The 5th Top of the World International Piano Competition 2017 is open to pianists of any nationality, born between 01.01.1982 – 01.01.2000. Former prize winners of the Top of the World International Piano Competition are ineligible for participation. Pianists who within the last five years have studied on a regular basis with any member of the 2017 International Jury, or who are close relatives of a jury member, will be ineligible for participation. However, this does not pertain to the situations that members of the International Jury may be acquainted with some participants in the competition because of past associations (for example, previous competitions, music festivals or master classes).
Invited contestants will be provided with free hotel accommodation in Tromsø for the whole period of the competition even if they fail to qualify for the second or final rounds.
The application fee is $150 which is paid using the Apply Payment in the Application Form. The applicant will be accepted officially as a contestant when the Competition receives this fee.
Invited contestants must book and pay their own travel to and from Tromsø.
First round with 24 contestants: Free choice of pieces maximum total playing time of 30 min.
Semifinal with 12 contestants: Free choice of pieces maximum total playing time of 55 min.
Finale with 3 contestants: One of two submitted concertoes with orchestral accompaniment chosen from this list:
Beethoven No 3, 4, 5
Brahms No 1
Chopin No 1,2
Liszt No 1,2
Prokofiev No 2, 3
Rachmaninov No 2, 3
Tsjaikovskij No 1