During the competition, six works from different style periods plus a movement from a concerto or independent work for instrument and orchestra must be performed, all works are to be chosen by the participant.

Full details of the repertoire must be provided on the entry form. Works may not be repeated in the different rounds. The works performed in the audition round must form part of the competition repertoire. Approval of the concerto is subject to the suitability of the work within the context of the competition and availability of the necessary orchestral parts in South Africa. The decision of the competition organisers on this matter is final. Participants are required to choose their concerto for the final round from Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library concerti list, which can be downloaded here. In the event that the participant cannot find an appropriate concerto on this list, the following information needs to be submitted with this application: Full title of chosen work and composer, Publisher of the work, Proof of availability of the full orchestral parts for the concerto in South Africa, A professionally sourced hire of purchase cost quote. Copies of scores may be requested from participants. The order in which pieces are to be performed in each round is left to the discretion of the participant. Participants may not perform their own compositions or own transcriptions. Transcriptions by recognised composers are allowed. Different movements from a work will be considered collectively as one (1) work. Participants performing from music scores must use original scores – no photocopies will be allowed. Should performances exceed the time limit, the jury will request participants to stop. Any repertoire changes must be submitted in writing and signed by both the participant and the teacher. No changes will be allowed to the competition repertoire after 4 September 2009. When selecting repertoire lists for solo rounds, participants should bear in mind the following criteria:

  • Musicianship and virtuosity
  • Musical expressiveness and interpretative ability
  • Contrast in tempo and character
  • An understanding and portrayal of different musical style periods, i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary

A programme not exceeding 10 minutes and consisting on two (2) contrasting works must be played, these works must form part of the participants competition repertoire. One of these works should be from the Baroque (or pre-Baroque) or classical period. Pianists may only perform solo works, i.e., no concerto movements or other works with second piano accompaniments are allowed at the audition.

First and second rounds
Four works from at least three different style periods must be performed in the first two rounds. The specific works and style periods for these rounds are to be indicated on the entry form. Full details of every work must be included: i.e., full title, complete opus number, key, and names of movements. One of the works performed must be a movement from classical or romantic sonata. A sonata movement from a later style period is allowed for brass instruments, saxophone and percussion. Works must be presented as follows:

  • First round:
    2 Contrasting Works
    Maximum duration 10 minutes
  • Second round:
    2 New Contrasting works
    Maximum duration 15 minutes

Third Round
Two or more new contrasting works with a maximum duration of 15 minutes
A movement from a concerto (1st or 3rd movement) or a single work for the chosen instrument and orchestra; or two movements from concerto (slow and fast movements); or a complete concerto- all subject to a maximum duration of 20 minutes-must be performed with piano accompaniment.

Final round
The work for the chosen instrument and orchestra performed in the third round, accompanied by the Cape Phil harmonica Orchestra.

Feedback on performances will be given by the jury after the third round.

Official accompanists
Participants are responsible for arranging their own accompanists. Information on available accompanists in Cape Town can be requested from organisers.

Recording of Performances
The organisers reserve the right to record all performances during the competition, to be used at their own discretion for radio and television broadcasts. By signing the entry form, each competitor renounces all rights, fees and claims relating to such recordings, films and broadcasts.

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