Competition Rules

Competition Rules (Live)

The 2nd Elevato Piano Competition for International Youth 2021 will be taking place at the Bern Music School and Conservatory (Konsibern) in Bern, Switzerland on July 10th 2021.

 

Pianists of all nationalities aged 8 and under, 12 and under, 15 and under, 18 and under, 19 and up may participate. For chamber, participants aged 12 and under, 15 and under, 16 and up may participate.

 

There will be two rounds: the first round being based on video recordings, and the second being live in Bern.

 

Participants may not make any attempt to be in contact with any of the jury during the competition, and vice-versa. Jury members will not evaluate their own students.

 

Participants will be evaluated on a point based system from 80 to 100 points. The final results given by the jury are not subject to change.

 

Video applications for the first round must have been recorded by the participant, within the past 12 months. Videos should be recorded in one camera angle, without any editing or changes. Participants’ entire silhouette and hands should be clearly visible. Recordings with orchestra will not be accepted.

 

Program change after application is not allowed.

 

The solo repertoire must be played by memory. An exception is made for contemporary pieces and  chamber music. The order of pieces can be chosen by the performer.

 

Participants may apply for up to two different categories

 

First Round

The Jury will evaluate participants through video recordings. The first round applications are due on March 30th 2021 (Early registration - March 1st). The results will be announced by April 15th.

 

Final Round

The jury will choose up to 16 piano finalists and 10 chamber finalists to perform live in the final round.

 

The final round will take place at the Bern Music School and Conservatory (Konsibern) on July 10th. The jury will evaluate the live performances of the participants. The final round is open to the public.

 

Participants may choose to repeat the same pieces as the first round, but they must play at least 1 different piece from the first round

 

 

Competition Rules (Online)

Participants may choose to participate online, without performing live in Bern. Evaluations will be the same, and participants are eligible to receive prizes.

 

Pianists of all nationalities aged 8 and under, 12 and under, 15 and under, 18 and under, 19 and up may participate. For chamber, participants aged 12 and under, 15 and under, 16 and up may participate.

 

There will be two rounds based on video recordings. 

 

Participants may not make any attempt to be in contact with any of the jury during the competition, and vice-versa. Jury members will not evaluate their own students.

 

Participants will be evaluated on a point based system from 80 to 100 points. The final results given by the jury are not subject to change.

 

Video applications for the first round must have been recorded by the participant, within the past 12  months. Videos should be recorded in one camera angle, without any editing or changes. Participants’ entire silhouette and hands should be clearly visible. Recordings with orchestra will not be accepted.

 

Program change after application is not allowed.

 

The solo repertoire must be played by memory. An exception is made for contemporary pieces and  chamber music. The order of pieces can be chosen by the performer.

 

Participants may apply for up to two different categories

 

 

First Round

The Jury will evaluate participants through video recordings. The first round applications are due on March 30th 2021 (Early registration - March 1st. The results will be announced by April 15th.

 The jury will choose up to 12 piano finalists and 8 chamber finalists. 

Final Round

Final round videos are due on May 30th 2021

Participants may choose to repeat the same pieces as the first round, but they must play at least 1 different piece from the first round

Piano Rules
(Live + Online) (Both Rounds)

Program contains at least 2 or more pieces from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. etc.

Duration can be exceeded by 1 minute maximum

Category A

8 and under 

(Program duration - maximum 10 minutes)

 

Category B

12 and under 

(Program duration - maximum 15 minutes)

 

Category C

15 and under 

(Program duration - maximum 25 minutes)

 

Category D

 18 and under 

(Program duration - maximum 30 minutes)

 

Category E

19 years old and up

(Program duration - no time limit)

 

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Chamber Music Rules
(Live + Online) (Both Rounds)

Chamber participants are permitted to use only string instruments:  Piano duo, trio, quartet, quintet

Program - free choice.

Program duration - up to 30 minutes total. 

 

Duration can be exceeded by 1 minute maximum

Category F

 12 and under 

 

Category G

 15 and under 

Category H

 16 and up 

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