Rules of procedure
Piano Campus is open to any contestant between the ages of 16 and 25 years the day the competition begins. International competition level proficiency is required. Both rounds are held in public. The eliminatory round will take place at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise, from 9.30am to 7.30pm on the first day. The final round will begin at 4pm on the second day at the "Points Communs - Théâtre des Louvrais / Pontoise". The maximum number of contestants in the eliminatory round will not exceed 12, and the minimum number is 8. The Jury, made up of important figures in the musical world, will decide which three contestants will play in the final round with the orchestra. The Jury will vote in secret and their decisions will be announced. In public.
Contestants will play in the order determined by drawing lots. The draw will take place during the welcome dinner, on Thursday 4th February 2021, at the Novotel in Cergy-Pontoise. Contestants are required to attend the draw in person. A second draw will be held to determine the order of the final round, after the eliminatory round. The public may attend all rounds of the competition.
Contestants must begin their solo programme in the eliminatory round on 5th February with the compulsory work :
JS. Bach / F. Busoni : "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland", BWV 659.
If contestants play longer than the allotted 30 minutes, the President of the Jury may stop the contestant without penalizing him/her.
Jury members have to attend the two days of the competition for their votes to be valid.
1. ELIMINATORY ROUND
Voting is done secretly and behind closed doors.
The Jury will deliberate at the end of the eliminatory round.
The first vote*
Each Jury member will choose three contestants for first place, second place and third place. If one contestant receives an absolute majority of votes for first place, he or she will be automatically qualified for the final round.
*If no candidate receives an absolute majority during the first vote
The Jury will vote again on the six contestants who received the most votes. Each Jury member will choose three contestants among the six.
The Jury will vote a second time only on the 5 contestants who received the most votes during the first vote.
The Jury will vote again on the four remaining contestants. If more than one contestant receives the same number of votes, the President of the Jury will decide which of them will take part in the final round.
The results of the eliminatory round will be announced on the stage of the Olivier Messiaen Auditorium.
After the final round, Jury members will write Gold, Silver or Bronze on their voting form, next to the names of the three finalists of their choice. Votes will be counted in front of the Jury and will be projected on a screen.
- The finalist who obtains an absolute majority of gold win the Gold prize
- So, the Silver prize will be designated by the number of votes between the two remaining candidates by totaling all votes : Gold, Silver and Bronze
> If and only if a contestant receives the same number of votes, the President of the Jury may decide between them. However, the President of the Jury may also call for a re-vote by all Jury members.
If no candidate has obtained an absolute majority in the first round of voting, the Chairman of the jury must vote again among the two leading candidates, which must determine Gold and Silver. In the second round of voting, if two candidates have the same number of votes after counting of votes, the Chairman’s vote shall be decisive. However, the chairman of the jury may ask the members to vote again, if desired.
The Gold Piano Campus - 5.000 €
The Pontoise City prize
The Silver Piano Campus - 4.000 €
The Cergy-Pontoise new town prize
The Bronze Piano Campus - 3.000 €
The Department prize
Piano Campus "Région Ile-de-France" special prize - 5.000€
Piano Campus "Mr Philippe Foriel-Destezet" prize - 3.000€
And an engagement for a recital at the season Piano Campus 2021
Piano Campus Audience prize - 1.500€
awarded by the Credit Agricole of Pontoise
The audience will vote for the « Piano Campus Audience Prize »
Piano Campus prize for the best performance of the contemporary piece - 1.500€
For the finale, the execution of Karol Beffa’s contemporary piece is required after the free recitals. The execution of this piece can be realized with the score, the memory’s performance is not compulsory.
The jury decides upon the special prize for the best performance of the contemporary piece at the end of the finale. The composer adds up to him only 40% of the votes and the rest of the jury the remaining 60%.
Piano Campus Orchestra prize
The Orchestra will also award the « Piano Campus Orchestra Prize » after the final round. This prize will be announced by the Orchestra’s conductor.
Special prizes by partners
Special prizes, whose representatives attend the eliminatory and final rounds as audience members, may be awarded after the eliminatory round. If these prizes are awarded after the elimination round, this information will be kept secret from the Jury and the audience, and will be announced only at the closing ceremony. However, representatives of these prizes may also attend the final round in order to determine their choices.
« Barreau du Val d’Oise prize » - 1.000€
« Mazda Pontoise prize » - 1.500€
« Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise prize » engagement for a recital at the season 2022
« Conservatoire Jean-Baptiste Lully prize » engagement for a recital at the season 2021/2022
« Piano au Musée Würth prize » engagement for a recital at the season 2021
« Points Communs, nouvelle scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise - Val d'Oise prize » engagement for a recital at the season 2021/2022
« Festival Baroque de Pontoise prize » engagement for a recital at the season 2021/2022
« Pianiste magazine prize » with an interview and audio extracts in the social networks
« Jejouedupiano.com prize » with an interview and audio extracts in the website
« Music-industry Press prize »
The Jury may award special mentions after the eliminatory and final rounds.
The Piano Campus Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes must be necessarily awarded at every competition by the jury. These 3 prizes cannot be shared.
The Piano Campus Audience prize, the Piano Campus Sacem prize, the orchestra prize and the Region Ile-de-France prize must be necessarily awarded at every competition. In case of equality, these prizes can be shared.
The Piano Campus special prizes have to be necessarily awarded at every competition by partners having followed all the competition. These special prizes cannot be shared.
The Jury’s decisions are final.
A closing ceremony will take place on the stage in the presence of 12 candidates and the results will be announced by the chairman of the jury and the chairman of Piano Campus, with the members of the jury.
Piano Campus prides itself on being a youthful, exciting and dynamic experience for all contestants. Originality and naturalness are encouraged. Contestants are free to choose their outfits for the eliminatory and final rounds.
The international competition Piano Campus is recorded and filmed during the Elimination rounds, on the day of the President (greetings and masterclass) and of the Finale. These recordings (sound and video) are the property of Piano Campus which can use them for its communication and its influence. Every candidate will receive a copy «sound archive» of his or her program at the end of the Elimination rounds and of the Finale. At the contestant’s request Piano Campus can send him or her a copy «video» of his/her Elimination rounds.
All candidates will be taken in charge (transportation / accommodation / meal) and with no registration fees, will have the obligation to remain on site from Thursday evening untill at Monday morning to the Novotel of Cergy-Pontoise and to respect the schedule of the main appointments. All this to guarantee the spirit of the competition encouraging exchanges and conviviality. Any candidate disrespecting this rule will be struck off.
All the candidates not selected in Finale will have to be necessarily present at the meeting with the chairman of the jury, at the lunch which will follow this meeting and at the Masterclass on Saturday, 6th as well as at the end of Final of the competition on Sunday, 7th; moreover all the candidates have to be well dressed. Every candidate not respecting this rule will not be taken in charge by Piano Campus organisation.
Piano Campus 2021 is open to any contestant between the ages of 16 and 25 years the day the competition begins. International competition level proficiency is required. Both rounds are held in public. The eliminatory round will take place at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional of Cergy-Pontoise, from 9.30am to 7.30pm on the first day. The final round will begin at 4pm on the second day at the "Points Communs - Théâtre des Louvrais / Pontoise. The maximum number of contestants in the eliminatory round will not exceed 12, and the minimum number is 8. The Jury, made up of important figures in the musical world, will decide which three contestants will play in the final round with the orchestra. The Jury will vote in secret and their decisions will be announced in public.