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  • The Competition is open to professional pianists of all nationalities who were born before the 14th of October 2017 and after the 14th of October 2001.

  • The applicant's age as of 12:00:00 a.m. United States Pacific Time on October 14, 2023, will determine which age category they can apply for/compete in. 

  • Potential competitors may apply to only a single age category, and that category may be that in which their age falls or any higher age category (i.e., a 15-year-old can apply to Young Musician II or Artist Category).

  • The deadline for applications is extended to September 7th, 2023 due to website traffic issues on August 31st.

  • Students and family members of Competition Jury members may not participate.

  • All works must be played from memory.

  • The order of the performances will be determined by random draw.

  • Competitors who are not available to perform when called upon to do so by the Jury may be disqualified.

  • The decisions of the Jury will be final and not subject to appeal.

  • The Jury may award, withhold, or split any prize as deemed fit.

  • The Alexei Sultanov Memorial Discovery Prize and 1st Prize in the division of the winner of the Sultanov Prize may differ.

  • Rights to any Competition performance whether broadcast, televised, recorded, or filmed belong to the Competition. No fee is payable on account of these performances or any recordings, broadcasts, or transmissions of them.

  • The number of competitors admitted to each category will be determined by the number of unanimous admission decisions and the subsequent ranking of those decisions by the Screening Jury.

  • The Jury reserves the right to alter this number at its discretion.

  • The Repertoire must have been written for solo piano and no alteration to the piano may take place. Strict adherence to time limits must be observed. 

  • Admission to the live competition is based on the audition recording (live or studio performance within the last 24 months) of the recommended 12 - 20 minute length (no hard length limitations will be applied but the Screening Jury will choose a maximum of 20 minutes to listen to). It must include a minimum of one work by Chopin.

  • All Chopin repertoire performed in the Screening Round must also be performed in the live Competition unless the length of the screening recording exceeds the live performance time limit.

  • Editing and AI (Artificial Intelligence) manipulation of screening recordings are not allowed and may result in immediate disqualification and denial of admission to the live competition.

  • All applicants admitted to the live competition must submit proof of age (passport, driver's license, or birth certificate) with their confirmation of intent to participate.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification. 

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