Rules and requirements

Version 20-08-2017

Candidate pre-requirements
The competition is open for professional fortepianists, as well as conservatory students in their master or post-master term. Candidates are attending or have successfully attended a fortepiano course or early keyboard course (including fortepiano).

The applicant must have experience in performing on historic fortepianos. Experience limited to historical copies of period fortepianos does not suffice. Therefore it is required that you have studied, or still are studying, fortepiano at a conservatory, or, if such is not the case, that you can present a reference by a fortepiano professor.

Age limit
The competition aims at stimulating young professional fortepianists to perform on historic fortepianos. The age limit for the competition is 35 years.

If a candidate reaches the age of 36 years during the calendar year 2017 before or during the competition, he or she is still accepted.
In case a candidate is already over 35 years of age, but he or she has successfully finalized his or her master or post-master studies for fortepiano only after the 1st January 2016, the jury shall make an exception to the age limit and shall accept his or her application.

Selection Round
If you are a post-master, early career fortepianist and you have successfully concluded your studies. Please send us simply you biography, including the name of the institute were you graduated and the name of your fortepiano professor(s), where you have studied.

If you are still studying for your masters, please indicate which institute and professor or teacher (i.c. the website of institute and the biography of the professor). A written recommendation is not needed, but please send us an indication of your current and past studies.

Video
No preliminary video is required for this year’s competition.

First Round
The candidate performs one full piano sonata and has the following choices:

a. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata no. 6, KV 284, Op. 7 no. 2 (1775)
– Allegro
– Rondeau en polonaise
– Tema con variazione

b. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata no. 15, KV 533/494 (1786/1788)
– Allegro
– Andante
– Rondo

c. Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata no. 11, Op. 22 (1799-1800)
– Allegro con brio
– Adagio con moto espressione
– Menuetto
– Rondo: Allegretto

d. Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata no. 16, Op. 31 no. 1 (1801-1802)
– Allegro vivace
– Adagio grazioso
– Rondo. Allegretto – Presto

Instrument:
fortepiano built by Matthäus Heilmann (1744-1817) in Mainz ca. 1790 (no. 194)
FF-f3, Viennese action without hammer check, knee lever: sustain
(this instrument is comparable with an early fortepiano built by Johann Andreas Stein after 1781).
Note this early fortepiano has no hammer check!

Second Round
This round has two parts: one on an early 18th century square piano and the other on a 2nd quarter 19th century Viennese action fortepiano.

1st part (square piano):
The candidate performs one or more pieces composed not later then 1788.
In total the performance should not last longer then about 10 to 15 minutes.
The choice of pieces should fit the early square piano performed on.
Please note that the pieces should be playable on GG-f3, omitting GG sharp.

Instrument:
a square piano built by Johannes Zumpe (1726-1790) & Gabriel Buntebart in London in 1769
GG-f3 (omitting GG sharp), single action with overdampers, with three hand levers controlling the damper lift and the buff stop

2nd part (fortepiano):
The candidate performs one or both of the following pieces:

a. Franz Schubert
Impromptu in G major, Op. 90 no. 3, D. 899 (1827)

b. Felix Mendelssohn
Etude no. 3 Allegro vivace, Op. 104b no. 3 (1838)

In case the candidate decides to perform only one of the above two pieces he can choose freely the second piece (or pieces) which he wishes to perform on this instrument.
This second piece and eventual subsequent pieces should not last longer then about 5 to 10 minutes in total.
The choice of the piece or pieces should fit the fortepiano performed on. It may be one or more period pieces (in which case a historically informed performance is required), or, even, a contemporary piece (in which case the candidate is required to acquire permission by the composer stating explicitly that the composer allows this performance and he waives his rights for this public performance and its eventual recording).
Please note that the piece should be playable on FF-f4.

Instrument:
a fortegrand built by Joseph Dohnal (c. 1759 – 1829) in Vienna around 1825
CC-g4, Viennese action
pedals for una-corda, sustain, moderator and drum-bell
(Sweelinck Collection)

Final Round
The finalists are required to perform:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano concerto no. 9 in E flat major, “Mme Jeunehomme Concerto”, KV 271 (1777)
– Allegro
– Andantino
– Rondeau. Presto

The performance will be together with a string quartet  of student-musicians gracefully provided by the Early Music Department of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam.

Instrument:
fortepiano built by Matthäus Heilmann (1744-1817) in Mainz ca. 1790 (no. 194)
FF-f3, Viennese action without hammer check, knee lever: sustain
(this instrument is comparable with an early fortepiano built by Johann Andreas Stein after 1781).
Note this early fortepiano has no hammer check!

There will be time scheduled for the finalists to practice with the musicians on Friday 20th October for a maximum of two hours each.

For details on the Square Piano Competition, please click here.

Important notice on the instruments
The candidate performs on historic fortepianos. In case of a technical problem, the jury may provide another fortepiano then the ones described.

Scores
The scores can be found on the website IMSLP.org
Please always chose the oldest version.

Candidates have to provide the organization well in advance of the competition by email with a digital copy of the scores of the pieces, which he or she is going to perform at each of the rounds.

In case of a modern or contemporary piece or arrangement, the candidate has to request to and gain written permission from the composer for performance free of author’s, copy or other rights.

