clementi, Hummel, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
Candidates shall perform a programme lasting approx. 35-40 minutes. The programme must inlcude:
· One of the following compositions:
Bach-Busoni: Choral preludes BWV 599 or BWV 639
Debussy: one of the Preludes
Debussy: Serenade for a Doll
Liszt: Consolation (one movement)
Mendelssohn: Song without Words
Mozart: Adagio KV 540; Rondo KV 485, Rondo KV 511
Moszkowski: one Etude
Scarlatti: a Sonata (with repeats)
Chopin: one Mazurka, Nocturne, or Waltz
Schubert: one Impromptu
Schumann: one movement from Fantasiestücke, op. 12 or from Album für die Jugend op. 68
· One work by a Ukrainian composer
The WFIMC Prize will be given to the best performance in this category.
Please note that Prokofiev and Kapustin are not considered Ukrainian composers.
· One or more works chosen by the candidate
Third Round (Semifinal)
Candidates shall perform a solo recital program of their own choice lasting approx. 50-60 minutes.
Candidates shall perform one of the following Piano Concertos:
Mozart KV 466, 467,488, 491, 537
Beethoven Op. 37, 58, 73
Chopin No. 1 or No. 2
Liszt No. 1 or No. 2
Brahms No. 1 or No. 2
Saint-Saens No. 2 or No. 5
Programs submitted in the application form cannot be changed after February 28, 2023. Works included in the preselection video recording may be performed during a later live round.
Candidates are required to write a short bio when confirming participation for use in programs or booklets, 500 characters maximum.
Please write the highlights of your biography, the text will be used in our booklets and press releases.
Are you a citizen of Ukraine?
If you hold Ukraine citizenship, the application fee will be waived. Please send a short e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a separate application link.
Did you win First or Second Prize at a WFIMC member competition (see www.wfimc.org) between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2022?
Please specify prize, year and name of WFIMC member competition where you won.
If applies. If not, leave blank and continue with the application.
Repertoire I/ Preselection Round: a) Virtuoso etude
Please name the virtuoso etude on your application video.
Repertoire II/ Preselection Round: b) free choice of repertoire
Please name the work(s) other than the virtuoso etude on your video (total time should be no more than 15 min)
Repertoire III/ First Round: a) Etude
Please name one etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ligeti, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn (Op. 104), V.Kosenko (11 Etudes in the Form of Old dances Op. 19), S. Bortkiewicz (Op. 15)
Repertoire IV/ First Round: b) Sonata (complete, without repeats)
Please name a sonata by Clementi, Hummel, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
Repertoire V/ Second Round: a) mandatory works
One of the following compositions: Bach-Busoni: Choral preludes BWV 599 or BWV 639; Debussy: one of the Preludes; Debussy: Serenade for a Doll; Liszt: Consolation (one movement); Mendelssohn: Song without Words; Mozart: Adagio KV 540; Rondo KV 485, Rondo KV 511; Moszkowski: one Etude; Moszkowski: Sparkles; Scarlatti: a Sonata (with repeats); Chopin: one Mazurka, Nocturne, or Waltz; Schubert: one Impromptu; Schumann: one movement from Fantasiestücke, op. 12 or from Album für die Jugend op. 68
Repertoire VI/ Second Round: b) Work by a Ukrainian Composer
Please name the title of the Ukrainian work you will play.
Repertoire VII/ Second Round: c) free choice of repertoire
Please name the work(s) you will perform in addition to V and VI. Total time should not exceed 40 minutes.
Repertoire VIII/ Third Round (Semifinal): Recital Program
Please list the pieces you will perform in this Round. Maximum Performance time should not exceed one hour. Pieces from the First and Second Rounds cannot be repeated.
Repertoire IX/ Final Round: Concerto with Orchestra
Please choose one concerto from the following options
Video(s) are required for pre-selection purposes (details below).
Candidates shall record a programme lasting approx.15 minutes. The programme must include:
· One virtuoso etude
· One or more works chosen by the candidate