Berlin: University of the Arts – Joachim Konzertsaal
Singapore: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – National University of Singapore
New York: DiMenna Center

Competitors must offer a programme lasting no longer than 25 minutes, including contrasting works from the baroque or classical period (before 1800) and the romantic period and / or early 20th Century.  All works must be complete and repeats played at the participant’s discretion.



Competitors selected from the First Round should prepare two contrasting programmes each of 40 minutes duration, and each to include one substantial work or group of works by a major composer. No music from the First Round may be selected for the Second Round.

Notification of the programme chosen by the Jury for this round will be given with the announcement of the successful competitors on 1 May 2018 and may not be altered after this date.



The Semi Final round will consist of two parts: a performance of solo piano music and a performance of chamber music. Each competitor is required to submit two alternative programmes for consideration by the jury: a Programme A and a Programme B. Each programme should consist of no more than 75 minutes music in total. The jury will select which one of the two programmes the competitor is to perform in its entirety, to be notified when the list of semi-finalists is announced. The performance of the solo piano music will precede that of the chamber music. Competitors will receive adequate rehearsal time with the chamber musicians. 

In Programme A each competitor should include one piece of chamber music from Group 1 (Piano Quintets and Trios). 

In Programme B each competitor should include one piece of chamber music from Group 2 (Violin Sonatas and Cello Sonatas).

The remainder of each programme will consist of solo piano music of the performer’s choice, but must include one 20th/21st century work from the list provided. The solo piano music selected should be different for each programme, with the exception of the 20th/21st century piece which can be the same piece in both Programme A and Programme B. In total the solo piano music should last not less than 30 minutes. The final duration of the solo piano music in each programme is up to the discretion of the competitor and will depend on the duration of the chamber works selected.


Solo Piano Music – 20th/21st Century works

One piece to be selected from the following:

  • Pierre Boulez – 1st Sonata (10’)
  • Luciano Berio – Sequenza (11’)
  • Brett Dean – Hommage a Brahms (3 pieces – 8’) 
  • György Ligeti – Selection of Etudes (up to approx. 10’)
  • György Kurtág – Selection of Játékok (up to approx. 10’)
  • Thomas Larcher – Noodivihik (10’)
  • Thomas Ades – Traced Overhead (11’)
  • George Benjamin – Meditation and Relativity Rag (7’)
  • Helmut Lachenmann – Schubert Variations (7’)


One piece to be selected from each of the following groups:


  • Quintets with the Elias String Quartet
  • Dvořák – Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
  • Brahms – Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
  • Shostakovich – Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
  • Trios with Jack Liebeck (violin) and Bjørg Lewis (cello)
  • Haydn – Trio in A major, Hob XV/18
  • Beethoven – Trio in D major, Op. 70/1
  • Dvořák – Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”


  • Cello Sonatas with Bjørg Lewis
  • Beethoven – Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 69
  • Brahms – Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38
  • Rachmaninov – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
  • Violin Sonatas with Jack Liebeck
  • Beethoven – Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 30/2
  • Schubert – Fantasie in C, D 934
  • Ravel – Violin Sonata in G



Competitors should submit two choices of concerto drawn one from each of the following groups. Only one concerto will be chosen by the Jury. Notification of the concerto to be played will be given when the finalists are announced. The concerto will be played with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.


  • Bach – Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Haydn – Concerto in D major, Hob: XVIII:11
  • Mendelssohn – Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Mozart – Concerto in D minor, K 466
  • Mozart – Concerto in E flat major, K 482
  • Mozart – Concerto in C minor, K 491
  • Mozart – Concerto in C major, K 503


  • Bartók – Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119
  • Brahms – Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  • Liszt – Concerto No. 2 in A major, S 125
  • Prokofiev – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Prokofiev – Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Rachmaninov – Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
  • Rachmaninov – Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
  • Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor, Op. 43
  • Ravel – Concerto in G major
  • Schumann – Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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