International Piano

Competition in Tel-Aviv
9-13 May 2022 - Hybrid Format

the 6th edition

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Mission​

Regulation & repertoire requirements

​Established in 2016 Scherzo international piano competition aims to nurture young pianists and provide them with a performance opportunities  

 

First round  (online video selection)
Application deadline: 15 March 2022

Category A: ages 6 – 9 
(max. 7 minutes)

  1. Instructive or virtuoso étude or virtuoso piece 

  2. One piece of competitor choice

Category B: ages 10 – 12 
(max. 10 minutes)

  1. Instructive or virtuoso étude or virtuoso piece 

  2. One piece of competitor choice

Category C: ages 13 – 15
(max. 12 minutes)

  1. Instructive or virtuoso étude or virtuoso piece 

  2. One piece of competitor choice

Category D: ages 16 – 19
(max. 15 minutes)

  1. Instructive or virtuoso étude or virtuoso piece 

  2. One piece of competitor choice

The jury will announce the results of the first round no later than March 1 , 2022. The participants admitted to the final round will be invited to Live auditions, that will take place at Israel conservatory of Music Tel-Aviv, Israel. 

Final round (live/online auditions) *

Category A: ages 6 – 9 
(max. 10 minutes)

  1. Polyphonic piece of Baroque composers,

  2. Free program of competitor choice

Category B: ages 10 – 12 
(max. 12 minutes)

  1. Polyphonic piece of Baroque composers,

  2. Free program of competitor choice

Category C: ages 13 – 15
(max. 15 minutes)

  1. First or second and third movement of a classic sonata or variations

  2. Free program of competitor choice

Category D: ages 16 – 19
(max. 20 minutes)

  1. First or second and third movement of a classic sonata or variations

  2. Free program of competitor choice

* Special prize will be awarded in each category for the best performance of the Piece written by Israeli composer. Recommended pieces: Y. Bardanashvili (Sketches for piano, Piano sonatas, 4 pieces for piano); Y. Povolotsky (24 Little Pieces, 24 Instants for piano, Sonatinas, Jokes with Classics)

* Special prize will be awarded in each category for the best performance of the piece written by a featured composer: Graham Lynch (For scores, please visit: https://www.evcmusic.com/product/art-preludes-for-piano-by-graham-lynch/;

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* Following the ongoing Covid-19 restriction as well as other difficulties, the participants that will be admitted to the final round, but  won't be able to travel to Israel will have a chance to participate in the final round of the competition in the online format. 

All program pieces must be 
performed by heart

 
 
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2022 Finalists

Category A: ages 6 – 9 
 

William Damouny (Israel)

Sofija Pociute (Lithuania)

Tamar Zellermayer (Israel)

Kesy Zheng (Italy)

Yael Friedman (Israel/USA)

Tehilah Friedman (Israel/USA)

Nikol Kremer (Israel)

Chanya Bayla Somboonvechakarn (Tailand)

Shelly Goldenshluger (Israel)

Eva Titarenko (Ukrain)

Mariia Siryk (Ukrain)

Veronika Zaikina (Ukrain)

Ruslan Avdyugin (Ukrain)

Yuval Kholodenko (Israel)

Adriana Durgaryan (Armenia)

Arye Malkin (Israel)

Category B: ages 10 – 12
 

Avigail Friedman (Israel/USA)

Amir Grosfeld (Israel/USA)

Neta Shacht (Israel)

Ariel Henin (Israel)

Tian Liang (Australia)

Eva Avdyugina (Ukrain)

Lungu Darius-Isaac (Romania)

Mika Ben (Israel)

Sophia Friedberg (Israel)

Nutdanai Nimitrungrot (Thailand)

Ethan Xuan Lei Peleg (Singapore)

Ori Yuval Zoref (Israel)

Sigal Natanzon (Israel)

Category C: ages 13 – 15 
 

PijusPirogovas (Lithuania)

Sofya Erukhimova (Russia)

Maya Sher  (Israel)

Shintaro Kida (Japan)

Nina Storozhenko (Russia)

Yurina Yamashita (Japan)

Shintaro Kida (Japan)

Tali Shafar (Israel)

Lena Juszkiewicz (Poland)

Tal Yarom (Israel)

Andrey Guschin (Israel)

Category D: ages 16 – 19 
 

Harutyun Melikyan

Ben Polonsky (Israel)

Aleksandr Luchkov (Ukrain)

Julia Maria Figueres Heinz (Spain)

Perren-Luc Thiessen (USA)

Cesare Bovo (Italy)

Alex Chen (USA)

Noga Tepper (Israel)

Quang Vo (Viet Nam)

Alma Shapiro (Israel)

Final Round Schedule

May 9

9:00-10:30       Rehearsal

10:30 - 13:30   Category C

13:30 - 15:00   Rehearsal

15:00 - 19:30   Category D

May 10

9:00-10:30        Rehearsal

10:30 - 14:00    Category A

13:30 - 15:00    Rehearsal

15:00 - 18:00    Category B

19:30 Award Ceremony

Application procedure

The participants must submit the completed application form before 23:59pm on March 1 2022 and pay the registration fee according to the stated below.

