All Contestants must abide by the following Rules:
The JMI Festival and Competition for Young Pianists is open to participants of all nationalities from the age of 4 up to 30.
The Competition has 3 Main categories: Solo (Free programme), Solo (Examination Syllabus) and Piano Duos (Duets and 2 Pianos).
Participants may compete in different categories. For example, a 9-year old may compete in the Solo - Rising Star and in the Young Artist Category. However, all the pieces presented in the programmes MUST be different.
All categories consist of only ONE round, and all recordings must be submitted online via video links only.
The closing date for applications is 31st August 2021
Applicants of more than one category must complete separate application forms and pay the required fees separately.
No changes to the programme are allowed once the application is received.
The decisions of the Jury are final and not subjected to review or appeal.
In the event of a tie in the top prizes, the monetary rewards will be shared equally between the prize winners.
The organizers have the right to combine categories if there are less than 10 participants.
All competitors will be adjudicated by video format – either Youtube link or Vimeo. Video recordings of a high quality are recommended.
All pieces must be performed from memory.
All works must be performed without repeats within the time limits
The programme of pieces may be recorded separately or as a whole. But works of a continuous nature must be recorded at a single take e.g Prelude and Fugue
The camera shot must be stationary throughout the recording with the performer’s hands and face fully in view throughout. No editing is allowed.
The recordings submitted should be recent and not more than 6 months from the closing date.
Categories and Repertoire Requirements Free Programme Categories - SOLO: Participants of this category must perform at least 2 or more free choice pieces, of any work by any composer chosen from the piano repertory of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras.
Application Fees: Rising Star: $90; Young Artist: $150; Professional Artist: $200
Examination Syllabus Categories - SOLO Participants of these categories must perform any 2 contrasting works from a current British examination syllabi: Syllabi of 2019 to 2022. Different grades and syllabi within each category are allowed. For example: A participant of Solo Junior category can present a piece from Grade 2 ABRSM 2020 and a piece from Grade 3 Trinity 2021
PIANO DUOS (Four Hands OR Two-Pianos) Participants of these categoriesmust perform ONE or TWO free choice works or contrasting movements, of any composer from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern eras. Concerto movements and Transcriptions are NOT allowed for the *Piano Duo – 2 Piano categories.
Application Fees: Junior Duet: $80; Senior Duet: $120; Artist Duo: $180; Professional Duo: $200