WORK OF THE JURY


When adjudicating the candidates and awarding Prizes the Jury must take into account artistic as well as instrumental aspects of the performances.

After assessment of the candidate's artistic and instrumental standard as demonstrated through the varied repertoire of the rounds, the individual Juror votes for the candidates who, up to the time of voting, in his or her opinion are the best qualified. It is thus the individual candidate's overall performance throughout the competition that must always be taken into account.

 Upon voting any other aspects like gender, age, nationality or earlier achievements may not be taken into consideration. Only the actual performance on this competition should be taken into consideration.

 All prizes should be awarded. No prizes may be shared.


REGULATIONS

The Jurors will vote independently and may not discuss the performances before or during the voting procedure.  

Jurors may not communicate with any active participant.  

The vote of a Juror will be taken into account only if he or she has heard the performance completely. If a member of the jury, with approval of the Management of the Competition, was not present during the performance, this member of the jury will henceforward be disqualified for voting this performance.

The ballots must be signed by the Jurors. After each voting the Chairman collects and counts the ballots, ensuring that the ballots are signed.

The Competition board will count the votes and give to the Chairman and the Administration of competition to check the counting.

 Any Juror who on a regular basis has been the main piano teacher of any of the candidates may not judge this candidate.  

VOTING PROCEDURE


Round 1

Each jury member votes YES or NO.  10 candidates with the most YES votes will be qualified to the round 2. If there is a situation that because of same amount of votes there are more participants who ought to pass to the next round, the jury votes for these participants again, using the same system. If the problem is still not solved, the Chairman takes the final decision.

 
Round 2


Each of the jury members place all candidates in order of their preference.  

1

2

3

etc.

 
6 candidates with the lowest average points are advanced to the preselection finals. 

If there is a situation that because of same amount of votes there are more participants who ought to pass to the next round, the jury votes for those participants again, using YES or NO system.

Votes that differ from the majority on a very large scale – more than 8 points - are taken away.

In the case of conflict or unclear situations the chairman makes the final decision.

 Preselection Finals and Finals

 Preselection Finals and Finals will be voted with ranking system with pluses.

+++ for the person on the 1st place

++ for person on the 2nd place

+ for the person on the 3rd place

 

After the votes, the pluses are counted. The more pluses, the higher placement.

 

If two or more candidates receive the same number of pluses, a separate ballot using the same system or discussion is held. If it is not be possible to come to a decision, the chairman makes the final decision.

All votes are published afterwards. However, the jury member´s name will not be mentioned together with the votes.


Special prizes

The jury chooses 3 people for each prize using the ranking system with pluses. The special prizes are not awarded to any of the top 3 finalists.


+++ for the winner of the special prize,

++ for person on the 2nd place for the special prize

+ for the person on the 3rd place for the special prize. Person with the most pluses wins the prize. If two or more candidates receive the same number of pluses, a separate ballot or discussion is held. If it is not possible to come to a decision, the chairman makes the final decision.


Special prizes hate to be decided on Sunday 24/02 at the jury meeting at 13.30 before the start of the final.


Special Prizes:

Best performance of a piece by J. S. Bach in the Round 1, 

5000 SEK

Best performance of a Virtuoso Etude in the Round 1, 

5000 SEK

Best performance of a Piece written after 1900 in the Round 2, 

5000 SEK

Best performance of a Piece of the Romanic period in the Round 2,  

5000 SEK

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Very important! The jury should take notes and be ready to give comments to all participants who will not have passed forward. After each round´s results are announced, the jury will have an official time to give comments. It will happen in the café downstairs of the big hall.

After each of the preliminary rounds, the names of the candidates who proceed further are made public in the performance order.

If a member of the jury does not participate in the competition, for example on account of ”Force Majeure”, the Management has the possibility to appoint a new member of the jury immediately.  

The decision of the Jury is final and cannot be appealed.  

Jury 2019:

 

ROund 1, Semi finals, Pre-Finals & Finals:

Prof. Leslie Howard, President of the jury

Prof. Alexey Lebedev, Professor at the Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea

Prof. Eliane Reyes, Professor at Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles

Eric Schoones, ​Editor in Chief at Pianist Magazine

Akemi Alink, Pianist, Board Member of Alink- Argerich Foundation
joining jury from Semifinal:
Johannes Nebel, Founder Opus magazine & Manager at Eliasson Artist Management
joining jury in the Finals:
Johannes Gustavsson, Chief conductor at Wermland Opera.




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