VI Marbella International Music Competition

Youth Categories


3 Age Divisions!


19th JULY 2021

Online edition: no travelling required!

Marbella International Music Competition 2018, Jury: Michael Davdov, Delia Steinberg, Tensy Krismant, Maddalena de Facci

Applications 2021 are closed! Come back next year to register for the VII Marbella International Music Competition 2022!

Apply now! Divisions A & B

Apply now! Division C

Rules of participation

Youth Category "Rising Stars"​

1) Eligibility:

Pianists of any nationality are invited to apply.

2) Age Divisions:

-Division A: under 10 years old (born after 1st September 2011).

-Division B: under 14 years old (born after  1st September 2007).

-Division C: under 18 years old (born after 1st September 2003).

3) Dates of competition and place:

The entire competition will take place virtually this year due to the global pandemic affecting our world.

4) Competition development:

All participants wishing to apply are asked to send video recordings of their performances. Free repertoire to be chosen according to the requirements detailed below. The jury will review the recordings and send their votes to the administration of the competition. A live deliberation of the jury for each competition round will be streamed online. The jury will evaluate the recorded performances of the following repertoire:

Division A: Free choice repertoire, to include at least 2 works.

Max. 10 minutes program, including pauses between pieces.

Division B: Free choice repertoire, to include an Etude.

Max. 20 minutes program, including pauses between pieces.


Division C:

First Round: Free choice repertoire including obligatory one barroque piece (composers born between 1580 and 1729).

Max. duration 10 minutes, including pauses between pieces.

Final Round: Free choice repertoire to include at least one work from the classical period (composers born between 1730 and 1799).

Max. duration 20 minutes, including pauses between pieces.

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


5) Prizes:

Division A:

1st Prize: Scholarship to attend the Masters of Tomorrow Course 2022 and participate in one of the concerts. Medal, diploma.

2nd Prize: Medal and diploma. Recommendation letter from the jury.

3rd Prize: Medal and diploma.

Division B:

1st Prize: Scholarship to attend the International Masterclass 2022 with Prof. Michael Davidov and participate in one of the concerts. Medal, diploma.

2nd Prize: Medal and diploma. Recommendation letter from the jury.

3rd Prize: Medal and diploma.

Division C:

Main Prizes:


1st Prize: 300 EURO, medal/trophy, diploma.

2nd Prize: 200 EURO, medal, diploma.

3rd Prize: 100 EURO, medal, diploma.


The First Prize winner will be invited by the Davidov Music Association to perform a recital in Marbella during the season 2022-2023.


Special Prizes:

a) Special Prize "J. S. Bach", will be awarded to a finalist for the best performance of barroque music. Diploma.

b) Special Prize "L. van Beethoven", will be awarded to a finalist for the best performance of the classical work. Diploma.

d) A Special prize-scholarship, may be given to one of the finalists, to attend the Piano Masterclasses 2022 with Prof. Michael Davidov. Prize offered by the Davidov Music Association.

e) Honorific Diplomas and a limited number of Special Mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. All contestants will receive a Participation Certificate/Diploma.

6) Jury:

Prof. Elena Christianou (Greece)

Prof. Michael Davidov (Spain - Israel)

Prof. Tensy Krismant (Cuba)

Prof. Stanislav Pochekin - President (Russia - Spain)

7) Voting procedure:


Votes + Live streamed deliberation system.

Each Jury member will select the winners through voting "1st Prize" / "2nd Prize" / "3rd Prize" / "No Prize" in the Divisions A and B and in the Final Round of the Division C ("YES" / "NO" / "DOUBT" votes in the Eliminatory Round of the Division C) and accompany those votes with a mark. Once the administration has counted all the votes, each candidate will receive a sum of points and the jury deliberation will start.

The sum of points of each candidate will be published during the deliberation but the individual marks given by each juror will be kept secret until the end of the competition.

In the deliberation, the jury will discuss the results and decide which candidates should pass to the next Round or obtain a prize. The number of participants admitted to the Final Round of Division C is not fixed.

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

In a hypotetical case, when a student of a Jury member is taking part in the competition: the vote of this juror to his student(s) will not be taken into account, instead, a middle score from all other jurors' votes will be drawn for this participant.

8) Admission procedure:


In order to apply to the competition, applicants must follow the indicated steps below, submiting all the required documents to: marbellaintmusfest@gmail.com

1. Fill up the 2021 Competition Application Form online.

2. Send us an e-mail attaching a copy of your birth certificate or ID Card or Passport. Include also a biography listing musical education, awards, performances, etc.

3. Payment of the application fee of 25 / 35 / 75 Euro, for the Divisions A / B / C respectively. Bank details will be provided after receiving the 2021 Competition Application Form.

4. Instructions for the video recordings:

a) You may send us Internet links to the recorded repertory (Youtube, Wetransfer, etc. Other options may be accepted - please consult with the administration!).

Upon request, it is also possible to send physical recordings (DVD, memory stick, memory card, etc.). In this case, the administration will upload the videos to the Youtube account of the competition and share the links with the jury members. 

b) It is not allowed to include any biographical information in the recording. Your name, nationality, place of study, etc., must remain secret in the title, the description and the commentaries of the recording. It is also not allowed to announce your name before, during or after the performance of the pieces.

c) The recordings of the repertoire for all three rounds must be sent during the application process. In the Application Form you will see spaces to add all the links.

d) Each piece should have a separated link or track.

e) In case of Sonatas or other works formed by a group of pieces: each movement/piece could be recorded separately and then put together in one single video link or track.

9) General considerations:

a) The jury members, excempting the Artistic Director, will not receive information regarding names, ages, nationalities, biographies or teacher's names of any of the competitors.


b) The decisions of the Jury are indisputable.

c) Any legal action is excluded.

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

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

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

g) 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.

h) Changes in the repertoire will be accepted only until 19th July 2021. Any further changes will need to be approved by the Artistic Director.

i) All multimedia material received from the competitors, such as video recordings of any competition rounds, pictures, etc., may be used exclusively by Davidov Music Association with advertisement purposes. 

j) By sending your documents you declare that you understand and accept these Rules.

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

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

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