V Marbella International Music Competition

Youth Categories

3 Age Divisions!

Revolutionary voting system


19th JULY 2019

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 30th September 2009).

-Division B: under 14 years old (born after  30th September 2005).

-Division C: under 18 years old (born after 30th September 2001).

3) Dates of competition and place:

-Monday 2nd September 2019, 19:00: Drawing lots, registration, concert by Michael Davidov.

-Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 18:00: Division A, 1st Round Division C.

-Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 19:00: Division B and Final Round Division C.

All events will take place in the Museo del Grabado Contemporáneo Español, Calle Hospital Bazán s/n.

4) Repertoire:

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

Max. 10 minutes program, including pauses between pieces.

Division B: Free repertoire, to include an Etude and at least 2 works.

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) and one virtuoso piece. 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) and a composition by a Spanish composer. It could be written in any style but must be published.

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.



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 to guarantee a fair competition and to transform the "pure" competitive atmosphere in something more open, pedagogic and new. We believe that this system is a big step to improve the competitions world.

In this sense:

A) The Jury members will comment live the performance after each competitor in the First Round of the Division C and in the rounds of the Divisions A and B.

B) After all performances of each Division, the jury will deliberate. The deliberations will be OPEN TO PUBLIC (!) and video recorded. Afterwards, the result will be announced and the recording will be posted on our YouTube channel.

3. In the First Round of Division C: each Jury member will vote YES/NO/DOUBT and announce it directly to the competitor on-stage. This way a list of possible finalists will be done. After all the performances the Jury will deliberate to announce the definitive result. The number of Division C participants admitted to the Final Round is not fixed.

4. In the Final Round Division C: after all the performances, the jury will deliberate and announce the winners.


In a case of a tie in any Round, the Jury will vote different options to clear the tie. In the deliberations, the jury will assign marks to each participant and a total score will be drawn.



6) Prizes:


Division A:

1st Prize: Scholarship to attend the Masters of Tomorrow Course 2020, valued in 180 EURO. 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 2020 with Prof. Michael Davidov, valued in 585 EURO. 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 2019-2020.


Special Prizes:


a) Special Prize "Iberia Junior", will be awarded to a finalist for the best performance of Spanish music. Diploma.

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

c) Special Prize "W. A. Mozart", will be awarded to a finalist for the best performance of the classical work. Diploma.

d) A Special prize-scholarship, valued in 585 EURO, may be given to the Main Prizes winners, to attend the Piano Masterclasses 2020 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.


7) Admission procedure:


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


Documents to be enclosed:

-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: 25 / 35 / 75 Euro, for the Divisions A / B / C (15 / 25 / 50 Euro, for applicants joining 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 three 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 10 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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