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Competition Regulations

Competition Regulations

Each participant shall prepare a programme in accordance with the Competition repertoire. The selected programme should be stated in the application form.

Competitors have to participate in all rounds of the Competition they have qualified for and in all necessary rehearsals and concerts.

All pieces have to be performed from memory (except the compulsory piece).

The participation order will be established by drawing of lots – the order will remain valid until the end of the competition. The prizewinners are obliged to participate in the Prizewinners’ Concert without additional fees.

Organizers of the Competition have the right to record and broadcast the Competition and the Prizewinners’ Concert on radio, television or in internet.

The Jury has the right not to award certain prizes or to divide the prize money among several participants. The decision of the Jury is beyond appeal.

The Competition is divided into three rounds. No more than 6 participants will advance to the Final Round. The performance of participants will be evaluated in points 1 to 25.

Participants of the Final Round will perform a concerto with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra at Liepāja concert hall "Great Amber".

Organizers will cover the hotel expenses for the participants of the 3rd round from the evening of October 30 to the morning of November 4. For the participants that do not advance to the 2nd and 3rd rounds but are willing to attend as listeners the hotel booking is guaranteed, however hotel expenses have to be met by participants themselves. Travel costs are not covered by the organizer.

Application Procedure

Pianists born after October 26, 1987 are eligible to apply.

The application package must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2017. Applications should be sent to the following address:

  • Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music,
    Kr. Barona Street 1,
  • or submitted digitally: application form, e-mailing additional materials to

Application package should contain the following documents:

  1. copy of passport or ID card;
  2. digital photo (JPEG format);
  3. recording of no less than 10 minutes in duration - one virtuoso etude and works for piano of free choice (link to Youtube, Vimeo or CD, DVD, or electronically via e-mail - MP3, MP4 or any other popular format),
  4. document certifying the transfer of application fee.

Non-refundable participation fee of EUR 50 should be paid to the following account until September 1, 2017:

Jazepa Vitola Latvijas Muzikas akademija
Address: Kr. Barona 1, LV-1050, Riga, Latvia
Registration number: LV 90000028796;
Bank: State Treasury
Account number: LV97 TREL 9220 0600 0000 0

The list of the participants of the competition will be published in the competition website; competitors will be notified via e-mail before September 25, 2017. The organizers of the competition keep the right to limit the number of participants after the evaluation of applications. Organizers have the right to demand additional information about the participants of the competition.