Competition Rules

The International Competition Piano Neuchâtel is open to pianists of any nationality, born after 1 march 1995. The competition will be held after online preselection on 27th and 28th February 2021 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

 The deadline for submitting all application materials and recordings is on 15th December 2020. No applications will be accepted after this date. 

15th December 2020  First round: Recording (watch repertoire for each category). This recording has to be send together with your application form.

26th December 2020: Selected candidates from A and B categories will get invitations to come in Neuchâtel for the final round. 

Selected candidates from category C will get details about second round recording. 

15th January 2021: Second round category C Deadline for the second recording

20th January 2021: Selected candidates from category C will get invitation to come in Neuchâtel for the final round. 

27th and 28th January 2021:  Final for all categories in Neuchâtel

From each category maximum 10 candidates will be invited in Neuchâtel after jury decision. 

They will receive family accommodation facilities for the week-end of the competition. 

All recordings will be available on our Youtube channel as well as each candidates will be able to contact jury members after performance. 

RECORDINGS: Don't forget about quality of your recording! Your hands and face should be visible, and you have to give preference to the sound quality. You can send us a link to your recording via Youtube or Vimeo. All recordings will be published!!!

Applicants will be admitted to participate in the competition only after the application fee is entirely 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 recordings, performances and concerts during the competition.

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

All competition recordings will be published. The Final will be open to the public and transmitted in continuous flow.

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 is valid.


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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
Application fee: 140 Swiss francs