The Gurwitz 2024 International Piano Competition is divided into four (4) live competition rounds in San Antonio, TX, USA. Below are repertoire requirements for each round.
ROUND I (27 – 28 JANUARY 2024)
Each contestant (12 total) will prepare a 45 to 50-minute recital program, including breaks in between pieces. There are no restrictions and the contestant may choose the repertoire freely in this round. [Please note: We will have a pretty strict performance schedule and will not be able to go over time. Judges also reserve the right to stop a performance if it exceeds the time limit.]
ROUND II (30 JANUARY 2024)
Each semifinalist (6 total) will prepare a 45 to 50-minute recital program, including breaks in between pieces. [Please note: We will have a pretty strict performance schedule and will not be able to go over time. Judges also reserve the right to stop a performance if it exceeds the time limit.]
The contestant may choose their repertoire under the following requirements:
- At least one (1) work by a composer from their own country of origin.
- At least one (1) work from a composer of Latin-American or Spanish origin. (In the case a participant performs a work by a Spanish or Latin-American composer as their ‘country of origin’ piece, this participant must choose another Spanish/Latin-American composer for this work(s).) An award will be given for the Best Performance of a Latin-American/Spanish Work at the end of the round.
ROUND III (1 FEBRUARY 2024)
Each finalist (3 total) will perform the following:
- Contemporary work(s): One or more work(s) written after 1950 (not to exceed 12 minutes), chosen by the performer.
- A commissioned chamber music work for piano and Latin-American ensemble by San Antonio composer Aaron Prado, DMA. All 12 selected competition contestants will be sent the work by September 2023 for preparation.
ROUND IV (3 FEBRUARY 2024)
Each finalist (3 total) will perform one of the following piano concertos below with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Scott Yoo.
- van Beethoven, Ludwig – No.4, op.58, G major
- van Beethoven, Ludwig – No.5, op.73, E-flat major (Emperor)
- Grieg, Edvard – op.16, A minor
- Liszt, Franz – No.1, S.124, E-flat major
- Prokofiev, Sergey – No.3, op.26, C major
- Rachmaninoff, Sergei – No.2, op.18, C minor
- Ravel, Maurice – M. 83, G major
- Schumann, Robert – op.54, A minor
- Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich – No.1, op.23, TH 55, B-flat minor