College of Fine Arts and Design

Competition Rules and Procedures

The Kuleshov International Piano Festival and Competition, funded by the Swigeart Foundation, will be held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma at the Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the Center for Transformative Learning building on February 22-25, 2018.

  1. Applicants must be age 15-24 on February 21, 2018.
  2. All competitors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  3. The Jurors retain the right to stop a performance at any time if the allotted time is surpassed.
  4. The decision of the Jury is final.
  5. Application materials submitted may be used for publicity purposes. Contestant performances will be recorded and can be used by the Kuleshov International Festival and Competition with the contestant’s permission. Unauthorized recording is not allowed.
  6. Applicants will provide the panel of jurors one published edition of each piece. No unauthorized reproductions will be accepted.
  7. If a contestant has been a student of a jury member in the past five years, he/she is ineligible to compete.
  8. Up to 10 semi-finalists will be selected in each division by a screening jury from the preliminary online applications and video submissions.
  9. These invited semi-finalists in each division are required to provide their own travel and lodging accommodations. Practice facilities will be provided by the University of Central Oklahoma and the School of Music. For international students and certain domestic students who travel long distances, host families in the Edmond, Oklahoma area may be available.
  10. Cash prizes will be awarded and winners announced after the Finals Concert Round on Sunday night, February 25.
  11. A $2000 prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each category. A $1000 prize will be awarded to the second place winner in each category, and a $500 prize will be awarded to third place winner in each category.
  12. A $500 award will be given by the Brisch Center for Historical Performance to the student with the most outstanding performance of Bach – this award spans both divisions.
  13. A special $1000 Jung-Springberg award ($500 per division) for outstanding musicianship will be awarded.
  14. Taxes may be withheld from a prize winner who does not provide a social security number or tax ID.
  15. Judges reserve the right to withhold a prize if the performance fails to meet a high standard.
  16. Steinbuhler alternate-size keyboards are available to competition pianists who wish to use them. UCO encourages pianists interested in trying various keyboard options to make an appointment to do so by contacting Dr. David Forbat at Appointments can be accommodated throughout the year. The 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition is currently using these keyboards. Only The 6.0 Steinbuhler keyboard is available for the Kuleshov International Piano Festival and Competition.

    For an example about Steinbuhler utilization within a competition format, please visit:
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