Repertoire Rules

Each competitor will program repertoire in Rounds I, II, and III at his/her discretion.   The maximum time for each round must include time between movements and between compositions.  Failure to comply with the specific time limit for each round may result in a penalty by the Competition Jury.

The choice of repertoire for each segment of the competition is at the competitor’s own discretion, but should demonstrate his/her programming skills by including compositions by a variety of composers, reflecting contrasting styles and periods.  The selections should also showcase the applicant’s pianistic capabilities and virtuosity.

Competition repertoire for each round, in the order you plan to perform each piece, must be submitted to the competition office no later than December 31, 2018.  Changes may be made up to, but no later than January 15, 2019.

ROUND I: Competitors will each perform a solo recital not to exceed 25 minutes.

ROUND II: Competitors will each perform a solo recital not to exceed 30 minutes. Repertoire from Round I may not be repeated.

ROUND III (Semi-Finals): Semi-Finalists will each perform a solo recital of repertoire of his/her own choosing, not to exceed 50 minutes. Repertoire from earlier rounds may not be repeated.

ROUND IV (Finals) Finalists will each perform one complete work from the 2019 Concerto List below with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Morris Russell:

2019 Approved Concerto List
Please note that Chopin – Concerto No. 1 has been removed from the list and Prokofiev – Concerto No. 3 has been added.

  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Beethoven – Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
  • Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  • Grieg – Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
  • Liszt – Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
  • Liszt – Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125
  • Mozart – Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
  • Mozart – Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467
  • Mozart – Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
  • Mozart – Concerto No. 25 in C major, K.503
  • Mozart – Concerto No. 26 in D major, K.537
  • Prokofiev – Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Rachmaninoff – Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Rachmaninoff – Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Saint-Saëns – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Schumann – Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
  • Tchaikovsky – Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23