Preliminary Round Rules



The Preliminary Round Jury is comprised of three renowned musicians who are appointed by the Organiser of the First Ljubljana Festival International Piano Competition (hereinafter called Competition).


The Preliminary Round Jury acts on the basis of the current Preliminary Round Rules and General Competition Rules.


The general task of the Preliminary Round Jury is to evaluate the interpretative skills of each applicant and admit the best applicants to Round 1 of Competition.


Each Juror is obliged to listen to and evaluate all applicants of the Preliminary Round of Competition.


The Preliminary Round evaluation will be based on the video recordings submitted by the applicants, as required by the General Competition Rules, as well as the documents included in their applications.


After reviewing each applicant (listening to their video recordings and studying their documents), the Jurors will fill out the online evaluation form. The Jurors should consider the video recordings as well as all the documents uploaded with the application. Next to the name of each applicant a Juror will write ‘YES’ or ‘NO’, expressing their opinion about accepting them to Competition. The Jurors cannot vote for their students (the definition of which is written under Article VIII). They should mark the letter “S” next to the names of any of their students.  


After the evaluation of all the applicants is complete, Organiser of Competition will present the results to the Jury in the form of a percentage index of the YES votes, gained by each applicant, arranged from the highest to the lowest. Acting on this basis the Jury, after deliberations if needed, will make a decision on admitting applicants to Competition. The names of successful applicants will then be publicly presented on Competition website in alphabetical order.


The Preliminary Round Jury is obliged to state whether among the applicants there are any pianists who are currently their students* or have been their regular students (private lessons or in Music Schools) at any point in time after June 2021. The Jurors must also state whether they have a close personal relation** with any of the applicants.

* The term student does not apply in a case of short, sporadic collaboration between an applicant and a Juror during a masterclass or similar activity.

** Here a personal relation means that a member of the Jury and an applicant share a dwelling or are related (up to the fourth degree of kinship), or are spouses or are cohabiting.


The Preliminary Round Jury will in principle select no more than 30 applicants to participate in Round 1 of Competition. The number includes two or three pianists chosen by the Artistic Director personally (the pianists will be chosen from the laureates of WFIMC piano competitions).


The Jurors should not publicly state their opinions about the Preliminary Round applicants before the results of the Preliminary Round are published. The results will be published no later than October 31, 2022 on Competition website.


The Preliminary Round Jury’s decisions are final and they are not subject to appeal.


In exceptional circumstances (such as violations of the regulations mentioned in the Preliminary Round Rules) Organiser of Competition may sanction and dismiss a Jury member.


All issues which cannot be solved on the basis of the present Rules will be subject to discussion by members of the Preliminary Round Jury. The solutions thus accepted will be subject to the approval of Organiser of Competition.