The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota
2019 Piano Competition

RULES & REGULATIONS

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota 2019 Piano Competition is designed to encourage pianists to explore the music of Edvard Grieg and Nordic composers; raise awareness of the Edvard Grieg Society locally, nationally and internationally; and provide scholarship and performance opportunities for competition winners.

First Prize: $1,500 CASH AWARD

AND a recital on the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota’s

2019-2020 Season

Second Prize: $1,000 CASH AWARD

Third Prize: $500 CASH AWARD

Prizes awarded in both Young Artist & Advanced Divisions


AGE & ELIGIBILITY

Advanced Division:

Open to pianists ages 23-27 as of September 1, 2019

Young Artist Division:

Open to pianists ages 18-22 as of September 1, 2019

How to Apply

Applicatons and MP3 audio recordings must be submitted to egsmn.comp2019@gmail.com

A non-refundable application fee of $50 must be paid online. Visit the competition registration page to make your payment online.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ALL MATERIALS AND APPLICATION FEE IS MARCH 1, 2019.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Competition Schedule

The competition features a Preliminary Round/Audio Screening in March 2019, followed by a Final Round/Live Auditions in Minneapolis on June 9, 2019

Repertoire and requirements for each Round and Division are listed on the next page

MEMORIZATION IS REQUIRED FOR THE FINAL ROUND/LIVE AUDITIONS


Preliminary Round/Audio Screening:
March 2019

Contestants must submit an Application and MP3 recording no later than March 1, 2019 to the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota at EGSMN.comp2019@gmail.com. Up to six finalists in each division will be chosen to participate in the live round in June, and will be notified by the end of March, 2019.

Young Artist and Advance Artist Divisions: Repertoire requirements for the Preliminary Round/Audio Screening are the same for both Young Artists and Advanced Artists. Contestants must record and submit a program featuring 20 minutes of solo piano music by Edvard Grieg, chosen from the Repertoire List below.

Repertoire List

Lyric Pieces III, Op. 43

Lyric Pieces IV, Op. 47

Lyric pieces V, Op. 54

Lyric pieces VI, Op. 57

Lyric Pieces VII, Op. 62

Lyric Pieces VIII, Op. 65

19 Norwegian Folk Songs, Op. 66

Lyric Pieces IX, Op. 68

Lyric Pieces X, Op. 71

Norwegian Peasant Dances, Op. 72

Moods, Op. 7

Four Piano Pieces, Op. 1

Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 3

Humoresques, Op. 6

Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7

Lyric Pieces I, Op. 12

25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Op. 17

Pictures from Folk Life, Op. 19

Ballade in G minor, Op. 24

Album Leaves, Op. 28

Improvisations on Two Norwegian Folk Songs, Op. 29

Lyric Pieces II, Op. 38

Holberg Suite, Op. 40


Final Round/Live Auditions:
June 9, 2019

Live auditions will be held June 9, 2019 at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church of Minneapolis, and are open to the public. Awards include a First, Second, and Third Prize Winner in each division (Young Artist and Advanced.) Auditions will be followed by a Reception and Winners’ Concert that is open to the public. All finalists are encouraged to attend.

ADVANCED DIVISION:

● 20 minutes of solo piano music by Edvard Grieg from the Preliminary Round/Audio Screening.
MEMORIZATION REQUIRED.

Sul g, by Norwegian composer Synne Skouen (commissioned for the September 2018 International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen, Norway)
MEMORIZATION RECOMMENDED

● “Ved Gjætle-Bekken”, from Haugtussa, for voice and piano (singer provided by EGSMN)

YOUNG ARTIST DIVISION:

● 20 minutes of solo piano music by Edvard Grieg from the Preliminary Round/Audio Screening.
MEMORIZATION REQUIRED.


Compliance - By signing your application, you agree to submit an honest and complete application and other materials, to follow the procedures, rules, and expectations for all rounds of competition, and to make yourself available to perform on the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota 2019-2020 Concert Series in Minneapolis.

Travel & Accommodations - Live round competitors are responsible for travel expenses/all logistics incurred in connection with the competition. A reception for finalists and guests will be held following the live round of competition, followed by a Winners’ Concert, which is open to the public.

Questions? Please email the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota at egsmn.comp2019@gmail.com.