* Exclusions: relatives of Edition HH owners, employees, editors or authors; relatives of Windsor Piano School owners or employees; students of members of the jury.
The competition is open to pianists aged 5 to 18 years from any country worldwide.*
Entry is through video submission exclusively, within three age groups (the group is determined by the player’s age on the day the video recording is submitted):
- Group A: 5-8 years
- Group B: 9-12 years
- Group C: 13-18 years
Single participation only is permitted.
By applying to take part, participants are bound by the rules of the competition. The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules, schedule and other information at any time.
Application and cost
By completion of the online Application Form, together with proof of identity and age.
Online payment of the entry fee of UK£35 (non-returnable) should be made at the time of application.
Closing date of entry is midnight on Tuesday, 31 May 2016.
An unedited Video of the pieces played one after the other without interruption is to be submitted by link or file-transfer for placement on the Edition HH Video Channel.
Participants should announce at the start of the recording their name, age and the titles of the pieces chosen.
The video should be recorded by a single camera, with the pianist’s body and hands clearly in the frame, and the sound must be clear and free of background noise.
Video recordings will not be returned to the owners and will remain the sole property of Edition HH Ltd.
Submissions in other media are not permitted.
In each Group one of the works from the Edition HH Catalogue specified below is compulsory. Thereafter, participants are free to choose the remainder of their programme, within the overall time duration for the Group. All pieces are to be played from memory.
Group A (up to 10 minutes)
Group B (up to 15 minutes)
Group C (up to 20 minutes)
The organizers guarantee that all video submissions will be reviewed and judged by a panel of distinguished professional pianists and teachers:
Prof. Peter Basquin (City University of New York, USA)
Prof. Avi Schönfeld (European Centre of Pianistic Research, Maastricht, Holland)
Prof. Edita Stankeviciute (Windsor Piano School, UK)
The decision of the Jury is final. No comments will be provided and no correspondence will be entered into.
First – £100 and music from the Edition HH catalogue to the value of £75
Second – £50 and music from the Edition HH catalogue to the value of £50
Third – £25 and music from the Edition HH catalogue to the value of £25
Prize-winners are invited to take part in the final concert.
Announcement of winners
All participants will be notified of the jury’s decision by e-mail on Friday, 10 June 2016.
Prizes will be given at the final concert in Oxford University’s Holywell Music Room – the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe (1748) – on Sunday, 10 July 2016.
Prize-winners invited to the final concert are responsible for their own travel and accomodation expenses.
Children under 18 years of age are the responsibility of parents and guardians at all times.
Registration is now closed.