Choices
Please e-mail to us the choices you make for the pieces you will be performing not later then 14 October. The scores should be e-mailed to us in pdf format.

Free choice
Please note that the candidates should always perform different pieces, including for the Square Piano Award. Hence, a candidate will not perform the same piece in another round, neither during the competition of the Square Piano Award.

Performance by heart
The jury shall take into consideration the quality of the execution: technique and aesthetic. In general, the jury prefers a performance right from the heart, rather than a technically perfect performance. In case the candidate performs one of the pieces by heart the jury will take this in positive consideration; however, the latter is not a requirement and the candidate may have the scores open in front of him or her in all cases.

Important dates 2017
– 15 September: closure date for emailing your application to the festival organization, including your perfomance(s) on video and/or YouTubes
– from 9th October onwards: you can try out and rehearse on the historic instruments, depending availability
– 10 October: closure date for emailing your choices of compositions which you intend to perform, to the festival organization
– 14 October: closure date for emailing the scores
– 18 October: 1st Round International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2017
– 19 October: 2nd Round International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2017
– 20 October: competition for the Square Piano Award 2017
– 21 October: finalists rehearsels with musicians
– 22 October: Finals International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2017
– 23 October (morning and afternoon): masterclasses by Michael Tsalk and Megumi Tanno

Jury
The jury consists of five members and is headed by Marcel Baudet (initiator of and driving power behind the Young Pianist Foundation and its competition).

None of the members shall be a current lector or professor of any of the candidates and in case the candidate is a former student this member shall withdraw from the decision making process concerning this candidate.

The jury has the right to withhold granting a first prize or other award in case it considers that the quality level of the performance(s) does not meet its required standard. The jury can decide to grant a prize ex aequo, in which case the winners will share the prize equally. In case of equal performances by the candidates in the finals of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours, the jury can rule the (participation in and/or the outcome of the) Square Piano Award to be decisive.

The decisions of the jury are final and cannot be contested in any way. No claim can be made against the decision of the jury.

The list of jury members, you will find here.

The jury is chaired by Marcel Baudet as a voting chairman, except in case the number of voting jury members is equal. In case Marcel Baudet will be absent, he can appoint another temporary chairman in his place. In case of his unexpected absents, the jury will appoint a (voting) chairman from its midst.

Performing on historic fortepianos and square pianos
The candidate should be well aware that the performances are on historic fortepianos. These instruments differ from modern pianos as well as from historical copies of period fortepianos. Historic fortepianos should be performed at with love and tender care for the instrument. It is emphasized that the jury shall take this into consideration and, hence, does not only judge the candidate on e.g. virtuosity.

Please note: a gentle touch and restrained loudness is appreciated.

Sequence of performance
The sequence of performance of candidates in each of the rounds shall be decided by drawing lots by the chairman of the jury. The jury has the right to decide on deviation from the determined order in exceptional cases.

Rehearsing
Candidates are recommended to try-out the historic fortepianos used in the competition in advance. Also there are some limited possibilities to rehearse on these fortepianos. Please arrange this with the organization in advance.

Candidates can practice on these and other historic fortepianos from 9th October onwards. All are allotted the same maximum amount of time to practice on historic fortepianos. Please contact us well in advance to reserve practicing time.

Recording
The performances are being recorded for use on the website of the festival and the museum as well as on YouTube.

Dress code
Candidates are requested to perform in decent dress, which is traditional for chamber concert performances.

Indicated historic instruments used for the competition
The organization is at any time allowed to replace any of the historic fortepianos and square pianos mentioned above for another fortepiano of approximately the same period and action. No claim can be made against the decision of the festival organization to replace an instrument by another historic instrument of approximately the same period and action.

Admission
The jury shall decide on the admission of a maximum of twelve candidates for the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2017 and of a maximum of six candidates for the optional Square Piano Award 2017. In case there are more applications admitted in the selection round than these maximum amounts, the jury decides on basis of the biographies of the potential candidates and/or it may decide to admit a larger amount than these maximum amounts.

For information on how to participate in the competition, please click here.

Dates, rules and regulations
The exact dates, times and locations will be announced not later than on the 17th October 2016. The exact time of the performance will be announced shortly in advance on the day of the performance itself.

The festival organization and the jury retain the right to make changes in the requirements and rules at their own convenience. Changes in and additional rules and requirements to the above will be published on this website.

The rules for the jury are formulated in Jury Regulations. One of the regulations concerns the rule that the jury will not communicate on issues related to the candidates which are still on-going in the competition, with these candidates or with persons who may represent or advocate the candidates involved. The candidates are required to respect this rule.

Awards, Taxes, Recordings and Rights
The jury is not obliged to award a candidate with a first prize; in case the jury considers the quality of the finalists not sufficient, no prizes are awarded.

The prize money is indicated as gross and maybe subject to taxation. In case of taxation, this is the responsibility of the awarded individual.

Any recording (including filming and photography) by the festival organization, as well as by press, media or audience, is accepted by the candidates and shall be free of copy and other rights of the candidates.

By applying to the festival organization for participating in the competition(s) the candidate agrees to comply with the rules and regulations of these competitions. Any breach of these rules and regulations by the candidate shall result in his or her disqualification. The Law of the Netherlands applies. In case of any dispute the Court of Law of Amsterdam decides.

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