Rules and Regulations
The International Piano Competition -Istanbul Orchestra’ Sion is for professional pianists or future professional pianists of all nationalities, born on or after January 1st, 1976. All rounds of the competition are public and being part of the audience is free.
For the first selection, the candidates are required to send their audiovisual recording (DVD or audiovisual file). The documents must be addressed to the Competition Administration and sent before the required date either by e-mail or by post (postmarked). All applicants will be informed about the results of the first selection before or on the date announced on the Contest website. Selected candidates participating in the competition will receive an application form and will have to pay a
registration fee of €100.
Registration for the competition implies that the candidate has accepted the rules of the competition.Canditates are required to be present at the date and time of the drawing of the lots (the day before the first day of the competition). The contestants will be assigned a date, time and their performing order by drawing of the lots. Candidates absent (for reasons unjustified or invalidated by the Organizing Committee) at the time of the draw will be excluded from the competition.
The candidates formally commit to be present during the announcement of the results of the qualifying rounds and to be present during the announcement of the Final rounds. No result will be given by phone.
Prizes will be given as follows: the winner of the first degree will receive 10,000 Dollars, the winner of the second degree will receive 5,000 Dollars and the winner of the third degree will receive 2,500 Dollars. The winners of the first three prizes may also be awarded one or several other prizes like the special Prize of the Public; the special prize of the students of Istanbul-Orchestra Sion or any other musical award approved by the president of the competition and the jury. All prizes will be presented at the Gala Recital of the competition.
The jury reserves the right not to give out all the awards if the level of the candidates is considered insufficient and retains the right to put an end to a performance at any given time, after having obtained the necessary elements for the evaluation of the performance. The decisions of the jury are irrevocable. Any discrepancy from the given program may result in the candidate’s disqualification. In case of dispute, only the French text of the regulations and rules will be considered.
All works must be performed from memory, with the exception of works written after 1950, for the third round, where the sheet music can be accepted. The president of the jury might ask to be given a copy of the works written after 1950, prior to the performance of the qualifying round. Duplication of works is prohibited.
Rights in any competition performance, recordings, films, live broadcasts, belong to the International Piano Competition/Istanbul Orchestra’Sion and no fee is payable to any competitor on account of these performances or any recordings or broadcasts of them (whether live, streamed, on the internet or otherwise). During the gala, or eventually during the TV broadcast, the candidates could be ask to perform a piece of their own program chosen by the jury. It is expressly agreed that winners should they be offered concerts will not be remunerated, except for the prearranged fee.
The organizing committee reserves the right to change the dates of the competition in the event of major organizational constraints which may arise or to cancel the events if the number of candidates is considered insufficient. Also, if needed, for the final, the President of the Competition and the President of the Jury reserve the right to replace the accompaniment with orchestra, with piano accompaniment by an accompanist appointed by the Competition Organising Board.
The Organization Committee commits to paying the total sum of the promised financial awards as well as to the organization of a concert at Lycée Français Notre Dame de Sion for the winner of the competition. However the Organization Committee cannot be held accountable for any other offers for which it is not directly responsible (i.e. extra concert offers, master-classes) and will therefore not accept any legal responsibility in an eventual case of default on the part of his partners.
Traveling and accommodation expenses will be borne by the participants. The registration fee is non-refundable.