Competition Rules

The International Competition for Young Performers in Val de Travers is open to pianists of any nationality, born after 4 march 1996. The competition will be held from 26 February to 4th march 2021 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The deadline for submitting all application materials is  20 December 2020. No applications will be accepted after this date. 

10th May candidates will receive invitation by mail.

Maximum 35 candidates in each category B and C will be invited to take part at the competition in Switzerland. Tree jury members will make pre-selection on the base of video-recording and application form.

Applicants will be admitted to participate in the competition only after the application fee is paid. Any application bank charges or commissions are payable by the applicant. The participant’s full name should be indicated in the payment reference. The application fee is non-refundable.

The competition organizers reserve the rights to all audio and video recordings, photos, Internet publications and broadcasts of the performances and concerts during the competition.

Winners will participate in the Final Concert and any other events arranged by the competition organizers.

All rounds of the competition, as well as the Opening Concert and the Final Concert will be open to the public.

All works must be performed from memory except contemporary pieces written after 1960.

Competitor must bring to the jury tree copies of music score of his contemporary piece written after 1960.

The jury’s decision will be final and not subject to appeal. 

The jury reserves the right to stop the participant during the performance, if the performance exceeds the specified time limit or if the jury feels it is ready to make its decision without hearing the rest. 

By registering to participate in the competition, the applicant accepts the competition rules.

In case of dispute, only the french version shall be valid

The contest will start in:

Participants of the competition will be divided into three age categories:

Category A: Participants from 5 to 11 years old
Application fee: 70 Swiss francs

Category B: Participants from 12 to 15 years old
Application fee: 100 Swiss francs

Category C: Participants from 16 to 25 years old