5. Repertoire Regulations
- Any applicant who knowingly gives inaccurate or misleading information will be disqualified.
- Applicants who have competed previously in the Sydney International Piano Competition may not submit any piece performed publicly in that Competition.
- Overall timings in recital rounds must be adhered to. Spoken introductions in the Semi Finals and Finals should be included in the time limits, though up to five minutes’ extra time will be permitted. Encores and spoken introductions to those encores should be in addition to the main recital timing. If competitors exceed the time limit for any round, the adjudication and broadcast may be stopped at the time limit and/or competitors may be disqualified.
- The Australian piece in the Preliminary Round should be published and may be of any period or length. Transcriptions may be included. The Australian Music Centre offers help online and works previously commissioned by the Competition are listed on the website. A digital copy of the score must be supplied.
- A digital copy of any contemporary or rarely performed works must be supplied.
- Repertoire must be different for each stage. Finalists may not repeat repertoire from the preceding two rounds.
- Repertoire performed for the original 2020 audition submission may be repeated in the 2021 Sydney International Online Piano Competition.
- Only solo piano works will be accepted.
6. Video Recording Requirements
- All 32 competitors must submit both Preliminary and Semi Final round recordings by 31 March 2021 via a secure dropbox link supplied directly to the competitor by The Sydney.
- All 32 competitors must submit a Final round recording before or by 31 May 2021 via a secure dropbox link supplied directly to the competitor by The Sydney.
- From 1 May 2021, if a competitor is unable to record a Final recital due to personal circumstances influenced by the global pandemic, The Sydney may choose to allow the public broadcast of the competitor’s Preliminary and/or Semi Final recitals. However, the competitor will forfeit any prizes and money that may have been awarded, having failed to submit the three required recordings. If the Preliminary and/or Semi Final rounds are included in the streaming, then the disqualified competitor will not be liable for any return of the contribution of AUD$2,500 towards recording costs.
- Performances must have been recorded within the 3 months preceding the submission date. Preliminary, Semi Final and Final round recordings may be recorded on the same or on separate days.
- The recording must be of excellent technical quality and preferably recorded professionally and must adhere to the detailed filming and audio specifications found here.
- Performance videos must include one single, unedited camera angle that shows the face and hands of the competitor at all times. This camera angle will be used for judging.
- Competitors must advise The Sydney of their recording date, time, venue and audio technician/support (if any) as soon as the session(s) are booked, no later than 31 January 2021.
- A representative of The Sydney will attend the recording session via live Zoom broadcast to validate the recording is done in a single, unedited take.
- All raw video and audio files must be uploaded to The Sydney’s secure transfer platform immediately after the recording session and as observed by its representative via a Zoom screenshare session.
- Competitors are encouraged to record before a live audience of any size, but the performance is acceptable with or without audience in attendance.
- A list of worldwide recording partner venues is provided here.
- Full recording requirements can be found here.
- Competitors must organise their own recital venues and recordings. The Sydney will contribute in total up to AUD$2,500 towards these expenses payable directly on receipt of an invoice from the competitor’s preferred contractor/s.
- All travel, accommodation or other expenses involved in the recording of the performances will be the sole responsibility of the Competitor.
Voting procedures are detailed here.
9. Broadcast Rights
- The competitor grants to The Sydney broadcast rights to film, photograph, record, broadcast, live stream, reproduce, transmit, play, show and/or televise as part of a film, online series/platform or television documentary, the competitor’s uploaded recital performance/s for the purpose of promoting the current and future Competition(s), and/or the Arts in Sydney, Australia and Internationally.
- The competitor grants to The Sydney and its commercial broadcast partners the rights to include any recital performance/s as selected or approved by the Artistic Director on any commercial CD or DVD recordings made or authorised by Sydney International Piano Competition.
- The competitor must not use or broadcast the recorded recital performance/s for any reason prior to the broadcast of the Sydney International Online Piano Competition and then, only after 31 July 2021.
10. Contracts and Taxation
- Competitors must enter into a Competitor’s Agreement with The Sydney no later than 4 weeks after notification of entry to the Sydney International Online Piano Competition.
- The Competitor’s Agreement will oblige the First Prize Winner to perform exclusively on behalf of The Sydney in Australia and New Zealand until 31 December 2023.
- The Online Competition is governed by the terms and conditions on The Sydney‘s official website.
- Changes to the rules and regulations may be required from time to time in response to the ever changing effects of the global pandemic.
- The Jury’s decision is final and binding.
- There will be no appeal process and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The law applicable to the Sydney International Piano Competition and contractual and other rights shall be the law of the State of New South Wales, Australia