Requirements and program

  1. The Atterbury National Piano Competition is for young people under the age of 20 years and includes the following categories: 12 years and younger, 15 years and younger, 19 years and younger. The age category to be entered is determined by the age of the learner at the start of the competition, i.e 22 October 2018.
  2. Only South African citizens and permanent residents may participate.
  3. The competition takes place over four rounds. All participants compete in the first two rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, after which 18 semi-finalists will be announced to compete in the third round on Thursday. After completion of this round the 9 finalists to take part in the gala event on the Friday evening will be announced.
  1. All repeat indications may be ignored, except for a Da Capo.
  2. No piano concertos are allowed.
  3. Memorising of the entire program is required for the competition, including the DVD made for the audition.
  4. Full details of every work must be included on the entry form ( i.e. composer,full title,complete opus number, key, names an/or tempo indications of movement, and exact duration ). Any repertoire changes must be discussed personally with Claudine van Breda, and must be submitted in writing to Marichen Kapp (m_kapp@netactive.co.za ) by the parent or teacher. NO changes will be allowed after 15 August 2018.

The rounds are compiled as follows

1st round
One Baroque and one Romantic work

2nd round
One Classical and one Modern / 20th Century / Impressionistic work.
3rd round
Two contrasting works: Any work from a previous round and a new work that has not yet been presented.

4th round
A program of two works selected from previous rounds.

Length of rounds

12 years and younger
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds: A minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes
  • 4th round: A minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes

15 years and younger
  • 1st , 2nd and 3rd rounds: A minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 12 minutes
  • 4th round : A minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 18 minutes
19 years and younger
  • 1st , 2nd and 3rd rounds: A minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes
  • 4th round: A minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes

Auditions

  • A good quality DVD is to be submitted ( the participant must be seen performing) that should include two contrasting works, with a total duration of no more than 15 minutes. These two works MUST be part of the program. No Youtube recordings or memory sticks will be allowed.
  • DVD’s to be sent by POSTNET preferably. They provide a “POSTNET2POSTNET” service for R99,where the DVD is sent from ANY Postnet in the country to the BROOKLYN POSTNET , Pretoria.
    Receiver name : Claudine van Breda
    Cell No : 082 868 0301
    Alternatively send the DVD via registered post to :
    The Atterbury National Piano Competition
    Po Box 95336
    Waterkloof
    0145
    ( email date sent and tracking number to j.becker@saspine.co.za or sms to Janet Becker 083 450 7483 ) Please mark the DVD clearly.
  • The DVD ( which should be clearly marked) should reach us by 31 July 2018 . NO LATE ENTIRES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • Entrance fee is R200 per candidate.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by email.
  • The 9 finalists of the competition of the previous year qualifies automatically, and do not need to partake in auditions.

Participation in the competition

  • A maximum of 45 participants will be selected.
  • The judging panel will consist of three adjudicators.
  • All participants will be judged throughout on quality and musicality of their performances.
  • The judges' decision is final.
  • The 18 semi-finalists will be announced directly after the 2nd round.
  • The 9 finalists will be announced directly after the 3rd round.
  • The winners will be announced directly after the final round.
  • The winner of a specific age category will not be allowed to participate in the same age category again.
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