Rules & Regulations for the 2022 Competition Rounds

DRAWING

The drawing reception for the In-Person Second Round will take place at an Albuquerque location to be determined. Performance order will be determined on the evening of Sunday, October 23, 2022. The contestant who draws “Number 1” will perform their 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, except for 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, 10—the contestant order of the Semifinal Round would be 2, 6, 10. The Jury has the discretion to change this order due to accident, illness, or other circumstances. The Jury for the Virtual First Round and all other subsequent rounds will be the same.

VIRTUAL FIRST ROUND

Following the prescreening round, there will be 20–24 contestants selected to perform a 45-minute prerecorded recital that will be streamed June 30 to July 3, 2022, as part of the Virtual First Round. The submission deadline for the prerecorded recital is June 28, 2022. Recitals are recorded on video and livestreamed on the Competition website. Music in the Virtual First Round may be repeated from the screening round, however, it must be included as a new recording as part of the new recorded performance for the Virtual First Round.

The performance must be recorded in one take from the beginning to the end without any edits. The performance can be with or without an audience and has to be recorded and submitted during the May 1–June 28, 2022, period. The camera must be placed in such a way that it is close enough to the contestant to see their hands and face in profile. Do not include titles, fade-outs, or video transitions. The recording must be clearly and visibly labeled showing the applicant’s full name and the details of where and when it was made.

At the end of the Virtual First Round on Sunday, July 3, 2022, the Jury will deliberate and choose 8-10 contestants who will advance to the In-Person Second Round. The names of the contestants advanced to the In-Person Second Round will be announced the same evening via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

IN-PERSON SECOND ROUND

The contestants perform a 60-minute recital before an audience in Albuquerque. Recitals are recorded on video and livestreamed on the Competition website.

Performance order is based on the drawing that takes place on October 23, 2022. The contestant who draws “Number 1” will perform their solo recital first, followed by the contestant who draws “Number 2,” and so on. This order will be maintained throughout the Semifinal Round. Pianists in this round can 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 Monday, October 24, time to be determined. The choice of piano will be carried over to the Semifinal Round. All piano choices are final. No changes are allowed.

At the end of the In-Person Second Round on Tuesday, October 25, the Jury will deliberate and choose 6 contestants to 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.

SEMIFINAL ROUND – CHAMBER MUSIC

The Semifinal Round contestants will perform their choice of one of the three Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Alexandre Da Costa on the evening of Thursday, October 27, 2022. There will be up to 6 contestants advanced to the Semifinal Round.

FINAL ROUND

The Final Round will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Popejoy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico, located at 203 Cornell Dr, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

The finalists will perform a concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 6 p.m. at Popejoy Hall. They will participate in two rehearsals prior to the concert as follows: Friday, October 28, 2022, time to be determined, and Saturday, October 29, 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 the Second and Semifinal Rounds. However, the order of the contestants may be changed depending on the repertoire. The order of the contestants will be decided on Thursday, October 27, 2022, 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, October 30, 2022, at 3 p.m. at a location to be determined in Albuquerque. The performance order and repertoire will be decided on Saturday, October 29. 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.

Review Application & Repertoire Requirements

The FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Pianists are allowed to apply, and if selected, participate in the competition if they currently study, or have ever studied, with a member of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition jury. Should this situation arise, the jury member will recuse themselves from voting for their current/former student.
The contestants will stay with volunteer families in Albuquerque.
Travel to the competition location and other venues will be provided by host families, or it will be arranged by the Olga Kern International Piano Competition.
Each home where contestants are hosted will have a piano.
There will be travel stipend reimbursements of $200 USD for US flights and $400 USD for international flights.

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