Viseu International Piano Competition

Rules and Regulation (2021)

Update: 03 March, 2021
The committee of the Viseu International Piano Competition, is pleased to announce that the 4th International Competition will take place from the 6th to the 10th of April 2021.
Pianists of all nationalities are eligible, provided they were born not earlier than April 5th 1990. Contestants who have family ties with a jury member or have studied with a jury member in the last two years will not be judged by that jury member.
The composition of the jury will be communicated to the contestants after they have correctly completed their application forms.

1. Enrolment
Applications must be made through the official competition website no later than the 15th of March 2021:; Contestants must also submit the following documents via email to

a) Copy of an identity document (which includes age);
b) One recent photograph;
c) Curriculum Vitae.

2. Enrolment fee
The fee must be received by the 15th of March.
The amount should be paid in full via:
a) Bank transfer to the following account:

N.º 0045 3180 40033211014 78
IBAN: PT50 0045 3180 40033211014 78
Swift Number: CCCMPTPL
b) Traveler’s cheque or postal order to Proviseu – Conservatório de Música Dr. José de Azeredo Perdigão
c) Applications sent and paid after March 15th, will have a 25€ extra fee.

2.1 Travel and accommodation will be at the contestant’s expense.

2.2 Non attendance
The enrolment fee is not refundable.

3. Dates asn video Details
3.1 Due to Covid 19, all stages will be online from March 26th to April 10th 2021.

3.2 The first stage will be held online, in the Page of the Festival. In due time, the schedule will be announced to the public and to the pianists enrolled.

3.2.1 Enrolled pianists shall send a video recording made in a unique take and with no editing, with good technical quality of image and sound. The resolution should be 1920×1080 (Full HD). The camera used must be fixed at an angle in which will be always visible the piano and the pianist face, hands and feet. The video must start with the verbal statement «Viseu International Piano Competition».

3.2.2 The video for the first stage must be sent until the 23rd March 2021, and it will broadcast on March 26 and 27, 2021, in the order found through a draw previously made and communicated to pianists and jury members.

3.2.3 The video file can be sent via Wetransfer, Google Drive, My Air Bridge, or similar services.

3.2.4 From the Jury votes the 9 semifinalists will be found.

3.3 The competitors that passed to Second Stage will be asked to send two more video recordings, with identical characteristics of the previous one, one with the program of second stage and another one with the final program. These recordings must be sent until the April 5th, 2021. Although independent, made in a unique take and with the mentioned statement, both videos can be made in the same session.

4. Program
4.1 First round:
A freely chosen program of 15 to 20 minutes, which must include one Chopin Etude (op.10 or op.25) and one Bach Prelude and Fugue (Well Tempered Clavier).

4.2 Second round:
A freely chosen program of 40 minutes, including one Classical Sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, Beethoven) and a work composed after the year 1900 (20th and 21st centuries). The remaining time can be fulfilled with works from any period.

4.3 Final round:
A freely chosen program of 30 to 35 minutes.
Note – Repetition of works is not allowed in the different rounds.
A copy of any unpublished piece must be sent to the committee by the 23th of March 2021.

5. The beginning of the competition
a) 1st round: March 26 and 27th
b) 2nd round: April 8th and 9th
c) Final round: April 10th

6. Jury
The committee will invite several well known personalities, from different countries, as jury members.

7. Admission to the second round (9 pianists) and to the final round (maximum of 3 pianists), as well as the distribution of prizes, will be based on a simple majority of votes. In case of need, the presidency of the jury has a quality vote. The jury’s decision will be final.

8. Prizes
The winners will be announced at the start of the Festival’s broadcasted Concert on April 10th.

1st prize – 8000 €
– A concert at the 13h Viseu International Spring Music Festival (2022);
– A concert in Paris, at Salle Cortot, for Animato Society.
– Other concerts to be announced.

2nd prize – 3000 €
3rd prize – 1500 €
Audience Award – 500€
Prize for the Best Portuguese Contestant – 500€

10. Contestants will waive all rights now and at any time in the future, in relation to any type of recording made during their performances in this Festival.

11. Participation in the competition implies that the contestant accept the above regulations.

12. In the event of any disagreement concerning the rules, the only valid text will be the original in the Portuguese language.