Guidance for the most frequently asked questions:
1. Do I already now need to send in a video ?
Only, in case you are still a student and you are not studying with, or have successfully finalised a study fortepiano with one of the following professors, you need to send in a video (or a url if the video is on internet). These professors are: Willem Brons, Jesper Christensen, Richard Egarr, Kaoru Iwamura, Alexander Lubimov, Olga Martynova, Bart van Oort, Olga Pashchenko, and Michael Tsalka.
However, in case there are over 12 applications, we may request a video so the Jury can make a pre-limminary choice of the potential candidates for joining the fortepiano competition. If such is the case, we will let you know a.s.a.p.
2. If I have to send in a video, do I have to perform specific pieces in the video ?
No, you can perform the pieces you have already practiced frequently and you feel comfortable with.
For us it is important to see how you handle the historic fortepianos. Also your aesthetic performance is being judged. So you should choose pieces that you can play well.
3. Does the video have to be professionally recorded ?
No, if the video of your performance is simply recorded by a smartphone, this is OK too.
4. May I repeat a piece in another round ?
No, if you have performed a piece in one of the previous rounds, you are not supposed to choose it for another round, where you have a free choice. So, if you participate in the square piano competition, you are not allowed to repeat a piece, which you already performed in the fortepiano competition.
5. Do I have to explain why I have chosen the pieces that I perform?
No, we do nood need an explanation. However, if you would like to motivate why you have chosen certain pieces for your free choice, the Jury is happy to take this into consideration. E.g. that you feel the piece fits well with the period fortepiano / square piano, or that the piece is written for this particular sort of fortepiano.
You can give your explanation in writing (by email) in advance together with the overview of the pieces you will perform, or you can give a very short oral explanation to the jury in advance of each performance. However, a motivation is not a requirement.
6. Can I prepare myself by playing on the instruments before the competition?
Yes, this is certainly possible and advisable. However, you have to arrange this in advance, because we have to plan the time slots for those who wish to. In case of late application, we may not be able anymore to provide you with a time slot.
7. Do I have to join the square piano competition too?
No, this is optional, so you may choose to do so or not.
8. Do I need to pay a fee for entering the fortepiano competition?
No, both the fortepiano competition and the optional square piano competition are free of charge.
9. Which recommendations do I need?
You do not need any recommendations. However, in case you are still a student and you do not study or have successfully finalised a study fortepiano with one of the professors mentioned above, a recommendation from your professor or teacher certainly may help to convince the Jury to accept your application.
We do not need a signature; just an e-mail from your referent giving you a recommendation is fine too. You may also send us a good report from your conservatory. If you have won a previous award for performing on fortepiano, this is certainly sufficient and you don’t have to send a recommendation.
The purpose of asking a recommendation is that we would like to know in advance that you really are able to perform on a fortepiano (which, as you know, is different from a modern piano).
10. Do I need to arrange a place to stay in advance?
Yes, you do. If you wish, we can help you finding hotels and B&Bs. Please send us an e-mail in advance for suggestions. However, in case a hotel or B&B is too expensive for you, we can try to arrange a host family for you. This is free of charge.
11. Do I receive a certificate stating that I have participated in the competition, also when I did not win an award?
Yes, we will always provide you with a certificate stating that you have performed in our competition.
12. Is there an age limit?
Yes, you should not be over 35 years old.
However, there is an exception: if you just finalized your studies or if you are still studying, and your age is already over 35 years, you may still apply for the competition.
13. Can you provide me visa support?
Yes, if you enter our competition, we will provide you with a letter of visa support, if needed. However, in that case, we need to receive the required recommendation of your professor by e-mail (see: question 9 above), because we need to verify that you are actually able to perform on the fortepiano. Also, we need a copy of your passport and certain details for the letter of visa support. Please send us an e-mail if you need a letter of visa support.
14. Can I still apply for the competition if I participated in a previous edition ?
Yes, you can apply again for joining the competition.
15. If I do not have all papers, video or other required stuff ready, can I already send in my application ?
If you don’t have as yet all information we need from you, this is no problem. Please send in the application form and you just need to send us this additional information not later then the 15th September.
16. Do you have a standard application form?
Yes, just send us an e-mail at email@example.com with your name and indicate that you are interested in joining the competition. We will e-mail to you the application form. Or you can just down-load it from our website.
17. Do I need to e-mail a copy of my passport?
No, we only need a copy of an official statement with a photograph, so we can verify that it is yourself. Hence, a copy of your students identity card or your driving license will suffice too.
18. Do I need to send in all the scores of my program?
Yes, you do! Because you have, within some limits, a free choice for performing those pieces which you yourself prefer, it is necessary that we receive the scores of the pieces, which you have chosen. We have to provide the scores in advance of the competition to the members of our jury.
Please, scan the scores and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us the url of the website, where we can find the scores.
In case you have a problem with this requirement, please let us know and we will certainly find a suitable solution for you.
We would be grateful, if you send us the scores not later than 1st October. However, in case you are late, do not worry, but, please, do let us know and, again, we will find a suitable solution together with you.
19. Some useful suggestions for preparing for the competition:
– choose compositions, which you already are familiar with
– tryout the historic pianos in advance
– take part in the master classes (free of charge)
– historic pianos should be handled with loving care and tenderness; the jury prefers when you show that you care!
– the jury appreciates performance from the heart; in case you miss a note, this is not considered a problem as long as your performance shows the right emotional feeling of the color and bite of the composition and the love for the historic instrument
The competition is not about virtuosity or technically correct performances; instead the emphasis is on showing the emotional understanding of both the music and the historic fortepiano, which together should come alive under your fingers.
In case you have any further questions, please send us an e-mail: email@example.com
Or call us at +31.20.6390747 and leave a message.
We are looking forward to your participation in the competition!
Last update of FAQ 20-05-2016