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RULES: GLORY Int'l Piano Competition

Applications open on June 1
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I. Schedule

Applications open each year on June 1 | Application deadline: June 14
(for more info please read Paragraph IV. "Limited Number of Participants")
Pre-judging process: June 15 - 20
Judging: June 21 - 27
Processing of results: June 28 - July 4
Announcement of the results: July 5

II. Periodicity & Place
  • The competition will be held annually.
  • Place: online
III. Eligibility 
The competition is open to pianists of all countries and nationalities worldwide.

IV. Limited Number of Participants

  • The competition is limited to the participation of maximum fifty (50) contestants. 
  • The applications close on June 14 unless the competition receives applications from 50 contestants before the deadline date. In the latter case, the applications will close earlier than the deadline date.
  • The application process is organized on the "first-come, first-served" basis.
V. Age Groups
There are five age groups as follows:
  • First Age Group*: 7  10 years
  • Second Age Group:  11 – 14 years
  • Third Age Group:  15 – 18 years
  • Fourth Age Group:  19 – 22 years
  • Fifth Age Group: 23 – 26 years
* If the contestant is smaller than 7 years old, he/she still can participate by applying for the First Age Group.

VI. Video Recordings Requirements
  • Participants are required to submit online a video recording of their performance. Please submit a link: we accept YouTube links as well as Dropbox, Google Drive etc.  
  • The videos should be viewable online. 
  • We don't accept videos that are not available for viewing online (download links).
  • Recordings that are audio only are not acceptable.
  • Video recordings must be genuinely performed by the contestants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added. To ensure that poor recording quality does not interfere with jury’s ability to review the material, avoid distortion and ensure that accompaniment is not louder than the applicant (where applicable).
  • If you submit YouTube links, be sure your videos have the proper settings:
    VIDEO MANAGER → videos → Basic Info → from the drop-down menu, please choose "Public" or "Unlisted" instead of  "Private".

VII. Repertoire Requirements

General Requirements

  • One free choice piece. If your chosen work is a multi-movement piece such as concerto or sonata, please submit only one movement. The chosen piece may be composed from approximately 1600 to nowadays. In other words, from the baroque era to the present.
  • It's not required to know the piece by heart.
  • The performance can be solo, with accompaniment or with orchestra.
  • Transcriptions, adaptations or arrangements are acceptable. 

VIII. Jury

The Professional Jury Board consists of:
  • The teachers of the participants who accept to join the Jury
  • The competition committee
The Students Jury consists of:
  • The participants themselves
IX. The unique judging process

How it works
  • The teachers of all participants will be invited to join The Professional Jury Board. Those who agree will be able to vote online along with the competition committee, according to the scoring system as explained further below. 
  • All participants will be invited to join the Students Jury and vote as well. Their votes will be recorded separately and their choice and preferences will be announced separately from The Professional Jury Board's.  

  • The ranking for the distribution of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prizes will be computed according to the votes provided by The Professional Jury Board.
  • Each participant will have three type of scores: the first, from The Professional Jury Board; the second, from the Student's Jury; and the third from the Audience.
Fair Play 

An important part of the judging process is to guarantee there's no conflict of interests, prejudice or underhand stipulations. 

To ensure honesty and integrity: 
  • The Professional Jury Board: judges may not vote for their students because they have a professional teacher-student relationship or both professional and personal affiliation (teacher and parent). In other words, the judges may vote for all participants except for their student(s).
  • The Students Jury: participants may not vote for themselves.
Any cheat attempt may result in a disqualification of the participant who is trying to cheat.

In addition to the above, the competition committee will be on the alert for unfair play: suspicious or very unusual votes. For example a person giving the lowest possible points to all participants. In such cases of unfair play those votes will be treated as null and void and won't have any influence upon the final ranking. 

Certificates will be granted to all members of The Professional Jury Board.

The participants have no right to present any objections against the composition or the votes of the Jury.  

The decision of the Jury and the competition committee is final and can’t be appealed.

Scoring System

Excellent: 10 points
Very Good: 8 points
Good: 6 points
Average: 4 points
Poor: 2 points

For example: someone gives you 10 points, another gives you 8 points, and another 6 points.  So far your score is 24 / 3  = 8.00

X. Prizes

  • First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, The Audience Awards, The VirtuosoChannel Awards, The VirtuosoChannel Grand Prize
  • Multiple awards will be given in each age group and category.
  • The prizes will be awarded based solely on the submitted recordings. 
  • The competition committee may award additional accolades.
  • All winners get a dedicated profile web page on the competition's website with a photo and other details included to share with friends and the world. 
  • Diplomas for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize will be granted to the winners. 
  • Audience Awards Certificates will be granted to the winners.
  • Certificates will be granted to The Professional Jury Board members.

  • All First Prize winners get the following award provided courtesy of VirtuosoChannel: an interview to be published on the sponsor's website www.virtuosochannel.com.
  • Grand Prize, provided courtesy of VirtuosoChannel
    • The VirtuosoChannel Grand Prize is not shareable.
    • On its sole discretion, VirtuosoChannel will choose one of the First Prize winners and he/she will be awarded with an Ad Slot (the space on a webpage where an ad loads) on (1) the homepage of VirtuosoChannel's website and (2) on the top of the classical music news feed webpage for the period of one month. 
    • Clicking on the Display Ad (Banner) will direct the visitors to the interview webpage thus the awardee will get a greater visibility and prestige.
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XI. Results

The results of will announced on the competition's website on July 5

XII. How to Apply in under 5 minutes

Now you've read the rules and are ready to boost your career, showcase your talent, and build your CV. Your journey to world glory starts here. Apply easily in just a few minutes:

1. Pay the application fee, and
2. Fill out and submit the Application Form

XIII. Miscellaneous

The GLORY Int'l Music Competition Committee reserves the right to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competition.

The GLORY Int'l Music Competition reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any applicant found to be, including, but not limited to: (a) violating the Competition Rules and Policies; (b) tampering or attempting to tamper with the application process or the operation of the Competition; (c) cheating or attempting to cheat by means of false or manipulated recordings or otherwise; (d) providing false or misleading information before, during the application process, or afterwards(e) making abusive demands or comments.