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Piano Section Rules


The drawing of lots will take place on September 13, 2018.

The first round will take place on September 14, 15 and 16, 2018. Duration of the program: 25 minutes.

The second round will take place on September 18 and 19, 2018. Duration of the program: 40 minutes.

The Semifinal will take place on September 21, 2018. Duration of the program: 50 minutes.

The rehearsals with the orchestra for the final round will take place on September 22 and 23, 2018.

The Final round, concert with orchestra, will take place on September 23, 2018.

At the end of each round, the Competition Secretariat will announce the results, immediately after the Jury deliberation.


The repertoire included in the registration form by the competitor is final and cannot be altered.

Competitors may present their choice of works in any order, in each round.

All the works shall be performed by memory, except the works composed by George Enescu.


For the preselection, competitors will submit a video recording that should comprise one piece from the Competition repertoire. The total duration of the video recording must not exceed 10 minutes. Solo recordings and concertos with piano accompaniment are accepted.

Recordings with orchestra are NOT accepted.The video should be no older than January 2015. The quality of the video should be at least 360p (pixels). If you are laureate of World Federation International Music Competitions, you are not required to submit a video recording.

The jury of each Competition section will choose the candidates between May 1st and 15th, 2018.

The results will be announced on the website on May 21, 2018.

After announcing the results, competitors will receive the official letter of participation on behalf of the Competition Committee.


1. Bach

  • One Prelude and Fugue chosen by competitor from the Well Tempered Clavier (Book I or Book II)

2. A work chosen by competitor among:

  • a Piano Sonata composed by Haydn
  • a Piano Sonata composed by Mozart
  • Three Piano Sonatas composed by Scarlatti

3. An Etude chosen by competitor among:

  • Chopin
  • Liszt

4. An Etude chosen by competitor among:

  • Scriabin
  • Debussy


1. A Piano Sonata composed by Beethoven chosen by competitor (except Op. 10/1, Op. 14/1, Op. 14/2, Op. 49/1, Op. 49/2, Op. 78, Op. 90, Op. 106)

2. A work chosen by competitor composed by a XXth century composer such as: Rachmaninoff (except etudes), Prokofiev, Scriabin (except etudes), Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Janacek a.o.


1. A work composed by Enescu chosen by competitor among:

  • Piano Suite in D major no. 2 Op. 10
  • Piano Sonata in F # minor no. 1 Op. 24
  • Piano Sonata in D major no. 3 Op. 24

2. A work of a romantic composer, chosen by the competitor among: Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy or Franck.


A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra chosen by competitor among: Mozart (Concert no.9, 20,21,24,25 or 27), Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff (Concerto no. 2 or no.3), Prokofiev (Concerto no. 2) or Bartók (Concerto no. 3).

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