INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

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Eligibility

  • The Competition is open for advanced pianists of all ages and nationalities.

  • Registrants are not required to attend the Festival to participate in the competition

APPLICATION AND RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS

ONLINE

Please carefully review each requirement before submitting your video.  Treat it like a live performance!

  • Videos will be submitted through the HeartOut app.  Please make sure to download the app on your phone or tablet and follow the instructions carefully.   

  • You will have a total of 3 recording attempts before you submit your audition. You can submit your audition even if you did not use all 3 attempts. After you finish recording, watch each video carefully and choose the one you like the most. Finally, select “submit audition” and you are done :)

  • You can familiarize yourself with the recording process on the “Mock Audition” in the app before you do your audition recording. 

  • We recommend that you set your phone to airplane mode when prompted by the system, so nothing can interrupt your recording performance.

  • Video must be recorded horizontally - if you are using a phone or tablet, please make sure you flip it on its side.  Vertical screen recordings will be rejected.

  • Audio must be clear and without any environmental noises or distractions. Please record only your playing, with neither talking nor announcing the pieces. You can make use of as many “recording tests” in the app to see which distance your audition sounds better from. These tests do not get saved anywhere.

  • Your entire program must be performed from beginning to end without stops, breaks or cuts; as if it was a live audition. 

  • Recordings should be a fair representation of the contestant’s abilities - both hands and face profile must be visible at all times.

  • Piano requirements: grand piano or acoustic upright piano.  No digital/electronic instruments are allowed. Piano must be fully functional and tuned. 

  • Contestants must perform the entire program from memory.

  • Although there is no time limit for any category during the first round, we recommend the videos to be under 25 min.

Once the application is submitted, you will receive a unique code.  Enter this code on the HeartOut app to access the CRPF Online Competition

If you have any questions, please contact us at costaricapiano@gmail.com

We’re looking forward to listening to your inspiring performances!

The HearOut app is simple and easy to use. 

Watch this tutorial to get it set up and ready to go!

Categories

 A:  12 and under 

 B:  13 to 17 

 C:  18+ (no age limit) 

Age as of August 1, 2021

*Proof of age required in application

Repertoire Requirements

Category A 

  • 2 contrasting works of your choice (only one movement for sonatas)

  • Virtuoso etude by Czerny (Op.299 or  Op.740 only) Moszkowski (Op.64,, Op.72, Op.92, Tarantelle Op.77 No.6)  or Mendelssohn.  Etude options from categories B and C are also acceptable.

Categories B and C: 

  • 2 contrasting works of your choice (only one movement for sonatas)

  • A work by a Latin American composer

  • Virtuoso Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Debussy, Ligeti, or Kapustin. 

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2021 Dates and Deadlines

Registration deadline: July 25

Recording due by: August 1

Results announced by: August 8

Application Fee

USD$100

Application Documents Checklist:

  • Online Application form

  • Digital image of a document (government issued ID or passport) certifying the date of birth.

  • Recent digital photograph (headshot) in high resolution

  • HeartOut app

  • Non refundable application fee 

Entries will be rejected if they are late, incomplete, or damaged

JURY

Pablo Galdo

Spain

Vladimir Khomyakov

Russia

Ana María Orduz

Colombia

Mirian Conti

Argentina/United States

Sergio Sandí

Costa Rica

Prizes

Category A

First Place

- USD$600 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 750 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Second Place

- USD$300 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 550 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Third Place

- USD$150 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 350 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Honorable Mention

- Automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

Category B

First Place

- USD$700 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 750 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Second Place

- USD$500 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 550 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Third Place

- USD$300 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 350 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Honorable Mention

- Automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

Category C

First Place

- USD$800 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 750 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

- Direct pass to the first round of the International Piano Competition "City of Vigo"

Second Place

-USD$600 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 550 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Third Place

-USD$400 scholarship towards Festival tuition and automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

- 350 credits for sheet music on the Henle Verlag digital library

Honorable Mention

- Automatic acceptance to 2022 CRPF

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Past Winners

Concerto Competition

Category A  

Max Fan, Forrest Zeng, Alí Fallas, Camilla Choi

Category B

Esteban Cruzaley, Aidos Baibossyn, Caleb Hu, Tianju Liao, Andrea Molteni

Solo Competition

Category A

 Isabella Xue, Emma Rose Koeswandy

Category C

Marc Soong, Ziyue Zeng, Micah Young, Megan Yim, Jayden Yeung and Caleb Empig

Category B

Yih Yee Chong, Yulia Nakashima, Ethan Feng, Brian Lin, Patrick Meier, Joshua Safont, JeFauna Zhu

Category D

Natalia Vanegas, Julius Schäfer

ALL APPLICATION FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE

By submitting the registration documents, the contestant accepts the Competition’s rules and conditions.

The Costa Rica Piano Festival administration reserves the right to terminate the Online Competition, in whole or in part, and/or adjust, amend or suspend the Competition, and/or the Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice.

The Competition recordings are property of the Costa Rica Piano Festival and HeartOut Corporation, kept for record purposes and may be used for promotional material.

Competition prizes may not be combined with any other scholarship or promotion