Competition Rules for VIVAPIANO 2020
1. Who may participate?
The International Competition for Non-professional Pianists VIVAPIANO 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria is open to participants of any age and nationality who:
• study piano privately, at local music school, in a music program at their regular grade, high school, or at a specialized music
institution (pre-college or collegiate), but the piano is not their major instrument;
• do not perform or teach piano on a professional basis;
• want to have the unforgettable experience of performing – as a solo pianist, a partner in a piano duo,
or both – at a prestigious concert hall in Sofia.
Participants in previous editions of the VIVAPIANO can participate in the competition again, except for past winners of the VIVAPIANO and VIVAPIANO JUNIOR Grand Prizes.
2. Organizer, dates and location
The VIVAPIANO Competition, founded by Daniela Dikova in 2010, is organized by the Ardenza Foundation. The ninth edition of the Competition will take place between 30 October and 1 November 2020 at the concert halls of the National School of Music "Lyubomir Pipkov", Sofia
3. Competition round, Gala concert, prizes
The competition has only one competition round. The jury will rank the participants in each group (see No. 5 below) first, second, or third prize. All participants will receive diplomas and medals . A number of special prizes will be awarded, including prizes for the best performances of a piece by the required competition composer (see No. 4 below). The participants ranked first in their group, who performed at least one piece of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven during the competition round, will participate in the Gala concert. On the basis of the performances in the Gala concert, the following cash prizes will be awarded:
• VIVAPIANO Grand Prize (awarded to a first-prize winner from Groups 5- 8)
• VIVAPIANO Junior Grand Prize (awarded to a first-prize winner from Groups 1-4)
• VIVAPIANO Duo Prize (Awarded to a piano duo in 4 hands or 2 pianos from Group 9)
More information on the VIVAPIANO 2020 prizes can be found here.
4. Competition program
The pieces performed during the competition round are freely chosen by each participant, and have to be listed in the participant’s application form. It is acceptable to perform single movements from sonatas, suites or other works. It is acceptable to perform from music sheets (i.e., non-memorized). Тhe participants, who wish to compete in the Gala concert, must include in the program for the competition round at least one piece of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Тhe participants, who have included the new pieces in their competition program are also required to purchase the printed version of the musical material on the day of the competition round.
5. Competition groups
Persons from Bulgaria and all other countries may participate in the competition in the following 9 groups, each with a different age range and maximum timing for the pieces to be performed:
Group Age Range Max. timing
1 born between 01/01/2014 and 12/31/2015 (4 - 6 years old) 3 min.
2 born between 01/01/2012 and 12/31/2013(6 - 8 years) 5 min.
3 born between 01/01/2010 and 12/31/2011 (8 - 10 years) 7 min.
4 born between 01/01/2008 and 12/31/2009 (10 - 12 years) 9 min.
5 born between 01/01/2006 and 12/31/2007 (12 - 14 years) 10 min.
6 born between 01/01/2004 and 12/31/2005 (14 - 16 years) 12 min.
7 born between 01/01/2000 and 12/31/2003 (16 - 20 years) 15 min.
8 born before 12/31/1999 (at least 20 years old) 15 min.
9 Four-hand or 2 pianos duo (any combination of ages) 15 min.
6. Schedule for the competition round
The schedule will be arranged by date of birth within each group. Additional pianos are available for warming up. All participants must appear at least 30 minutes prior to their performance time to be officially registered in the competition. The competition round is open for audience.
7. International jury
The competition jury of well-known musical pedagogues from Bulgaria and abroad will work according to the competition regulations and policies, approved by the VIVAPIANO Organizing Commitee. All decisions of the jury, including the ranking of the participants within each competition group and the repertoire to be performed by first-prize winners at the Gala Concert, are final and cannot be appealed.
8. Participant expenses
All expenses related to participation in the competition (travel, accommodations, meals, etc.) are covered by the participant.
9. License and copyrights
The participant authorizes the Ardenza Foundation to take photographs and make audio and video recordings in order to document his/her participation in the competition, and unconditionally waives his/her right to receive royalty payments or other compensation for the use of these materials to promote the competition.
10. Agreement with the Competition Rules
With the sendind of the participant’s completed application form and documents the perticipant agrees with the competition rules.
11. How to apply?
The completed VIVAPIANO online-application form has to be send until 25 September 2020
- Copy of document for age verification of the candidate;
- A photo of the participant in PASPORT FORMAT, in SEPARATE FILE;
- Bank document for the transfer of the application fee;
- For participants in groups 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 - an official school document, attesting the grade of the participant.
- For participants in group 7 - an official school document, attesting the grade of the participant or copy of the diploma from the school from which you have graduated.
- For participants in group 8 - copies of the diplomas from each school from which you have graduated, attesting that you have not majored in piano.
The additional documents have to be send to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A single application fee of 70 Euro* allows participation in the VIVAPIANO as a soloist in one of the groups 1 to 8, as a duo partner in Group 9, or both.
The fee should be paid by bank transfer to:
First Investment Bank
Narodno sabranie square 3, Sofia 1000
IBAN - BG76FINV91501203661767
BIC/SWIFT - FINVBGSF
Please include the text “Application fee for VIVAPIANO 2020 for /name and surname of the participant/”
All bank fees and commissions are to be covered by the participant.
*For families with more than one member participating in the competition, the fee is reduced to 50 Euro for each participant.
Application deadline: 25 September 2020