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2016 Voting Procedures

Voting procedures for the Jury

Semifinals and Finals procedure

Semifinals and Finals Procedure

The following procedure applies to the selection of competitors for the Semifinals and Finals stages of the Sydney International Piano Competition 2016. Further procedures, detailed in the Preliminaries Round 1a, Semifinals Round 2a and Finals Round 3b paragraphs will apply for the selection of special prizewinners at various points during the Competition. The two basic voting procedures employ an elimination system rather than a numerical one.

The jury will select, in no specific order, the 12 most deserving pianists for advancement to the Semifinal Rounds and 6 most deserving for advancement to the Final Rounds. Selections for advancement will be based on a cumulative evaluation of the competitors’ performances.

Voting

Voting papers will be distributed to jurors at the end of the Preliminaries and at the end of the Semifinals. Each of the nine jurors will submit the number of competitor names equal to the number of spaces available for advancement to the next round, as well as a number of names of pianists whom the juror feels have the possibility of advancement – ie ‘Maybes’. After voting, the completed and signed voting papers will be submitted to the non-voting Chairman of the jury, who will scrutinize them with the voting administrator. The names will be sorted into groups according to numbers of individual votes. Group A will consist of names with nine out of nine votes from the jury, Group B of names with eight out of nine votes from the jury, Group C with seven out of nine votes and so on. The competitors who receive the most votes from the jury will advance to the next round. The names from Group A will advance first, then the names from Group B and so on, until the necessary number of places for advancement has been attained.

Ties

In the event of a tie for the last place(s), and in order to avoid re-voting, the names of the ‘Maybe’ votes will be taken into account. Those in a tied position who also have a ‘Maybe’ vote, will next advance. In the event of an unresolved tie for the last place(s) (after counting the ‘Maybe’ votes), a second ballot will be held for the tied competitors, in order to select just the required number of competitors. Subsequent ballots will be taken only if the vote remains deadlocked.

Jurors/Competitors

Any juror having, or having had during the preceding five years, a family, teaching, professional or personal relationship with a competitor must declare such a relationship to the rest of the jury. Master classes do not count as a teaching relationship. That juror may, if he/she sees fit, include the name of a ‘related’ competitor as one of his/her twelve or six submissions on the voting paper. However, in such cases, the juror's opinion will not count as a vote on behalf of that particular competitor. When counting the votes for each competitor, that juror’s vote for the competitor will become the ratio between the total number of votes received and number of jurors eligible to vote for that competitor.

Results

Results will be revealed to the jury and then to the public in the playing order adopted from the first round of the Preliminaries. The relative standing of competitors will not be revealed to jury or public.

Detailed Voting Procedure

1.Preliminaries Rounds I and II

1a. After the Preliminaries Round 1

After the Preliminaries Round 1, the jurors’ task will be to select the winner of the Roger Smalley Prize for the Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital. Voting papers with 1 space for a first choice and 3 spaces for ‘Maybes’ will be distributed. Jurors will nominate their favoured contestant to win the prize, but will also submit 3 other ‘Maybe’ names, in no particular order, whom they would be happy to see win the prize. Should none of the jurors’ first choices of competitors produce a majority of votes (ie 5 out of 9 votes), the ‘Maybes’ will be added for consideration. Should no competitor then attain a majority vote, a further ballot will be held between the two competitors with the most votes.

  1. Should there be a tie between three or more competitors for the highest number of votes, a second ballot will be held of the tied competitors. Should none of the tied competitors attain a majority of these votes, then a further ballot will be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
  2. Should there be a tie between competitors for the second most votes, the jury will first hold a ballot to decide between those tied competitors. Another ballot will then be held between the winner of that vote and the competitor with the most votes but who did not receive at least 5 votes.
1b. After the Preliminaries Round 2

After the Preliminaries Round 2, the task of the jurors will be twofold:

  1. To select twelve competitors to advance to the Semifinal Rounds 1 and 2. Voting papers with 12 spaces will be distributed on which each juror will enter the names of 12 competitors in playing order – ie in no particular order of preference. On the same voting paper and to help resolve possible ties, there will be 3 spaces on which each juror must submit the names of 3 ‘Maybes’ in no order of preference. The ‘Ties’ procedure outlined above will be used to resolve a tie in the last place(s).
  2. To select the winner of the Isador Goodman Prize for the Best Preliminaries Recital Round 2, using the procedure outlined above for the Roger Smalley Prize for the Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital.

