How it works

euplayy

The EUPLAYY online competition is intended for children and young persons who live in Europe and are between 3 and 18 years old.

Depending on the age there will be between one and three rounds.

Following our guidelines, the registered participants create recordings of their piano pieces and upload them onto our website. For the upload every participant has two weeks time in every round. The results of our international jury will follow after one more week.

During the upload period, the recordings can be watched for several days in our digital concert hall, which has a maximal capacity of visitor at any one time. It will be accessible for all logged-in visitors.

Following the final decision of the jury the best results of each group will be released for the audience prize. Anyone who creates a user account on our website can take part in the voting.

Our winners will then be published on our website.

The prizes awarded for the winners are audiovisual recording sessions, masterclasses, concerts and prize money.

Age groups

 

Young pianists up to the age of 18 (born in 2002 or after)

Group Birth year Rounds
A 2016 – 2017 one round
B 2014 – 2015 one round
C 2012 – 2013 one round
D 2010 – 2011 two rounds
E 2008 – 2009 two rounds
F 2006 – 2007 three rounds
G 2004 – 2005 three rounds
H 2002 – 2003 three rounds

 

 

Programmes

may be created following our guidelines:

Group Round Performance pieces Maximum duration
A – C one
round
Free choice 5 minutes
D – E First
round
One or more works or movements from
the Baroque period
 
  Second
round
Free choice  
  Total
time
  12 minutes
F – H First
round
One or more works or movements from
the Baroque period
 
  Second
round
One or more works or movements from
the Classical period
 
  Third
round
Free choice  
  Total
time
  20 minutes

Each participant must play all rounds in her/his group, irrespective of her/his score in the previous round.

The participant can choose to playy repeats and can choose how he/she divides the total playing time between each round.

The recordings must be made within the specified time frames.

The decisions of the jury are final.

There can be no recourse to legal action.

Article 1 Registration

  • registration can only be made within our registration periods (see Time schedule)
  • the number of participants is restricted to 500. Therefore the first 500 registrations will be taken into account, provided the registration fees will have been paid 
  • registration is conducted exclusively by electronic means 
  • the steps of registration are as follows
    • the submission of the complete online form with consent of a parent or guardian
    • the payment of the registration fee
      registration fees are as follows 
      • age groups A - C (2012-2017)  15 Euro
      • age groups D, E (2008 - 2011)  25 Euro
      • age groups F - H (2002 - 2007)  40 Euro
    • receipt of the participants user account data
      • upload of a portrait photo of the participant, which can be published in both print and online
      • upload of a copy of an identification document of the legal guardian and the participant
  • the participant an the legal guardian assures the true identity of the participant and the submitted recordings 
  • If it turns out that the participant is not the person who is playing, he or she will be disqualified. In this case the organizer shall be entitled to claim for damages

Article 2 Programme

  • the programmes must be designed according to the table "programmes"
  • the table contains, depending on different age groups, specificaions for duration and choice of the pieces

Article 3 Duration

  • the maximum playing time in all submitted recordings may not exceed the specified times
  • if the playing time exceeds the time limit, as setout  in the regulations, by more than 10%, the jury reserves the right to disqualify the participant. In this case the registration fee will not be refunded
  • the allocation of playing time regarding the individual rounds in the age groups D-H remains the choice of the participant

Article 4 Playing by memory

  • playing by memory is recommended and appreciated, but not mandatory

Article 5 Code word

  • the recordings must be made within the set time of the round
  • for this purpose, a code word will be published at the beginning of the first round, see start page "get the codeword"

Article 6 Notification

  • to ensure that the audition is performed by the actual participant, an introduction must be made at the beginning of the video
  • the introduction must be clearly spoken into the camera
  • the introduction can be spoken by the actual participant or by another person, in either case the face of the participant must be clearly visible
  • if the introduction is made by another person, this person may not be visible or audible during the rest of the piece
  • the introduction includes the code word, first name and surname of the player, composer and title or movement designation of the piece
  • the introduction should be made in English or German. We will, however, accept any other language as well

Article 7 Video

  • only submitted video recordings with both picture and sound will be accepted
  • the video recordings must present  the participant in sound and image
  • multiple videos per participant and round are possible, provided that the total time limit is not exeeded
  • during the performance the recordings may only show the participant and, if necessary, a page-turner
  • the recordings may not be edited or cut, no picture or sound effects may be added
  • the videos must be generated in the file formats avi, mov or mpeg4 
  • the video size should be between 720p and 1080p. No 4K videos please
  • the face and hands of the competitor should be clearly visible while playing
  • the entire video must be recorded from a fixed camera position
  • no professional camera is necessary to produce the video
  • the piece should be recorded with the highest possible sound quality
  • avoid background noise and distortion
  • each participant will recieve tips and advice on the technical details after his/her sucessful submission

 

