Horowitz - Debut 2021


1. Competition conditions

The Competition in Group "Horowitz-Debut" is opened to young pianists of all nationalities, born after 17 October 2007. 

The Competition in Group "Horowitz - Debut" is held in four separate groups.

The applicant has the right to participate in one, two, three or four groups on condition of registration, casting of lots and fee payment in every group.

To participate in the Competition, applicants must submit:

- a filled in application form on the official website of the Competition


In addition to filling in the application form, the following documents must be sent

to the e-mail of Competition Administration horowitz@horowitzv.org:

-         a copy of the birth certificate or passport;

-         a copy of the identification code (for citizens of Ukraine);

-         a half-length digital photo (300 dpi), suitable for printing in a booklet and

taken no earlier than one year before submitting the application form;

-         copies of documents confirming previous awards, if any, in music


The deadline to submit the application form, documents, and photos to the e-mail of the Competition Administration is 15 August  2021.

Applicants who are currently students of a Jury member or have a familial

relationship with a Jury member are not allowed to participate in the Competition.

Documents that arrive incomplete or late will not be considered.

Invitations to the Competition will be sent to participants by 15 September 2021. The Administration will publish the list of participants on the website www.horowitzv.org.

All participants who receive invitations must notify the Competition Administration

of the precise date and time of their arrival by 10 October 2021.

Foreign participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas.

Applicants may contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Ukraine for advice

on these matters.

The participation fee is 50 U.S. dollars or the equivalent sum in the national

currency of Ukraine at the rate of the National Bank of Ukraine, and is to be paid

during registration.

Registration of the participants and drawing of lots will be held on 17 October 2021 from 10.00 AM to 01.00 PM at the Administration office at the address:

31 L. Tolstogo St., Kyiv, Ukraine.


17 October 2021 - registration, and drawing of lots  of the participants for all Group "Horowitz-Debut"

18 - 21 October 2021 р. - competitive auditions for all Group "Horowitz-Debut" participants

25 October 2021 - Solemn awards ceremony and final concert of the Prizewinners

The order in which participants of the Competition perform shall be determined

by drawing of lots and remain unchanged throughout the Competition.

The Competition auditions are open to the general public.

All pieces on the program must be played from memory.

The Prizewinners of the Competition must take part in the Final Concert and accept

the offered concert engagements which are an integral part of the award

2. Jury

The Jury of the Competition works according to Jury Regulations. The list of Jury

members will be published on the Competition site no later than 01 August 2021.

The evaluation of the participants' performances at all rounds is conducted by

secret vote.

The Jury has the right to decide on the termination of a performance if it exceeds

the time limit listed in the conditions of the Competition.

The decisions of the Jury at all stages are final, and are not subject to discussion,

revision or appeal.

3. Administration

The Administration does not provide participants with medical insurance.

The Administration owns the exclusive rights to all audio and video recordings

of the Competition performances; they are the property of the International

Charitable Fund of Vladimir Horowitz Competition.

The Administration has the exclusive rights to sign contracts with other parties with

the aim of advertising or selling the above-mentioned materials.

Competitors are not paid any compensation for the competition materials being

used by the Administration.

The winners of the Competition in group "Horowitz - Debut" receive diplomas and gifts.

The Administration of the Competition has the right to engage the winners in concert activities during season 2021 - 2023.

Enterprises, institutions, organizations, public associations, charitable foundations,

as well as individuals may, at their own expense, set additional prizes, special

prizes, and other awards for the Competition participants in agreement with the

organizing committee.

3.  Repertory Requirements

1st Group  "A" Elementary

         Program of the participant's choice.

         Performance duration - 10 minutes.         

2nd Group "B" Elementary

       Program of the participant's choice with  obligatory performance of Etude.

        Performance duration -15 minutes.

3rd  Group "C" Advanced

        Program of the participant's choice with obligatory performance:

              - Sonata (1st or 2nd-3rd parts) or variations;

              - Virtuoso composition

        Performance duration -25 minutes.

4th  Group "D" Advanced

      Performance of a part of concerto for piano with orchestra

      (accompanied by another piano).

Winners of the Group "D" Advanced take part in the Closing Concert with the orchestra.

In the event that the competition's administration does not own the orchestral score and orchestral parts of contestant's chosen concerto, the contestant must personally provide the required scores to the competition's administration.

ATTENTION! Program presented in the application cannot be changed during the Competition. In case of contradictions in the interpretation of these Conditions, the Ukrainian text is considered to be only correct one.

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