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Jury & Regulations

After 7 public concerts, in which all participants have performed twice, the teachers and one recognized expert vote for eight (8) semi-finalists. The voting includes the concert appearance and also the assessment of the students through the lessons. Two external judges will join the semifinal and final jury.

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Jury & Regeln

Jury of the 1. and 2. Concert Round:

  • Uta Weyand (President of Jury)
  • Pietro De Maria
  • Justas Dvarionas
  • Akiko Ebi
  • Yong Hi Moon
  • Markus Schirmer
  • Nikolaus Frey (music journalist)

Jury of Semifinal and Final:

  • Uta Weyand (President of Jury)
  • Justas Dvarionas
  • Akiko Ebi
  • Markus Schirmer
  • Nikolaus Frey (music journalist)
  • N.N.
  • N.N.

The judges will decide the Jury Prize and the Emcy Prize 
The audience decides the audience award. 
The special prizes (concert engagements) are assigned on request by the respective organizers. If those are not present at the final concert, the jury is responsible for the decision.

Jury Regulations

PIANALE Jury consists of 6 professors, 1 recognized expert, whose attention is focused on the participants concert performance(s), and 2 recognized experts, who fulfill the same function in the semifinal concert.

The 6 PIANALE professors teach each student twice and listen to 3 public concerts given by the students previous to the semifinal concert. For their voting both master class experience and concert appearance will be considered.

One member of the jury will not teach, but listen to all 7 concerts previous to the semifinal.

The jury will vote in 8 semifinalists with „Yes“, the eight names representing a ranking from 1 to 8.

The professors, who will not be present at the semifinal concert have to rank 1 to 4 (recommended finalists) in a different envelope and one name as their suggestion for the jury award in a third envelope.

The evaluation is to be kept strictly confidential.

The jury secretary opens all envelopes containing the professors’ decisions concerning the semifinalists on the evening before the semifinal concert.

At first, only the „Yes“ votes are added up and put on record. In case the decisions of the majority of the Jury Members coincide, the results are announced without counting the exact number of credits.

In case of discrepancy of assessments, or if more participants receive identical Jury voting results the participant with number 1 will receive 8 credits, number 2: 7 credits, number 3: 6 credits etc.

If there still is a tie, the jury members will have to vote again for or against the participants with the same amount of credits.

For the semifinal concert two new and independent jury members will join the jury.

The evaluation procedure is the same as before.

The jury members write down 4 names with a ranking from 1 to 4 .

At first, only the „Yes“ votes are added up and put on record. In case the decisions of the majority of the Jury Members coincide and the finalists are obvious (not exceeding the intended number of finalists), the finalists will be announced without the exact number of credits being counted.

In case of discrepancy of assessments, or if more participants receive identical Jury voting results the participant with number 1 will receive 4 credits, number 2: 3 credits, number 3: 2 credits and number 4: 1 credit.

If the result is still not obvious and the decision following the regulations cannot be taken, the secretary of jury will be authorized to open the three envelopes of the 3 professors, who taught at PIANALE during the first week and consider their voting.

The decision of the jury regarding the finalists will be announced on the morning after the semifinal.

Semifinalists who have not been admitted to the final concert receive 500.00 Euro each to cover part of their course fees.

The finalists receive 1,000.00 Euro each to cover part of their course fees.

During the final concert the audience are asked to vote in favor of one of the finalists, who will be invited to give a solo recital in Fulda.

The jury will announce the jury award, which includes a piano recital at Salle Cortot in Paris.

6 organizers will choose their favorite candidate for their concert series.

Jury members are not permitted to discuss any performances prior to the evaluation or the voting process.

The assessment of each jury member must be in a written and signed form.

If there are any problematic issues and a consensus cannot be reached by way of majority voting, the vote of the Jury Chairperson is decisive.

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