The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality, born on or after 10 January 1986.

The candidates must submit or mail the application form to the following address: THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, for the 8th International Piano Competition ‘Giorgos Thymis’ 2017, Nikis Avenue 71-73, 54622, Thessaloniki, GREECE. The application can also be submitted via our email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or via our website. Final date for receipt of applications is Saturday, 15 December 2018.

To ensure their participation, applicants should include with their application form the following documents (please do not send originals, as no documents will be returned):
1. PROOF OF ENTRY FEE PAYMENT Clear copy of the 150€ entry fee payment, which can be directly deposited to the account of the Friends of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra Association, PIRAEUS BANK, IBAN: GR20 0172 2100 0052 1009 0456 493, SWIFT/BIC: PIRBGRAA or by a Post Office check to the Association’s Treasurer, Mr. Nikolaos Deligiannidis (tel: + 30 2310 319133), Grigoriou Ε ́ 7, 54248 Thessaloniki. The payment of bank charges and commission into euros is the responsibility of the applicant. The entry fee is not refundable.
2. PHOTOGRAPHS Two (2) recent high-resolution photographs, no smaller than 9 x 12 cm., suitable for publication (photographs can be submitted also in electronic form at this address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
3. BIOGRAPHY A typewritten copy of the applicant’s biography of 100 words (maximum), in one of the 4 following languages: Greek, English, French or German (biographies can be submitted also in electronic form at this address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
4. PHOTOCOPY OF PASSPORT OR PHOTO ID OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE Aside from a copy of the applicant’s passport or photo identification card (two sides), a certified copy of the birth certificate is also acceptable. Non-EU applicants should submit copies of any of these original documents along with a certified English translation.
5. REPERTOIRE The repertoire chosen to be performed in each of the three rounds (see REPERTOIRE LIST below). ATTENTION: two (2) copies of the score of 20th- or 21st-century works to be played in the 2nd Round (Semifinal) must be submitted to the Organizing Committee during the Preliminary Round of the Competition.
6. COPIES OF DEGREES AND DIPLOMAS Copies of degrees and diplomas certifying the standard of the applicant’s musical education.
7. LIST OF TEACHERS A chronological list of all past and present teachers up to the application deadline.

1. The Competition consists of three rounds: Preliminary – Semifinal – Final. The Preliminary and Semifinal rounds will be solo recitals to take place at the Rehearsal Hall of the THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (former movie theatre ‘PALLAS’), NIKIS AVENUE 71-73, THESSALONIKI. The Final involves a concerto with orchestra and will take place at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Megaron), where the prizes will be awarded.
2. Each pianist will perform a 30-minute programme in the Preliminary Round.
3. Up to twelve (12) pianists will be selected to advance to the Semifinal, where they will perform a 60-minute programme.
4. Three (3) pianists will be selected to perform a concerto with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra

1. Works to be performed must be chosen by applicants from the Competition Repertoire List. It rests on the applicant to determine the order in which they are to be performed.
2. The repertoire chosen must be submitted along with the application (by 15 December 2018). NO CHANGES TO THE SUBMITTED REPERTOIRE WILL BE CONSIDERED AFTER 15 DECEMBER 2018.
3. Works performed in one round may not be repeated in another.
4. When submitting their chosen repertoire, applicants must include full details of all works: full title, opus or catalogue number (BWV, KV, Hob., D, Op. etc.) and timings.
5. The Jury reserves the right to stop a competitor whenever it deems necessary to do so.
6. Repeats may be included or omitted at the applicant’s discretion, bearing in mind the time limits specified.
7. Works requiring ‘prepared’ piano or use of additional equipment will not be allowed.
8. Performances of unpublished works will not be allowed.

Competitors should note the following: The order of appearance in the Preliminary Round will be drawn by lot, which shall take place on the evening of Thursday 10.01.2019 at 20:00, at the Rehearsal Hall of the THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (former movie theatre “PALLAS”), NIKIS AVENUE 71-73, THESSALONIKI. The competitors’ presence is mandatory. Those advancing on to the Semifinal will perform in the same order, while the Jury will decide the order of the Final. All works must be played from memory. Competitors are advised to make full use of the time allowed for each round in the Competition. The Jury will take the choice of programme and use of time into consideration. Competitors unable to perform when required will be disqualified, unless there is a serious reason (illness or accident). In that case, a medical certificate must be provided and the Jury may – at its discretion change the order of the competitor’s appearance. If at any time during the Competition after the Preliminary Round a competitor cannot perform due to ill-health or as a result of any irregularity, the Organizing Committee/Jury shall be entitled to promote the highest placed runner-up in the next round in place of the withdrawing competitor. In the event of a tie between the runners-up, the Jury will be asked to vote again until the closest runner-up is selected. The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize. A member of the Jury whose student is competing cannot participate in the voting process affecting directly the particular competitor. All rounds of the Competition will be open to the general public and may be broadcast live or videotaped/recorded on radio, television or film for future transmission in Greece and/or abroad. Any applicant giving inaccurate or misleading information will be disqualified. According to the Rules and Regulations of this announcement, the Organizing Committee is responsible for organizing the Competition and validating the applications submitted by the competitors.

You can find the Repertoire List here.

Daily practice facilities will be provided for competitors. There will be two (2) rehearsals with orchestra for the finalists.

Whilst participating in the Competition, competitors will be contracted exclusively to the Competition which will have the right, without payment of fees, to:
1. Televise, film, video, tape-record, broadcast or photograph all rounds of the Competition for media or any other purpose.
2. Produce documentary or feature films.
3. Produce and distribute recordings of all rounds of the Competition, either in part or in whole, including any Prizewinners’ concerts immediately following the Competition.
4. Request competitors to make themselves available for media interviews and performances during the Competition.
5. To request Prizewinners to be available for up to four (4) days after the Competition to perform or appear in publicity events. No fees will be paid for any such event, but accommodation will be provided by the Organizing Committee.
6. Request that all Prizewinners acknowledge all awards in all future publicity materials.

Engagements which are offered to any Prizewinner as a direct result of the Competition will be negotiated by, and contracted through, the Competition office for a period of two (2) years, i.e. from 18 January 2019. Prizewinners will be expected to undertake all such engagements whenever possible.

11) TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION Competitors will receive detailed instructions regarding their travel, accommodation and dining arrangements.

12) INTERPRETATION Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of any part of the rules and regulations of the International Piano Competition “Giorgos Thymis”, the decision of the Competition Organizing Committee and the Jury will be irrevocable and not subject to any appeal. No correspondence will be entered into. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to amend any of the rules and regulations contained herein, if it is considered necessary to give proper efficacy to the running of the Competition.

INFORMATION – TELEPHONE CONTACT: + 30 2310 257920, Monday to Thursday, 10:00- 14:00, Mr. Philip Hatzissimou.

1st PRIZE*
Cash award of 5.000€
Engagement with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (soloist in a concerto)
Solo recital in Thessaloniki
Solo recital in another Greek city
Cash award of 3.500€
Solo recital in Thessaloniki
Cash award of 2.000€
Solo recital in Thessaloniki
Best greek contestant prize
Cash award of 2.000€ to the best Greek competitor (owner of a Greek passport of identification card)
*The Jury may not award the 1st Prize at its sole discretion.
** Not awarded, if the best Greek competitor receives one of the three (3) prizes. PRIZES ARE INDIVISIBLE
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