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The Amateur Competition
The Amateur Competition invites skilled non-professional pianists from the age of 35 on (born before August 26, 1983) to compete. Participants who have studied piano at the conservatory or university level must have completed their studies at least 10 years ago (this does not apply to private lessons).
The Amateur Competition will be held in two public rounds in Meiningen between August 26 and August 29, 2018 and conclude with an awardees concert on August 29, 2018. The 1st prize winner will perform in the awardees concert with the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach.
- Preliminary round: 20 minutes, one work from the Baroque or Classical period + one piece of choice
- Final round: 30 minutes, repertory of choice + compulsory elective piano concerto with piano accompaniment (The competition host will provide a skilled accompanist for the final round. Competition participants may also provide their own accompanist for this round, however, they will not be reimbursed for any additional costs incurred.)
The jury recommends that the chosen works be performed from memory. However, participants of the Amateur competition are permitted to use sheet music when performing the competition repertory.
There will be a participation fee of € 350 and a one-time processing fee of € 30. In case of cancellation by the participant before July 23, 2018, 2015, the participation fee will be refunded. The processing fee is non-refundable.
The repertory choice for the Hans von Bülow Piano Competition should include the following selections:
- composers whose works were masterfully interpreted by Hans von Bülow: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Tchaikovsky.
- pieces by composers (including transcriptions and piano arrangements) who were connected to Meiningen: Hans von Bülow, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Günter Raphael.
In the preliminary round (up to 20 minutes), one piece from the Baroque or Classical period is to be performed as a compulsory elective. Additional repertory may be chosen freely from the above-mentioned solo piano literature.
When multi-movement works are chosen, individual movements can be selected for performance.
In the final round (up to 30 minutes), apart from the piano concerto, you may choose your repertory freely from the above-mentioned list of solo piano literature. When multi-movement works are chosen, individual movements can be selected for performance.
During this round, the piano concerto will be played with piano accompaniment. The winner of the Amateur competition will perform the first movement of the concerto after one orchestra rehearsal in a final concert with the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach.
You may choose from the following piano concertos for the final round of the Amateur competition:
- Joseph Haydn Piano Concerto in D major, Hob: XVIII/11, 1st movement
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor, 1st movement
- Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto Op. 16 in a minor, 1st movement
In the preliminary and final rounds, participants may choose the order of pieces; the program for the awardees concert will be determined by the jury.
Time schedule Amateur competition
Both competition rounds are public and will take place in the Schlosskirche at Elisabethenburg Palace.
The awardees will perform in a festive awardees concert with awards ceremony.
The winner of this competition category will perform in the final concert of the competition on September 1, 2018 with the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach.
All times are tentative. Minor scheduling changes may occur.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
2:30 — 6:30 pm: arrival, registration, organizational matters, practice opportunities
7:30 pm: festive awardees concert of the Children and youth competition with awards ceremony and reception
Sunday, August 26, 2018
9 am — 5:30 pm: 1st round (with breaks) followed by announcement of finalists
Monday, August 27, 2018
short rehearsal with the accompanist in preparation for the final round
evening: Long Night of Piano — public piano session
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
9 am — 1 pm: final round, announcement of winners
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
further (Professional) competition rounds
6 — 7 pm: technical rehearsal for Amateur competition awardees concert
8 pm: festive awardees concert of the Amateur competition with awards ceremony and reception
Saturday, September 1, 2018
starting at 10 am: dress rehearsal for the 1st prize winner of the Amateur competition with the Meiningen Court Orchestra
7:30 pm: festive awardees concert featuring the 1st prize winner of the Amateur competition and the Meiningen Court Orchestra as well as the winners of the Professional competition; awards ceremony and reception
- 1st Prize Amateur competition: € 1.000
- 2nd Prize Amateur competition: € 750
- 3rd Prize Amateur competition: € 300
- The 1st prize winner will perform in the final concert on September 1, 2018 with the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach.
- Audience Choice Award for the awardees concert in the amount of € 250.