The 2nd John Field International Piano and Vocal Competition.

26th -28th February 2020

With the support of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT), Ireland

Pianists and singers are invited to take part in the 2nd John Field International Competition. The goal of the competition is to offer the occasion to once again hear the music of Field, his students, and those composers  influences by him. An Irishman by birth, John Field is considered by many to be the founder of the Russian Piano School, which is distinguished by its use of lyricism, melody, expression and, of course, virtuosic technique. As well as being a virtuosic performer, John Field’s playing was likened by his contemporaries to Italian belcanto.


For the last two hundred years, the respect in which John Field is held in Russia has helped develop a strong link in classical music between Russia and Ireland. The competition was founded by Russian pianist Viktor Ryabchikov, and is organised by the Irish non-profit organisation, Russian Bridge, with the support of Louth County Arts Council and Dundalk Institute of Technology. The competition will be held at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, Carroll Building, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, from 26th-28th February 2020. The winners will be offered the opportunity to perform in a concert in Moscow (Pavel Slobodkin Concert Hall) and/or St.Petersburg, with the Governor’s orchestra, Russia

  1. Summary

1.1 For all categories, there will be one performance by each participant

1.2 The Jury’s decision is final

1.3 The jury reserves the right to stop a competitor if their programme exceeds the maximum time allowed

1.4 The jury reserves the right not to award a prize

1.5 All performances shall be from memory

1.6 Participants should play one work by John Field, as well as one or two works by a composer influenced by him. See the list below:

Alyabiev, Chopin, Debussy, Dargomyzhsky, Dubuque, Gerke, Glinka, Goldenweiser, Griboyedov, Gurilyov, Meyer, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Siloti, Tchaikovsky, Verstovsky and Villoing

1.7 No other repertoire is allowed

1.8 A higher level of programme that that stipulated in a particular category is acceptable

1.9 Pianists can include works by John Field, or John Field and Clementi

1.10 Participants agree to be recorded in a Gala concert which may be used later for radio or television purposes

1.11 Certificated will be awarded on the last day of the Competition or during the Gala Concert



2.1 The participants of the competition are to be divided into 3 categories: A, B and C:

2.2 Category A is divided into two age groups:

A1 — up to 9 years inclusive.

Duration of the programme is 5-7 minutes.

Participants should play the first movement of a Clementi Sonatina from op. 36 or op. 37, as well as one or two works of their own choice from the list of composersabove (see 1.6)

A2 — 10-12 years inclusive.

Duration of the programme is 8-10 minutes

Participants should play the first movement of any Sonata by Clementi, or the second and third movements of any Sonatina by Clementi, as well as one or two works of their own choice from the list of composers above (see 1.6)

2.3 Category B is divided into two age groups:

В1 — 13-15 years inclusive.

Duration of the programme is 10-12 minutes

В2- 16-18 years inclusive.

Duration of the programme is 12-15 minutes.

2.4 Category C

19 years and older.

Duration of the programme is 15-20 minutes.

Participants of В1, В2 and С should play one or two works of John Field as well as one or two works of their own choice from the list of composers above (see 1.6).

2.5 Age is to be reckoned as that on the day of the performance.


3.1 The vocal competition is divided into two categories D and E

3.2 Category D – up to and including 18 years of age.

Duration of the programme is 6-8 minutes. Participants must sing a folk song, as well as a romance

3.3 Category E – over 19 years of age.

Duration of the programme is 10-12 minutes.

Participants must perform one aria from a Belcanto opera (Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti) as well as one or two romances (or songs) by a 19th century composer from their country

  1. SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO before February 1st 2020
  2. Entry fees

For participants in Category A: €60.00

For participants in Category B: €70.00

For participants in Category C: €80.00

For participants in Category D: €60.00 (with your own accompanist)

€80.00 (if accompanist is required)

For participants in Category E:

€ 80.00 (with your own accompanist).

€100.00 (if accompanist is required)


Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance to the competition will be sent to all applicants by email after verification of the completed application form and receipt of the application fee. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  


Please note that by completing the application from you agree with the Terms and Conditions of the competition.

All questions about the application procedure may be emailed to

The winner of the Grand Prix and First Prize winners will subsequently have the opportunity to participate in concerts in Ireland, as well as perform with an orchestra in Moscow and/or St. Petersburg in the 2020-2021 season.



Surname, name of the participant, phone, home address, e-mail

Photo of contestant

Competition category/age group applied for

Brief information about participant:

  • Group, age category
  • The name of music institution where currently studying
  • Full name of teacher, phone, e-mail
  • Precious participation in other competitions
  • Programme and duration of your performance










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