2. Semifinals Rounds I and II

2a. After the Semifinals Round 1

After the Semifinals Round 1, the task of the jurors will be twofold:

  1. To decide the winner of the Ignaz Friedman Best Semifinals Recital prize. Voting papers will be distributed with a space for jurors to nominate one competitor from the Semifinal Round 1 for the best recital. Should none of the competitors attain at least five of the votes of the nine jurors, then a further ballot will be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    • Should there be a tie between three or more competitors for the highest number of votes, a second ballot will be held of the tied competitors. Should none of the tied competitors attain a majority of votes, a further ballot will be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    • Should there be a tie between competitors for the second most votes, the jury will first hold a ballot to decide between those tied competitors. Another ballot will then be held between the winner of that vote and the competitor with the most votes but who did not receive at least five out of nine votes.
  2. To decide the winner of the Warren Thomson Prize for the Best Performance of an Australian Piece. The voting paper will have space for the nomination of one competitor from the Preliminaries Rounds 1 or 2, or from the Semifinals Round 1. There will also be three spaces for three ‘Maybe’ nominations. The voting procedure will be as outlined above for the Roger Smalley Prize for Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital.
2b. After the Semifinals Round 2

The task of the jury will be threefold:

  1. To select the six competitors to advance to the Finals Rounds 1 and 2. The jury will take into account all Rounds to this point. Voting papers with 6 spaces will be distributed on which each juror will enter the names of 6 competitors in playing order – ie in no particular order of preference. On the same voting paper and to help resolve possible ties, there will be 1 space on which each juror must submit the name of 1 ‘Maybe’. The ‘Ties’ procedure outlined above will be used to resolve a tie in the last place(s).
  2. To select the winner of the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize for the Best Violin and Piano Sonata, using the voting procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.
  3. To select the winner of the Geoffrey Parsons Prize for Best Piano Quintet, using the procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.

3. Finals Rounds I and II

3a. After the Finals Round 1

After the Finals Round 1, the jury will select the winner of the Roy Agnew Prize for Best 18th Century Concerto, using the voting procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.

3a. After the Finals Round 2

After the Finals Round 2, the task of the jury will be manifold:

  1. To select the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize winner. In awarding prizes, jurors should consider all Rounds of the Competition. If ajuror has, or has had during the preceding five years, a family, teaching, professional or personal relationship with a competitor who is in the Final Round, that juror may be present from the start at the gathering of the jury, but he/she will not be permitted to vote until such point as his/her related competitor has been placed. If a tied deadlock is the result of this procedure, the Chairman of the jury will vote in place of the juror concerned.

    Voting papers with 1 space will be distributed to the jury. The jury will enter the name of 1 competitor to be awarded the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize.

    • Should none of the competitors attain a majority of votes, or at least half of the votes of the jurors entitled to vote and who did vote in the Final Round, then a further ballot will be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    • Should there be a tie of three competitors with three votes each, the Chairman of the jury will cast a deciding vote.
    • Should there be a tie of three competitors for the highest number of votes, a second ballot will be held of the tied competitors. Should none of the tied competitors attain a majority of votes, then a further ballot will be held to decide between the two competitors with the most votes.
    • Should there be a tie between competitors for the second most votes, the jury will first hold a ballot to decide between those tied competitors. Another ballot will then be held between the winner of that vote and the competitor with the most votes but who did not receive a majority or at least half of the votes.
  2. To select the winner of the Percy Grainger Second Prize. After the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize winner is selected, voting papers will be distributed to the jury to name their choice for the Percy Grainger Second Prize. The Second Prizewinner will be determined using the same procedure as for the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize winner.
  3. To select the winner of the George Frederick Boyle Third Prize. After the Percy Grainger Second Prizewinner is selected, the George Frederick Boyle Third Prize will be determined using the same procedure.
  4. To select the winner of the William Murdoch Fourth Prize. After the George Frederick Boyle Third Prizewinner is selected, the William Murdoch Fourth Prize will be determined using the same procedure.
  5. To select the Arthur Benjamin Fifth Prize and the Noel Mewton-Wood Sixth Prize. After the William Murdoch Fourth Prizewinner is selected, the Arthur Benjamin Fifth Prize will be determined using the same procedure, and hence the Noel Mewton-Wood Sixth Prize will also be determined.
  6. To select the Miriam Hyde Prize for Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto. After the completion of the selections of First to Sixth Prize winners, the jury will vote to select the winner of the Miriam Hyde Prize for Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto, using the procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.
  7. To select the winner of the Geoffrey Tozer Prize for Most Promising Competitor. It is anticipated that this prize will go to one of the youngest competitors in the Competition, but not necessarily THE youngest. Discussion of possibilities by the jury will be allowed before voting using the procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.
  8. To select the Nancy Weir Prize for the Best Australian Pianist. This will go to the Australian who advances furthest in the Competition. If two or more Australians advance to the same stage of the Competition, a vote will be taken by the jury to determine the winner of the prize. If there are two competitors, the competitor with the majority of votes will win. If there are three or more, the jury will vote using the procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize. If no Australian advances past the Preliminaries Round 2, the jury will vote on the relevant competitors using the procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.
  9. To select the winner of the Prize given by the Chairman of the Board for a performance of Liszt. The jury will vote on the relevant competitors using the procedure outlined above for the Ignaz Friedman Prize.

Before the public announcement of the results, the jury will be informed of the winners of the Eileen Joyce Prize for Best Overall Concerto (chosen by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), the Rex Hobcroft AM People’s Choice Prize (voted for by the live audience and by radio/internet listeners) and the AAF Award (offered and selected by the Alink-Argerich Foundation).