Article 8 recording rights

  • the participant grants the following rights of exclusive, free and unlimited use of the submitted recordings to EUPLAYY /Swen Fischer 
  • the participant grants the rights of exclusive, free and unlimited use of the submitted recordings to EUPLAYY /Swen Fischer 
  • EUPLAYY /Swen Fischer reserves the right to make the videos accessible in full length or in parts, in particular on the website euplayy.com, meaning the right to make the videos available - online or offline - to the public in such a way that anyone has the possibility to get access to them at a time and place of her/his choice. This shall include, as far as necessary for the retrieval usage, the right of reproduction, distribution and archivation
  • EUPLAYY is entitled to use a video cloud service for the storage and publishing of the videos, if technically necessary
  • the rights above will be granted for at least the time period beginning from submission and ending with the final decision of the jury 
  • should a participant win a prize, the above rights will be valid for an additional three years beginning from the final decision of the jury
  • should a participant not win a prize, EUPLAYY commits itself to delete the videos after the final decision of the jury and to ensure that they will no longer be accessable and be removed from the website and the cloud server
  • EUPLAYY ist entitled but not obliged to publish the videos. However, it is the intention to make the videos of each round accessible from the date of submission until the evaluation. in particular, they are planned to be visible in the virtual concert hall on the website euplayy.com  
  • should a participant win a prize, the participant grants the rights of exclusive, free and unlimited use of the submitted recordings to the organization EUPLAYY, represented by Swen Fischer, for a period of three years
  • the videos of participants with less than 60 points will be deleted immediately after the competition
  • by participating in the competition, the entrant automatically waives the right to financial compensation for the recordings provided

Article 9 Jury

  • at least three qualified jurors will evaluate the entries
  • the work of the jury is conducted according to the guidelines established for this purpose
  • the jury members are internationally renowned pianists and piano teachers
  • all jury decisions are final and irreversible and not not countervailable

Article 10 Evaluations

  • the results will be announced one week after the end of each competition round
  • each participant will be informed about his or her result per email and will receive a certificate
  • the contributions of those participants who have received a prize will be published on the website
  • the teachers of the participants will receive a certificate on request

Article 11 Prizes

  • The prizes will be awarded according to the number of points achieved
  • prizes awarded for the best results are money prizes, sound recordings, master classes and concerts 

Article 12 Audience Prize

  • in each category, an audience prize will be presented
  • in order to watch the contribution during the ongoing competition and to participate in the voting for the audience prizes, a registration with name and e-mail is required
  • each registration corresponds to one vote
  • our virtual concert hall has a limited capacity of at first 50 visitors at the same time

 

To ensure that the audition is performed by the actual participant, an introduction must be made at the beginning of the video.

The introduction must be clearly spoken into the camera.

The introduction can be spoken by the actual participant or by another person, in either case the face of the participant must be clearly visible.

If the introduction is made by another person, this person may not be visible or audible during the rest of the recording.

The introduction includes the code word, first name and surname of the player, composer and title or movement designation of the piece.

The introduction should be made in English or German. We will, however, accept any other language as well.

 

notification, video

Switch your phone to flight mode before you begin recording to avoid receiving calls or interference.

Make sure that no background noise will drown out the piano playing. Are doors and windows closed?

audio, quality

Please check the resolution of your video camera before recording the video. The video resolution should be between 720p and 1080p. Please do not send in 4K videos! It is the quality of the sound, not the picture, that is important.

iphone:

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT209431

samsung

https://www.samsung.com/za/support/mobile-devices/galaxy-camera-how-do-i-change-the-video-resolution/

Huawei

https://consumer.huawei.com/my/support/content/en-gb00415415/

recording, sound, video

For better sound quality, it is recommended that you adjust the microphone sensitivity manually. The automatic microphone control often makes a piano sound louder and a forte softer than actually played. This results in unwanted "dynamic jumps".

Unfortunately, pre-installed mobile phone apps usually do not allow manual microphone control.

However, there are photo and video apps that offer this option - e.g. filmic pro

This app is available for Android and IOS.

audio, quality

On a computer or laptop the microphone sensitivity can usually be adjusted without any problems.

Mac

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mchlp2567/mac

Windows

https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-fix-mic-sensitivity-in-windows-10/

On a scale of 1 - 10, microphone sensitivity is usually recommended at a level 5 or 6. Play a very loud chord to test and pay attention to the level of the microphone indicator. This should be in the upper third, but should not reach the maximum.

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Use a microphone for an even better sound result.

Please note that the links listed below are not advertising-financed suggestions!

  • Zoom offers clip-on microphones with the models iQ6 and iQ7 for iphones. They work easily with the integrated camera app.
  • The Rode NT-USB-Mini can also be connected to other devices.
  • There are suited microphones from Shure and Sennheiser, too.

With all these microphones, sensitivity can be adjusted directly on the microphone

audio, microphone

Audio recorders can also be used as microphones in most cases, if they are connected to a mobile phone, computer or another camera.

With just a few clicks, they then function as a so-called audio interface.

 

audio, recording, audiointerface