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Rules and Regulations

The 13th Arthur Rubinstein

International Piano Master Competition


Rules and Regulations



  • The 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition will take place from May 10 to 26, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities.
  • Applicants shall be between 18 and 32 years of age, within the calendar year of the Competition.
  • The candidate must begin the application procedure online, according to the instructions given in “How to Apply” (see Section VII).
  • All applications will be screened by the Screening Committee.
  • Candidates who study with a Jury member (not including Master Classes) after August 1, 2010 shall not be allowed to compete.
  • All stages of the Competition will be open to the public.



STAGE I   Recital (All competitors)      Duration of performance: 40-50 minutes


STAGE II  Recital (16 competitors)     Duration of performance: 50-60 minutes

The Competitor may choose the repertoire and decide the playing order of the recital program in Stage I and II, but must include, either in Stage I or II, the following:


• One movement or more of one of the two Israeli compositions especially selected for the

   13th Competition. The total duration of the movements you choose must last no less than

   5 minutes.


The two Israeli pieces are

Paul Ben-Haim: Five Piano Pieces, op. 34
Josef Tal: Sonata for Piano (3 movements)

Each piece is about 12 minutes long.
STAGE III  Finals   (6 competitors)



The Competitor must choose one quintet from the works listed below:

Schumann Quintet in E flat major, op. 44
Brahms Quintet in F minor, op. 34
Dvorak Quintet in A major, op. 81
Franck Quintet in F minor



The Competitor must choose one concerto from the works listed below:

Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K 466
  Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K 467
  Concerto No. 22 in E flat Major, K 482
  Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K 488
  Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K 491
  Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K 503
  Concerto No. 26 in D Major, K 537
  Concerto No. 27 in B flat Major, K 595
Beethoven Concerto No. 1 or No. 2




The Competitor must choose one concerto from the works listed below:

Beethoven Concerto No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5
Chopin Concerto No. 1 or No. 2
Schumann Concerto in A Minor
Liszt Concerto No. 1 or No. 2
Brahms Concerto No. 1 or No. 2
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1
Grieg Concerto in A Minor
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 or No. 3
Ravel Concerto in G Major
Bartok Concerto No. 2 or No. 3
Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 or No. 3

The Competitor may add an encore piece of not more than 3 minutes in all stages of the Competition.


The Competitor shall choose editions that adhere to the original text.
All pieces must be performed from memory, except for the Chamber Music.
The Competitor shall play only those pieces which have been chosen on the online Application Form. No changes will be permitted after April 10, 2011.
Accurate timings of all pieces chosen must be indicated on the online Application Form.
The Competitor must ensure that the time limits stipulated in the Competition Rules for Stages I and II shall not be exceeded. Competitors who adhere to the given time limits will not be interrupted.
The pieces may be performed with or without repeats, at the Competitor’s discretion.
No work shall be repeated at any stage of the Competition.



All prizes will be awarded unless the Jury unanimously decides not to award one or more of the prizes.
In case of a tie, the Jury may decide to split a prize between two competitors.
All decisions of the Jury shall be final and cannot be appealed.
All prize money is subject to tax under Israeli taxation laws.

1st Prize The Arthur Rubinstein Award: Competition Gold Medal designed by Pablo Picasso and $25,000
2nd Prize Competition Silver Medal designed by Pablo Picasso and $15,000
3rd Prize Competition Bronze Medal designed by Pablo Picasso and $10,000
4th, 5th, and 6th Prizes   $3,000 each
Chamber Music Prize $3,000 will be granted for outstanding performance of Chamber Music

A Special grant of $500 will be given to every contestant who competes in Stage II but is not accepted to Stage III.

