VI. International Music Competition Triomphe de l’Art ( Piano )

Piano Competition

6th International Music Competition Triomphe de l’Art
15 December – 19 December 2020
Disciplines: Piano solo & Piano 4 hands

Due to the potential second wave of COVID-19 and travel restrictions applied by many countries, the Organizing Committee of the 6th International Music Competition Triomphe de l’Art has decided to establish a new Online Category at the competition. This decision has been taken in order to support young pianists in those uncertain times.
Candidates in Piano solo discipline can choose to apply to the Online Category or to the Normal (live) Category that we keep at the competition as initially planned. Candidates who wants to participate online must send the links of the YouTube. A candidate cannot apply to both Online and Normal categories. We kindly ask all candidates to read carefully the “Rules” section of the website for detailed information on how to apply and regularly check in case of changes.

Application deadline: 7 November 2020
Competition dates: 15 December – 19 December 2020
Location: Pianos Maene Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Total amount of contest prizes: 4600 euro
Age limit is between 15 and 32 years old
Gala concert of laureates and awarding ceremony : 19 December 2020 at 17:00 at the Big Concert Hall of KONINKLIJK CONSERVATORIUM BRUSSEL (KCB)

In particular cases, participants out the age limits could be admitted at the competition only by the special permission from the Organizing Committee.

See rules, program, jury and other details below

ScheduleProgram & RepertoireRulesJuryPrizesApplication formsVenueCompetition partnersContacts
Day Time Where What
Tuesday 15 December 2020 10:20 – 17:30 Pianos Maene Brussels 1st round
Wednesday 16 December 2020 10:20 – 17:30 Pianos Maene Brussels 1st round
Thursday 17 December 2020 10:20 – 17:30 Pianos Maene Brussels 2nd round
Saturday 19 December 2020 17:00 – 19:00 Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Brussels Royal Conservatory) Gala concert of laureates and awarding ceremony

Piano solo : 1st age group – 15-19 years

A participant cannot repeat the same piece in 2 different rounds

I round – participant will have a maximum of 15 minutes at his/her disposal (performed by heart)

A polyphonic work of Bach
An étude
One composition by choice of participant

II round – participant will have a maximum of 20 minutes at his/her disposal (performed by heart)

One movement of classical sonata
One or several compositions by choice of participant

Piano solo : 2nd age group – 20-30 years

A participant cannot repeat the same piece in 2 different rounds

I round – participant will have a maximum of 15 minutes at his/her disposal (performed by heart)

Program by choice of participant. It should include more than 1 composition and different styles.

II round – participant will have a maximum of 20 minutes at his/her disposal (performed by heart)

Program by choice of participant

Piano solo online: 15-30 years

A participant cannot repeat the same piece in 2 different rounds

I round – participant will have a maximum of 15 minutes at his/her disposal (performed by heart)

Program by choice of participant. It should include more than 1 composition and different styles.

II round – participant will have a maximum of 20 minutes at his/her disposal (performed by heart)

Program by choice of participant

Piano 4 hands: 18-32 years

Participants cannot repeat the same piece in 2 different rounds

I round – not longer than 15 mins

Composition for 4 hands of the Classical period
Composition for 4 hands from the Romantic period till the music of the 20th century

II round – not longer than 20 minutes

Composition for 4 hands of the Classical or the Romantic period
Virtuoso composition for 4 hands

1. General Terms and Conditions

2. Entry conditions

3. The process of the Competition

4. General rules and other information

1. General Terms and Conditions

1. The competition is open to young candidates of all nationalities. They are divided into 2 disciplines:

Piano solo. This discipline is divided in 2 age groups
1st age group 15 – 19 years
2nd age group 20 – 30 years

(inclusive at the time of the registration)

Piano solo Online.
Age of candidates: 15 – 30 years

(inclusive at the time of the registration)

4 hands. 2 candidates play pieces for 4 hands at 1 piano or 2 pianos.
Age of candidates: 18 – 32 years

2. The competition consists of 2 rounds

3. The order in which participants will perform will be determined by random drawing. This order is kept through all rounds of the competition. All participants, however, should be ready to a change in the schedule and order of performances.

4. Member of jury does not attribute points to his/her own students. Also he/she must not vote for a candidate who is, or has been, one of their pupils (private or public) or who is a relative (up to 4th degree) of the jury member in question.

