General Guidelines & Eligibility 2018

  • Pianists of all nationalities born after March 17th of 1983 are eligible to apply.
  • Professional and pre-professional, formally trained pianists, including students and those with advanced degrees in music, are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous First Prize Winners of the Dallas International Piano Competition are not eligible to participate.
  • Concertos performed by the DCS and previous winners of the DIPC within the past four years are not allowed. Concertos not eligible for submission in 2018 include:
    • Mozart; Piano Concerto No. 20
    • Shostakovich; Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Liszt’s Totentanz
    • Tchaikovsky; Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Rachmaninoff; Piano Concerto No. 3
  • A selection committee will choose a maximum of 20 pianists, from the recorded Preliminary Audition Round, who will be invited to participate in Round 1: Quarterfinals in Dallas.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to choose a piano concerto (or similar work) from the standard repertoire. There are no hard and fast instrumentation limits. Large pieces, such as piano concertos by Rachmaninoff, are permitted.
  • All repertoire must be performed from memory.
  • Competitors not ready to perform during their scheduled time will be disqualified.
  • While the competition is underway, jury members and staff shall not have interactions with contenders, beyond the scope of what is necessary and required by the competition.
  • All prizes will be awarded, and only one first prize winner will be announced.
  • Competition results submitted by the jury are final, and cannot be contested.
  • International contestants are required to communicate their visa eligibility and status to the Competition Director prior to attendance.
  • A jury member who has taught, or has immediate plans to teach, a contestant shall abstain from voting on that contestant’s performance in the competition. Abstentions shall be declared no later than one day prior to the start of the competition rounds.
  • Current students of competition jurors are not eligible to participate.
  • Jury members are provided ballots, on which they will score each contestant on a scale of 1 to 25. After each competition round, jury members will submit their signed ballots for review by the Competition Director, who will tabulate the results. Adjudicators will then discuss and deliberate on the numerical scores before issuing a final decision.
  • All competition activities, including performances with the Dallas Chamber Symphony will be recorded, and participants of the competition agree to allow the Dallas Chamber Symphony unrestricted use of all video, audio, photographic and new media recordings for promotional purposes.
  • Although unlikely to occur, if unexpected circumstances arise in the execution of the competition rules and regulations, a resolution shall be decided by the Competition Director in consultation with the Jury Chair.
  • The First Prize Winner agrees to rehearse and perform his or her concerto with the Dallas Chamber Symphony during its upcoming concert season at Moody Performance Hall.
  • Steinbuhler alternate-size keyboards are available to competition and master class pianists who wish to use them. SMU encourages pianists interested in trying various keyboard options to make an appointment to do so by contacting Dr. Carol Leone at cleone@smu.edu. Appointments can be accommodated throughout the year. To learn more about alternate-size keyboards, click here.