8. COMPETITION STAGES AND REPERTOIRE
a. All Rounds will be open to the general public, except for the preselection process.
b. The Preliminaries will consist of two Rounds:
- ROUND 1: A 20-MINUTE RECITAL
The repertoire is Own Choice and should contain pieces by at least two composers.
- ROUND 2: A 30-MINUTE RECITAL
i. The repertoire is Own Choice and should contain pieces by at least two composers.
ii. Round 2 should contain different composers from Round 1.
c. A twenty-first century Australian piece or pieces (ie composed after 1 January 2000) must be included in either Round 1 or Round 2. The piece or pieces should total a minimum of 7 minutes. A list of suggested possibilities is shown here. If you wish to play individual movements of larger works, please contact The Sydney for approval.
d. Twelve competitors will be selected to advance to the Semi-finals.
e. The Semi-finals will consist of two Rounds:
- ROUND 1: A 70-MINUTE RECITAL
i. The repertoire is Own Choice and should consist of two or more pieces.
ii. The program should be built around a theme of the competitor’s choice.
iii. Competitors will be asked to give verbal introductions to their programs.
iv. The introductions may be given at the commencement of the recital or else between major groups of pieces.
v. The introductions should be in English, but special consideration will be given to performers whose first language is not English.
vi. The introductions may be just factual, or more personal, serious or witty.
vii. They should reveal the competitor’s ability to communicate verbally with an audience, while highlighting the connections between the pieces chosen for the program.
viii. Short encore/s must be included in the performance. The titles(s) must be announced from the stage.
ix. The timing of the encore(s) and verbal introductions must be included within the 70 minute time limit.
- ROUND 2: ACCOMPANIMENT/CHAMBER MUSIC
i. Competitors should prepare a set of pieces (sonata + encore) made up of pieces chosen from each of Group 1 (violin and piano works) and Group 2 (cello and piano works) below.
ii. When the results of the Preliminaries are announced, Semi-finalists will be informed as to whether in the Semi-finals they will be performing their chosen pieces from either Group 1 of Group 2.
iii. Six Semi-finalists will perform violin and piano works (from Group 1); six Semi-finalists will perform cello and piano works (from Group 2).
Please select ONE pair of pieces from this list to be performed with violinist Andrew Haveron.
|Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor Op. 30 No.2 + Jules Massenet/Martin Pierre Carsick: Méditation from ‘Thaïs’
|Franz Schubert: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major ‘Duo’ D.574 + Fritz Kreisler: La Gitana
|Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major Op. 100 + Manuel Ponce/Heifetz: Estrellita
|Edward Elgar: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor Op.82 + Edward Elgar: La Capricieuse
|Richard Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major Op. 18 + Fritz Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
|Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in G major + Gershwin/Heifetz: ‘It ain’t necessarily so’ from Porgy and Bess.
Please select ONE pair of pieces from this list to be performed with cellist Li-Wei Qin.
|Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano in G minor Op.5 No.2 + Niccolò Paganini arr. Pierre Fournier: Introduction and Variations on one string on a theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt’
|Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in D Major Op.58 + Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid
|Frédéric Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op.65 + Gabriel Fauré Romance Op.69
|Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in F Major Op.99 + David Popper: Spinning Song Op.55 No.1
|Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op.19 + Edward Elgar: Salut d’amour (in D Major)
|Dmitry Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Op.40 + Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Op.34 No.14 (in E minor)
e. Six competitors will be chosen to advance to the Finals.
f. The Finals will consist of two Rounds:
- ROUND 1: CONCERTO 1800 AND EARLIER
Competitors should choose one concerto from the following list. The concertos will be performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
|Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
|Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C major Op.15
|Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op.37
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in G major K.453
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in D minor K.466
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in E flat major K.482
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in C minor K.491
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in C major K.503
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in B flat major K.595
- ROUND 2: POST 1800 CONCERTO
Competitors should choose one concerto from the following list. The concertos will be performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
|John Adams: Century Rolls
|Samuel Barber: Concerto Op.38
|Béla Bartók: Concerto No. 2 in G major Sz.95 BB101
|Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G major Op.58
|Johannes Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op.15
|Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.21
|George Gershwin: Concerto in F
|Edvard Grieg: Concerto in A minor Op.16
|Franz Liszt: Concerto No. 2 in A major S.125
|Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op.16
|Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op.1 (revised version)
|Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G major
|Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 5 in F major Op.103
| Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor Op.54
| Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 2 in G major Op.44 (revised version)
g. The playing order of competitors will be drawn by May 2023 and competitors will be advised in advance of arrival in Sydney. Competitors will maintain the same playing order throughout the competition, with the possible exception of the Finals Concertos.
h. The order of appearance in the Finals will be at the discretion of the Artistic Director for rehearsal and programming considerations.
i. All works must be played from memory except for Round 2 of the Semi Finals. Competitors may also choose to play their 21st century Australian piece(s) from a score.
j. Each solo program should be chosen as a recital, such as would be presented for a public concert, whether it be 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 70 minutes long. Each program should have its own logic and shape, chosen to highlight the competitor’s range and strengths, while demonstrating a developed understanding of program-building and communication with an audience. Intelligent programming will be considered during pre-selection of competitors.
k. No changes are permitted to repertoire after submission of the application.
