RULES and REGULATIONS

1.         The Fourth Canadian Chopin Piano Competition will be held in Mississauga, Ontario at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre between October 17 and October 26, 2014.

2.         The Jury of the competition will consist of prominent Canadian and International musicians. The members of the Jury will be announced at a later date.

3.        The Competition is open to Canadian pianists in two categories:

JUNIOR DIVISION – Born in 1998 or later
SENIOR DIVISION –
Born in the years 1985 -1999           

           Previous first prize winners are not eligible to compete in the same division

4.         Applications and all required materials must be received by the Canadian Chopin Society no later than June 27, 2014.

The Fourth Canadian Chopin Piano Competition
4300 Cawthra Road
Mississauga, Ontario
L4Z 1V8

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THE COMPLETED APPLICATION: 

a)     Proof of age and Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

b)     A certified cheque or money order (non-refundable) for the entrance fee made payable to the Canadian Chopin Society.

                         JUNIOR DIVISION – CDN $ 200.00
                         SENIOR DIVISION – CDN $ 400.00                                     

c)     A brief biography of the applicant (up to 1000 characters) and documents showing artistic activities and achievements for the last three years (reviews, concert programs, awards, education).

d)     Two letters of recommendation from prominent pianists, or teachers of national standing, stating that the applicant is prepared to enter the competition.  One letter should be from the applicant’s teacher.

e)     A DVD recording of the applicant performing works as follows:

        JUNIOR DIVISION – One etude by Chopin, one nocturne by Chopin and one additional work by Chopin.

         SENIOR DIVISION – Two etudes by Chopin, one nocturne by Chopin, one mazurka by Chopin and any one additional work chosen from the list of works required for the Preliminary Round.

The recording must be made by a single camera, with no cuts within the performance of individual works, right profile to the camera, and with the pianist’s whole silhouette and hands visible.  The DVD must be clearly labeled, including pianist’s name and list of recorded works in order.

f)      One recent photograph of the applicant, to be used in the Competition publicity material.  Electronic version preferred 300 – 1200 dpi resolution form on disc or good quality 4” x 6” glossy print.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
APPLICATIONS/DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

5.         The Admissions Committee, chaired by the Artistic Director will select no more that 22 applicants for each division without specifying the reason for its decision. All applicants will be notified by mail or email of acceptance or rejection by July 31, 2014.   Decisions of the Admissions Committee are final and irrevocable and no legal action may be taken against them.

6.         Acceptance of the application constitutes an agreement between the Canadian Chopin Society and the applicant regarding his/her participation in the Fourth Canadian Chopin Piano Competition on the terms stipulated by the present set of rules and regulations.

7.         By sending the Application Form, applicants agree that they will receive no fees for any public performances they give as a part of the Competition or Award Ceremonies, and that they waive any and all rights to such performances. Applicants further agree that the performances given by them as a part of the Competition or Award Ceremonies may be distributed in part or all, live by electronic means, or recorded by any means in whatever form, and may be distributed at any future time in any or all media. Applicants further agree that all rights to their Competition or Award performances will become the property of The Canadian Chopin Society, its assignees or licensees.

8.         All travel and accommodation expenses related to participation in the Canadian Chopin Piano Competition are the responsibility of the participant.

9.         Competitors will choose their program from the required repertoire. All works in the Competition must be performed from memory, and in their entirety, unless otherwise specified by the Jury. Performances that exceed the specified time limit may be interrupted by the Jury. Any changes to the program must be presented to the Competition Committee no later than September 15, 2014.

10.      The performances of the Competition will be held in public.

11.      All winners of the Competition agree to participate gratuitously in the Gala Concert at the end of the Competition.The program for this concert will be chosen by the Artistic Director after consultation with the Jury Chair and in agreement with the performers.

12.      The Artistic Director reserves the right to make decisions concerning all organizational matters. Decisions of the Artistic Director are final and irrevocable. No legal action may be taken against the Canadian Chopin Society, its organizing committee or Jury.

13.      No videotaping, audio taping, or photography will be permitted by the public during the Competition or Gala Concert.

14.      The Gala Concert will take place on October 26, 2014 in the Koerner Hall of the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

15.      Prospective applicants should be aware that winning the Fourth Canadian Chopin Piano Competition does not mean automatic acceptance to the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.  A separate application must be submitted to the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw by December 1, 2014.  More information is available at: http://konkurs.chopin.pl/en 

16.      Prizes for the Junior Division will be awarded as follows:

JUNIOR DIVISION
First prize $3,000
Second prize $2,000
Third prize $1,000

           Prizes for the Senior Division will be awarded as follows:

SENIOR DIVISION
First prize $10,000
Second prize $7,500
Third prize $5,000

The first prize includes a series of concerts in Canada and the USA

The First, Second and Third Prize includes airfare and accommodation to attend the Preliminary Round of  The 17th  International F. Chopin Competition in Warsaw.  A separate application, due December 1, 2014 is required by the competition in Warsaw.