Piano

Preliminary Round

A video recording with the following repertoire:

1. Johann Sebastian Bach One of the preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846 – 893 of the candidate´s choice

2. One of the etudes from the Round I of the candidate´s choice (see the Round I section)

Candidates who provide a proof that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions, need not submit a recording:

2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition
2019 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition
2018 Leeds International Piano Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round I (TO BE MEMORIZED)

1. Johann Sebastian Bach One of the preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846 – 893 of the candidate´s choice

2. Fryderyk Chopin One of the following etudes

a) Op. 10 – No. 1 in C major, No. 2 in A minor, No. 4 in C sharp minor, No. 7 in C major, No. 8 in F major
b) Op. 25 – No. 6 in G sharp minor, No. 8 in D flat major, No. 11 in A minor

3. One of the following etudes

a) Franz Liszt Etude No. 4 in D minor „Mazeppa“
b) Franz Liszt Etude No. 5 in B flat major „Feux follets“
c) Franz Liszt Etude No. 8 in C minor „Wilde Jagd“
d) Sergei Rachmaninoff Etudes – Tableaux Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor
e) Sergei Rachmaninoff Etudes – Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor
f) Alexander Scriabin Etude Op. 8 No. 12
g) Alexander Scriabin Etude Op. 42 No. 5

4. A work of the candidate´s choice

a) Fryderyk Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23
b) Fryderyk Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F major Op. 38
c) Fryderyk Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A flat major Op. 47
d) Fryderyk Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52
e) Robert Schumann Fantasie in C major Op. 17 – 1st movement
f) Bedřich Smetana Macbeth and the Witches

Round II (TO BE MEMORIZED)

The candidate shall put together an interesting recital lasting 50 – 55 minutes. The recital must include:

  • composition commissioned for the IMC Prague Spring 2021 by Jana Vöröšová in duration of 6´
  • at least one sonata by one of the following composers: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Ludwig van Beethoven (the competitor does not have to respect the repetitions in the exposition of classical sonatas)

The competitor must not include compositions already performed by him/her in Round I.

Semifinals

In collaboration with Zemlinsky Quartet

One of the following piano quintets:

a) Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34
b) Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet in A major Op. 81
c) Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44

 

 

 

Finals (TO BE MEMORIZED)

In collaboration with Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marek Šedivý

One of the following concertos:

a) Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58
b) Antonín Dvořák Piano Concerto in G minor Op. 33
c) Fryderyk Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11
d) Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
e) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23

Piano competition shall be held in four rounds, the string quartet competition in three. The number of candidates in all rounds is limited. For both categories, a maximum number of Round I candidates is 45, a maximum of 12 candidates in the piano category and 8 candidates in the string quartet category shall advance to Round II. 6 candidates will advance to the semi-finals of the piano competition. 3 candidates shall advance to the finals of both competition fields.

For competition performances, the jury has the right to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions.

The commissioned piece for the 2021 Prague Spring International Music Competition by a Czech composer will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.

The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.

Using illegal copies of sheet music for public performance is a violation of copyright and the commercial rights of the publisher, and the performers assume all liability for any legal sanctions.

All rounds of competition performances are public.

String quartet

Preliminary Round

A video recording with the following repertoire:

a) Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major Op. 135 – 1st movement

Candidates who provide a proof that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions, need not submit a recording:

2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition
2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Round I

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart One of the following string quartets

a) String Quartet No. 21 in D major KV 575
b) String quartet No. 22 in B flat major KV 589

2. Franz Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor D 703

 

Round II

1. Slavomír Hořínka Composition commissioned for the IMC Prague Spring 2021

2. Bohuslav Martinů One of the following quartets

a) String Quartet No. 2 H 150
b) String Quartet No. 3 H 183

3. One of the following quartets of the ensemble´s choice

a) Johannes Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 51 No. 1
b) Johannes Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 51 No. 2
c) Johannes Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major Op. 67
d) Antonín Dvořák String Quartet No. 11 in C major Op. 61
e) Antonín Dvořák String Quartet No. 13 in G major Op. 106
f) Antonín Dvořák String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major Op. 105
g) Robert Schumann String Quartet No. 1 in A minor Op. 41 No. 1
h) Robert Schumann String Quartet No. 2 in F major Op. 41 No. 2
i) Robert Schumann String Quartet No. 3 in A major Op. 41 No. 3
j) Bedřich Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life“
k) Giuseppe Verdi String Quartet in E minor

Finals

1. One of the following quartets

a) Leoš Janáček String Quartet No. 1 After Tolstoy´s “Kreutzer Sonata”
b) Bedřich Smetana String Quartet No. 2 in D minor

2. Ludwig van Beethoven One of the following quartets

a) String Quartet No. 7 in F major Op. 59 No. 1
b) String Quartet No. 8 in E minor Op. 59 No. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piano competition shall be held in four rounds, the string quartet competition in three. The number of candidates in all rounds is limited. For both categories, a maximum number of Round I candidates is 45, a maximum of 12 candidates in the piano category and 8 candidates in the string quartet category shall advance to Round II. 6 candidates will advance to the semi-finals of the piano competition. 3 candidates shall advance to the finals of both competition fields.

For competition performances, the jury has the right to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions.

The commissioned piece for the 2021 Prague Spring International Music Competition by a Czech composer will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.

The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.

Using illegal copies of sheet music for public performance is a violation of copyright and the commercial rights of the publisher, and the performers assume all liability for any legal sanctions.

All rounds of competition performances are public.

Contact

Competition Office
Phone: +420 257 313 033
E-mail: competition@festival.cz

Pražské jaro, o. p. s.
Hellichova 18
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic