20th edition: Repertoire Requirement

General Rules for All Categories

  1. There is no set edition of the music scores.
  2. It does not matter which edition of music scores is performed except Waltz Op.69-1, Op.69-2, Op.70-1, or Op.70-2
    – Fontana version must be performed if they use Paderewski edition or Henle edition.
  3. Audition video must be submitted in the form of URL linked to such as YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox and etc. The video image must show the pianist’s hands and the right side of his/her whole figure, filmed with one camera without cuts during the performance of a piece. Volume control in the recording is not allowed.
  4. All works performed during the competition must be played from memory. (Except Chopinist S Category)
  5. “Freely selected Solo Work(s)” must be up to 3 works.
  6. Assigned repertoire must be performed in the listed order (i.e. A -> B [-> C]).
  7. If a combination of 2 or 3 pieces is to be performed in the same group (A,B,C), they must be followed in the same order as stated in the application form.
  8. In case 2 or 3 pieces are selected from the same opus number work, they must be applied / performed in the order of low number to high number.
    – Acceptable: Op.24-1 -> Op.24-3 / Op.24-1 -> Op.18
    – NOT acceptable: Op.24-3 -> Op.24-1
  9. All repetitions must be omitted except Da Capo, unless stated otherwise in the repertoire list.
  10. The jury reserves the right to interrupt the performances if they overrun.
  11. Contestants with small hands may omit a note in an octave or play it as an arpeggio.
  12. Contestants are expected to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations provided by the organizer. Failure to comply with the requirements may be subject to disqualification.
  13. A change to any of the chosen repertoire stated in the application form is not allowed.
  14. A foot pedal extender may be used but must be brought in and installed by a contestant or his/her attendant.
    *Please be reminded that foot pedals must NOT be used in Preschool Category.
  15. Music with + are available for purchase at IMC Music Publisher. For more details, please contact us:
    Publishing Department, IMC Music Publisher
    Tel: +81 (0)3 6907 2535 / Fax: +81 (0)3 6907 2565 / Email: soft@imc-music.net
  16. For those who have selected pieces from the Polish Music Book I: Click here for a List of Errata (only 1st edition)

Please click or tap the links to see the repertoire requirement (PDF format)

Professional Category

Solo Categories

Concerto Categories

Chopinist Categories (ex-Amateur Categories)

Notes for Japanese Participants Who Currently Reside Abroad / 海外在住の日本国籍参加者の方へ

コンチェルトI, AA, AB, B, C & アマチュアコンチェルトA部門に参加希望の日本人は、全国大会(2次予選)からの参加となります。全国大会で事務局でのピアノ伴奏者の手配(無料)をご希望される場合には、応募の際にご記入下さい。ご自分で伴奏者を手配される場合には、伴奏者への謝礼・交通費等は参加者の方のご負担となります。弊社での手配の場合、全国大会(2次予選)・アジア大会(本選)とも、本番前日までの事務局が指定する日時・会場・内容にて1度事前リハーサルを実施致します。(参加者からの日時指定等にはお応えできません。)詳細につきましては、該当する参加者に事務局より連絡致します。

Rehearsal for Professional and Concerto Categories [Concerto I, AA, AB, B, C and Amateur Concerto A Category]

For those who have successfully passed into the final, a rehearsal will be arranged by the organizer one or possibly two days prior to the final round. Details will be announced to each contestant at the end of December.

Notes on Specific Repertoire

Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante Op.22

Contestants may choose to play the Polonaise part only, starting from Allegro Molto, if required by the imposed time limits.

Chopin: Scherzo No.1 B minor Op.20

Those enrolled in Chopinist A and Chopinist S Categories must NOT play the places and measures indicated below in the final round:

 *1st bracket
 *mm. 125 – 240

Chopin: Scherzo No.2 B flat minor Op.31

Those enrolled in Chopinist A and Chopinist S Categories must NOT play the measures indicated below in the final round:

 *mm. 133 – 264

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 E minor Op.11, 1st movement & No.2 F minor Op.21, 1st movement

To those enrolled in Professional, Concerto B& C, Chopinist Concerto A Categories:
Appropriate cuts shall be made in all tutti sections (i.e. sections played by orchestra/string quartets only). The solo piano part, however, remains as written; therefore please be ready to play the whole movement. There will be no cuts in the 2nd and 3rd movements.

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