Here is the list of the most frequently asked questions.

The program asks for a sonata of free choice, can it be any sonata?

Yes, totally. It can be a sonata of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Grieg, Bartók, Berg, Prokofiev, Dutilleux, Ginastera, Scriabin, Hindemith…

Should I play the full 45 minutes of the pianist program?

There is a maximum program of 45 minutes, but you can play a program of 20, 23, 25, 28, 30, 32 … 45 minutes.

How can I get a study piano during the Competition?

Organization offers to all participants study pianos during the Competition but not before it. There is a daily schedule and between 2-4 hours study per day.

Can you tell me how long will take me from Ibiza Airport to Centro Cultural de San Carlos?

From the airport to Centro Cultural de San Carlos there are 25 kilometres. You can reach the Centro Cultural by taxi or by public bus. After the inscription deadline we inform our participants about taxi prizes, public bus services and timetables, maps and so on.

The distance between airport and San Carlos seems to be 25 kilometres, but generally speaking, how much cost a taxi? And the public bus?

By taxi costs 30/35 euros. By public bus, you have to do a transfer: 1. Ibiza airport to Ibiza city centre and 2. Ibiza city centre to San Carlos. It costs 8/12 euros, depending on the bus timetable.

Please, let me know the Hotel’s address where all the participants will be located.

After the inscription deadline we inform our participants about the Hotel’s address, timetable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, maps and so on.

How can I reserve a room in the Hotel?

As a participant and with the inscription fee you have already booked a room. Centro Cultural de San Carlos takes care of your Hotel accommodation during the Competition time (6 nights). If you need or if you want to spend more time in Ibiza, you will contact with your travel agency.

I just want to know what kind of hotel accommodation we are going to have? I mean, everybody could have a single room or double room?

You will be in a double or three people room, with another girls or boys pianists participants, depends on if you are a girl or a boy. If you have a friend among pianists, you can mention us by e-mail, just after the inscription deadline. We try to do our best and accommodate together. Young pianists will stay with their accompanier.

I am wondering if the Competition sessions of all candidates (pianists and young pianists) are opened to the general audience? Everyone can listen?

The Competition sessions are open to the public and have free entrance. You do not need any kind of invitation to go in.

I would like to know if I can come to Ibiza with an accompanier and get accommodation for the same fee?

No. As you can read on the Competition bases: in any case the organization will take care of the pianist accompaniers (friends, family…). This service is only for the young pianists, because they are under 18 years old. This special fee is only for the participants, thanks to our sponsors. Please, contact with your travel agency to find accompanier’s accommodation.

I would like to know when is the lottery to decide the order of participation?

The lottery for the order of participation takes place the first day, at 5 p.m. (17’00 hours).

I just want to know the schedule for the Competition week?

The Competition has the next schedule /timetable:

  • First day, at 5pm (17’00 hours) Presentation participants, Jury and lottery for the order of participation.
  • Second day, from 10am to 2pm (10’00-14’00 hours) Young pianist session.
  • Second day, from 4pm to 8pm (16’00-20’00 hours) Young pianist session.
  • Third day, from 10am to 2pm (10’00-14’00 hours) Pianist session.
  • Third day, from 4pm to 8pm (16’00-20’00 hours) Pianist session.
  • Fourth day, from 10am to 2pm (10’00-14’00 hours) Pianist session.
  • Fourth day, from 4pm to 8pm (16’00-20’00 hours) Pianist session.
  • Fifth day, from 10am to 2pm (10’00-14’00 hours) Pianist session.
  • Fifth day, from 4pm to 8pm (16’00-20’00 hours) Pianist session.
  • Sixth day, at 8pm (20’00 hours) Closing ceremony, awards party and concert by the winners.

I would like to know if all the works (the 3 works) will be played in one or much rounds. Is there a first and a final round?

No, there is only one round and everybody plays the complete programme, the three works. For the last 36 years of the Competition history, there was only one edition, that the organization was forced to arrange the distribution of the contest in two rounds, due to the high number of participants.

Could you tell me about the Competition end?

Ibiza International Piano Competition will take place during the first week of September. The closing ceremony and the awards party will take place the last day at 8pm (20’00 hours). All participants will receive personally a diploma of participation and the won prize, renouncing to the prize in case of no present oneself. We remember you that this last night is included in your hotel accommodation. Next day, you must check out from the hotel before 12am (12’00 hours).

I have paid my registration but, finally, I can’t attend to the Competition due to personal reasons or other reasons. Could you refund me the money?

We are sorry, but it is written on the bases, the registration fee will not be refunded in any case. This is because the hotel reserves your place two months in advance and does not go on sale.

Is there an obligatory order to play the programme or not?

No. You can choose the order of your performance. For example, first Bach, second sonata and, finally, the free work. Other example, first sonata, second Bach and, thirdly, the free work. The order of the programme is your personal decision.

Please, about meals I have some allergic problems. How is the hotel food service?

The inscription rights includes hotel accommodation for all the days of the Competition and, also, there is included free buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a very big and great variety of food.

Do I need to take any copy of the scores to the Jury?

No, you do not need to bring any copy of your scores.

About the musical repetitions, can I do it?

About repetitions, we ask please don’t play them. But if there are Da Capo or formal repetitions (rondo, minuet, scherzo…), of course, you have to do it.

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