Competition Rules for VIVAPIANO 2021
1. Who may participate?
The International Competition for Non-professional Pianists VIVAPIANO 2021 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 tenth edition of the Competition will take place on 17-18 April 2021. Given the international travel restrictions, all foreign performers may participate digitally by submitting their video-recording for the Competition Round to not later than 2. April 2021
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). Given the international travel restrictions, all foreign performers may participate digitally by submitting their video-recording for the Competition Round to not later than 28. March 2021. The participants ranked first in their group, who performed at least one piece of the composer/s Ferenz List or Sergei Prokofiev during the competition round, will participate in the Gala concert, in which only live performances will take place. 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 2021 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, in which only live performances will take place, must include in the program for the competition round at least one piece of the composer/s Ferenz List or Sergei Prokofiev. 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.
Given the international travel restrictions, all foreign performers may participate digitally by submitting their video-recording for the Competition Round to not later than 2. April 2021
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 01/01/2015 and 12/31/2016 (4 - 6 years old) 3 min.
2 born between 01/01/2013 and 12/31/2014(6 - 8 years) 5 min.
3 born between 01/01/2011 and 12/31/2012 (8 - 10 years) 7 min.
4 born between 01/01/2009 and 12/31/2010 (10 - 12 years) 9 min.
5 born between 01/01/2007 and 12/31/2008 (12 - 14 years) 10 min.
6 born between 01/01/2005 and 12/31/2006 (14 - 16 years) 12 min.
7 born between 01/01/2001 and 12/31/2004 (16 - 20 years) 15 min.
8 born before 12/31/2000 (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 2 April
- 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.
Given the international travel restrictions, all foreign performers may participate digitally by submitting their video-recording for the Competition Round not later than 28. March 2021
The additional documents and video-recording 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 2021 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: 2 April