The “Audience Favorite” Prize, additional prizes as well as engagements offered to the prizewinners, will be announced in future publicity material, on the Competition website and in the Competition program.




a) The Arthur Rubinstein Society or its assignees or licensees will organize recitals, recordings and concerti for the winners of the 13th Competition.

b) During the three years following the Competition, winners may be required to give one recital a year, free of charge, for the Arthur Rubinstein Society.

c) The Society and its assignees or licensees, at their own discretion, will have also the right to sign recording and/or concert representation agreements with any of the Competitors and/or winners during the three-year period following the date of the Competition.

d) During the three years following the Competition, winners may accept other engagements with prior consultation with the Arthur Rubinstein Society or its assignees or licensees.

e) Competitors, who have been exclusively represented by official and/or commercial management prior to the Competition are requested to inform the Arthur Rubinstein Society about such agreements.

f) A list of engagements will be published in the Competition program in 2011. Scheduling of these engagements will take into account any prior commitments of the winners.


Full copyright is held by the Arthur Rubinstein Society and/or its assignees and licensees.

All stages of the Competition may be broadcast live and may be recorded and videotaped for subsequent broadcast, video, DVD, audio recording or equivalent or any other format/media use. It is anticipated that CD recordings of selected Competition performances will be commercially produced, that a documentary of the Competition incorporating selected performances will be produced for television, and that the Competition will be made available on the Internet or an equivalent media.  Camera crews may photograph all Competition events.

Neither the Arthur Rubinstein Society nor its assignees or licensees may be held liable for any payments to pianists arising out of materials derived from Competition performances.


The Arthur Rubinstein Society will reimburse US$500 to each Competitor to partly cover his/her flight ticket.



The Arthur Rubinstein Society will provide lodging on a half-board basis from two days prior to the commencement of Stage I through the period of official participation in the Competition. The competitor will be provided with practice facilities in the hotel.

Additional information concerning the Competition will be published in forthcoming publicity material of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society.


1. The application procedure must begin online at http://2011.arims.org.il

2. The online application must be submitted by November 1, 2010.

3. All documents must be submitted in English. If the original is in a different language, an English translation must be attached to the original.

4. Only complete applications will be considered.

5. The candidate may upload documents a)-k) listed below through the online application or send them by regular mail to:

The Arthur Rubinstein Music Society
12 Huberman St., Tel Aviv 64075


All documents sent by regular mail must reach the Competition office by November 1, 2010.


Requisite documents


a) Birth certificate or any other official document establishing the age of the applicant

b) Biography (curriculum vitae) which should include details of musical activity

c) List of performances, solo and with orchestras including names of orchestras, conductors, venues and dates

d) Articles, reviews, press releases etc.

e) List of awards received in national and international competitions, including relevant documents

f) Certificate of studies, including grades and names of teachers

g) Letter/s of recommendation from applicant’s current or most recent institution of musical studies or teachers

h) Letters from musicians of international standing, specifically recommending participation in the Competition. The letters may be sent by the recommenders directly to the Competition Secretariat by email or regular mail.

i) A high resolution photograph which must be uploaded through the online application.

j) A receipt indicating that the non-refundable fee of US$100 has been remitted to the Arthur Rubinstein Society, Bank Leumi, Heichal Hatarbut branch no.809, 4 Marmorek St., Tel Aviv, Israel.
 Account No. 60452/67, SWIFT: LUMIILITTLV. IBAN:IL01080906045267,.

k) A formal document from the tax authorities of the country of the applicant's residence, confirming that he/she pays taxes there. If it is a country with which Israel has a tax agreement, mutual agreement tax laws will apply.

6. Confirmation of receipt of the online application is immediate.

7. Receipt of documents sent by regular mail will be confirmed by email.

8. Notification of acceptance to the Competition will be sent to the competitors by email by January 5, 2011.

9. Copies of the Israeli compositions will be sent by regular mail to the mailing address supplied on the online application by the end of January 2011.


The English version of the Rules and Regulations is the binding text.



The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society
12 Huberman Street, Tel Aviv 64075, Israel

Telephone (972 3) 685 6684; (972 3) 685 6628; Fax (972 3) 685 4924

Email: competition2011@arims.org.il