V Marbella International Music Competition


19th JULY 2019

Unique voting system!

Concert opportunities for the winners

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Rules of participation

Top Artists Category

1) Eligibility:

Pianists of all nationalities and up to 35 years old (born after 31st August 1984) are invited to apply. Winners of the 1st Prize in past editions may not apply to the same category again.


2) Dates of competition and place:

-Registration and drawing lots: Thursday, 12th September 2019, 19:00. Centro Cultural Hospital Real de la Misericordia, Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos. Followed by a Concert by Jacques Rouvier and Kateryna Diadiura.

-First Round: Friday, 13th September 2019 (morning and afternoon). Centro Cultural Hospital Real de la Misericordia, Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos.

-Semifinal Round: Saturday, 14h September 2019 (morning and afternoon). Centro Cultural Hospital Real de la Misericordia, Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos.

-Final Round: Sunday, 15th September 2019, 17:00. Teatro Ciudad de Marbella, Plaza de Ramón Martínez 3.


3) Repertoire:


First Round: Free choice repertoire including obligatory at least one original barroque piece (composers born between 1580 and 1729, transcriptions are not admitted). Max. duration 20 minutes, including pauses betweeen pieces.

Semifinal Round: Free choice repertoire to include a complete Sonata from the classical period (composers born between 1730 and 1799) and at least one piece from the favourite repertoire of Arthur Rubinstein (see the list below). Max. duration: 35 minutes, including pauses betweeen pieces.

Final Round: Free choice repertoire to include at least one romantic piece (composers born between 1800 and 1859). Max. duration 45 minutes, including pauses betweeen pieces.

IMPORTANT: it must be included a composition by a Spanish composer, either in the First Round, the Semifinal Round or the Final Round. It could be written in any style or from any time period but must be published.

The list of favourite works of Arthur Rubinstein:

F. Schubert: Impromptus Op. 90 n. 3 or n. 4.

F. Chopin: Nocturnes (any), Preludes (any), Waltzes (any), Mazurkas (any), Polonaises (op. 44, Op. 53 or Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61), Barcarolle, Berceuse, Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66, Ballades (any), Scherzos (any), Sonatas (any separate movements will be accepted).

F. Liszt: Valse oubliee, Consolation n. 3, Liebestraum n. 3, Mephisto-Walzer n. 1, Hungarian Rhapsodies (n. 10 or n. 12).

R. Schumann: Arabeskas, Fantasiestücke Op. 12, Träumerei, Widmung.

J. Brahms: Intermezzo (from Op. 117, Op. 118 or Op. 119), Rhapsody Op. 79 (n. 2).

S. Rachmaninov: Prelude Op. 3 n. 2.

S. Prokofiev: March (from The Love of the Three Oranges), Suggestion Diabolique Op. 4 n. 4, Visiones Fugitives Op. 22 (any three numbers).

C. Debussy: Preludes Book I (any), Preludes Book II (Ondine), Images, La Plus que Lente, Estampes (any).

E. Granados: Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor (from Goyescas).

I. Albéniz: Evocación or Triana (from Iberia), Sevillanas (Suite Española N. 3), Córdoba (from Cantos de España Op. 232), Navarra.

K. Szymanowski: Mazurkas Op. 50 (any).

M. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance, Dance of the terror, Fantasía Bética*.

H. Villalobos: A prole do bebê (book I), Rudepoema*.

I. Stravinsky: Three movements from Petrushka*.


*These wonderful pieces were dedicated to maestro A. Rubinstein


All pieces must be performed by memory. No prepared-piano pieces will be accepted. It is not allowed to repeat any piece throughout the competition. All pieces must be published and free of performing rights.



4) Jury:


The jury will consist of especially invited renown musicians. The names of the jury members will be given in the opening ceremony.

5) Voting procedure:


The voting system in our competition is completely unique! We have designed it seeking for a fair competition and to transform the "pure" competitive atmosphere into a more open, pedagogic and new approach. We believe that this system is a big step to improve the world of music competitions.

In this sense:

A) The vote of the Jury members will be given immediately after the performance of each competitor in the First and the Semifinal Rounds.

B) The deliberations of the jury after each round will be OPEN TO PUBLIC (!) and video recorded. Afterwards, the recording will be posted on our YouTube channel.

