International Competition Piano Neuchâtel - Val de Travers
European elite piano competition with rules based on different age categories
Member of European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), supported by local government and music conservatory
Winners from China National Round can participate in the Global Round, winners of the Global Round
will be invited to perform and compete at the Final Round at Neuchâtel, Switzerland for free
Fair, open and transparent, all participating videos will be presented online
Dear young pianists,
Welcome to the world of music and piano! On behalf of International Competition “Piano Neuchâtel-Val de Travers” 2023, I hereby sincerely welcome you all to join the fantastic competition and explore the joy of music altogether!
Being a member of European Union of Music Competitions for Youth, the International Competition Piano Val de Travers is open to pianists of any nationality from 5 to 25 years old in three different categories. We hope to motive young musicians, discover new talents and help them with their studies and career in the future.
We are now very excited to start the strategic cooperation with ASDAN China and work together to hold and promote the pre-selection round of the competition in China, in order to provide a wonderful opportunity for the young pianists with stage experience and high-level skills. We look forward to working with ASDAN China and hope to see you soon in the beautiful city of Neuchâtel, Switzerland!
Competition director dunhao
International Competition Piano Neuchâtel -Val de Travers
Founded in 2017, the International Competition Piano Neuchâtel -Val de Travers is a professional piano festival for young pianists from all over the world up to the age of 25, with participants divided into three age categories, A, B and C. As a memeber of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), it was officially supported by local government and music conservory in Neuchâtel.
Since 2022, ASDAN China started a strategic partnership with International Competition Piano Neuchâtel - Val de Travers, and will act as the exclusive partner to organize and promote the China National Round of this prestigious piano festival from Switzerland. Winners from the China National Round could participate in the Global Round. The winners of the Global Round will be invited to perform and compete at the Final Round at Neuchâtel, Switzerland for free.
Category A：China National Round - Global Round
Category B：China National Round - Global Round - Final Round (February 25th, 2023)
Category C：China National Round - Global Round - Semi-final Round (February 24th, 2023) - Final Round (February 25th, 2023)
Artistic Director Katja Avdeeva
Age Categories & Repertoire
Category A: 6 - 11 Years old (Participants born on or after February 24, 2011)
Category B: 12 - 15 Years old (Participants born on or after February 24, 2008 to February 23, 2011)
Category C: 16 - 25 Years old ( Participants born on or after February 24, 1998 to February 24, 2008)
China National Round：Program of free choice, maximum 5 minutes
Global Round：Program of free choice with minimum 3 pieces from contrasted periods (For example:
baroque, contemporary, romantic). Maximum 10 minutes. All works must be played from memory
China National Round：1-2 pieces of free choice must include one study, total duration maximum 6 minutes
Global Round： One virtuoso study, One piece of free choice, total duration 8 - 12 minutes. If total duration is under 8 minutes, you can add a piece of free choice
Final Round： Program of free choice within 15 minutes must include a piece written after 1900. All works must be played from memory, only works written after 1960 can be performed with music
China National Round：1-2 pieces of free choice, total duration maximum 7 minutes, must include one study composed by the following composers: Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin, Ligeti, Rubinstein or Chin.
Global Round： One Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 or 2 by J. S. Bach, One Chopin study, One study composed by Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin, Ligeti, Chin or Rubinstein, maximum total duration 13 minutes
Global Semi-final Concert：RECITAL of 30-35 minutes must include: One or several pieces of free choice, One piece written after 1960 or« Toccata » or « Petite invention » of J-Ph Bauermeister (Sheet music is available by emailing the organising committee). All works must be played from memory, only works written
after 1960 can be performed with music.
Final Round：Perform concerto given below with conservatory string orchestra：
J-S Bach: Concerto BWV 1056，W.-A. Mozart: Concerto No 12, KV 414，W.-A. Mozart: Concerto No 13, KV 415，F. Chopin: Concerto No 1, opus 11
1. The total score of each contestant's performance is 100, the judges will mark the contestant's performance based on program selection, fluency, completeness, rhythm and tone accuracy, style interpretation, musical expression, sound articulation etc.
2. Each program must be played and recorded complete.
3. All works must be performed from memory except contemporary pieces written after 1960.
4. The jury's decision will be final. The organizing committee reserves the right of final interpretation of the results.
Events & Advance
Global Round：Maximum 20 candidates from Category B & C will be invited to Neuchâtel, Switzerland to participate in the Final Round for free.
Final Round：The top 5 winners of Global Semi-final（Category C）will proceed to the Final Round
All participants in China National Round will receive a Certificate of Participation.
Winners of the China National Round will receive a Certificate of Award.
Participants of the Global Round will receive the Participation Diplômé.
Neuchâtel - Val de Travers, Switzerland
Neuchâtel is the capital of the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel, situated on the French-speaking part of western Switzerland.
The city was established in 1214 as a transportation hub. It is now a centre of the Swiss watch industry, and an important
producing area of wine. Neuchâtel locates in Val de Travers, which spans from Lake Neuchâtel, the largest lake in Switzerland
to Jura valley, and is rich in tourism and natural resources, suitable for outdoor hiking in summer and a cross-country skiing
in winter. The famous philosopher JeanJacques Rousseauonce lived in Môtiers, the administrative district of Val de Travers nowdays,
between 1762 and 1765, and his residence is now a museum that welcomes visitors from all over the world.
【How to Apply】
Click the button [Apply Now] at the top right of the page to fill in personal information, complete registration and submit
Final Round in Switzerland: February 24th to 26th, 2023
【Video Submitting Requirements】
- The video should be recorded in landscape, and the upper half of the player's body should be fully filmed in the frame, with the hands and piano keyboard clearly visible.
- The camara should stay in a fixed position to maintain the same posture and orientation, please do not walk and shake the camera while recording.
- No editing, no filtering, no cutting, the video must be in good quality.
- Video must be recorded within 6 months, and the program must be complete.
- All works must be performed from memory except contemporary pieces written after 1960.
- All recordings will be published online.
- The contestant should send the video recording named after "category + name" to our email firstname.lastname@example.org before November 20, 2022.
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