Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition 2020

The Rules and the Repertoire of the International Category

Rules, international category


The Foundation for Music Promotion in Central Finland, Finnish Music Campus Institutions and the Jyväskylä Sinfonia are organising the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition in Jyväskylä from 25 February to 5 March 2020. The competition is for pianists and their ensembles. The competition includes two categories. The international category will be held from 27 February to 5 March.


The international category is for competitors who are 16 to 35 years old. The competitors must be citizens of the Nordic or Baltic countries or citizens of other countries who have studied in the Nordic or Baltic countries for more than three consecutive years. Ensembles can be a piano trio, a violin and piano duo or a piano duo, which can be performed as a duo for four hands as well as on two pianos. All ensemble types compete in the same category. The prizes for the category will be specified in the prize list. The Jury will have the right to award the prizes in some other way at their own discretion.

The competition is open to ensembles whose members’ ages on the first day of the competition are within the scope of the category. In case the ensemble does not have a name, piano duos will be named after the pianist whose surname comes first in alphabetical order. For other ensembles the name will be the surname of the pianist.


Applications are to be submitted online at no later than 11:55 p.m. (Finnish time) on 15 November 2019. The Secretariat will send a confirmation of receipt of the application. If confirmation is not received, it is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that the application has arrived on time. In addition to their competition repertoire, ensembles must provide the Competition Committee with the sheet music for possible compositions of their own as well as a photo and a short CV of no more than 200 words. When necessary, applicants must be able to prove their age and their institution affiliation.

The competition fee for ensembles in the international category is 90€ and is to be paid at the time the application is submitted. Applications are registered only after the fee has been received and the pre-selection video has been uploaded. The fee is non-refundable.


For the pre-selection process each participant must upload a video of the first round repertoire according to the application instructions. Competitors will receive a notice of the pre-selection results by 15 December 2019. Thereafter an alphabetical list of the ensembles chosen for the competition will be published on The Foundation for Music Promotion in Central Finland website (


The draw for the order of performances will be held on 5 February 2020 and the preliminary schedule will be sent to each competitor selected for the competition.


Competition participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals.


Results are published at the end of each round. Eliminated applicants will be given verbal feedback if the schedule permits.


Competition performances are open to the public. The competition organisers have the unlimited right to photograph, record both audio and video, broadcast or post on the Internet the competitors’ performances, including the competitors’ own compositions. Taking photographs and making audio or video recordings without the authorisation of the competition organisers is prohibited.


The Jury has the right to cut short a performance that exceeds the allotted time. Exceeding the allotted time may result in disqualification.


In situations that are unclear, the Competition Committee will rule on possible disputes regarding the interpretation of rules or other competition-related issues.


The competition organisers reserve the right to make changes.


The original language of the rules is Finnish. Any issues due to translations will be settled on the basis of the Finnish text.


Repertoire, international category


Ensembles can be a piano trio, a violin and piano duo or a piano duo, which can be performed as a duo for four hands or on two pianos. Both of these piano duo types can be used in the same performance if the ensemble so chooses.


Pre-selection is based on a video of the first round repertoire that will be submitted with the application. Instructions for submitting the application and uploading the video will be found at The application period ends on 15 November 2019.

FIRST ROUND, no more than 25 min.

A classical work composed before 1830 or parts of the work performed with instrumentation set by the composer. Composers can be Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert as well as composers of the same period, e.g. Clementi, Dussek and Hummel.

SECOND ROUND, 45-55 min.

The repertoire must include works from different musical styles, at least one of which was composed after 1945. Parts of the works may also be played, and repeats can be performed at the discretion of the ensemble.

THIRD ROUND, Concerto Final with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, one of the following concertos:


Concertos for Piano Duo, performed at either one or two pianos

Carl Czerny : Piano Concerto in C major for four hands and Orchestra, Op. 153, performed at either one or two pianos

(Public domain,,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for 2 pianos in E flat major, K 365


Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, FP 61

(Salabert Boosey Hawkes)


Concertos for Violin and Piano Duo

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Concerto for Violin and Piano in G Major Op.17

(Artaria AE439)

Bohuslav Martinu: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra, H.342

*(Jörg Metz,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in D KV Anh.56 (315f), reconstructed by Philip Wilby

(, Music Sales America)


Triple Concertos:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56

(Urtext Henle HN 610)

Alfredo Casella: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Op 56

*( Mäenpää, +46-(0)70 564 2321)

Bohuslav Martinu: Concerto for Piano Trio and String Orchestra, H. 231

*( Mäenpää, +46-(0)70 564 2321)


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