RULES OF JUDGEMENT

RULES OF JUDGEMENT
OF THE 11TH HAMAMATSU INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

  • ARTICLE 1 PURPOSE
    These rules provide matters necessary for judging the performances of contestants in the First, Second, Third and Final Stages (hereafter referred to as “Competitors”) and the selection of prizewinners in the 11th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (hereafter referred to as “Competition”) based on Article 20 of the Statutes of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (hereafter referred to as “Statutes”).
  • ARTICLE 2 DUTIES OF THE JURY
    The Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and members of the jury of the Competition (hereafter referred to as “Juror”/“Jury”) shall judge the performances of Competitors and make deliberations in the Judging Committee.
  • ARTICLE 3 SUBJECT OF JUDGMENT
    3.1 In principle, the Jury shall judge the performances of all Competitors.
    3.2 Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, if a Juror is absent from a stage and fails to judge any or all of the performances of Competitors, judgment of that Juror in that stage and for the corresponding prizes shall be invalid. If a Juror fails to judge any part of the Third Stage, that Juror’s vote in the Final Stage shall also be invalid.
    3.3 Notwithstanding the preceding two paragraphs, if a Juror has given private lessons to a Competitor for more than one month during the preceding two years, has a teaching or familial relationship with a Competitor or wishes to voluntarily abstain from judging a particular Competitor, that Juror shall be precluded from judging that Competitor in the preliminary and Final Stages and for the prizes. In such a case, the Juror shall notify the Competition Secretariat (hereafter referred to as “Secretariat”) of the name of the Competitor before the First Stage.
  • ARTICLE 4 NUMBER OF COMPETITORS PASSING THE PRELIMINARY STAGES
    4.1 The number of Competitors passing each preliminary stage is provided in the following clauses.
    4.1 a. Passing the First Stage (Qualified for the Second Stage): 24 top-ranking Competitors.
    4.1 b. Passing the Second Stage (Qualified for the Third Stage): 12 top-ranking Competitors.
    4.1 c. Passing the Third Stage (Qualified for the Final Stage): up to 6 top-ranking Competitors.
    4.2 If the Chairperson of the Jury deems it necessary, the number of Competitors provided in 4.1 a. and 4.1 b. may be changed after consultation with the Chairperson of the Management Committee.
  • ARTICLE 5 JUDGMENT IN THE PRELIMINARY STAGES
    5.1 When judging the First through Third Stage, the Jury shall individually complete the judgment forms by indicating either “YES” (Pass) or “NO” (Fail), and submit them to the Secretariat after completion of each preliminary stage.
    5.2 The Secretariat, witnessed by the Chairperson of the Management Committee or his/her deputy (hereafter referred to as “Chairperson of the Management Committee”) provided in Article 14 of the Statutes, shall calculate the number and percentage of “YES” (Pass) votes obtained by each Competitor, create a list of the results without disclosing the names of the Competitors and submit the list to the Chairperson of the Jury in the Judging Committee.
    5.3 If more than one Competitor is on the borderline of passing with the same percentage of “Yes” (Pass) votes, the Jury shall hold additional rounds of voting, where they vote only from among the Competitors with the same percentage, until the number of qualifiers for the next stage provided in Article 4 is reached. If two Competitors are on the borderline with the same percentage, and if they still have the same percentage even after a revote, a decision shall be made through deliberation. If a decision cannot be reached through deliberation, the Chairperson of the Jury shall make a decision.
    5.4 When judging the Second and Third Stages, results of the preceding stage shall not be considered.
  • ARTICLE 6 JUDGMENT IN THE FINAL STAGE
    6.1 Ranking of finalists shall be decided in the Judging Committee by voting.
    6.2 Based on the performances in the Third and Final Stages, the Jury shall individually vote for the winner of each prize from the First to Fifth Prizes by indicating the name of a finalist to be the winner of the prize and rank the finalists from first to sixth. If no finalist receives a majority of the votes in the first voting round to decide the winner of a prize, the Jury shall hold a runoff vote between the top two finalists. If the winner cannot be decided even in the runoff vote, the Judging Committee shall decide the ranking through deliberation.
    6.3 In the Final Stage, it is not necessary to have a winner for each of the First to Sixth Prizes. There may be a prize with no winner or more than one winner (except for the First Prize).
  • ARTICLE 7 JUDGMENT OF WINNERS OF THE BEST PERFORMER OF THE JAPANESE WORK, THE DIPLOMA OF OUTSTANDING MERIT AND THE CHAMBER MUSIC AWARD
    7.1 The Judging Committee shall separately judge the Competitors’ performances of the works by Japanese composers in the Second Stage and decide the Best Performer of the Japanese Work by voting.
    7.2 The Judging Committee shall decide the winners of the Diploma of Outstanding Merit and the Chamber Music Award from among Competitors in the Third Stage by voting.
  • ARTICLE 8 INVALID JUDGMENT FORM
    A judgment form without the Juror’s signature shall be invalid.
  • ARTICLE 9 DISCLOSURE OF JUDGMENT
    9.1 Results of the judgment in the First, Second, Third and Final Stages and for the prizes shall be disclosed. For the First Stage, however, only the results of Competitors who passed the stage shall be disclosed.
    9.2 During the judging process in the preliminary stages, the Judging Committee may not ask the Management Committee to disclose the names of Jurors on the judgment forms. However, if the Chairperson of the Management Committee finds exceptional circumstances, Article 12 shall apply.
  • ARTICLE 10 PROHIBITION OF CONTACT WITH COMPETITORS
    Jurors may not contact Contestants through the period from the preliminary to Final Stages except when permitted by the Organizer.
  • ARTICLE 11 OTHERS
    No objection or complaint may be filed against any decisions made by the Judging Committee.
  • ARTICLE 12 AUTHORITY
    If a problem concerning the judging of the Competition arises which cannot be handled by the Judging Committee according to the Statutes and/or the Rules of Judgment, the Chairperson of the Management Committee shall make a decision after consultation with the Chairperson of the Jury.