• All works are to be chosen by the competitor.
  • The chosen repertoire specified for the different rounds (see below), should consist of contrasting works from different style periods.
  • Competitors may not perform their own compositions or own transcriptions. Transcriptions by recognised composers are allowed.
  • Full details of every work must be included on the entry form (i.e. composer, full title, complete opus number, key, names of movements, style period and exact duration).
  • When selecting repertoire lists for solo rounds, competitors should bear in mind the following criteria:
    o Musicianship and virtuosity.
    o Musical expressiveness and interpretative ability.
    o Contrasts in tempo and character.
    o An understanding and portrayal of different musical style periods, i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary.
  • Any repertoire changes must be submitted in writing and signed by both the competitor and the teacher. No changes in repertoire will be allowed to the competition repertoire after 26 August 2011.
  • Different movements from a work played will be considered collectively as one (1) work. However, different movements from a substantial sonata, played in different rounds, will be allowed as separate pieces.
  • Works may not be repeated in the first three public rounds of the competition.
  • The order in which pieces are to be performed in each round is left to the discretion of the competitor.
  • Repeats are not required, but da capos should be performed.
  • Pianists are required to perform all works from memory.
  • Concertos for all instruments must be played from memory.
  • Pianists may only perform solo works in the audition round as well as in public rounds 1 and 2 (i.e. no concerto movements or other works with second piano accompaniments).
  • Should performances exceed the time limits (see below), the jury will request competitors to stop.
  • Competitors, who play less than the minimum time of 20 minutes allocated for the third round, will be penalised by a percentage reduction from their allotted mark for each minute or part of a minute below 20 minutes; or may be disqualified.
  • Copies of scores may be requested from competitors.
  • Participants are required to choose their concerto for the final round from Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library concerti list, which can be downloaded here.

Qualifying Audition Round

  • A programme not exceeding 10 minutes, consisting of two (2) contrasting works, must be played.
  • These works must form part of the competitor’s repertoire for the competition in the following public rounds.
  • One of these works should be from the Baroque (or pre-Baroque) or Classical period.

First and Second Rounds

  • Four (4) works from at least three (3) different style periods must be performed.
  • One (1) of the works performed must be a movement from a 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:
    o First Round: 2 Contrasting Works: Maximum duration 10 minutes
    o Second Round: 2 New Contrasting Works: Maximum duration 15 minutes

Third Round

  • A recital with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and a maximum duration of 25 minutes, consisting of contrasting works; as well as:
  • A movement from a concerto (1st or 3rd movement); or a single work for the chosen instrument and orchestra; or two movements from a concerto (slow and fast movements); or a complete concerto - all subject to a maximum duration of 20 minutes (to be performed with piano accompaniment). For more detail on the concerto see ‘Final Round’.

Final Round

  • Repeat performance of the concerto performed in the third round, accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Competitors are required to choose their concerto for the final round from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library concerti list, which can be accessed on the Artscape website at
  • In the event that the competitor cannot find an appropriate concerto on this list, the following information needs to be submitted together with an application to present another concerto:
    o Full title of chosen work and composer.
    o Publisher of the work.
    o Proof of availability of the full orchestral parts for the concerto in South Africa, whether to hire or purchase.
    o A professionally-sourced hire or purchase cost quote.
  • Should the orchestral parts of the chosen concerto not be available in South Africa and have to be sourced from abroad, the competitor may be held responsible for the cost incurred.
  • 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.

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