Kerikeri International Piano Competition

Rules & Regulations

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1. Competition Dates

Thursday 3 July to Sunday 6 July 2014

2. Prize Money

Total prize pool  NZ$ 25,000.    1st prize: NZ$ 12,000

3. Entries Open
Monday 4 November 2013
4. Entries Close
Friday 14 March 2014
5. Entry Fee
NZ$150 (this does not include bank charges)
6. Competition Format

Preliminary round
Assessment of audition recordings
(Maximum of 16 competitors selected)

Competition in Kerikeri
Round 1 - Sonata round
Round 2 - Recital round
(Selection of 4 finalists)
Final - Recital
(All competitors must attend the Final)

7. Eligibility

The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality who are under 28 years of age on 2 July 2014 i.e. date of birth must be on or after 3 July 1986. It is not open to previous first prize-winners of the Kerikeri National (International) Piano Competition.

Admission to the competition will be limited to a maximum of sixteen (16) contestants. Preliminary selection will be made by two impartial assessors based upon the audition recordings.

8. Applications

Applications must be sent (dated/post-marked) on or before Friday 14 March 2014 and received no later than 21 March Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Those applicants selected to compete in Kerikeri will be advised by email by the 25 April The assessors’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Applications should preferably be done on line by completing the entry form

The following should be sent:

  • Completed entry form
  • Entry fee of NZ $150 plus any bank charges (see point 9 (i))
  • Age verification documentation (see point 9 (ii))
  • Your repertoire for each round (see point 10)
  • Information and publicity material (see point 10)
  • Audition recording (see point 11)

The Competition reserves the right to request further information from contestants if required.

Any hard copy materials (on CD or memory stick) may be sent to:

The Event Organiser
Kerikeri International Piano Competition
29 Jennings Road
Kerikeri 0295
New Zealand

Enquiries to:

9. Entry fee and Age Verification Document

(i) Entry fee
The entry fee is one hundred and fifty New Zealand dollars (NZ$150) plus bank charges. (i.e. You are responsible for paying any bank charges). You may pay by direct debit, bank draft or via Paypal/credit card. The fee is non-refundable.

Fee payment
1. Direct credit to:
Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Bank of New Zealand, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. NZ. Account number 02-0352-0058695-000.
Use your name as reference to help us track your payment

2. Paypal/credit card payments may be made after completing the online entry form.

3. By cheque payable to Kerikeri International Piano Competition Trust Sent to the contact address:

The Event Organiser
Kerikeri International Piano Competition
29 Jennings Road
Kerikeri 0295
New Zealand

(ii) Age verification documentation
A copy of a birth certificate or other legal document e.g. a passport that states the applicant’s age.
KIPC reserves the right to seek verification of this document if it is thought necessary.

10. Competition repertoire
  • Sonata Round – a major classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.
    The complete sonata must be performed.
  • Recital Round - a balanced 30-35 minute programme of music composed after 1685 Must not include music played in round one
  • Final – a balanced 50-60 minute programme of music composed after 1685 which must include a classical sonata. This may be the sonata played in Round 1 or an alternative. The programme may include a maximum of 15 minutes music played in either of the previous rounds.

All repertoire must be performed from memory.

You must provide the following information with your application

  • Your choice of repertoire (full title, key signature and catalogue number if relevant)
  • An accurate playing time for each piece.

Changes to submitted repertoire lists will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and only allowed at the discretion of the KIPC Trustees.

11. Information and publicity material

Please provide:

  • One high resolution, colour photo in jpeg format.
  • Your biography of no more than 150 words. This could include details of musical activities such as concerts, competitions etc. If you are selected, this information will be used for publicity.
12. Audition Recording

All contestants must provide a recent audition recording that contains approximately thirty (30) minutes of solo piano music, including one movement from a major classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.

This recording may be submitted electronically (maximum file size 50Mb). The instructions for doing this will be sent to you once you have submitted the online entry form. Only files in .MP3 .M4A and WMA are accepted.

Alternatively, you may submit your audition recording on a USB memory stick or music CD.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the recording plays correctly (check it in more than one player) and reflects the quality you want.

Please do not put your name on the audition recording.

Important! The identity of the pianist and the date of recording must be confirmed on the entry form by your professor/tutor/ teacher.

13. Registration

All competitors must arrive in Kerikeri by 5.00pm Wednesday 2 July 2014, in time to attend the Competitors’ Briefing at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri.

The Adjudicator’s Recital and Opening Reception will be held on Thursday 3 July at 7pm, at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri. All competitors are required to attend.

14. Performance Rights

While in Kerikeri, competitors are exclusively bound by contract to the Competition, which has the right, without payment of fees or royalties to:

(i) Televise, film, video, tape, broadcast or photograph all stages of the Competition for media or any other purpose.

(ii) Produce and distribute without limit, recordings of all stages of the Competition, either in whole or part, including prize winners’ recitals.

(iii) Produce documentary or feature films. Competitors must be available for media calls as arranged by the Competition organisers, and all approaches to the media must be made through and with the approval of the Competition Events Organiser.

15. Disclaimer

Candidates are expected to be fully aware of the rules and repertoire requirements of the Competition before submitting their application.

The adjudicators’ decisions are final and are not open to appeal.

Further information will be requested from contestants following selection.

Additional Information

For further information on travel, accommodation in Kerikeri, the competition venue and pianos please go to the Additional Information page click here.


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