THE FOURTH HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL MAJ LIND PIANO COMPETITION
August 18-31, 2017
Pianists born in or after 1987
I 30 000 €
II 25 000 €
III 20 000 €
2002 Alberto Nosé
2007 Sofia Gulyak
2012 Sergei Redkin
4th Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition
Tel. +358 40 710 4368
Application is via the competition website at www.majlindcompetition.fi. A link to this site will be activated on January 16, 2017. Applications should append a quality video of their performance for the pre-selection process. The deadline for applications is April 24, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The non-refundable application fee is €50.
A team appointed by the Competition Committee will pre-select applicants on the basis of the application documents and videos. The names of the successful applicants will be announced by May 26, 2017 at the latest.
1) A complete Viennese Classical work (by Dussek, Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel or Schubert)
2) A virtuosic etude
The video must clearly show the performance, the player’s hands and face. The video must not be edited. Individual works or movements may, however, be recorded as different takes. The application must state when and where the video was made.
THE COMPETITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
There will be three rounds in the competition, all open to the public. The competition repertoire must be performed from memory, with the exception of the commissioned work to be performed in the second round, demanding contemporary works and the piano quintet in the chamber music finals.
The works in the first and second rounds may be played in any order. The Chairman of the Jury will have the right to cut short a performance that exceeds the allotted time.
Not more than 40 participants will be accepted for the first round.
1) A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach; the contestant may also add other music composed before 1750
2) An entire work by Dussek, Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel or Schubert, lasting at least 10 minutes
3) Three etudes, one from each of the following groups:
b. Liszt, Alkan, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov, Scriabin; alternatively, a toccata by Czerny or Schumann
c. An etude composed in the 1900’s or 2000’s excluding the composers mentioned in the group above; alternatively, a toccata by Debussy, Ravel or Prokofiev
4) A freely chosen programme of music composed in 1965 or later
The programme for the first round must not exceed 45 minutes.
Not more than 14 participants will be accepted for the second round.
a. A work commissioned for the competition, composed by Kaija Saariaho (duration 5-10 minutes)
b. A work composed by the contestant (approximately 10 minutes)
c. An improvisation lasting not more than 10 minutes, on a theme given to the contestant 20 minutes before performance
2) A Sibelius programme lasting at least 5 minutes (including the composer’s own transcriptions)
3) A programme ot the contestant’s own choice
The programme for the second round must not exceed 60 minutes. The commissioned work will be mailed to the applicants selected for the competition by May 29, 2017 at the latest.
Six participants will be selected for the finals.
1) One of the following piano quintets:
Brahms Op. 34
Dvořák Op. 81
Schumann Op. 44
Shostakovich Op. 57
Elgar Op. 84
2) One of the following concertos:
Bartók No. 2 or 3
Beethoven No. 3, 4 or 5
Brahms No. 1 or 2
Chopin No. 1 or 2
Liszt No. 1 or 2
Prokofjev No. 2 or 3
Rachmaninov No. 2, 3 or Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel G-Major or Concerto for the left hand
Saint-Saëns No. 2 or 5
Tshaikovski No. 1
Alterations to the contestant’s repertoire will be permitted up to June 16, 2017.