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Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Competitions are open to pianists of any nationality.
The age-qualifying date for all categories is Jan. 1, 2019.
Former first-prize winners of the Bösendorfer/Yamaha International Piano Competitions may not re-enter.
All performances are open to the public.
The Yamaha USASU Senior and Junior Young Artists competitions will consist of three rounds:
All performances will be held at the School of Music at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Jan. 15–19, 2019.
The order in which competitors perform will be determined by drawing lots.
The order of works to be performed in any of the rounds may be determined by the competitor.
Semi-final competitors who do not advance to the final round will have the opportunity to meet with members of the jury to discuss their performance.
The jury reserves the right to not award all prizes. The first prize of each category cannot be shared. Other prizes may be shared at the discretion of the jury. The decision of the jury is final and is not subject to challenge or any review. The committee reserves the right to make changes to the jury panel.
Jury members will disclose any information about competitors who have studied with them in the past five years or who are going to study with them following the competition. Jury members will be asked to recuse themselves, when appropriate, in order to maintain the integrity of the voting process. Jury members may also elect to recuse themselves from voting for any competitors due to personal or professional reasons. In both cases, a software application, which has proven itself in other competitions such as the Cleveland, Van Cliburn, and Tchaikovsky competitions, will be used in place of the recused juror.
The Young Artist Committee chairman, and the president of the competition will resolve any unexpected situations that may arise in the execution of these guidelines.
All winners for the Yamaha USASU Young Artists International Senior and Junior Competitions must perform at the winners' recital and awards ceremony scheduled for Sat., Jan.19, 7:30 p.m. in Katzin Hall at Arizona State University School of Music.
Prizes may be subject to tax, according to U.S. tax laws in effect at the time of the competition. Awards will be mailed to prize winners approximately two weeks following competition.
The program of the competition final concert will be decided by the competition jury.
Foreign competitors are responsible for obtaining their own passports and visas. Competitors should contact the nearest American Embassy or consulate for advice.
Competitors must pay their own travel expenses to/from Tempe, Arizona. A limited number of competitors may be accommodated with volunteer families in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Priority will be given to competitors with financial need arriving from overseas.
Competitors requesting a host family accommodation should indicate that on their application forms with the understanding that the competition may or may not be able to place them with host families. Tourist demand for hotel space will be high during this time, so competitors are urged to make hotel reservations to assure finding a room. There are many hotels located within close distance to the university (it is advised to look for a hotel within zip code 85281).
Competitors will be notified of their acceptance and required arrival time for the semi-final and stage I round by Dec. 1, 2018.
Competitors in the Yamaha competitions will perform on a Yamaha CFX (9') concert grand.
Bösendorfer and Yamaha grand pianos will be available throughout the competition for a limited number of practice hours per day for each competitor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music. Other reserved ASU practice rooms with grand pianos will be available as well.
In the course of their careers, prize-winners may not undertake to claim to have won any prizes other than those they have actually been awarded.
The competition has the right, without being obliged to pay any form of remuneration to either competitors or their managers, to:
A COMPETITION OF UTMOST INTEGRITY
The voting procedure being utilized in the 9th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions was designed by John MacBain, PhD, who is both a mathematician and musician (violinist). Involving a sophisticated computer software program that calculates results based on numerical scores, this system had been designed for and used successfully by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and later, the Cleveland International Piano Competition. It has been used by the USASU International Competitions since their inception in 2006. Currently, the Van Cliburn competition and the Tchaikovsky competition (since 2012) have also adopted this system. There are two underlying premises of the system. The first is that the opinion of a juror is contained not so much in the actual scores given, but in the distribution and spacing of the scores. This is coupled with an assumption that each juror has only a certain amount of "opinion" to contribute to the final decision, much like sending someone on a purchasing trip with a fixed budget. In order to maintain the integrity of the voting process, jury members will abstain from voting for any competitor they have taught in the past three years or will teach in the immediate future or competitors with whom they have a family relationship. Jury members may also waive their vote for personal or professional reasons. All declarations of abstentions will be made the night before the competition begins and will be maintained throughout the competition. Jury members will score each candidate on a range of 1 to 25 (except for declared abstentions). All voting will be by written ballot, without discussion. Jury members will sign their ballots with a number, picked at random and known only to the executive director, statistician and president. To balance the scores of a consistently high-scoring juror with a consistently low-scoring juror, the scores of all jurors are processed by computer software to the same statistical distribution. This scoring procedure overcomes a potential difficulty, because it eliminates the impact of any one juror's abstention. The decision of the jury is final and is not subject to challenge or review.