1.1 Pianists of any nationality, born from January 1, 1983 onwards, may register to participate in the XVII Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition.
1.2 Admission of the participants shall be a decision of the Artistic Committee of the Albéniz Foundation after examination of the registration form and the recording which must have been sent prior to November 15, 2011. The results shall be notified to the applicants prior to February 1, 2012.
1.3 The Committee shall take into account the importance of the repertory elected for all phases, both artistically and virtuoso-wise.
1.4 Pianists admitted to participate in the Preselection must pay the amount of 100 € as registration fee after communication of acceptance has been received, except for participants holding a passport from developing countries who shall enjoy a 50% grant in the registration fee from the Fundación Albéniz; therefore, the bank transfer for the latter will amount to 50 €. These amounts, free of charges for the Competition, must be paid by bank transfer to the following bank account of the Fundación Albéniz: Caja Cantabria, Padilla 30, 28006 Madrid, Spain. IBAN: ES74 2066 0102 49 020000 5330 SWIFT: CECA ES MM 066
1.5 To participate in the Preselection it is absolutely necessary that the General Secretariat of the Competition receive a scanned proof of the payment made, clearly indicating the name and surname of the contestant.
1.6 The above fee shall not be returned under any circumstance.
2.1 The Preselection shall be held in March/April 2012 in Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris.
2.2 Applicants must mark in the registration form the two cities, by order or preference, where they would like to hold the Preselection.
2.3 The Competition reserves the right to modify the cities of the Preselection if, due to organizational reasons, it is deemed advisable.
2.4 The Preselection shall consist of a programme to be performed before the Preselection Jury and an audience, and will be audio recorded.
2.5 The performance must not exceed forty minutes and must necessarily include one of the works indicated in point (a) and another of those indicated in point (b):
2.6 Additionally, the programme may also include free choice works as long as the stipulated length of time is not exceeded. The works selected must be internationally known and printed by a recognized publisher. The pianist’s own original compositions are excluded.
2.7 The participants will have available a piano for rehearsal during thirty minutes prior to the performance.
2.8 Upon finalization of the trials in the different cities, the Preselection Jury shall select twenty contestants to participate in the First Phase. The results shall be notified in writing prior to May 15, 2012.
2.9 The selected participants are obliged to be in Santander on July 24, 2012 and appear personally in the Competition’s General Secretariat Office.
3.1 The First Phase will take place in Santander from July 25 to the 27, 2012 both inclusive, and shall include a solo recital with a maximum duration of fifty minutes.
3.2 Each pianist shall present a programme with free election works, taking into consideration the following:
3.3 Upon completion of the recitals, the Jury shall select twelve pianists to participate in the Second Phase.
3.4 The Competition offers to the pianists participating in this First Phase the following conditions: a) travel expenses and b) lodging in a single room with bath from July 24 to July 27, 2012, both inclusive.
3.5 Upon arrival in Santander, the Competition shall offer 700 € to the contestants who may so wish, to cover out-of-pocket expenses. This amount is an advance against the endowment of the prizes.
3.6 Those participants not reaching the Second Phase shall receive a Participant Diploma – First Phase, with an endowment of 700 €.
4.1 The Second Phase will take place from July 29 o August 1, 2012, both inclusive. This Phase shall consist of two performances: a solo recital and a quintet for piano and strings with the collaboration of the Cuarteto Casals.
4.2 For the recital, each pianist shall present a programme with free-election works, with a maximum duration of sixty minutes, bearing in mind the following:
4.3 The program must necessarily include ONE of the following works: Isaac Albéniz: one of the pieces of “Iberia”, except “Evocación”. Enrique Granados: “Los requiebros”, "Coloquio en la reja"; "El fandango del candil"; "Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor"; "El pelele" and "El Amor y la Muerte" from "Goyescas". Manuel de Falla: “Fantasía Bética”.
4.4 For the chamber music performance, each pianist shall play one of the following quintets for piano and strings: Robert Schumann: in E flat major op. 44; Johannes Brahms: in F minor op. 34; Cesar Franck: in F minor; Antonin Dvorák: in A major op. 81; Dmitry Shostakovich: in G minor op. 57.
4.5 The Jury shall advise prior to the beginning of this performance the criteria regarding repetitions.
4.6 Upon finalization of all Second Phase performances, the Jury shall select six pianists to participate in the Semifinals.
4.7 The Competition shall offer lodging in a single room with bath from July 28 to August 1, 2012, both inclusive, to the pianists participating in the Second Phase.
4.8 Those pianists not reaching the Semifinals shall receive a Participant Diploma – Second Phase with an endowment of 1,400 €.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERTO
5.1 The Semifinals will take place on August 3 and 4, 2012 and shall consist of a concerto included in the programming of the 61 Santander International Festival with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, conducted by Maestro Juanjo Mena.