5. Awards are per category and age group and they may be shared or not attributed at the discretion of the Jury and the Organizing Committee :

1 prize — diploma and laureateship, special prize

2 prize — diploma and laureateship, special prize

3 prize — diploma and laureateship, special prize

6. Jury and the Organizing Committee may establish special prizes for participants, teachers and accompanists:

– The Best performance of a work by a Belgian composer
– Young hope Award (attributed by association Triomphe de l’Art, asbl)
– Special prices(s) from Triomphe de l’Art, asbl : concert at the annual music festival “Triomphe de l’Art”
– Special prize(s) from Jewellery design Arena Agadzhanyan
– Special prize(s) from Rose d’Anvers (Rose with diamonds)

7. The jury has the right:

a) to award not all prizes;

b) to share prizes (except Grand Prix) between candidates;

c) to award the diploma of “Laureate of international competition Triomphe de l’Art”;

8. The decision of the Jury is final and irrevocable

9. The results of the competition are announced not later than the day of the competition’s final gala concert

10. The participant has a right to choose the order in which he/she will play the different works in his/her program. He has to write this order in the application form as well as the duration of each composition in his/her program. After 7 November 2020 the candidate’s program and its order cannot be changed.

11. By participating in the competition, the candidates grant to the Competition the right to record, reproduce, and arrange for the reproduction of their performances in the competition and at the concerts in any existing or future medium, as well as the right to broadcast their performances by any televised or radio broadcast means, including the Internet, cable networks, terrestrial or other broadcasting, live or pre-recorded, in Belgium or abroad

12. All the participants except Online category passed to the 2nd round are required to perform with no claim to any compensation at the final Gala concert of the competition as well as at the 2nd additional concert if it is confirmed by the Organizing Committee. At the Gala concert, participant must perform the work(s) picked for him by the Jury. Winners in the Online category do not play at the final Gala concert of the competition.

13. Winner of the Grand Prix and the winners of the 1st prize of the previous editions of the contest are eligible to participate in the next contest only by applying to another age group or/and another discipline

14. The entire program of the participant must be performed live by heart only in the piano solo discipline. In the piano 4 hands discipline it is allowed to use scores at the performance.

15. In case of non-fulfillment of the mentioned conditions, the musician will lose all his/her prizes

2. Entry Conditions

1. Application deadline: 7 November 2020

2. Completed (in English, French or Dutch) and signed application forms must be sent by e-mail to triomphe.de.lart.competition@gmail.com. Application forms can be downloaded at the competition website: “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl” www.triomphedelart.org

In the application form the candidate MUST indicate:

First and Last name of the candidate

Date of birth and discipline or disciplines to apply. If candidate applies to the Online category, he/she should mention it in the application form.
For 4 hands discipline names of both candidates must be indicated.

Candidate’s School / University (or other educational institution if applicable) and contacts of this institution, candidate’s degree obtained from this institution or the future degree and candidate’s actual year of study

Home address, postal index, telephone number, e-mail.

Program to be performed at each round of the competition including the composers’ names and the names of the works

The Direction of the competition reserves the right to use all the information and photos in order to provide them to the media. All rights (copyrights) to the recording during the competition belong to the association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl”

Candidates admitted to the competition will receive an official confirmation of an admission.

After application deadline, the candidate cannot change his or her announced program for the competition.

3. One or more official documents (originals or certified copies) establishing the candidate’s place and date of birth

4. A short CV in English, French or Dutch (that can be published) including details of education, names of teachers, principal concerts, recitals, and awards

5. Candidate must send to the competition one photo of good quality (minimum 300 dpi) for reproduction in the official brochure of the competition. It should be taken not earlier than 6 months before the application. He/she must also send another color passport photo in format 3×4

6. Copies of diplomas of winners, publications in the press, concert reviews, etc… if applicable.

7. Application fee

Piano solo discipline:
1st age group 15 – 19 years : 80 euros
2nd age group 20 – 30 years : 100 euros

Piano solo Online : 80 euros

4 hands discipline: 100 euros (for 2 candidates together)

It must be paid via a bank transfer (banking commissions to be paid by the candidate) to the following bank account by 7 November 2020.

IBAN: BE27 0018 5876 0173
BIC: GEBABEBB
Account holder: Triomphe de l’Art, asbl

For the students of KCB in the piano solo discipline (for all age groups and Online category) application fee is 50 euros.

For the students of KCB in the 4 hands discipline 2 reduced prices are available:
if both candidates are students of KCB, the application fee is 50 euros
if 1 of 2 candidates is student of KCB, the application fee is 75 euros

PLEASE, DO NOT FORGET TO SEND US BY E-MAIL A BANK DOCUMENT CONFIRMING THE PAYMENT.