Application fee

Category A, B: 55 USD or EURO  equivalent

Category C: 60 USD or EURO equivalent

Category D: 65 USD or EURO equivalent

Payment via PayPal

Account holder: Stella Brener

IBAN: BE21 9671 8951 2603

BIC: TRWIBEB1XXX

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Jury

The jury includes internationally recognised pianists, experts, and music teachers.

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István I. Székely

István is a concert pianist and internationally recognised teacher: he has been invited to give Master Classes in the Bartók Béla Faculty of Arts in Szeged, Ádám Jenő Conservatory in Budapest (Hungary), the Kunstuniversität of Graz etc.

He is frequent jury member in international competitions such as the Franz Liszt International Competition in Rome (Italy), the Takács International Competition in Oberschützen, The Bartók Béla International Competition of Graz (Austria), Bucaramanga (Colombia), the IMFV Valencia competition, the Ibiza International Competition, the "Villa de Xabia" International Competition etc.

Winner of several awards in national and international competitions.

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Yanina Kudlik

 

Yanina is a Head of Akadma Conservatory in Ashdod. She is a founder and art director of national piano competition “Piano forever “, Editor of classic music program at the Ashdod Performance Art Center. Yanina Kudlik is a member of the society of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Tel Aviv.

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Prof' Asaf Zohar

 

Prof' Zohar is Chair of the piano faculty at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. Formerly dean, performing arts faculty, and piano department chair at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Graduated from Givatayim Conservatory, Rubin Music Academy at Tel-Aviv University, and Indiana University (Doctor of Musical Arts degree). Prizewinner, Casadesus competition in Cleveland and contests in Vienna, Sydney and Pretoria. Prof' Zohar has performed with Israel’s leading orchestras, including Israel Philharmonic, under Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, Urs Schneider, Mendi Rodan, Noam Sheriff, David Shallon, and others. Concertized in Austria, Germany, France, England, Spain, Italy, Russia, Georgia, USA, South Africa, Australia, and Japan. 

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Mr. Ariel Cohen

Mr. Cohen  is the Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein International Society and competition.

Mr. Cohen is a former Director of the Rishon-LeZion Symphonic Orchestra, pianist and Hi-tech professional.

The jury of the Competition has the right:

  • to divide the prizes between the participants

  • to establish special prizes for the best performance of the piece composed by Israeli composer, best performance of the etude and the best performance of the piece by featured composer.

The jury’s decision cannot be subjected to revision.

Prizes

All participants will receive a participant diploma.
The teacher of the prize winners will receive diplomas.

Prizes for the winners:

Category A 

1st Prize -  300 USD

2nd Prize - 200 USD

3rd Prize - 100 USD

Category B

1st Prize - 500 USD

2nd Prize - 300 USD

3rd Prize - 200 USD

Category C

1st Prize - 800 USD

2nd Prize - 600 USD

3rd Prize - 400 USD

Category D

1st Prize - 1000 USD

2nd Prize - 800 USD

3rd Prize - 600 USD

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“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good and just and beautiful.”

 

Plato

Video recording regulation &

copyrights

  • It is allowed to record separate complete pieces, they can be also from different dates. Video Recordings, which are edited or processed inside complete pieces, will be not accepted to take part.

  • The camera must be placed on the right side of the instrument and must show the keyboard, the face and hands of the participant during the complete performance.

  • The Video Recording must have a reasonable video and audio quality (at least 720p) with no background noise.

  • The video must include the category, the name and the surname of the participant.​

  • The recording should be made on September 1, 2021 at the earliest.

Copyrights

  • By registering at the Competition the participant declares that no third party will recognize any copyright and / or other legal rights for video, audio and other materials uploaded or created during the Competition.

  • All rights for the distribution of audio and video materials of the Competition, including commercial purposes, belong to the Organizer of the Competition.

  • Participant transfers the rights for the broadcasting and distribution of materials (including the Internet) at no charge, in any territory, for an unlimited period of time to the Organizer of the Competition.

  • The Organizer of the Competition has the right to broadcast the auditions of the Competition and the final concert on radio, television, the Internet without any additional fee to the participants.

  • The Organizer of the Competition owns the exclusive right for audio and video recordings of the competitior’s performances, master classes of guest musicians, videos of the concerts held as part of the Competition and their use in advertising and teaching purposes.

 
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