The 16th Khachaturian International Competition (hereinafter Competition) will be held in Yerevan from June 6 to 13, 2020.
Conditions of the Competition
The Competition is open for pianists regardless their citizenship and nationality. The age limit of participants must be not younger than 16 and not older than 32 years inclusive at the date of the opening ceremony of the Competition (June 6, 2019).
The Khachaturian International Piano Competition consists of Preliminary video selection and 3 rounds: 1st round, 2nd round (semifinal), 3rd round (final).
No more than 24 participants will be selected to participate in the 1st round of the Competition.
No more than 12 participants will be selected to participate in the 2nd round.
No more than 6 participants will be selected to participate in the 3rd round.
In special cases, by decision of the jury, a larger number of participants can be admitted to the next round of the Competition.
All Competition pieces must be performed by heart. The program of the Competition cannot be changed during the Competition.
Each participant is free to decide the order of his/her pieces during the performance.
The pitch of the piano is 442 Hz.
The Competition will provide contestant with a room for warm-up an hour before performance during each round.
The jury reserves the right to refrain from awarding a prize altogether or to divide a prize. The decision of the jury is final and indisputable.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds of the Competition are open to public.
The order of appearance of participants will be determined by a random draw and will be kept till the end of the Competition.
All rights to recording and broadcast of the rounds of the Competition and the final concerts of the winners (as also to the sale and distribution of the forgoing materials) belong to the Competition Committee; participants will not be compensated.
All the finalists of the Competition are obliged to give a gratis performance on the Closing Ceremony and the concert of the Laureates of the Competition, as well as other concerts organized by the Competition contributing to its promotion with no financial reimbursement.
Selection of participants
Each participant must provide the Competition with a link of his/her video performance of compositions not longer than 20 minutes. Participants must mention in the application form the exact list of compositions, indicating the date and duration of the video recordings.
Videos should be taken by one fixed camera without interruption during performance of one piece. Only videos made after June 6, 2016 are accepted.
The compositions presented during Preliminary selection can be performed also during the next three rounds.
Participants who passed the Preliminary selection will be informed via e-mail. The results of Preliminary selection will be announced on the website of the Competition on April 5, 2019.
An admission fee of €150 is fixed for the participation in the Competition.
Any bank transfer fee should be paid by the applicant. The admission fee will not be reimbursed.
Foreign applicants should transfer the amount to the bank account of the Competition as follows:
Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich AG, Vienna, Austria
UNIBANK, Armenia, SWIFT: UNIJ AM 22
Beneficiary: ARAM KHACHATRYAN-MRTSUYT MSH.HIMNADRAM
Account No: 24130001552602 EUR
Citizens of the Republic of Armenia should make the transfer of the admission fee in AMD to the following bank account:
“Aram Khachaturian Competition” Cultural Foundation
Address: Yerevan, 0009, Zarubyan st. 3
UNIBANK 24130001552600 AMD
How to Apply
Application for participation and other documents should be sent by the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline of the applications is 20 March, 2019. Application form can be downloaded here.
The completed application form should be attached with documents listed below:
- The photocopy of the passport;
- Biography (in English (and Russian if applicable);
- One high resolution artistic photo (of 2Mb minimal size) for use in the Competition print
- 2 letters of recommendation (reference) provided by well-known musicians;
- Copy of the admission fee payment order. No application will be considered without payment confirmation document.
The Competition has the right to reject an application which does not meet the regulations of the Competition. Participants representing false information are subject to disqualification.
An application signed by the candidate indicates that he/she accepts all the conditions of the Competition.
Information for foreign participants
After receiving the invitation, foreign participants should apply to the Armenian Embassy or Consulate in their countries for visa if necessary. You can check the necessity of the visa via this link http://www.mfa.am/en/visa.
During the whole Competition the Committee provides foreign participants with hotel and food.
The Competition does not cover the expenses of accompanying persons.
As of the moment of publication all the rules of participation are correct. However, the organizing committee of the Competition reserves the right of certain adjustments not later than 2 months before the launch of the Competition.
1. One of the following works for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach:
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001,
Grave and Fugue from Sonata in A minor, BWV 1003,
Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in C major, BWV 1005,
Chaconne from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004.
2. Two Caprices for solo violin by Niccolò Paganini at competitor’s choice.
3. One Romance for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven at competitor’s choice from the list below:
Romance No. 1 in G major, Op. 40
Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50.
4. Aram Khachaturian – Song-Poem, op.19 for violin and piano.
1. One of the following sonatas for violin and piano which may be performed with the score:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, op.12/1,
Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, op.12/2,
Violin Sonata No.3 in E-flat major, op.12/3,
Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, op.23,
Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, op.24,
Violin Sonata No.6 in A major, op.30/1,
Violin Sonata No.7 in C minor, op.30/2,
Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, op.30/3,
Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, op.47,
Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, op.96
Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, op.78,
Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, op.100,
Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, op.108
Fantasie in C major for Violin and Piano, op.159, D 934,
Violin Sonata in A major, op.162, D 574
Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, op.105
Violin Sonata No.2 in G major, op.13,
Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, op.45
Violin Sonata in A major
Violin Sonata in G minor, L 140
Violin Sonata in G major
Violin Sonata in E-flat major, op.18
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.80,
Violin Sonata No.2 in D major, op.94a
Violin Sonata, op.134
Violin Sonata in B-flat minor
2. One virtuosic composition at competitor’s choice (not more than 15min.)
3. Aram Khachaturian – Dance for violin and piano in B-flat major, op.1.
Final accompanied by the orchestra
Aram Khachaturian – Violin Concerto in D minor, op.46
Competition management can provide the scores of the compositions by Aram Khachaturian by request.
Cash reward in AMD equal to 15,000 USD*
One concert during 2020/21 and 2021/22 concert seasons with orchestras suggested by the Competition.
Cash reward in AMD equal to 10,000 USD*
Cash reward in AMD equal to 5,000 USD*
The Competition will provide additional special prizes and awards, which will be granted during the Closing Ceremony of the Competition.
* The Prizes will be paid in AMD at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of the RA on the day of payment. Cash reward is liable to taxation in accordance with the tax legislation of RA.