(rev.2024.01.01)
General Information and Application 
 
ELIGIBILITY  This competition is open to pianists of all nationalities of age 35 and under as of June 7, 2024. First-prize winners of previous (2019, 2022, 2023) International Concerto Competitions organized by Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts are not eligible to compete. If passed the Video Preliminary, the applicants should be able to appear in person for the Semi-Final and Final Rounds in Boston. And if chosen as the winner, to participate in all rehearsals and performance. 

APPLICATION FEE  A non-refundable USD $100 is required for all applicants, payable to Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, 3 Partridge Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA. It could be paid
online or by a bank check.

IMPORTANT DATES

June 7, 2024 Application Deadline
June 22, 2024: Video Preliminary results announced
July 6, 2024: Semi-Finalists confirmed
August 15, 2024: Announcing the required orchestral excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 to be included in the Semi-Final Round.
August 17, 2024, 1-6 pm: Semi-Final Round at NEC's Williams Hall
August 18, 2024, 7-11 pm: Final Round at NEC's Williams Hall
August 21, 2024, 7-10 pm: Orchestral rehearsal with winner soloist at NEC's Jordan Hall
August 23, 2024, 7-10 pm: Orchestral Dress Rehearsal at NEC's Jordan Hall
August 24, 2024, 7:30 pm: Orchestra Concert at NEC's Jordan Hall

Awards

  1. The first prize winner will receive USD $5,000 award and performing at NEC's Jordan Hall on August 24, 2024, 7:30 pm with Mercury Orchestra, the national winner of the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance, and conductor Channing Yu, 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.
  2. The first prize winner will also be invited back to perform a solo recital in the 2025 Summer FREE Concerts @ NEC , with additional compensation.
  3. The Second prize winner will receive USD $2,000 cash award. By judge's decision, the second prize winner maybe invited back to perform a solo recital in the 2025 Summer FREE Concerts @ NEC , with additional compensation.
  4. The Third prize winner will receive USD $1,000 cash award.
  5. Those who passed the Preliminary and advanced to the Semi-Final Round could request housing arrangement from Wednesday August 14 to Monday August 19, 2024, and that of the first-prize winner to Sunday August 25, 2024.
  6. Those who passed the Preliminary and advanced to the Semi-Final Round could request a travel reimbursement up to USD $300 based on the travel related receipts.

Jury Panel
The judges will not give scores to his/her current students


For Video Preliminary
(alphabetically)

  1. Professor Ning An 安寧, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.
  2. Professor Grace Chung 鍾曉青 , Tainan National University of The Arts, Taiwan 國立台南藝術大學
  3. Professor Jianing Kong 孔嘉寧, Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
  4. Professor Anton Nel, University of Texas at Austin - Butler School of Music
  5. Dr. Yinfei Wang 王寅飛, Manhattan School of Music, USA

For Semi-Final and Final Rounds (alphabetically)

  1. Mr. Richard Dyer, retired senior music critic of The Boston Globe, USA. Jury of international piano competitions including the Van Cliburn, Cleveland, Sendai, among others.
  2. Professor Jung-Ja Kim, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, USA.
  3. Professor Michael Lewin, Head Piano Department of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, USA. Artistic Director of the Boston Conservatory Piano Masters Series.
  4. Professor Sergey Schepkin, Carnegie Mellon University, and New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory, USA,
  5. Mr. Channing Yu, Conductor Mercury Orchestra, USA,

Official collaborative pianist

  • Mr. Haiqi Zhang

How to apply

  1. Submit a non-refundable USD $100 application fee ON LINE , or
    postal mail a bank check payable to

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
3 Partridge Lane,
Lincoln, MA 01773
USA.

  1. Email the Application to foundation@chineseperformingarts.net with the following:
  1. The application form. This form is available on our website.
  2. An image of a government issued official proof of birth date, such as the passport or driver's license.
  3. For applicants who are under 18, the parent/guardian's information and signature are also required
  1. Upload the unedited screening videos to YouTube (or Youku for students in China). Provide the links with detailed repertoire information in the application form. The video recording should be prepared from within the past two years.
     
  2. AUDITION Repertoire: Repertoire choices should show the applicants range technically and musically. It should include both A and B of the following
     
    1. FIRST movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
    2. One or more solo piece(s) in contrasting style at competitor’s choice.

    All pieces must be played by memory. The repertoire could be repeated in the Semi-Final Round.
     

  3. The total duration of the videos should not exceed 20 minutes.
     
  4. The results of the Video Preliminary will be announced by June 22, 2024 via e-mail. Up to ten (with two additional on wait-list) applicants will be invited to the Semi-Final Round on Saturday August 17, 2024 at New England Conservatory's Williams Hall to perform solo pieces by memory, plus a required orchestral excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the concerto, to be announced on August 15, 2024 (two days before the Semi- Final Round) in front of the Jury Panel and audience.
     
  5. The chosen Semi-Finalists should confirm their participation via e-mail no later than July 6, 2024, and provide the repertoire for the Semi-Final Round. A short bio of 250 words or less, and a head-shot photo for publicity purpose are also required. The Semi-Finalists should indicate whether housing is needed. Practice rooms will be provided at New England Conservatory.
     