Eliminatory and Semifinal Rounds: each Jury member will vote YES/NO/DOUBT and announce it directly to the competitor on-stage. A brief commentary may be given. After all the performances the Jury will deliberate to announce the definitive result. During the deliberation each Jury member will give a mark to each participant and a total score will be drawn. The number of participants admitted to the Semifinal Round is not fixed.


Final: Up to THREE competitors will be admitted (the Jury reserves the right to admit a fourth finalist at its discretion).


In a case of a tie in any Round, the Jury will vote different options to clear it.



6) Prizes:


Main Prizes 2019

1st Prize: 5.000 EURO

-Offered by the Townhall of Marbella.

-Medal/trophy, diploma.

-Invitation to a public recital.


2nd Prize: 2.500 EURO

-Offered by the Royal Music Society (U.S.A.).

-Medal/plaque, diploma.

-Invitation to a public recital.


3rd Prize: 1.500 EURO

-Offered by the Davidov Music Association.

-Medal/plaque, diploma.

-Invitation to a public recital.

Special Prizes:

a) Special Prize "Arthur Rubinstein": Consisting in one recital and a honorific diploma/medal. It will be awarded to the First Prize Winner. Offered by Asociación Amigos de la Música de Marbella.

b) Special Prize "Iberia", will be awarded to a finalist for the best performance of Spanish music, consisting in one recital.


c) Special Prize-Recital "ConserPrize": given by the commission of piano students from the Marbella Municipal School of Music and Dance. This prize will be awarded to one of the finalists.

d) Special prize-scholarship: valued in 585 EURO, will be given to one of the finalists to attend the Piano Masterclasses 2020 with Prof. Michael Davidov. Offered by the Davidov Music Association.

e) Audience Prize: given to the most voted finalist by the audience in the Final Round. Conmemorative plaque.

7) Application procedure:

In order to apply to the competition, the applicant must submit all the required documents via e-mail to: marbellaintmusfest@gmail.com

Documents to be enclosed:

-Online filled up Competition Application Form.

-Copy of birth certificate or ID Card or Passport.

-Biography listing musical education, awards, performances, etc.

-Copy of the transfer of the Competition Application Fee of 100 Euro free of bank commissions (80 Euro for applicants joining also the Marbella Music Masterclass Series 2019!).


The bank details will be provided once we receive all the listed documents.



8) Travel, accommodation and food:

Each competitor must arrange his/her own travel and accommodation. We could offer accommodation in a youth hostel, located at walking distance from the competition venues. Please, contact the administration for more information.


Competitors participating in the Masterclass 2019 who wish to stay in the same youth hostel, may book four additional nights through the competition organisation.

9) General considerations:


a) All Jury members will sign a declaration about their relationship (personal and professional) to each competitor.


b) The jury members, excepting the Artistic Director, will not know the names, ages, nationalities, biographies or teacher's names of any of the competitors.

c) Competitors and any person from their circle are not allowed to interact with any jury member while they are in the competition. In case this rule is not observed by any competitor, he/she might be excluded from the competition. This rule does not apply to competitors who are eliminated.


d) The decisions of the Jury are indisputable.


e) Any legal action is not possible.


f) In case the competitor is not present at the moment of calling to perform, he/she will be automatically excluded from the competition. Any medical or other issues must be communicated immediatly to the competition secretary, at least 2 hours before the performance time.


g) The Application Fee cannot be refunded under any circumstances.


h) All bank commissions must be paid by the applicant.


i) Applicants will be selected on the basis of their resume. Once the first 15 applications have been received, the administration reserves the right to ask further applicants for recommendation letters and establish a more strict selection process.


j) Applications after the deadline may be considered only if there are free places in the competition.


k) The selected repertoire should demonstrate competitor's musical and pianistic abilities. Aesthetical, formal and stylistic understanding of the pieces will be valued together with technical-mechanical control of the instrument.


l) Changes in the repertoire will be accepted until 1st September. Any further changes will need to be approved by the Artistic Director.


m) Any multimedia material taken during the competition such as video recording of any competition rounds, pictures, etc., may be used exclusively by Davidov Music Association with advertisement purposes. 


n) By sending your documents you accept these Rules.


o) These Rules are valid from the moment of posting them on the website or on our official channels at Facebook and Twitter.

p) Any change or incorporated new rules will be officially communicated by Davidov Music Association.

q) In case of any disputy regarding the interpretation of these Rules, the English version will be the official one.

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