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WELCOME!

Our competition is open to all!

The idea to create this unique music competition was born on the FACEBOOK forum, which brings together almost 9K members from all over the world. All members of our group are highly qualified piano teachers, educated in accordance with the highest standards of the Russian Classical Piano School.

This competition is for you if you are tired of:

  • seeing the same videos sent to many other online contests
  • filling out technically demanding online forms, you will be able to submit your Application by pressing one button

All performances will be recorded specifically for our competition, which will give a correct impression of ​​the level of all participants for a given period of time.

All performances will be available to watch on this website.

All teachers will receive a certificate for presenting their pupils for the competition.

All pianists will receive certificates for the prizes or for participation. 

APPLICATION DATES

Registration opens on 1 April 2021 
Last day for submitting applications is on 20 May 2021
Results announced on 1 June 2021

CATEGORIES

1. SOLO A & B
2. ENSEMBLE: duo, trio (6-hands), and quartet (8-hands)
3. CONCERTO
4. HOME ORCHESTRA
5. OUTSIDE THE COMPETITION!

The age of the participant is determined by the number of full years as of 1 September 2020

AWARDS

Categories 1 – 4

Grand Prize – selected from the pianists awarded 300 points from the jury
1st place: 90-100 points
2nd place: 80-89 points
3rd place: 70-79 points
Highly commended (HC): 60-69

1. SOLO

CATEGORY A 

The classical repertoire that written approx. between 1600-1950. For example:  Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionist piano works.

Group

Age

Repertoire

Time

Fee

Elementary A

5-6

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 5 mins

£25

Elementary B

7-8

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 7 mins

£25

Intermediate A

9-10

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 10 mins

£25

Intermediate B

11-13

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 12 mins

£25

Advanced A

14-16

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 15 mins

£25

Advanced B

17-18

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 20 mins

£25

CATEGORY B

Contemporary repertoire / original piano works written approximately between 1950 and 2021.

Group

Age

Repertoire

Time

Fee

Elementary A

5-6

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 5 mins

£25

Elementary B

7-8

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 7 mins

£25

Intermediate A

9-10

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 10 mins

£25

Intermediate B

11-13

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 12 mins

£25

Advanced A

14-16

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 15 mins

£25

Advanced B

17-18

Two contrasting works in different genres

Max 20 mins

£25

2. ENSEMBLE: duo, trio (6-hands), quartet (8-hands), and quintet (10-hands)

Original works from any genre excluding pop.
Select category based on the age of the youngest pianist in the ensemble.

Group

Age

Repertoire

Time

Fee

Elementary A

6 & younger

Two contrasting works

Max 5 mins

£25

Elementary B

7-8

Two contrasting works

Max 7 mins

£25

Intermediate A

9-10

Two contrasting works

Max 10 mins

£25

Intermediate B

11-13

Two contrasting works

Max 12 mins

£25

Advanced A

14-16

Two contrasting works

Max 15 mins

£25

Advanced B

17-18

Two contrasting works

Max 20 mins

£25

Professional

19+

Two contrasting works

Max 25 mins

£25

3. CONCERTO

Original concerto from the classical and contemporary repertoire.
When filling the Registration form for this category, type “dash” in the second box and URL box too.

Group

Age

Repertoire

Time

Fee

Elementary A

5-6

One movement

Max 10 mins

£25

Elementary B

7-8

One movement

Max 10 mins

£25

Intermediate A

9-10

One movement

Max 15 mins

£25

Intermediate B

11-13

One movement

Max 15 mins

£25

Advanced A

14-16

One movement

Max 20 mins

£25

Advanced B

17-18

One movement

Max 20 mins

£25

4. HOME ORCHESTRA

Select one piece suitable for your standard from three levels. Home Orchestra was created by Lola Smolokowski, Switzerland. The Prize Fund of €450 will be divided between the laureates of the 1, 2, and 3 prizes.

Group

Age

Repertoire

Time

Fee

Level 1

Any age

One piece

No time limit

£25

Level 2

Any age

One piece

No time limit

£25

Level 3

Any age

One piece

No time limit

£25

5. OUTSIDE THE COMPETITION!

We are inviting to take part in our competition’s festival part:

5 A. piano ensembles with 5 or more players
5 B. students with learning difficulties
5 C. pianists age 19+

All performers in this category will be assessed by our jury and receive a Performance Diploma in 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree.

Age

Repertoire

Время

Оплата

6 – 18

one piece in any style

up to 10 mins

£25 foreach performer

19+

free choice of repertoire 

up to 25 mins

£25

ADJUDICATION

  • Our panel of judges will be making assessments based on the submitted videos.
  • Member of the jury can present his or her students but will not be taking part in the adjudication. Points will be added by a guest adjudicator.
  • Up to 100 points on average can be awarded for the performance.
  • 1st prize may not be awarded failing to meet a required standard.

