Mozarteum Salzburg - Juries in Competition

Juries in Competition will be held by the Mozarteum University in Salzburg from 5 to 13 February 2019. Eligible are pianists from all nations born in 1987 or later. Pianists who have studied with a jurymember within the last five years are unable to participate. All rounds are open to the public. The juries consists of major personalities from the international world of music. The decisions of the jury are incontestable.

Registration is only possible online beginning June 1, 2018, using the forms provided, at:

Why Three Juries?

The level of both technical competence and stylistic knowledge among young pianists has risen noticeably in recent decades, so much so that jury decisions in competitions are largely subjective. This development can be seen in cases where a contestant fails to survive the first round of a small competition but shortly thereafter receives the top prize in another, larger competition. This tendency is well documented through statistics gathered by the Alink-Argerich Foundation. Thus was born the idea of this competition, in which a single performance will be evaluated by multiple juries simultaneously in order to reach a higher level of objectivity as well as to document differing results.

How is this competition different and what benefits does it bring to the participants?

Participants present themselves to three high caliber juries which reach their evaluations independently form one another. They receive triple feedback for their presentations, thus de facto rolling three competitions into one and having the chance to receive a prize from each jury.
Another important difference from other competitions is the manner in which it is presented: the Enspire Pro System enables two Bösendorfer 280 VC to connect online. Hence, the performance on one instrument can be heard and evaluated simultaneously in another hall without seeing the participant. This means that two juries will hear and see a performance in the Mozarteum’s Solitär while a third jury will simply experience the performance acoustically in the Wiener Saal. A positive evaluation from just one jury will qualify the participant for the next round.

Scientific monitoring

The project is scientifically accompanied by the Institute for the History of Musical Reproduction and Interpretation (IMRI). The data of individual recordings stored by the Enspire Pro system should be used in targeted individual analyzes for pianistic interpretation. The evaluation of the discourse and the decision-making (criteria) of the individual juries will be made available in a subsequent presentation in open access and will be included in follow-up projects of the IMRI for pianistic interpretation research.

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