4.1. The competition shall comprise a qualifying round and three rounds of live auditions.
4.2. The qualifying round shall be held by a special jury headed by the Artistic Director of the Competition, based on the recordings submitted. The Competition participants shall be chosen after the qualifying rounds.
4.3. Not more than twelve participants will be admitted to the first round of the Competition.
4.4. Not more than eight participants will be admitted to the second round of the Competition.
4.5. Not more than four participants will be admitted to the third (final) round of the Competition.
4.6. Upon arrival, all participants shall file copies of the music sheets of the compositions to be played with the Organising Committee. These will not be returned after the auditions.
4.7. Participants will be provided with rehearsal classrooms for individual practice before each round, and will be given time for unplugged rehearsals on the concert hall stage that will house the Competition, in accordance with the rehearsal time-table.
4.8. Participants may arrive at the Competition with their own accompanists, which shall be indicated in their Applications.
4.9. If so desired, participants may be provided with accompanists for their first and second round programmes, which shall be requested in their Applications.
4.10. The sequence of the participants’ recitals shall be determined by drawing lots and then followed throughout the Competition; however, the Head of the Jury may decide to alter the sequence in the case of a participant’s illness or other force majeure circumstances.
4.11. The participants shall determine the sequence of the compositions to be played on their own.
4.12. The live auditions of the participants shall be public.
4.13. The compositions shall be played from memory. A sonata may be played by note.
4.14. The results of each round of the competition shall be announced upon its completion.
4.15. The competition shall be held in accordance with the schedule published on the Competition’s website.
4.16. The finalists of the Competition and their accompanists will be required to take part in the Competition closure ceremony and prize winners’ concert on 15 February 2021.