The Fourth China International Piano Competition (Xiamen)Rules and Regulations


1. The 4th China International Piano Competition will be held from October 15th to 25th, 2007 in Xiamen, China. It is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, undertaken by the Xiamen Municipal Government of China and is conducted by the Competition Organizing Committee.

2. The jury panel is composed of eminent musicians with high international status. Decisions of all stages of the competition made by the jury panel are final.

3. The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities between the age of 17 to 32 (born between October 15, 1975 -- October 15, 1990).

4. The competition consists of three separate rounds. Not more than 12 contestants will be advanced to the Semi-Final Round, and not more than 6 contestants for the Final Round.

5. The competition Organizing Committee reserves the right to organize performances related to the competition. All stages of the competition may be recorded or videotaped for subsequent transmission. All tapes or recordings will be the exclusive property of the Competition Organizing Committee. No payment will be given to any competitor for the said performances or recordings.


1. The printed Application Form must be clearly filled in (see attached leaf or download from the competition's official website). It should be, with the necessary enclosures mailed or directly sent to the Competition Organizing Committee, postmarked no later than June 10, 2007. The following enclosures should be attached to each Application Form:

* Three recent photos (4×5cm) and two black and white glossy photographs (8×10cm) suitable for performance publicity purpose.

* A Xerox copy of the applicant's identification card or passport.

* The resume and the graduation certificate (Xerox copy) or a student's certification and a letter of recommendation from a well-known musician. Those who have no academic certifications must supply recommendation letters of two well-known musicians.

* One DVD or Video-Cassette recording (PAL OR NTSC) of the applicant's recent performance, signed by the applicant and certified by another musician, with the following repertoire:

⑴ Two virtuoso Etudes, including one Chopin Etude.

⑵ One Prelude & Fugue from the Well-tempered Clavier by J.S.Bach.

⑶ One classical sonata (the 1st movement).

⑷ One piece of work of the applicant's own choice (about 10 minutes).

Mailing Address:

The 4th China International Piano Competition (Xiamen) Organizing Committee

Building B Yubincheng , 11 Gongyuannanlu, Xiamen, China

Post Code: 361003

Applications with unclearly written Application Forms or incomplete enclosures will not be considered. No application materials will be returned. The applicant should have a copy of application materials. Applications will be treated as confidential. The Competition Organizing Committee reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant.

2. The Competition Organizing Committee will, on the basis of the documents provided by the applicant, make a preliminary screening audition and decide the admission of contestants. The applicant will be notified of the results by fax, mail or E-mail before July 10, 2007. On receipt of the acknowledgement of participation, the applicant should remit an application fee of US$60 by money order or check before August 10, 2007 (according to postmark). Chinese citizens living in Mainland of China will pay the equivalent amount of RMB on the day's exchange rate. Remittance should be addressed to:

RMB Remittance Account:

BANK: Banking Dept, Head Office of Xiamen City Commercial Bank of China

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 8331 0201 1100 7086

NAME: Significant Art Activity Office, Xiamen Cultural Bureau

USD Remittance Account:

BANK: Bank of China Xiamen Branch

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 8400 0850 0408 0960 14

NAME: xia men shi wen hua ju

zhong da yi shu huo dong ban gong shi


3. Upon receipt of the application fee, the Competition Organizing Committee will confirm within 20 days the applicant's participation for the Competition.

4. Competitors should arrive in Xiamen of China between October 13 and 14, 2007 and register at the assigned venue by the organizing committee of the competition.

5. The order of playing in the competition will be determined by lots drawing and this order shall be maintained during the whole competition. The contestants should arrive at the venue at the assigned time or the organizing committee will think the contestants give up the competition voluntarily.

6. All performances should be played by memory. The order of pieces and repeats can be determined by the competitor him/herself.

7. Necessary repertoire changes should be submitted to the Competition Organizing Committee no later than August 20, 2007. Contestants should not change repertoire during the competition.

8. Rules for traveling, meals and accommodation:

* Traveling expenses to and from Xiamen of China will be paid by the competitors. A travel allowance of US$500 will be given to competitors from Europe, America, Oceania and Africa; US$250 to competitors from Asian countries, China Taiwan region, Hongkong and Macao;

* Meals and accommodation for all competitors will be covered by the Competition Organizing Committee starting two days ahead of the competition, from October 13, 2007 to the end of the competition October 25, 2007 according to the following circumstances:

Contestants who do not enter the Semi-Final Round will be hosted until the next morning after the Preliminary Round.

