Rounds & Repertoire 2018


Summary of Repertoire

  • Contestants shall perform one complete piano concerto (or similar work for piano & orchestra)
    • In Round 1, contestants shall start at the beginning of their concerto, and perform for up to 20 minutes, or until the conclusion of their piece (whichever occurs sooner). Accompanists shall remove the tutti sections.
    • In Round 3, contestants shall perform their entire concerto without interruption. Accompanists shall include all tutti sections.
  • Contestants shall choose and prepare a 30-minute solo recital program for performance in Round 2. Solo repertoire may consist of a single, multi-movement work (such as a piano sonata), or a collection of short pieces, or single movements from larger work(s). Solo repertoire may include works by more than one composer. Contestants are urged to design their recital program so that it displays the full range of their artistic ability. Pianists will perform their full recital program, without interruption.
  • Repertoire changes cannot be accommodated after an application has been submitted. Applicants are urged to consider their program carefully before submitting their application, as changes will not be allowed.

Preliminary Audition Round (2 videos submitted via online application)

  • Applicants must submit the following:
    • URL to a web-hosted video recording (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) of the first movement of their piano concerto (or similar work for piano & orchestra). Invited contestants shall perform this same repertoire in the competition rounds in Dallas. The audition recording must be accompanied by orchestra or a second pianist performing the orchestral reduction. Single-movement works (and other works for piano and orchestra) are permitted in the competition, in which case it is recommended that applicants submit a video of at least 10 minutes for their Preliminary Audition Round.
    • URL to a single web-hosted video (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) of their performance of a recital program for solo piano. This recording shall be between 10-15 minutes. It may be a single work, or multiple works, or single movements from a larger work, all contained within a single video recording. You are not required to perform this repertoire in your recital program during the live rounds in Dallas, but you may do so if you wish.
  • Both videos should be recent (within the past three years), and representative of your abilities.

Round #1: 18 Quarterfinalists in Dallas (20-minute maximum)

Contestants shall perform their piano concerto (or similar piece for piano and orchestra), starting from the beginning of the piece. Accompanists shall remove tutti sections.

Round #2: 9 Semifinalists in Dallas (30-minute maximum)

Contestants shall perform their entire 30-minute solo recital program, without interruption.

Round #3: 5 Finalists in Dallas (no time limit)

Contestants perform their entire piano concerto (or piece for piano and orchestra) without interruption. Accompanists shall perform all tutti sections.

All live rounds are held at Caruth Auditorium in the SMU Meadows School of the Arts.