5.2 Each semifinalist shall elect one of the following concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: No. 9 in E flat major K 271; No. 12 in A major K 414; No. 20 in D minor K 466; No. 21 in C major K 467; No. 23 in A major K 488; No. 24 in C minor K 491; No. 27 in B flat major K 595.
5.3 Upon finalization of all the performances the Jury shall select three pianists to participate in the Final.
5.4 The Competition will offer the semifinalists lodging in single rooms with bath from August 2 to August 7, 2012, both inclusive.
5.5 The semifinalists not reaching the Final shall receive the distinction of Laureates of the XVII Competition and shall receive a prize endowed with 5,000 €.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTO
6.1 The Final will take place on August 6 , 2012 and shall consist of a symphony concerto, included in the programming of the Santander International Festival, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Resident Orchestra of the Teatro Real), conducted by Jesús López Cobos.
6.2 Each finalist shall elect one of the following concertos:
Ludwig van Beethoven: No. 4 in G major op. 58; No. 5 in E flat major op. 73. Frédéric Chopin: No. 1 in E minor op. 11. Robert Schumann: In A minor op. 54. Franz Liszt: No. 1 in E flat major S 124. Johannes Brahms: No. 1 in D minor op. 15; No. 2 in B flat major op. 83. Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 2 in G minor op. 22. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: No. 1 in B flat minor op. 23. Sergei Rachmaninov: No. 2 in C minor op. 18; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op. 43. Sergei Prokofiev: No. 3 in C major op. 26. Béla Bartók: No. 3. Maurice Ravel: in G major.
6.3 The Competition shall offer lodging in a single room with bath from August 2 to August 7, 2012, both Inclusive, to the pianists participating In the Final.
7.1 Upon finalization of the Final, the Jury shall award the prizes indicated under the section Prizes in this webpage.
7.2 The Jury may declare void any of the prizes; however, the endowment of the prizes cannot be shared.
7.3 In the event that a finalist is not awarded any of the three first prizes, the Jury shall grant him a Finalist Prize endowed with 7,000 €.
7.4 The decision of the Jury shall be made public on August 7 during the Presentation of Awards Gala Ceremony.
7.5 The Audience Prize will be voted by the audience attending the Final in the Sala Argenta on August 6 and by those watching it on Internet in www.classicalplanet.com. The results of the scrutiny, to be made before a notary, will become known on August 7 during the Presentation of Awards Ceremony.
7.6 Except for the Audience Prize and the Santander Grand Prize Distinction, prizes are not cumulative.
7.7 Award winners must receive the prizes personally. Otherwise, all rights attached to the prize shall be forfeited.
8.1 By registering, the participants wholly accept these Rules as well as the Regulations and Norms that during their development might be issued.
8.2 The decision of the Jury and of the Competition Management cannot be appealed.
8.3 No changes in the submitted repertory shall be allowed.
8.4 All works, except those dealing with Chamber Music of the Second Phase, shall be played from memory.
8.5 The participants shall have available in Santander grand pianos for practicing purposes.
8.6 The order of performance in the First and Second Phases shall be made by drawing of lots. However, in cases of force majeure, such order may be modified by the Management of the Competition at the request of the Jury. The order of performance in the concerts of the Semifinals and Final shall be established by the Management of the Competition following the suggestions of the Jury.
8.7 The performances will be recorded and broadcasted by several communications media, including Internet. In this connection, for the single fact of their participation, the contestants waive in favor of the Competition all artistic, image and broadcasting rights on their performances during the development of the Competition and at the Presentation of Awards and Closing Ceremony.
8.8 The Competition shall invite to Santander representatives of recording companies, impresarios, promoters, concert agents and music critics.
8.9 The concert tours offered to the finalists winning the first three prizes shall be established by the Competition. By registering to participate in the XVII Competition, the beneficiaries accept all the terms regarding concert tours to be coordinated by the Management of the Competition.
8.10 Disrespectful behaviour on the part of the participants within the scope of the Competition shall result in withdrawal and the loss of all rights obtained up to that time.
8.11 Falsehood in the documents submitted shall result in invalidation of the applicant.
8.12 The Management of the Competition reserves the right to modify any of the Items In these Rules.
8.13 The Spanish text shall prevail in the resolution of any possible doubts or errors in the translated version.
8.14 The documentation submitted or presented by the participants at the time of registration shall be confidentially treated and shall not be returned under any circumstance.
8.15 While participating in Santander, the pianists may not leave the area of the Competition without the previous consent of the Management.
8.16 By registering, the participant is committed to hold the dates July 24 to August 7 2012, both inclusive, free of any professional or artistic obligation.