Contestants who do not enter the Final Round will be hosted until the second morning after the Semi-Final Round.

Finalists will be hosted until the next morning after the Award Ceremony.

* Expenses for travel, meals and accommodation of persons accompanying the competitors will be paid by themselves. The Competition Organizing Committee is willing to make arrangements for them at certain assigned hotels.


First Prize: US$30,000

Second Prize US$20.000

Third Prize US$10,000

Fourth Prize US$8,000

Fifth Prize US$6,000

Sixth Prize US$5,000

Prize for the best performance of the Chinese composition: US$2,000


Preliminary Round

Duration of the total performance must be 25-30 minutes

1. One Prelude & Fugue from the Well-tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach

2. One virtuoso etude from Op. 10 (except No.3, No. 6, No. 9) or Op. 25 (except No.1, No.2, No.7) by F. Chopin

3. One virtuoso etude from any other composers other than F. Chopin

4. One classical sonata by F. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. VAN. Beethoven or F. Schubert

Semi-Final Round

One 55-60 minutes recital program including:

1. One composition written for the competition by a Chinese composer (ca. 5-7 minutes), which will be sent to the contestants three months before the competition. Competitors can also download it from the competition's official website.

2. 50-55 minutes recital of the contestant's own choice (No repertoire from the Preliminary Round is allowed).

Final Round

1. One Piano Concerto by W. A. Mozart from K.271, K.466, K.467, K.491, K.537, K.595

2. One Piano Concerto from:

L. VAN. Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58

Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73

F. Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major .

R. Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54

J. Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15

Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83

P. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat major, Op.23

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43

S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 in D-flat major, Op.10

Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26

If any dispute arises, the original version of the rules and regulations in Chinese will prevail.

Important Dates:

Jun.10, 2007 Deadline for applications (according to postmark)

Jul.10, 2007 Final notification of acceptance or non-acceptance to the competition

Aug.10, 2007 Deadline for paying application fee (according to postmark)

Aug.20, 2007 Deadline for making repertoire changes

Oct.13-14, 2007 Registration at the assigned venue in Xiamen, China

Oct.15, 2007 Competition Begins

Oct.15-18, 2007 Preliminary Round

Oct.19-20, 2007 Semi-Final Round

Oct.21-22, 2007 Rehearsal with orchestra for finalists

Oct.23-24, 2007 Final Round

Oct.25, 2007 Awards Ceremony and Gala Concert, Closing Ceremony

The Fourth China International Piano Competition (Xiamen) Jury


--Madame BAO Huiqiao (CHINA)

Vice-President, Chinese Musicians Association

Jurors (in alphabetical order):

--Prof. Andrea BONATTA (ITALY)

Artistic Director, International "Ferruccio Busoni" Piano Competition

--Prof. CHEN Hungkuan (U.S.A.)

Head of Piano Department, China Shanghai Conservatory of Music

--Prof. Thai Son DANG (VIETNAM)

Professor of Music Faculty, Université de Montréal, Canada

--Prof. Guillermo GONZALEZ (SPAIN)

Royal Conservatory of Music, Madrid

Chairperson, the "JAEN" International Piano Competition

--Prof. Gary GRAFFMAN (USA)

Ex-Director, Curtis Institute of Music

--Prof. Andrzej JASINSKI (POLAND)

Chairperson, the ⅩⅣth International Chopin Piano Competition

--Prof. Vladimir KRAINEV (UKRAINE)

Founder & Director, Krainev International Piano Competition

Piano Chairperson, the Ⅻth International Tchaikovsky Competition

--Prof. Gabriel KWOK (HONGKONG, CHINA)

Head of Piano Department, Hongkong Academy of Performing Arts

--Prof. Hiroko NAKAMURA (JAPAN)

Artistic Director, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

Dean of Hamamatsu International Music Academy


Chairperson, Gireg International Piano Competition

Professor, Norwegian Academy of Music


Artistic Director, Sydney International Piano Competition

--Prof. YANG Jun (CHINA)

Professor, China Central Conservatory of Music

Artistic Director: WU Zuqiang

Artistic Advisor: ZHOU Guangren


The 4th China International Piano Competition(Xiamen)Organizing Committee

Building B Yubincheng , 11 Gongyuannanlu, Xiamen, China

Post Code: 361003

Tel: 0592-2025125/2020127

Fax: 0592-2025200

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