Rules for 2019 Competition – Piano

RULES [Draft]

42nd Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for Canadian and Contemporary Music Piano

April 19 to 21, 2019

  • This year’s competition is open to pianists born after January 1, 1989 and before January 1, 2001.
  • Competitors must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Previous first-place winners of the E-Gré Competition are not eligible to compete in subsequent E-Gré Competitions.

Preliminary Round

  • The preliminary stage of the competition requires each competitor to perform a 30 to 35 minute recital, with each work submitted as individual MP3 files. Competitors may perform any repertoire for solo piano written after ca. 1950.

NOTE: Competitors are reminded that the competition’s mission is to promote excellence in the performance of Canadian and new contemporary music. Competitors are therefore strongly encouraged to program repertoire written after 1950. However, works written ca. 1950 are eligible. In addition, for all rounds, competitors should consider an innovative and balanced program that best reflects their musical strengths in concert.

  • At least 50% of the total performance time must be devoted to Canadian works.
  • The jurors will consider the programming of the recital as well as the quality of the concert performance.
  • The recordings should be recent (within 18 months), and be of high quality, without editing or enhancement of any kind. Submitting an edited recording will result in disqualification from the competition.
  • Competitors are advised that recordings must be of good technical quality; avoid negative factors such as poor room acoustics, out-of-tune pianos, and poorly placed or balanced microphones, as these may influence jurors’ marks. Jurors can reject a poorly produced recording. Please listen to all of your MP3s to ensure that they play properly all the way to the end.
  • Applications must be completed on the website

In order to apply, the following steps must be completed in this order:

(a)  Register as a user on the website.

(b)  Fill out the online application form, including your name and contact information. Completing this form allows the database to create a folder for you in order to upload your documents.

(c)  The following documents need to be uploaded (please include your last name in each file name): 

(i)   a scanned legal document(s) [such as birth certificate or passport, etc.] certifying date and place of birth, nationality, and residence of the competitor;

(ii)  a curriculum vitae;

(iii) a separate list of teachers’ names of the last five years and specific years spent with each teacher;

(iv) a scanned copy of the CD declaration form, to be completed and signed by the recording technician in attendance. For multiple recording sessions, submit a form for each session;

(v) a list of submitted MP3s including file names, full titles of works as they appear on the score (including movements), date of composition, full names of composers, timings and performance order.

(vi) a PDF copy of each score. Each score should be contained in a single electronic file (i.e. there should NOT be a separate file for each page of the score) with all pages oriented correctly (i.e. no pages upside down or sideways). The files should be named according to the following naming convention: your last name_title of work_composer’s last name.pdf

     For example: Smith_Incantation_Forsyth.pdf

(d)  Upload MP3s of your recorded repertoire. The files should be named according to the following naming convention:

your last name_title of work_composer’s last name_performance order.mp3

For example: Smith_Incantation_Forsyth_1.mp3

(e)  A non-refundable registration fee of $125.00 in Canadian currency must be paid to the E-Gré Competition. Payment may be made using Paypal on the competition website: Cheques and money orders in CANADIAN currency made out to the “Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition” are also acceptable. No application will be considered until this fee is received.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, on December 1, 2018.

Competitors will be notified of the preliminary jurors’ selections by January 31, 2019. t

Final Rounds 1 & 2

  • A maximum of six (6) competitors from all eligible applicants will be selected to perform both Final Rounds 1 and 2 of the E-Gré Competition. For both final rounds, competitors must perform a live recital that consists of the following:

(a) The 2019 commissioned Canadian work by Brian Current (counts as 8 minutes).

(b) Additional works for solo piano written after ca. 1950.

  • At least 50% of the total performance time must be devoted to Canadian works.
  • DURATIONS: The Final Round 1 recital must be 30 to 40 minutes long. The Final Round 2 recital must be 40 to 50 minutes long.
  • Any competitor who wishes to include works with an electronic playback part or works that include other elements (such as supportive percussion, props, prepared piano, video, etc.) must consult with Artistic Director Megumi Masaki ( no later than February 15, 2019. Please include a copy of the score with a list of technical requirements in your email request.
  • A maximum of 10 minutes of works performed in the preliminary round of the competition may be repeated in the semi-final recital.
  • In order for the jury to hear competitors in a broad range of repertoire, competitors are not allowed to repeat any semi-final repertoire in their final program, except for the commissioned work. For the Final Round 2 recital, competitors may include works from their preliminary program which were not performed in their Final Round 1 recital.
  • Competitors must submit their list of repertoire for both rounds to the E-Gré office on or before February 28, 2019.
  • During the recital, a volunteer will time the actual performance length of each work (not including walk-on, walk-off, applause, etc.) to verify that the time limit and the Canadian content percentage were met.
  • The jurors will consider the programming of the recital as well as the quality of the concert performance.

Competition Details

  • Final rounds 1 & 2 will be held at the Brandon University School of Music from April 19, 2019 to April 21, 2019.
  • Expenses are the responsibility of the competitor—including travel, meals, and accommodation. All six selected finalists will be provided with free admission to all E-Gré Competition weekend events (presentations, masterclasses, gala concerts, workshops etc.)
  • The competitors’ order of performance will be determined by a drawing of lots in the afternoon before the competition begins (April 28, 2019).
  • In determining the final mark, the Final Round 1 marks shall count as 40% and the Final Round 2 as 60% of the total ranking.
  • Finalists will be required to sign a statement guaranteeing their availability for the winner’s national concert tour, which normally takes place in October/November of the same year as the competition.
  • Prizes will be distributed as follows:
    • First prize: $8000 cash prize + recital fees (ca. $5,000) from the winner’s national tour
    • Second prize: $3000
    • Third prize: $2000
    • Fourth prize: $1000
    • Fifth prize: $1000
    • Sixth prize: $1000
    • Best performance of the commissioned Canadian work: $1000


  • The awarding of all prizes is at the discretion of the jury. The decision of the jury is final and beyond appeal.
  • A member of the jury who is related to or has taught a competitor during the five years preceding the opening of the competition may not take part in the voting for that competitor.
  • The chair of the jury will cast a vote only in the case of a tie.
  • The E-Gré Competition reserves the right to record, broadcast, televise or stream the semi-finals and finals. Should a broadcast take place, competitors and accompanists renounce all claims and fees.
  • Any situation not covered by these rules shall be referred to the board of directors, whose decision on such matters shall be final.