9. REPERTOIRE REGULATIONS
a. Any applicant who knowingly gives inaccurate or misleading information will be disqualified.
b. Applicants who have competed in a previous edition of the competition may not submit any piece performed publicly or shown online in that competition.
c. Where repertoire is prescribed, applicants must choose from that list.
d. Recital repertoire should not include any works for prepared piano.
e. Overall timings in recital rounds must be adhered to. If competitors exceed the time limit for any round, they will be stopped and may be disqualified.
f. Repeats may be observed at the competitor’s discretion. Please consider timings when making such decisions.
g. The twenty-first century Australian piece or pieces in the Preliminaries must be published and must total a minimum of 7 minutes in length. Individual movements of sets or sonatas may be played at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Applicants should contact The Sydney to check if their selection meets the required criteria. Transcriptions may be included. The Australian Music Centre offers help online and The Sydney website lists works composed for its Composing the Future competition in 2021.
h. Semi-finalists may not repeat any piece played in the Preliminaries.
i. Competitors may be disqualified if they do not know both concertos from memory for the first rehearsal of each concerto.
j. A page turner will be provided for Round 2 of the Semi Finals and for 21st century Australian pieces if required.
10. VISAS, TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
a. Competitors must arrive in Sydney no later than Saturday 1 July 2023.
b. All entry into Australia and issue of a visa will be at the determination of the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs – Immigration and Citizenship (the Department of Home Affairs) at time of entry.
c. Competitors must complete all VISA paperwork as required by the Department of Home Affairs and provide such paperwork to The Sydney no later than 28 February 2023, so that The Sydney can apply to the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of the competitor for a VISA.
d. Competitors must supply to The Sydney no later than 28 February 2023 a valid health and travel insurance policy for the period they will be in Australia for the Competition.
e. Applicants may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for the visa application for entry to Australia and for subsequent arrival in Australia.
f. If fully vaccinated competitors are required to undertake mandatory quarantine on arrival into Australia the cost will be covered by The Sydney. Travel will commence earlier to accommodate this requirement. Unvaccinated competitors will be responsible for any hotel quarantine costs in Australia.
g. A contribution of the lesser of either two thirds of the value or a maximum of AUD$2,000 for a return economy airfare from the competitor’s nearest international airport with an airline chosen by the competition will be given. The choice of airline will be made to ensure competitor arrivals on Saturday 1 July 2023 are best managed. Ground transport to or from the nearest international airport will not be provided.
h. Student accommodation will be provided along with a travel allowance of AUD$25 for each overnight stay from arrival into Sydney.
i. Ground transport from accommodation to venue will be provided if not within walking distance.
j. If eliminated after any stage of the Competition, accommodation and living allowances will become the sole responsibility of the eliminated competitor from that point.
k. All other travel, accommodation and living expenses are the sole responsibility of the competitor.
11. PIANOS, PRACTICE AND REHEARSALS
a. Four piano makes will be used during the Competition.
b. Competitors will perform on at least two and up to four different piano makes during the Preliminaries and Semi-finals of the competition, the order of which will be determined through a public draw in May 2023. Further details of use of pianos can be found here.
c. Daily practice facilities will be provided for competitors with some possible limitations on duration.
d. Piano trials and rehearsals for every Round will be provided to competitors including rehearsal time with chamber music partners and orchestras.
e. Sunday 2 July will be a compulsory publicity day and no practice facilities will be available.
a. Voting procedures are detailed here.
13. BROADCAST RIGHTS
a. The competitor grants to The Sydney the right to film, photograph, record, broadcast, live stream, reproduce, transmit, play, show and/or televise as part of a film, online series/platform or television documentary the competitor’s performance(s) in the Competition, for the purpose of promoting the current and future Competition(s), and/or the Arts in Sydney, Australia and internationally.
b. The competitor grants to The Sydney and its commercial broadcast partners the right to include any recital performance(s) of the competitor as selected or approved by the Artistic Director on any commercial physical and/or digital CD recordings made or authorised by The Sydney.
14. CONTRACTS AND TAXATION
a. Successful applicants will be required to agree to a separate Competitor’s Agreement no later than 4 weeks after notification of entry to the competition.
b. The First Prize Winner will be bound under an exclusive Australian performance contract until 31 December 2025.
c. All prize monies are taxable under the Australian Taxation Office.
d. The Sydney will assist Competitors to apply for a compulsory Australian Tax File Number and Australian Business Number.
a. Any interpretation or disputes arising in any part will be read as the rules and conditions contained in English on the official website.
b. These rules may be updated from time to time and in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
c. As an Australian incorporated entity The Sydney is required to comply with international sanctions laws imposed by Australia. Applicants should assess whether they are subject to any sanctions or restrictions in Australia, including with respect to obtaining an Australian visa to enter the country, before submitting an application. The Sydney can at its own discretion refuse or cancel a competitor’s application to ensure compliance with Australian law. Where necessary applicants should seek their own legal or immigration advice about this process.
d. The Sydney will not be liable for any liability or loss arising from, and costs associated with, the Competitor’s application for entry into or participation in the Competition, including loss incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, except to the extent caused or contributed to by The Sydney’s negligence, wrongful act, omission or default.
e. The Jury’s decision is final and binding.
f. There will be no appeal process and no correspondence will be entered into.
g. The law applicable to The Sydney and contractual and other rights shall be the law of the State of New South Wales, Australia.