Conditions 2019

38th International Piano Competition
from 22 to 26 april 2019

To be held in Madrid, Spain in accordance with the following rules:

Extended deadline for registration until April 7

1. Registration

In this competition may enrol pianists of any nationality, aged between 18 to 30 years by the time of the competition, who have not obtained the first prize of this competition in previous editions.
The registration period is open from the date of this notice until April, 7th of 2019 inclusive and registration will be made by sending the registration form via the competition website.
The registration fee is 95€ (Ninety-Five Euros). The full name of the participant must be clearly written.
The payment will be made for the full amount, free of charges for the competition, by bank transfer to:

Banco Popular, Calle Princesa, 72
28008 Madrid, España.

Cta. Nº 0075 6040 36 0601599993
IBAN: ES48 0075 6040 3606 0159 9993

After checking the information and verifying the payment of the registration fee, a confirmation will be sent by email.
In no case neither the registration fee nor the documents submitted will be returned.
The falsity of any information contained in the documents involves the immediate cancellation of the application and participation rights.
The documentation submitted by the participant will be confidential and handled with the utmost discretion.
The registration of participants will be made in strict order of arrival of the inscriptions.
If the maximum number of contestants (70) is reached, the organization reserves the right of admission for applications received after the quota has been filled. It will then select candidates on the basis of their CV and an audiovisual recording of a work of approximately 10 minutes which may be freely chosen by the applicant and is recommended to be included with the registration form.

Registration form


2. Competition Development

The competition will be held at the Victoria Theatre, located 19 Pizarro Street – ground-floor, right, Madrid. (See maps)

Reception and draw of contestants
On Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8:00pm, a welcome reception and a draw will be held to determine the order of participation of the contestants.
Before taking part in the competition the contestants must submit an official document that guarantees their identity.

First test
The first test will take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 9:00am, at the Victoria Theatre and will require the interpretation of:

A) A study from F. Chopin to be chosen among the following:

Op. 10 u Op. 25 (except Op. 10 nº 3, 6 and 9 and Op. 25 nº 2, 7 and 9)

B) A study to be chosen among the following authors:

F. Chopin (except those listed in paragraph A).
F. Liszt (except Transcendental Etudes Nº 9 “Ricordanza”, Nº 11 “Harmonies du soir”, and concert etude “La Leggerezza” S 144 Nº 2).
A. Scriabin (except op. 2/1, op. 8/8, 8/11, op. 42/2, 42/3, 42/4, op. 65/2).
S. Rachmaninoff (except op. 33/3, 33/8, op. 39/2, 39/7).
C. Debussy (except N° 3 y 10).
B. Bartók.

At the end of the first round, the jury will announce the list of contestants who have qualified for the second round on the website and Facebook of the competition, and on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre.

Second test

 Will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at a time to be announced and will require the interpretation of:

A) A work of free choice of a composer from the Romantic period to the Contemporary period (Parts of Sonatas will not be accepted). The duration of the work should be between 5 to 15 minutes. This work cannot be repeated in any of the other tests.

At the end of the second round, the jury will announce the list of contestants who have qualified for the third round on the website and Facebook of the competition and on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre

 Third test

Will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at a time to be announced and will consist of:

A) A sonata, to be chosen among the following authors: F. J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven o F. Schubert.

At the end of the third round, the jury will announce the list of contestants who have qualified for the final test on the website and Facebook of the competition and on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre.

Final test

Will take place on Friday, 26 April, 2019 at a time to be announced and will consist of the interpretation of two works to be chosen (except studies from the first test), one of the group A and one from the group B, selected from the following authors:

Group A) F. Chopin, F. Liszt, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, F. Schubert, C. Franck, (except Prelude, Fugue and Variation - Op. 18), G. Fauré, A. Scriabin (until op. 30 included), S. Rachmaninoff, M. Mussorgsky.

Group B) C. Debussy, M. Ravel, S. Prokofiev, B. Bartók, O. Messiaen, I. Stravinsky, A. Berg, A. Scriabin, (from op. 31), I. Albéniz, M. de Falla, E. Granados, A. Ginastera, P. Hindemith.

This test, with its two works, must not exceed 50 minutes of duration.


The works of the three eliminatory tests should be played by heart and without repetitions. The only repetitions allowed are those indispensable for the correct musical phrasing or important interpretative value. The works of the final test can be played with repetitions.
A complete work is defined as the total of pieces that make up the same Opus.
Only changes of repertoire will be accepted in the programs presented until March 31, 2019 inclusive.

 3. Jury

The jury will consider the artistic value and virtuosity of the programs selected in all the tests.
If the jury deemed convenient, they may request from the participant to perform in each test all or any of the works presented, or part of the complete work. Likewise, the jury may request a copy of the scores of all or any of the works.
The decisions of the jury and the organization of the competition are without appeal.

The jury will consist of pianists specially invited. The names of the jury members will be given know before the welcome reception.

4. Awards

The competition establishes the following awards:

First Prize: 5,000 Euros and diploma.
Second Prize: 2,000 Euros and diploma.
Third Prize: 1.000 Euros and diploma.
• Diploma of finalist.

After the final test the decision of the jury will be announced and awards ceremony will take.
The jury may declare any prize void.
All winners are required to personally collect the awards. Otherwise, they will lose the rights to them.
The semi-finalists who want to receive a diploma, may request it to the administrative office.


5. General Conditions

The organization of the International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg, will keep all broadcasting rights, audio and video recording and broadcast on TV and social networks of all the tests of the competition, as well as the rights of recording, in a case of a CD or DVD, and they also can commercialize and give freely, exclusively and without any limitation, the referred rights in favour of any person or entity.
This transfer of rights is carried out free of charge, so the video recording by the audience will be limited.
The competition organizers reserve the right to modify each of the points of these rules, making them known in advance.
For the resolution of any doubts or errors in the translated versions of these rules, the Spanish version will be considered as the official text of the competition.

Madrid, August 2018