PLEASE WRITE YOUR SURNAME AND A COUNTRY IN THE COMMUNICATION OF YOUR BANK TRANSFER, THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY YOUR TRANSACTION

CONFIRMATION OF THE ACCEPTANCE WILL BE SENT TO THE CANDIDATE BY EMAIL SOON AFTER HIS COMPLETE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED BUT NOT LATER THAN 7 NOVEMBER 2020

APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED COMPLETED IF ALL DOCUMENTS MENTIONED ABOVE ARE PROVIDED BY CANDIDATE(S). THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE HAS A RIGHT TO REJECT NOT COMPLETED APPLICATIONS.

8. For the Piano solo Online category the pianists must send YouTube links with recordings. The recordings must follow the following rules:
– exclusively recorded for the competition and uploaded in private circumstances
– pieces must be uploaded separately to YouTube (one link per piece)
– edited or cut videos are not allowed
– videos must clearly show both hands and face in one take, with the camera in fixed angle and close to the candidate
– we recommend to make a professional or high quality video to ensure the optimal material presented to the Jury
– fill all the necessary information on the title of the video (name of the Candidate, Category, age and title of the piece)
– Candidates must send all the repertoire in the same mail (1st and 2nd rounds) marking on the title of the video the round of each piece.
– Each video recording should start by candidate saying clearly his name and the date of the recording in English. Then candidate starts playing. There should be no cut or break between candidate saying his name plus date and the music. The camera should not change angle or zoom throught the entire video.

9. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the loss of documents and materials submitted by the candidate for participation in the competition. The entrance fee as well as submitted materials will under no condition be returned to candidate.

10. All materials sent to the Organizing Committee should be available in one of the official languages of the competition: English, French or Dutch. The Organizing Committee may accept materials in a non-official language of the competition, but in this case it must be accompanied by a clear translation in one of the official languages of the competition(English, French or Dutch).

11. In the case candidates and persons accompanying them need a visa in order to come at the competition, they must apply and pay for visa or any other travel documents on their own. If necessary, the Organizing Committee may assist candidates in obtaining visa. The Organizing Committee, at the request of the candidate, can send an official invitation for the contest. At the same time, the competition and The Organizing Committee are not responsible for eventual refusal of visa or any other legal issues preventing the candidate to arrive at the competition.

3. The process of the Competition

1. Each candidate admitted to take part in the rounds agrees to participate in those rounds according to the time and the date defined by the Organizing Committee, unless prevented from doing so by illness or accident certified by a legal attestation from a doctor, police or other official. In this case, the time and the date of his or her performance may be modified at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.

2. Participants will cover their own travel expenses, as well as food and accommodation

3. The organizing committee can provide participants with recommendations for hotels or Bed & Breakfasts. Booking and payment is made by the participants themselves. The organizing committee, without any guarantees, can assist in providing accommodation

4. Travel expenses and stay during the competition of parents, personal accompanists, teachers or any other accompanying persons will be the responsibility of the participant. According to preliminary applications, the Organizing Committee may assist in arranging accommodation of these persons, as well as send them an invitation.

5. If, after being eliminated from the contest, the participant and his or her delegation want to stay until the end of the competition, they must pay their own accommodation during this period.

6. The Organizing Committee will provide the contestants with more information about public transportation and possible accommodations places in Brussels.

7. Performances of participants will be evaluated by an international jury by secret ballot

8. The jury’s decisions at all stages are final and not subject to discussion, review, or appeal

9. The jury has the right to interrupt the candidate’s performance. The jury and the Organizing Committee have the right to cut the program of the candidates by removing one or several pieces from the program or by removing some part of the performed composition

10. The day before the gala concert, the Director of Competition and the Jury have the right to pick a piece for the candidate from his or her repertoire to perform at the gala concert.

4. General rules and other information

1. The final decision for all questions that arise in the process of organizing and conducting the contest are up to the Organizing Committee.

