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The Professional Competition
The Professional Competition invites professional musicians and those currently enrolled at a conservatory or university of music to compete. The age limit is 32 (born after August 26,1986).
A total of three public rounds will be held in Meiningen between August 26 and September 1, 2018. There will be two awardees concerts on two consecutive evenings, the first of which will feature the prepared solo repertory. The winner(s) will perform in a second and final awardees concert with the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach.
- Preliminary round (20 minutes): 1 Chopin etude, 1 piece of choice, 1 sonata movement (Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn)
- Semi-final round (50 minutes): 1 complete Classical sonata, 1 substantial Romantic work, 1 Impressionist piece
- Orchestra rehearsal without jury evaluation before the final round
- Final round: piano concerto with orchestra
There will be a participation fee of € 200 and a one-time processing fee of € 30. In case of cancellation by the participant before July 23, 2018, the participation fee will be refunded. The processing fee is non-refundable.
The repertory choice for the Hans von Bülow piano competition should contain 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
A special prize for best interpretation of a piano work by Felix Draeseke will be awarded. Selections include the following works: Valse-Scherzo op. 5 Nr. 2 (Sheet music published by Florian Noetzel Music Publishers, ISMN 979-0-2019-7737-9) and/ or a series of three pieces from Fata Morgana. Ein Ghaselenkranz op. 13. (download page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7).
In the preliminary round (up to 20 minutes), compulsory
elective pieces include one Chopin etude and one sonata movement by Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn. Additional repertory can be selected from the above list of solo piano literature. When multi-movement works are chosen, individual movements can be selected for performance.
In the semi-final round (up to 50 minutes), compulsory elective pieces include one complete Classical sonata, a substantial Romantic work and one Impressionist piece. Additional repertory can be chosen freely from the above list of solo piano repertory. When multi-movement works are chosen, individual movements can be selected for performance.
In the preliminary and semi-final rounds, participants may choose the order of the pieces. In the final round and concerts, the jury will determine the program.
You may choose from the following piano concertos for the final round (up to 30 minutes) of the Professional competition:
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73
- Franz Liszt, Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S 124
- Franz Liszt, Concerto No. 2. in A major S, 125
Time schedule of the Professional competition
A total of 3 public rounds will be held at the Schlosskirche of Elisabethenburg Castle (preliminary and semi-final rounds) and the Meiningen Theater (final round), respectively. The winners will be presented in festive awardees concerts with awards ceremonies.
All times are tentative. Minor scheduling changes may occur.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
• 10 am — 6 pm: arrival, registration, organizational matters, practice opportunities
• 7:30 — 10 pm: 1st round, part 1
Monday, August 27, 2018
• 9:30 am — 10 pm: 1st round, part 2 (with breaks) followed by announcement of semi-finalists
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
• 7:30 — 10 pm: 2nd round, part 1
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
• 9:30 am — 6 pm: 2nd round, part 2 (with breaks) followed by announcement of finalists
• 8 pm: festive awardees concert of the Amateur competition with awards ceremony and reception at the Schlosskirche of Elisabethenburg Castle
Thursday, August 30, 2018
• 10 am — 1 pm: short rehearsal with the Meiningen Court Orchestra (without jury evaluation)
Friday, August 31, 2018
• 10 am — 1 pm: final round with the Meiningen Court Orchestra followed by announcement of winners
• 4:30 — 6 pm: technical rehearsal for awardees concert (solo repertory)
• 8 pm: festive awardees concert (solo repertory) with awards ceremony and reception
Saturday, September 1, 2018
• starting at 10 am: dress rehearsal for the 1st prize winners of the Professional and Amateur competitions with the Meiningen Court Orchestra
• 7:30 pm: festive concert with awardees of the Amateur and Professional competitions and the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach, awards ceremony and reception
Each competition category offers attractive monetary and non-monetary prizes. In addition to the regular prizes, there will be special awards and follow-up concerts.
- 1st Prize Professional competition: € 4,000
- 2nd Prize Professional competition: € 2,000
- 3rd Prize Professional competition: € 750
Further special prizes in planning:
- Audience Choice Awards for all awardees concerts in the amount of € 250 each.
- A special prize in the amount of € 1,500 for best interpretation of a piano work by Felix Draeseke will be awarded. Selections include the following works: Valse-Scherzo op. 5 No. 2 and a series of three pieces from Fata Morgana. Ein Ghaselenkranz op. 13.
- Follow-up concerts