Competition

2022 IPPA Conero International Piano Festival

IPPA is announcing a scholarship program for Ukrainian participants in the IPPA Conero Competition. We would like to support the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis. The scholarship will cover 100% of competition application fees. To apply, please visit: https://ippafestival.com/ukrainian-scholarship-application/

Preliminary Round: April 30th – May 20th, 2022

Application Fee:please check your own division (options below)
Video upload deadline:  April 30th- May 20th 2022
 (please check your own division)

Location:

  • United States: Los Angeles, Kansas City.
  • Canada: Toronto, Vancouver
  • China: Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Zhuhai
  • Australia: Melbourne
  • Argentina:Buenos Aires
  • Paraguay: Asuncion
  • Online (monitored live performance, no pre-recording accepted)

Application fee: $100 for Young Artist Category/ $120 for Professionals, Chamber and Teacher’s group

Final RoundJuly 31st – August 1st , 2022 (In-person)
Address: Via S Stefano, 1, 62019 Recanati MC, Italy
Online Finalists: July 22nd -24th, 2022
For finalists who participate virtually, the IPPA Conero team will schedule a performance time with them. Available times will fall between July 22-July 24th. No pre-recording allowed, it will be a live performance. 


Application fee: $150 for Young Artist Category/ $180 for Professional Artist Category and Chamber Music Category

Location: Recanati, Italy (For finalists who can’t travel to Italy, competing online is also a possibility.)

Competition Categories

Young Artist Category

* This is a category for piano students who are at a more amateur level and who are not aiming for piano major as career. 

Group A: Age 16 to 17

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 8 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 10 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: 1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 13 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group B: Age 14 to 15

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 7 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 9 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: 1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 12 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group C: Age 12 to 13

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 6 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 8 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round:1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 11 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group D: Age 10 to 11

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 6 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 8 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: 1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 10 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group E: Age 8 to 9

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 5 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 7 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: 1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 8 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group F: Age 6 to 7

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 4 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 5 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round:1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 6 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group G: Age under 6

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 3 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 4 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round:1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 5 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Adult Group: Age 18-21

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 8 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 10 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round:1 or 2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 13 mins. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

 

Professional Artist Category

This is a category for pianists who are professionally trained and are aiming for a career as a concert pianist and/or professional music educator. 

Group A: Adult (Age 18–32)

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 12 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 15 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: A recital of 25 to 30 minutes which includes at least 3 works of different styles. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group B: Age 15-17

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 10 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 12 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: A recital of 17 to 20 minutes which includes at least 3 works of different styles. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group C: Age 12-14

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 8 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 10 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: A recital of 16 to 19 minutes which includes at least 3 works of different styles. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Group D: Age 9-11

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 7 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 8 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: A recital of 15 to 18 minutes which includes at least 2 works of different styles. Only one piece is allowed to be the same as previous round.

Chamber Music Category

 

Adult Piano Duo / Duets: Average age above 18 years old

Preliminary Round :One piece of free choice, no more than 8 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 12 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: Free choice from three different periods; one of them must be the Classical period. No more than 20 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.

Youth Piano Duo / Duets:

Group A: Average age 13-17

Preliminary Round: One piece of choice, not exceeding the max duration 6 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1 or 2 pieces of choice, not exceeding the max duration 10 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece(s) as previous round.
Final Round: 1 or 2 choices not exceeding the max duration of 12 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.

Group B: Average Age 8-12

Preliminary Round: One piece of choice, not exceeding the max duration 5 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1 or 2 pieces of choice, not exceeding the max duration 8 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece(s) as previous round.
Final Round: 1 or 2 choices not exceeding the max duration of 10 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.

Adult Chamber Group:(Piano with string or woodwind) Average ages above 18 years old.

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 8 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 12 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: Free choices from three different periods. No more than 20 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.