  6. The requirements of repertoire for the Semi-Final Round include two parts:
  1. 15 to 20 minutes of solo piece(s) of contrasting styles that must include a FIRST movement from a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert. The repertoire from the video of the preliminary round could be repeated in the Semi-Final Round.
  2. A required orchestra excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 to be announced on August 15, 2024 (two days before the Semi-Final Round). Performance will be accompanied by the official collaborative pianist on the second piano.
  1. If the competitor exceeds the time limit, the Jury has the right to stop the performance.
     
  2. The competitors should arrive New England Conservatory at least two hours prior to the assigned time slot. Warm-up practice rooms will be provided.
     
  3. All travel expenses are the applicant's responsibility. Upon request, a travel reimbursement of USD $300 could be provided based on the travel related receipts.
     
  4. The order of appearances at the Semi-Final Round will be determined by drawing on Wednesday August 14, 2024, 6 pm at NEC's Williams Hall. If the candidates could not appear in person, his or her designated representative (with prior notice) could draw on his or her behalf. This order will be used for rehearsals, Semi-Final and Final rounds.
     
  5. The Jury’s decision is final and binding. This event is open to the public.
     
  6. Up to four Finalists will be invited to the Final Round next evening, Sunday August 18, 2024, 7 pm to 11 pm at New England Conservatory's Williams Hall in front of the same Jury Panel. This event is open to the public.
     
  7. Each Finalist will have one hour rehearsal with the official collaborative pianist on Sunday August 18 from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 1 pm to 4 pm, on assigned time slot. Individual practice rooms will be provided.
     
  8. The Finalists will perform the assigned concerto in its entirety from memory, with the official collaborative pianist on the second piano. The result will be announced right after the Final Round. The Jury’s decision is final and binding. This event is open to the public.
     
  9. The first prize winner will start rehearsals and performance with Mercury Orchestra on dates and venues as listed above.
     
  10. By signing the Application and Release Form, the applicant and/or his/her parent/guardian of the applicant agrees to release the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts  中華表演藝術基金會, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Mercury Orchestra, and their agents and employees from any and all claims, demands, and cause of action on account of any injury, illness, or loss which may occur during his/her participation in the 2024 Fou Ts'ong International Concerto Competition, and the Summer FREE Concerts @ NEC 2024.
     
  11. Application and Release Form



Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Fou Ts'ong International Concerto Competition 2024
Concerto 2024:
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

www.ChinesePerformingArts.net
Email: foundation@chineseperformingarts.net

APPLICATION AND RELEASE FORM 2024



Name: (English first name) _________ ( English last name )____________
 
Nationality as shown on passport or passport-equivalent document: _________________

Birth Date (MM/DD/YR): ___________Age (as of June 7, 2024) ______ M□ F□

(Government issued official proof of birth date required, attach a scanned image of passport or equivalent)

Mailing Street Address: _________________________________________
 
City _______________ State/Zip ________ Country _______________
 
Mobile Phone:________Email of applicant: _______________________
 
Current School and Grade: ___________________________________

Current teacher: __________ Email: ___________________________
 
Other teacher(s) of the past two years: ______Email(s): _______________
 
Other teacher(s) of the past two years: ______Email(s): _______________
 
Videos for Preliminary Audition: (composer, complete title of the work and movements)
 
Upload the unedited screening videos to YouTube (or Youku for students in China), and provide the links with detailed repertoire information below.
 
AUDITION Repertoire: Repertoire choices should show the applicants range technically and musically. It should include both A and B as below:

A, FIRST movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
B, One or more solo piece(s) in contrasting style at competitor s choice.
 
The total duration of the videos should not exceed 20 minutes. All pieces must be played by memory. The repertoire could be repeated in the Semi-Final Round.
 
Composer, complete title of the work and movements
 
1:_______________________________________length: _____ min
 
Link of the video:__________________________________________
 
 
2:_______________________________________length: _____ min
 
Link of the video:__________________________________________
 
3:________________________________________length: _____ min

Link of the video:_________________________________________
 
4:________________________________________length: _____ min
 
Link of the video:__________________________________________
 
 
Names of Parents/Guardian (if applicant is under 18):

 ____________________________________________

 
Mobile phone of parents/Guardian (if applicant is under 18):

 ______________________________________

 
Email of Parents/Guardian (if applicant is under 18):

 _____________________________________________

 

Release Statement

All applicants are required to sign

 
I, _______________________(Name), release the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts 中華表演藝術基金會, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Mercury Orchestra, and their agents and employees from any and all claims, demands, and cause of action on account of any injury, illness, or loss which may occur during my participation in the Fou Ts'ong International Concerto Competition, and the Summer FREE Concerts @ NEC 2024.
 
 
________________________________ ________________________
Signature of Applicant Date
 
______________________________________ ________________________
Signature of Parent or Guardian Date
if under 18 years of age

 
Please return the Application and Release Form, proof of birth date, the YouTube or Youku links of the Preliminary Audition video, and a non-refundable application fee of US $100, via Paypal or by a bank check payable to Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, before June 7, 2024, to:
 
Dr. Catherine Tan Chan 譚嘉陵
Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
中華表演藝術基金會
3 Partridge Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA
Mobile: 617-968-7094
Foundation@ChinesePerformingArts.net
www.ChinesePerformingArts.net
 



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