Rules & Regulations for the 2019 Competition Rounds
Performance order will be determined on the evening of Sunday, October 27, 2019. The drawing reception will take place at an Albuquerque location to be determined. The contestant who draws “Number 1” will perform his/her solo recital first, followed by the contestant who draws “Number 2,” and so on. This order will be maintained throughout subsequent rounds of the Competition, with the possible exception of the Final Round; see below. The contestants advancing to the Semifinal Round will perform in ascendant order. For example, if the following contestants advance – Numbers 2, 6, 12, 14 – the contestant order of the Semifinal Round would be 2, 6, 12, 14. The Jury has the discretion to change this order due to accident, illness, or other circumstances.
ROUND I / PRELIMINARY ROUND
The contestants perform a 40-minute recital before an audience in Albuquerque. Recitals are recorded on video and also live streamed through KHFM radio and the Competition website. The Preliminary Round will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, located at 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. The piano for the first round will be selected by Olga Kern before the Competition.
At the end of the Preliminaries on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the Jury will deliberate and choose ten contestants who will advance to the Semifinal Round. The names of the contestants advanced to the Semifinal Round will be announced the same evening at the venue as well as via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
ROUND II / SEMIFINAL ROUND
The contestants perform a 60-minute recital before an audience in Albuquerque. Recitals are recorded on video and also live streamed through KHFM radio and the Competition website.
Performance order is based on the numbers assigned in Round I. Pianists in the Semifinal Round have the opportunity to choose their performance piano from the two official pianos provided by Steinway & Sons, the Competition sponsor. Each pianist is allotted 20 minutes to perform on the two pianos and make their choice. This process will take place on Wednesday, October 30, time to be determined. The choice of piano can be carried over to the Final Round. All piano choices for the Semifinal Round are final. No changes are allowed.
At the end of the Semifinal Round on Thursday, October 31, the Jury will deliberate and choose the four advancing finalists. The names of the contestants advanced to the Final Round will be announced the same evening at the venue as well as via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
ROUND III / FINAL ROUND
The Final Round will take place at Popejoy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico, located at 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.
The finalists will perform a concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Popejoy Hall. They will participate in two rehearsals prior to the concert as follows: Friday, November 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m. –10 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 12 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Each contestant will have a pre-rehearsal meeting of approximately 20-30 minutes with the conductor. The numbers of the contestants will be carried over from Rounds I and II. However, the order of the contestants may be changed depending on the repertoire. The order of the contestants will be decided on Thursday, October 31, 2019 after the announcement of the advancing contestants. The finalists will be notified that evening.
The piano choice from the Semifinal Round can be carried over for each contestant, but a decision change to use the other piano will be allowed before the first rehearsal with the New Mexico Philharmonic. That choice is final.
At the end of the concert, the Jury will deliberate and announce the winner and subsequent positions of the remaining contestants. The audience will fill out a ballot or vote on the website for the Audience Award.
AWARDS CEREMONY & WINNERS’ RECITAL
The Awards Ceremony and Winners’ Recital will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. at a location to be determined in Albuquerque. The performance order and repertoire will be decided on Saturday, November 2. The repertoire choices will be made by Olga Kern as well as members of the Jury and will include works previously performed during the first and second rounds of the Competition.