SENIOR GROUP (June 08 - 23, 2012) 

1. Competition conditions 

The Competition in the Senior Group is opened to young pianists of all nationalities, born between June 08, 1979 and June 08, 1996.The Competition consists of four stages: Qualification (Preliminary) Round is held by documents and video records, 1st and 2nd Rounds - performances of solo programs, 3rd Round - performance accompanied by the symphony orchestra. 

Selection of participants of the Qualification Round is held by the Administration of the Competition on the basis of received documents from the candidates:
-   professional video record (DVD) of the program on the participant's choice, but with obligatory performance of virtuoso etude; performance duration - from 10 to 15 minutes; the record should be made not earlier than 2011;

-   enclosed Application form filled out by block letters with duration of each piece;
-   xerocopy of a birth certificate or passport;
-   two black and white (half-length) glossy pictures, size 9x12  cm, suitable for printing in a booklet, and taken not earlier than 2011;
-   xerocopies of documents confirming previous competitions awards.
Application forms and the above mentioned documents are to be sent by post on the address:
Lidia Kovtiukh, Administration of the Horowitz Competition, 31 Tolstogo str., Kyiv, 01032, Ukraine.

 It's possible to fill in the application form online on the competition's website or to send the filled application form (in Word format) on one of the following addresses:


Deadline for applications and documents on qualification round is 10 February, 2012

Applicants who within the 2 years preceding the Competition were or currently are students of a Jury member  or have family relationship with a Jury member are not allowed to take part in the Competition.
The Administration of the Competition doesn't take any responsibility for documents lost by post.
Incomplete sets of documents and documents sent with a delay will not be considered.
Administration does not provide participants with medical insurance.
Sent video records and documents are not returned. 

Qualification Round - selection by video records (DVD) will take place in Kyiv in March 2012. Having examined results of Qualification Round the Administration determines participants of the First Round of the Competition, publishes the list of contestants on its website  and sends them invitations by April 20, 2012.

All participants who will receive invitations must notify the Competition's Administration about the precise date and time of their arrival to the Competition by May 15, 2012.

A list of competitors, who do not come to the Competition without adequate notice of refusal to participate in it, will be given to the World Federation of International Music Competitions for circulation among its members. 

Foreign participants will be responsible for obtaining their own passports and visas.
Applicants should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Ukraine for advice upon these matters. 

The Competition Fee is US $100 or the equivalent of this sum in the National currency of Ukraine under the rate of the National Bank of Ukraine and is to be paid during registration.
The registration and casting of lots of the contestants will be held from 8.00 a.m. till 01.00 p.m. on June 07, 2010 at the Administration office: Kyiv, 31 Tolstogo str.

 08 June - Opening ceremony of the competition
23 June - Solemn rewarding ceremony of prize-winners and a concert of the Competition's laureates in the Lysenko Column Hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.
The sequence of participants' performances is determined by casting of lots and remains until the end of the Competition.The competition's auditions are open to the public.
Repertoire must be played from memory.
Program of the Third Round is performed under accompaniment by the Symphony Orchestra.
Prize-winners of the Competition are obligated to take part in Closing Concert and accept the offered concert engagements which are an integral part of the prize.

2. The Jury

The Jury of the Competition works according to the "Regulations on the Jury". The list of jury members will be published on the Competition's website not later than 20 April 2012.
The Jury estimates participants' performances by secret ballot during all rounds.
The Jury may interrupt a competitor's performance if he or she overruns the time stated in the Competition's rules. The Jury's decisions at all stages of the Competition are final and cannot be discussed, revised or appealed.
3. Administration

The Administration of the Competition provides free of charge with:

-   accommodation and two meals per day for competitors accepted for the 1st Round while he/she is taking part at the Competition;
-  acoustic rehearsals (10min.) before the 1st Round and one rehearsal with the orchestra for participants of the 3rd Round in the Competition Concert Halls.

The Administration has an exclusive right to all audio, video records and broadcast of Competition's performances on the Internet; they are property of the International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Horowitz Competition.

The Administration has an exclusive right to sign contracts with other parts with the aim to advertise or sell out above-mentioned materials.
No fee to competitors for the Competition's materials is provided by the Administration.

  4. Prizes
1st Prize - $20,000 USA, the title of the prize winner and the Gold Medal;

2nd Prize - $10,000 USA, the title of the prize winner and the Silver Medal;

3rd Prize - $5,000 USA, the title of the prize winner and the Bronze Medal;

4th Prize - $3,000 USA, the title of the prize winner;

5th Prize - $2,000 USA, the title of the prize winner;

6th Prize - $1,000 USA, the title of the prize winner. 

The Prizes are awarded according to the Jury's decision.
Depending on competitors' achieved results and within limits of established amount of prizes the Jury has the right:

- to award not all prizes;

- to divide awards (except the first prize) among competitors.

All prizes are paid in the Ukrainian national currency with payment of income tax according to the valid Ukrainian legislation.

 1. Repertory Requirements 

Qualification Round (video records on DVD)

Program on the participant's choice with obligatory performance of a virtuoso etude.

Performance duration - from 10 to 15 minutes. 

First Round

1. Bach. One Prelude and Fugue from Well-tempered Clavier.
2. Clementi, Hummel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber (on the participant's choice). One Sonata in complete volume (without reprises).
3. Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Stravinsky, Ligeti (on the participant's choice). One virtuoso etude.
4. A piece by Ukrainian composer.

Performance duration - up to 35 minutes.

Second Round

1.   Obligatory work (see Attachment № 1 "List of Obligatory Works for the Second Round")
2.   One or more pieces by composers from Romantic period to present time.

Performance duration - from 40 to 45 minutes. 

Third Round

Two concertos with orchestra in complete volume (see Attachment № 2 "List of Works for the Third Round"):

1. One concerto of "Viennese classics" in complete volume.
2. One concerto from Romantic period to present time in complete volume.


The program given in the Application form cannot be changed after 20 April 2012.

In case of contradictions in the interpretation of these Conditions, the Ukrainian text is the only correct one. 

Attachment 1.  List of Obligatory Works for the Second Round.

                           Works from V.Horowitz' Repertoire.

Scarlatti. Sonata

Mendelssohn. "Lied ohne Wörter"

Schubert. Impromptu

Chopin. Mazurka

Chopin. Nocturne

Moszkowski. Etude

Liszt. Consolation

Debussy. Prelude

Moszkowski. "Sparkles"

Rachmaninoff. Prelude

Rachmaninoff. Musical moment

Rachmaninoff. One of transcriptions

Rachmaninoff. Polka

Skriabin. Prelude


Attachment 2. List of Works of the Third Round. Concertos for piano with orchestra.

Bach F minor, D minor           

Haydn D major

Beethoven. №№ 1,2,3,4,5

Mozart KV 466 D minor, KV 467 C major, KV 488 A major,  KV 491 C minor, KV 537 D major

Mendelssohn G minor     

Schumann A minor

Grieg A minor                   

Saint-Saens G minor         

Chopin. № 1,2

Liszt. № 1,2

Brahms. № 1,2

Tchaikovsky. № 1, 2           

Scriabin F sharp minor 

Rachmaninoff. № 1 (2nd edition), 2, 3     

Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on Paganini's Theme

Gershwin. F major        

Prokofiev. № 1,2,3             

Shostakovich. № 1     

Skoryk № 2

Ravel. G major

Revutsky. Concerto        

Lyatoshynsky. Slavic Concerto




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