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PONCE PROJECT FOUNDATION

SECOND INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

 

Resuscitating the Classical Piano Music of Latin America.

Featuring music by Manuel M. Ponce.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Ponce Project Foundation (PPF) invites pianist of all nacionalities to participate in its Second Piano Competition 2024.

 

First-prize winners of the 2023 competition are ineligible to participate in the same division. 

 

The 2024 competition will have two different modalities: VIRTUAL & LIVE.

 

We ask all contenders, teachers, parents and guardians to read carefully all the information provided below. There will be no exceptions to disqualifications, nor will there by any exceptions for points lost if the competition rules are not followed accordingly.

 

Competition Chairs: Rodolfo Morales & Omar Herrera Arizmendi.

 

Questions: omarherrera@theponceproject.org

 

 

LIVE COMPETITION

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

July 1, 2024. All applications must be completed and submitted via the online application form. No partial or late applications will be accepted.

 

APPLICATION FEE

$75 US dollars. There will be no refunds.

 

LOCATION

Houston, Texas, USA, @ Kinder HSPVA (790 Austin St. 77002).

 

DATE & TIME

The 2024 Competition will take place in late July or early August 2024. The exact date and time will be announced by mid-February 2024.

 

DRESS CODE

All participants must dress formally: no tennis shoes, sandals, shorts, t-shirts, jeans. Long hair should be properly arranged to avoid covering the face. Suits and long dresses are recommended.

 

DIVISIONS

Participants may enter one of the following divisions by age as of July 1,2024:         

                    

DIVISION 1:Ages 6-8

DIVISION 2:Ages 9-12

DIVISION 3:Ages 13-15

DIVISION 4:Ages 16-18

DIVISION 5:Ages 19-25

 

JUDGES

The 2024 competition will be adjudicated by three distinguished pianist and teachers. The judges´ names will be announced by the end of February 2024.

There will be an alternate judge to adjudicate in case a participant studies with one of the judges.

 

PRIZES

Participants will receive written comments from the judges and a certificate of participation.

Each division will have a first, second and third place winner.

First-prize winners of each division will be invited to perform at one of the Ponce Project Foundation´s Fall 2024 Season events in Houston.

First-price winners in each category will receive the following cash prizes in US dollars:

                    

DIVISION 1: $100

DIVISION 2: $200

DIVISION 3: $300

DIVISION 4: $400

DIVISION 5: $500

 

Judges reserve the right to award honorary mentions, to declare ties, or to declare no winners. The decisions of the judges will be final and irrevocable.

Winners will be announced the day of the competition following the judges´ deliberations.

 

REPERTOIRE

Each participant must pick only one piece from the three options given.

All pieces must be performed from memory.

All pieces must be performed with repeats (if indicated in the score).

All performances will be judged using the scores provided on the PPF website.

Younger participants must bring pedal extenders, if needed, and must test each pedal extender at the piano before the competition starts.

 

APPLY HERE

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL COMPETITION

APPLICATION DEADLINE

July 1, 2024. All applications must be completed and submitted via the online application form. No partial or late applications will be accepted.

APPLICATION FEE

$75 US dollars. There will be no refunds.

VIDEO SUBMISSION

Participants will compete by submitting a video with the following requirements:

1. The piano must be in tune.

2. The participant's hands and face must be visible while performing.

3. Landscape or portrait view are both acceptable.

4. The recording must be continuous with no editing of any kind.

5. The recording can be made with smartphones, laptops or tablets. Camera resolution should be 720p. Lower resolutions will produce an unclear video. Higher resolutions will result in an overly large file.

6. All participants must dress formally. No tennis shoes, sandals, shorts, t-shirts, jeans. Long hair should be properly arranged to avoid covering the face. Suits and long dresses are recommended.

7. The participant should announce to the camera the following information before beginning the performance: FULL NAME, AGE, COUNTRY, NAME OF PIECE. This can be done preferably in English or Spanish. If this is not possible, any other language is acceptable.

8. Videos must be submitted via the application form by July 1, 2024.

 

DIVISIONS

Participants may enter one of the following divisions according to their age on July 1, 2024:            

                    

DIVISION 1:Ages 6-8 

DIVISION 2:Ages 9-12

DIVISION 3:Ages 13-15

DIVISION 4:Ages 16-18 

DIVISION 5:Ages 19-25 

JUDGES

The virtual competition will be adjudicated by two or three distinguished judges. The judges will be announced by the end of February 2024.

PRIZES

Participants will receive written comments from the judges and a certificate of participation.

Participants in each division will be competing for first, second and third place.

First-prize winners in each category will receive the following cash prices in US dollars:

                    

DIVISION 1: $100

DIVISION 2: $200

DIVISION 3: $300

DIVISION 4: $400

DIVISION 5: $500

 

Judges reserve the right to award honorary mentions, to declare ties, or to declare no winners. The decisions of the judges will be final and irrevocable.

Winners will be announced live together with winners of the LIVE competition. Exact date and time will be announced at a later time.

 

REPERTOIRE

Each participant must pick only one piece from the three options given.

All pieces must be performed from memory. A participant may be disqualified if the judges suspect that the music is within view.

All pieces must be performed with repeats (if indicated in the score).

All performances will be judged using the scores provided on the PPF website.

Pedal extenders may be used by young participants if they are properly set up for effective pedaling.

 

APPLY HERE

Trazo colores
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