ADJUDICATORS

Marina Pliassova, Norway

Marina was born in Irkutsk, where she graduated from the School of Arts, and then from the Novosibirsk Conservatory. Over the years of teaching, she has trained about 400 laureates of national and international competitions, some of them participated in the final rounds of the international television competition “The Nutcracker” in Moscow. Marina’s activities are varied: she is a pianist, teacher, writer, lecturer, a lecturer at the Barratt Due Institute in Oslo, Norway, and Head of the Department of Young Talents at the Institute. She is also a doctoral student at the Vladigerov Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Marina is a member of the jury of several international competitions. She conducts master classes in different countries of the world: Norway, Russia, Spain, England, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Czech Republic, Finland, France, as well as at annual festivals in Greece and Belgium. Marina’s students regularly perform at various international concerts and festivals, on radio, television, including as soloists with orchestras. Many of the former students are now professional musicians, performers, and educators. In addition to intensive teaching schedule, Marina regularly lectures on the methodology and history of piano performance, is researching and creating new books for educational and fictional prose. Website

Tania Kozlova, Israel

Professor Tania Kozlova is an eminent piano pedagogue at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv. Her students have received many awards at national and international piano competitions and hold prestigious scholarships from the American Israeli Cultural Foundation and the Zfunot Tarbut Foundation. Ms Kozlova’s extensive knowledge of modern piano pedagogy makes her a frequent presenter at major educational music conferences and an adjudicator at festivals and competitions. Website

Tamara Yusman, Israel

After graduating from the Tashkent Conservatory named after. M. Ashrafi in 1983, Tamara worked at the music school of the city of Namangan, headed the piano department and the section of accompanists until leaving for Israel, where she has been working for the last 19 years. For 10 years Tamara directed the piano department of the Ashkelon city conservatory, and also performed as a soloist of the city chamber orchestra. During her teaching career, Tamara prepared six laureates of three republican competitions in Uzbekistan. Twenty four of Tamara’s pupils graduated from Tashkent, Tambov, Novosibirsk and Athens conservatories with master’s degrees and now work all over the world – from Siberia to the USA. Among her students are laureates of many international piano competitions in Belgrade, Paris, Bavaria, Prague and the USA.

Dr. Dmitri Nazarenko, USA

Dr. Dmitri Nazarenko, a native of Ukraine, studied at the Special Music School and National University of Arts in Kharkov (Ukraine) under Prof. Tatiana Verkina. He joined the University faculty to teach chamber music after graduation. He moved to USA in 1996 to pursue Doctor of Music Degree at University of Maryland under Prof. Larisa Dedova. Dmitri Nazarenko has performed as a soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Rowan University Symphonic Orchestra, and has given recitals in Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Germany and the United States.
Dr. Nazarenko has taught at Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. He maintains a private studio in Bethesda, MD and is highly sought as one of the leading teachers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. His students were winners of many competitions at the national and international levels. They performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), the Department of State, and in numerous embassies in Washington, DC. Website

Irina Kulik, Russia

For her pedagogical activity, Irina holds the title of Honoured Worker of Culture of the Moscow Region. She has received numerous government awards and is also a laureate of the Moscow Regional Duma Prize in the field of culture. In 1974, Irina graduated with honors from the Kharkov Institute of Arts and after moving from Ukraine to Russia worked as the Head of the Piano department in several music schools. She often performed in the events locally and worked as a jury member of several regional music competitions. Many of Irina’s students received awards in international, national and regional competitions. Among them are scholars of the Moscow Region Governor Prize and the winner of the New Names of Russia competition. Many students graduated or continue to study at music schools locally and in Moscow.

Olga Borzenko, Serbia

Olga was born in Lviv where she graduated from the Solomiya Krushelnytska music school. She continued her studies at the Lviv Academy of Music under S. Daich and in the graduate school of the Kyiv Academy under V. Sechkin and A. Snegirev. After graduation, Olga worked as a piano teacher in her hometown while maintaining a busy concert pianist career which took her throughout the country. She performed as a soloist and with the leading orchestras. In 1998, the Dean of the Cetinje University of Montenegro Music Academy invited Olga to work at the academy. Before long, she also joined the teaching staff of the Academy in Kotor, where she received the title of Honorary Professor. From 2002, in addition to piano teaching, Olga reads methodology at the Isidor Baltich Music School in Novi Sad. Her students regularly participate in international and national competitions where they win prizes. Olga often works as a jury member of international competitions and she is a member of the EPTA Europe.

REGISTRATION FEE

1. £25 fee is due for taking part in any of the categories.
2. £25 fee must be paid by each member of the ensemble.
3. £25 fee is due by the concerto soloist only.
4. Fee is payable during the submission of the application form via PayPal, credit, or debit card.
5. Transfer commission is included in the registration fee.
6. £15 will be due in the event if you were asked to resubmit the video.

PAYMENT INSTRUCTION

£25 – fee for one category
£50 – fee for two categories
£75 – fee for three categories
£100 – fee for four categories
1. Type the correct amount below
2. Select your method of payment
3. Fill in the details as required
4. Press the “Submit” button
Once the payment is complete, you will receive a confirmation receipt and a copy of the submitted registration form.

OUR RULES

1. Only complete applications will be accepted and processed.
2. Registration fee is not refundable or transferrable.
3. Decision of the jury is final and is not subject to appeal.
4. Contestants may not contact members of the jury directly.
5. Several winners can be selected in each category.
6. All videos will be available for watching on the competition website.
7. All pieces must be performed from memory.
8. The age of the participant is determined by the number of full years as of September 1, 2020.
9. The organisers of the competition reserve the right to amend the rules if the competition requires it.
10. Your signature in the application is a confirmation of your agreement with the rules of our competition.

VIDEO RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS

1. The video must be recorded specifically for this competition.
2. Videos submitted for other competitions will not be accepted.
3. A sheet of paper with the:
– Competition name
– Name and surname
– Date of recording
should be clearly displayed during the entire video. 
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4. The performance must be recorded in one take without interruptions, both pieces played one after another. 
5. Video editing of any kind is not allowed and such videos will not be accepted.
6. You will be permitted to submit your second correctly recorded video for the additional charge of £15.
7. The instrument, hands and face of the performer should be clearly seen.
8. The video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
9. The URL link must be added to the application form.

CONTACT

Please email team@elenacobb.com if you have any questions.