Viseu International Piano Competition

Rules and Regulation (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 2020.
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 2020:; 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
3.1 If Covid 19 pandemic is under control and the authorities deem it safe, all stages will be open to public and held in Viseu from the 6th to the 10th of April 2021.

3.2 If traveling is discouraged, the first stage will be held online, though STREAMING, in the Facebook Page of the Festival. In due time, this fact will be announced to the public and to the pianists enrolled. In this case, enrolled pianists shall send, through the channels that will be indicated to them, a video recording made in a unique take and with no editing, with good technical quality of image and sound. The camera used must be fixed at an angle in which will be always visible the piano and the pianist’s face, hands and feet. In this video, to be sent until the 23rd March 2021, if this situation occurs, the whole program declared for the 1st stage must be played, preceded by the verbal statement «Viseu International Piano Competition».
In this case, the STREAMING broadcast of 1st stage will be on the 26th and 27th March 2021, in the order found through a draw previously made and communicated to pianists and jury members. From the Jury votes, the 9 semifinalists will be found and they shall come to Viseu for the 2nd stage and final, held on the due dates. Those 9 competitors will arrive in Viseu until the 7th of April, informing the organizing committee of their arrival.

3.3 In the case international safety regulations don’t allow the 2nd stage and final to be public, the competitors that passed to 2nd stage will be asked to send two more video recordings, with identical characteristics of the first stage. One with the program of second stage and another one with the final program. These recordings must be sent the same way, starting from the announcement of first stage results and until the 5th April 2021. Being independent, each one made in a unique take and with the mentioned statement, all the video recordings can be made in the same recording 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 23rd of March 2021.

5. Arrival day
The contestants must arrive to Viseu on the 5th of April (Monday) and gathering in Conservatório de Música where a draw will take place at 19h00. The playing order, once decided will not be changed.

6. The beginning of the competition
a) 1st round: April 6th at 9h30.
b) 2nd round: April 8th at 14h30.
c) Final round: April 10h at 21h30.

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

8. 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.

9. Prizes
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.