2. In case of violation of the contest rules, the Organizing Committee and the Jury have the right to remove the participant from the contest

3. Participants and jury members must abstain from making any statements in the media during the contest unless mandated by the Organizing Committee

4. Association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl” has the exclusive rights (applicable to all countries) to broadcast audio /video recording, editing, production and distribution of materials in all rounds of the competition, as well as all the events of the contest, including the opening and closing ceremony of the contest. Association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl” has the exclusive right to use the recorded audio / video content for free and without obtaining the permission of the participants, soloist musicians and jury members who took part in concerts during the competition

5. No recording audio or video devices are allowed at all the rounds and gala concert (including interviews) of the competition, unless officially mandated by the Organizing Committee

6. The association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl” has the right to transfer the rights specified in point 5 of this Regulation to third parties

7. The official languages of the competition are English, French and Dutch. The texts in English are legally binding. If anyone wants to make an official translation of these terms or of other materials of the competition, this person must notify the association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl” or The Organizing Committee about their actions and get the agreement. Without such agreement The Organizing Committee and the association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl” are not responsible for possible problems caused by inaccuracies in the translation of the above materials

8. Medical insurance and insurance against loss and damage to the instrument or luggage in case of an accident, fire or theft while traveling is made at the personal expense of participants. If the participant’s insurance is not in order, the contest is not responsible and does not cover any expenses.

9. Participants of the competition should not give any public performances during the competition, except for performances scheduled by Organizing Committee. This condition is valid until the end of the gala concert. This condition does not apply to the Online category.

10. Force Majeure. The contest may be canceled or postponed due to epidemics, fires, earthquakes, strikes, war, delays of flights or other transports, and other force majeure.

11. The candidate must not play his own compositions.

12. The candidate must submit the name of the composer, the full name of the composition, tonality, opus number, the duration and the publication of each composition.

13. The candidate may decide on the repeats in the composition, provided that the total duration of the work will not exceed the allowed duration.

14. Changes to the submitted program must be confirmed by The Organizing Committee

15. After the contest The Organizing Committee may organize a concert tour for the winners, where they are required to participate in mutual agreement between winners and The Organizing Committee

16. If candidate misses his/her scheduled performance at the round of the competition, it is at the discretion of the Organizing Committee to reschedule (or not) candidate’s performance at the round. If the Organizing Committee cannot find the possibility to reschedule the performance, the candidate is automatically eliminated from the competition.

17. The Organizing Committee has a right to remove a discipline, a category or an age group from the competition due to the small number of participants in this group. The candidates of the removed category will be immediately informed about such decision. Application fee paid by the candidates already applied to this discipline or age group will be reimbursed by the association “Triomphe de l’Art, asbl”.

18. Participation in the competition of musicians, members of jury and others means that they agree with all the above conditions. In case of violation of conditions of the competition, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to put the person out of the competition, to withdraw the title of winner, diploma or any other special prize, title or any other reward won or earned at the competition

Jury Member Country
Sergey Leschenko Former Professor at the Leningrad Conservatory and former Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Belgium
Eliane Rodrigues Pianist / Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp Brazil / Belgium
Yuka Izutsu Pianist / Professor at the ARTS2, Academy of Arts in Mons, Belgium Japan
Hans Ryckelynck Pianist / Professor at the KONINKLIJK CONSERVATORIUM BRUSSEL, Belgium / Professor at the ARTS2, Academy of Arts in Mons, Belgium Belgium

1 Grand Prix for all groups and disciplines – 1000 euro

Piano solo: 1st age group – 15-19 years

1st prize – 350 euro
2nd prize – 250 euro
3rd prize – 200 euro

Piano solo: 2nd age group – 20-30 years

1st prize – 450 euro
2nd prize – 300 euro
3rd prize – 250 euro

Piano 4 hands – 18-32 years

1st prize – 450 euro
2nd prize – 300 euro
3rd prize – 250 euro

Piano solo Online – 15-30 years

1st prize – 350 euro
2nd prize – 250 euro
3rd prize – 200 euro

Special prizes

Young hope Award (attributed by association Triomphe de l’Art, asbl)
The Best performance of a work by a Belgian composer
Special prize(s) from Triomphe de l’Art, asbl : concert at the music festival “Triomphe de l’Art”
Special prize(s) from Jewellery design Arena Agadzhanyan
Special prize(s) from Rose d’Anvers (Rose with diamonds)

Application form Piano 4 hands

Application form Piano 4 hands (English)

Application form Piano Solo

Application form Piano Solo (English)

Pianos Maene Bruxelles,
Rue de l’Argonne 37, 1060 Brussels
Belgium

KONINKLIJK CONSERVATORIUM BRUSSEL (Brussels Royal Conservatory),
Rue de la Régence 30, 1000 Brussels
Belgium

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E-mail: triomphe.de.lart.competition@gmail.com
Phone numbers: +32488819135, +32479136554

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