THE GURWITZ

2020
13th INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

NEW WEBSITE WITH DETAILED INFORMATION: COMING IN DECEMBER 2018

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE MAY 31, 2019

The information in this booklet is subject to change –
we are developing the new website, please come back for more details soon.

Formerly SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION (SAIPC)
presented by MUSICAL BRIDGES AROUND THE WORLD

MEMBER OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITIONS (WFIMC)

NEW WEBSITE WITH DETAILED INFORMATION: COMING IN DECEMBER 2018

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE MAY 31, 2019

VENUES
San Antonio, Texas | USA

  • Ruth Taylor Recital Hall at Trinity University
  • Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
  • Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | H-E-B Performance Hall
PARTICIPANTS
Pianists from any country up to 32 years old on the day of the 1st Round of the competition (January 26, 2020)
PRIZES
1st PRIZE | $25,000

2nd PRIZE | $15,000

3rd PRIZE | $10,000

Audience Award | $5,000

DATES
January 26 – February 1, 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 31, 2019
Entrance fee – $100
FINAL ROUND
With San Antonio Symphony, Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
CONTACT
Elena Portnaya, DMA
Artistic Coordinator
[email protected]

ABOUT

Founded in 1983, the San Antonio International Piano Competition has presented 12 events with participants from all over the world, once every 4 years. Musical Bridges Around the World recently took over management of the competition and renamed it “The Gurwitz” in honor of Ruth Jean Gurwitz – the Competition’s guiding hand and President Emeritus. In April 2018, The Gurwitz was accepted to the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), founded in 1998 is a 501c3 non-profit performing arts company charged with the mission to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse visual and performing arts programming. SAIPC merged with MBAW in 2017, aligning with the organization’s mission statement and vision for the future.

The Gurwitz will take place in San Antonio, TX from January 26, 2020 to February 1, 2020. The competition consists of four rounds, the final round in partnership with the San Antonio Symphony – conducted by Head of Jury, Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

An international panel of judges will consist of some of the world’s top pianists, conductors, instrumentalists, and managers, including Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Olga Kern, Afa Dworkin, Boris Slutsky and Yaron Kohlberg.

The 2020 competition will be a part of MBAW’s 7th International Music Festival: a showcase of novel pairings and commissioned works by some of the most esteemed musicians from around the globe.

PROGRAM

ROUND I
50 minute recital with program chosen by the participant.

Participants should include repertoire from Classical and Romantic periods.

ROUND II
45 minute recital, featuring*

1) 20th or 21st century work(s) by composer(s) of the participant’s country of origin. Pianists are invited to perform their own compositions in this round.

– and –

2) Work(s) from composers of Latin-American heritage including those of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central & South American origin.

*In case a participant performs work by a Latin-American composer as their ‘country of origin’ piece, they may choose an alternative 20th or 21st century work by another composer for this round.

ROUND III
Performance of commissioned chamber ensemble piece for piano and world music instruments
ROUND IV
Performance of one of the following piano concertos with the San Antonio Symphony:

  • Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich No.1, op.23, TH 55, B-flat minor
  • Grieg, Edvard op.16, A minor
  • Schumann, Robert op.54, A minor
  • Prokofiev, Sergey No.3, op.26, C major
  • Rachmaninoff, Sergei No.2, op.18, C minor
  • Liszt, Franz No.1, S.124, E-flat major
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van No.4, op.58, G major
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van No.5, op.73, E-flat major (Emperor)
  • Ravel, Maurice G major
  • More information to be posted as available
  • World Music Round (III) commissioned piece will be made available for download in January 2019

Program, venue and judges are subject to change.