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  The Dong-A Ilbo will appoint a Management Committee and a Secretariat for the planning and running of
the Competition. The Competition Jury will be organized by the Management Committee, consisting of
musicians of prominent standing from Korea and abroad.

  The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality born on or after March 15, 1986 and on
or before March 14, 2000.

  Applications must be received by the competition office by January 13, 2017(not postmarked). This
deadline cannot be extended under any circumstances. Applications sent by fax or by e-mail will not
be accepted.
• Please note that all documents must be typed or printed in English or Korean.

Application to the Competition must include the following documents and materials:
A) A print-out of the completed application form. This form must be completed and
submitted online on the Seoul International Music Competition website(
B) Photocopy of the applicant’s passport.
C) A high quality(minimum 1MB) photograph of the applicant, suitable for publicity purposes.
D) Two recommendation letters from musicians of acknowledged professional standing,
including the applicant’s present or most recent teacher. This letter must be specifically written to
recommend the applicant to the 13th Seoul International Music Competition. Only Korean and
English languages are acceptable. A letter written in any other language must be translated into
one of the two accepted languages and submitted along with the original letter with the musician’s
signature. Letters without signatures will not be accepted.
E) A high-quality DVD for pre-screening(video tape, CD or cassette tape is not accepted).
The recording must be minimum of 35 minutes to a maximum 40 minutes in duration, and must
include an Etude by Chopin and one by one of the following composers; Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin or
Rachmaninov and first movement from one of the sonatas by Haydn or Mozart.
(No works presented on the DVD-video can be repeated in the programme for the public rounds of the
competition with the exception of the sonata by Haydn or Mozart.)
¡ØInstructions for submitting DVD
All works must be recorded in NTSC format (720 x 480) with no audio or visual editing.
Each required piece should be on a single track and the order and length must be included.
The applicant’s hand must be fully visible at all times on the screen; the camera angle must be fixed.
The applicant’s name should not be indicated in any manner on the screen.
The recording must mention the place and date of recording of each piece, which must have been produced after July 20, 2016.
F) Copies of international and national certificates of awards.

1. No late application will be considered for processing.
2. No documents will be returned.
3. No other materials(newspaper reviews, etc.) will be accepted.
4. All correspondence from the Secretariat will be conducted through mail or e-mail.
    Please ensure that your address and e-mail address on the application are correct.

The Secretariat of Seoul International Music Competition
3rd Fl., The Dong-A Ilbo Bldg.
29 Chungjeongno, Seodaemun-Gu
Seoul 03737, South Korea
• Tel: 82-2-361-1415
• Fax: 82-2-2020-1639
• E-mail:
• Website:

All applicants who have been selected to participate in the 1st Round of the Competition must submit
a non-refundable entry fee of US $200 by February 10, 2017. Bank transfer fee should be paid by the
applicant in addition to the amount of US $200. The payment must be made by bank transfer to the
following account:
• Bank: Kookmin Bank
• Branch: Dong-A Media Branch
• Account Number: 870-01-0150-981
• Account Holder: The Dong-A Ilbo
• Swift Code: CZNBKRSE
¡Ø The arrival of the entry fee will be considered as a formal agreement between the applicant and
the Dong-A Ilbo on his/her participation in the competition under the rules and conditions of the
Seoul International Music Competition.

Travel expenses are sole responsibility of the competitors. However, non-Korean competitors who do not
reside in Korea will be provided with financial aid towards their international airfare: US $400 will be given
to those coming from Asia, and US $800 for those coming from continents other than Asia. Taxes will be
deducted from the aid according to Korean tax laws. The applicable tax rate is about 22%. Non-Korean
competitors who are not residents in Korea will also be provided with room and board at designated
lodgings from March 11, 2017 until the dates indicated below:
• First Round competitors: until the morning after the First Round
• Second Round competitors: until the morning after the Second Round
• Semifinalists: until the morning after the Semifinal Round
• Finalists: until the morning after the Final Round
¡Ø All competitors are required to arrive in Seoul by March 12, 2017 to register with the Secretariat and
     to draw lots to decide the order of performance at the competition.

Non-Korean competitors who are not resident in Korea will be provided with practice facilities, free of
charge, for two hours every day from two days before the 1st Round until the conclusion of the competition.
Each finalist will have two rehearsals with the orchestra (including a stage rehearsal) before the Final Round.

The order of appearance will be determined by a random drawing on March 12, 2017. On the day of
performance, each competitor must be present at the Secretariat office located in the concert hall by the
specified time. Those who are unable to perform when called upon to do so may be disqualified. However,
if any competitor should be late for his/her performance due to unavoidable circumstances, the Jury may
allow the competitor to perform at a different time, depending on how the competition is progressing.

  The competitors will be contracted exclusively to the Seoul International Music Competition while they are
in Korea. All contacts with the media must be made through and with the approval of the Secretariat. The
competitors will be required to be available for any media-related arrangements made by the Competition.
The Secretariat reserves the exclusive rights, without additional fees payable to the competitors and their
accompanists, to:
1. Record audio or video materials and broadcast all the rounds of the Competition including the
rehearsals, Opening Ceremony, and Ceremony of Awards by any televised or radio broadcast means,
including the Internet, cable networks, terrestrial ot other broadcasting, live or pre-recorded, in Korea or
2. Record, reproduce and arrange for the reproduction of performances in the competition on CD, SACD,
sound track, audio cassette, video cassette, video disc or CD-ROM/CDI, DVD, minidisk, or any other
existing or future medium.
3. Arrange agreements with other parties for the Competition materials mentioned above.
The Preliminary Jury will select contestants to be invited to subsequent rounds of the competition. All
applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by February 3, 2017.

  The competition will consist of four rounds.  
1) A point system will be used by the Jury for adjudication. Each juror will judge and mark
the performances of all competitors, but abstain from judging/marking performances of
the competitors who were his/her own students for more than three months in the previous two years.
2) The decisions of the Jury are final and are not subject to appeal.
3) Competitors may not exchange opinions with any member of the Jury at any time during
the competition on subjects that may influence the judging. There are no exceptions to this rule and
any competitor who fails to comply will be disqualified, and additionally, any judge who fails to comply
with the rule will jeopardize his/her own status in the competition.
  There will be cash awards totalling US $122,000.  
• First Prize
• Second Prize
• Third Prize
• Fourth Prize
• Fifth Prize
• Sixth Prize

US $50,000
US $30,000
US $20,000
US $10,000
US $  7,000
US $  5,000
1) The Jury reserves the right to withhold an award(s).
2) In case of a tie, the prize money of the prize won and that of the next prize in the ranking
     will be added up and distributed equally.
3) Taxes will be deducted from the prize money according to Korean tax laws.
Professional engagements will be arranged for the prize winners. These may include concerts, recitals,
and recordings for CDs or DVDs. The 1st Prize winner and other selected prize winners will be required
to be available to perform for these engagements. For such engagements, round-trip airfare as well as
room and board for a maximum of 7 days will be provided by the Secretariat. No performance-related
fees shall be paid to the performer.

Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of any part of the regulations and conditions of the
Seoul International Music Competition 2017, the regulations and conditions written in Korean and the
related laws and codes of the Republic of Korea will form the only legal basis on which to resolve the
matter. All decisions made by the Secretariat, the Management Committee, and the Jury will be final and
not subject to appeal.