Below are the categories available in the competition. There has been some debate over the minumum standards set for the respective categories. Let us know if you agree or not!
The Concerto Festival is a very exciting category. Six contestants will be chosen from this category to perform with the Rhodes Orchestra under the baton of Juan Munoz on the 8th of October 2009.
There will be special cash prizes awarded in each category for the best performance of a South African composition...
and there are also special cash prizes on offer for the best rendition of an instrumental piece by Haydn, or the best performance of a vocal work by Handel. These prizes celebrate the 200th and 250th anniversary years of these great composers respectively, and may be won by any candidate in any category.
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The minimum standard is Grade 2 or equivalent. Entrants are required to perform two pieces of contrasting styles in the first round with a maximum total time of 8 minutes; and to add a further piece for the second round, with maximum total time 10 minutes.
The minimum standard is Grade 5 or equivalent. Entrants are required to perform two pieces of contrasting styles in the first round, with a maximum total time of 10 minutes; and to add a further piece for the second round, with maximum total time 15 minutes.
The minimum standard is Grade 8 or equivalent. Entrants are required to present a programme with at least three contrasting styles lasting a maximum total of 40 minutes. Round 1: Entrants should select a 20-minute programme from their recital programme. At least two contrasting styles of works should be performed. Round 2: Entrants perform their complete recital.
Entrants should present a movement of a concerto. A complete concerto is allowed only if it is a single movement. The concerto movement may not be played in any other solo category.