Coimbra World Piano Meeting

Figueira da Foz International Piano Prize

Figueira da Foz International Prize 2021

The festival will include one International Piano Competition, where 3 students will be selected to perform with orchestra on the 8th September 2021

1) Repertoire

The competition will consist of three rounds:

Selection round (video) – 1st September (videos submitted until 31st August 2021):
-1 Etude, among the following:

Chopin – Op. 10 nr. 1/2/4/7/8/11 or Op. 25 nr. 6/8/10/11 

Debussy – Pour les degrés chromatiques / Pour les arpèges composés
Liszt – Transcendental Etudes: “Mazeppa” / “Feux Follets” / “Wilde Jagd” / “Allegro Agitato Molto” / “Chasse-neige”
Prokofiev – Op. 2 nr. 1 or 3

Rachmaninov – Op 33/6 or Op.39 nr. 3 or 6

-1 Work chosen by the candidate 
The jury will finish the candidate’s audition at the 12th minute.
Semifinal (concerto without orchestra) – 5th September 2021:
8 pianists may be selected.

The candidates must perform a live audition, in Coimbra, of the concerto proposed for the final, without orchestra.

Final with Orchestra – 8th September 2021:

3 pianists will be selected, should their level in the semifinal reach the standard considered appropriate by the jury.

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
  • Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Concerto No. 4, in G major, Op. 58
  • Concerto No. 5, in E flat major, Op. 73  

2) Prizes

1st prize:  600 €

3) Rules

1. Competitors who are not ready to perform when called upon to do so may be disqualified.
2. The Jury retains the right to stop a performance if the competitor exceeds the allotted time.
3. Competitors cannot appeal against the decisions of the Jury.
4. Works must be performed by memory.
5. The jury reserves the right to select less finalists/prizewinners if the level of the performances is below the standard considered appropriate by the jury to perform as soloist with orchestra.

6. Video Reording Requirements, below, must be repected.


Competitors must send one (1) downloadable video link, to an email provided by the organization after a successful enrolment, complying with the requirements and all the recording regulations.  The video must be sent respecting the following deadline: August 31st 2021.

The video will be used for the live streaming on the competition day.

By participating in SYTA, competitors give to the Organization all rights regarding audio and video recordings, so they can be broadcasted with no financial compensation to the candidate.

The Organization must be able to easily download the original files to upload and stream them during the competition days. The contestant must use WeTransfer, DropBox, Filemail, Google Drive, OneDrive or similar when sending the video. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc., links will not be accepted.
The video must be unpublished and must have been recorded after May 30th 2021. To ensure that the recording has been made specifically for the competition, competitors have to say “Coimbra World Piano Meeting 2021” at the beginning of the video, before performing. The video recording does not necessarily have to be professionally made but it must have a good video and sound quality so it can be evaluated.

CWPM is aware that some participants may be confined at home. Grand, upright, and electric pianos with 88 weighted keys are accepted.

Duration of the files cannot exceed the timing requested. The total performance time must include the pauses between pieces (if more than one is played). Files that exceed the allotted time will be cut at 12:00.

Edited video recordings will not be accepted. The video must be taken in one shot, no interruptions during the entire performance are permitted or after the spoken presentation. The video must be made by one fixed camera and must show the keyboard and the musician in full view.

Étude must be performed in whole. Single movements from a sonata, or single pieces from a collection, are accepted. Repeats will be left to the discretion of the competitor.

The chosen pieces should be published musical works. If requested by the jury, the candidate should provide a copy of the score by email. Compositions and improvisations made by the participants are not allowed

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