F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I present the same program for the video preselection as for the final round?

Yes.

 

Does the video have to match technical specifiations?

Each piece from the preselection video must be recorded in a single take and without any editing of the audio or video. Cuts between movements of the same piece are not permitted. Participants who do not respect the rules will be disqualified. The camera must be fixed and placed in front of the musician with clear visibility of the hands and body.

 

Can you tell us what day category A or B or C or D will go through preliminary round ?

It is impossible for us to define the daily schedule before the closure of the registrations. Indeed, this schedule days is based on the number of candidates in each category, which is not limited or predictable.
The "which category what day" programming is published on the website 1 month after the closing of the registrations.

  

 

Can we exceed the time limit of 1 or 2 minutes?
No. Out of respect for the jury, and for the good organization of the competition, we ask you to respect the maximum duration per category. This duration normally includes the tuning of the instrument. 

  

 

Can I pay the amount of registration and accompaniment via PAYPAL?

No, this is no longer possible, given Paypal's policy of imposing fees on the person who receives the amount instead of the one who sends it and which greatly complicates the monitoring of registrations.

 

How much time am I allowed to rehearse with the accompanist? Is he/she randomly selected, or do I have a choice? On which day do I rehearse?
Piano accompaniment reheasals are organized as follow :
for cat A & B : 40 min rehearsal of the whole program (preliminary and final round)
for cat C & D : 20 min rehearsal for preliminary round, and a longer rehearsal for the finalists (+- 40 min depending on their program). 
You don't have the choice of the pianist, we allocate the programs according to the pieces. When the distribution is done, we communicate the contact details of the pianists to the participants and you can then contact them to inform them of your date of arrival so that they fix an appointment for the rehearsal.

 


Can I get an invitation for a VISA?

To obtain an invitation for a VISA, please send an email to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the dates of your stay in Europe, as well as the Surname, First name, Date of birth, Passport number of people who ask a visa.

 

 

When will we know the order of passage of the candidates, and at what time we must be present? 

A draw determines the order in which the candidates will pass: a letter of the alphabet is drawn by a person outside the competition and in the presence of the President of the jury. Candidates whose last name begins with this letter will be the first to play, and then the passage is in alphabetical order.
For the ease of organization of the contest, this draw is made a few days before the competition, and the approximate time of passage is then sent to you by email.

When you arrive you first need to come at the reception desk to announce your presence.
Please note that it is your responsibility to arrive sufficiently in advance of the schedule of your group in case of withdrawal of candidates before you.  

  

 

I can not be present at the time assigned to me, can I perform another time/schedule ?
No. We make no exceptions in the order of passage explained above, whether it is within a category or from one day to the next. 

  

 

Will there be practice rooms ? 

There are a few warm-up rooms, that are available to the candidates about 30-40 min before their round, but there is no practice room for the violin, we recommand that you work in your hotel rooms or rentals.
 

 

Are we obliged to perform the pieces in the order of the program?
No. You can choose the order of performing of the pieces.

 

 

Should we play repeatedly the Bach "Partita" ? (category C)

Here is the information of what repeat should be played for each Partita : 

Bach - Partita N.1 (Allemanda) - no repeat
Bach - Partita N.1 (Sarabanda) - only first repeat must be played
Bach - Partita N.2 (Allemanda) - no repeat
Bach - Partita N.2 (Corrente) - with both repeats
Bach - Partita N.2 (Sarabanda) - only first repeat must be played
Bach - Partita N.2 (Giga) - no repeat
Bach - Partita N.3 (Preludio) - not applicable
Bach - Partita N.3 (Loure) - no repeat
Bach - Partita N.3 (Gavotte en rondeau) - with repeat
Bach - Partita N.3 (Giga) - all repeats must be played

  

 

When will we know the results of our category?
The jury deliberates as soon as a category has performed, and then announces the results directly. The results are also published on our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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