Youth Chamber Group: (Piano with string or woodwind) Average age no more than 18 years old

Preliminary Round: One piece of free choice, no more than 6 mins.
Semifinal Round: 1-2 pieces of free choice, no more than 8 mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.
Final Round: 1-2 free choices not exceeding the max duration of 12mins. It is allowed to be the same piece as previous round.

All contestants must meet the age requirements at July 1st, 2022. Their current age before July 1st, 2022, will determine the category they must compete in. For example, if the student turns 18 on July 1st or after, he/she will compete in the adult category.

FINALS AWARDS

  1. Concert Contract
    The first-place winners in professional category will have the opportunity to play with orchestra for the opening ceremony in 2023 IPPA Piano Festival. After discussing with the competition committee, the winners of the Professional Category will be eligible to sign a contract as an IPPA Artist, and engaged to perform recital tours in Italy, China, Australia or the U.S. IPPA will be responsible for the advertisement and promotion of the IPPA Engagement Artist. 
  1. Cash PrizesCertificatesTrophies and Medals.

Professional Artist Category – Adult (Group A)

The First Place Winner will get 2000 USD, a trophy and certificate of award.
The Second Place Winner will get 800 USD, a trophy and certificate of award.
The Third Place Winner will get 300 USD, a trophy and certificates of award.

Professional Artist Category – Youth (Groups B/C/D)

The First Place Winner of each group will get 500 USD, a trophy and certificates of award.
The Second Place Winner of each group will get 300 USD, a trophy and certificates of award.
The Third Place Winner of each group will get 200 USD, a trophy and certificates of award.

Young Artist Category

The First Place Winner of each group will get 200 USD, medal and certificates of award.
The Second Place Winner of each group will get 100 USD, medal and certificates of award.
The Third Place Winner of each group will get 50 USD, medal and certificates of award.

Chamber Music Category

The First Place Winner of each group will get 200 USD, medal and certificates of award.

3. All finalist candidates will receive detailed performance comments from the jury committee.

4. Recommendation letters

The member of Jury Panel would provide recommendation letters for winners, for the purpose of competition application or graduate school application.

5. Special prizes and scholarship opportunities.

Some specific outstanding performances which attract attention from the jury, will be awarded Most Distinguished Performance of (name of piece).

Competition Regulations

  1. The 2022 Conero International Piano Competition has three rounds: Preliminary Round, Semi-final round and Final Round.
  2. The Preliminary round and Semi-final round of the 2021 Conero International Piano Competition has Asia Division, United States Division, Canada Division, Australia Division, South America Division and Online Division (For all other countries). Please double-check the dates and rules in your division.
  3. All three rounds will apply the common rules and regulations for all candidates.
  4. The semi-final round and final round are voluntary; eligible candidates should complete the application and submit the fee before the deadline.
  5. If applying for more than one category in the competition, applicants must complete separate applications and pay the required fees for each category.
  6. All divisions in the semifinal and final round should be performed from memory except Chamber Division.
  7. Piano concertos, self-composed pieces, or transcriptions done by the performer are not accepted.
  8. Repeats are not required except the place marked with D.C.
  9. Judges’ decisions are final.
  10. Changes would not be allowed once the repertoires are submitted.
  11. The Conero International Piano Festival retains copyright of performance video, audio, and pictures of the competition and the award ceremony. The festival has the legal right to use these materials.
  12. The competition committee reserves all the right for the final interpretation of the regulations.
  13. Competition awards will be subject to applicable taxes and transfer fees. Recipients must complete tax paperwork when required in order to receive the award.
  14. Candidates in the first round and semi-final rounds will compete only against candidates in their own divisions (E.g., Canada candidates will compete against Canada candidates). The final round will be international and will include all selected finalists from all divisions.
  15. Candidates are required to join the division they reside in. If they do not reside in the specific divisions, they will need to join the Other Countries division.
  16.  From the semi-final round, every Division’s candidates need to score above 90 to proceed to the final round.  This will apply to all of the categories.
  17. Finalists who participate virtually, will receive electronic certificates and comments.