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JURY RULES

1. All members of the jury must attend the official jury orientation scheduled prior to the competition (except under special circumstances), during which they will be given an official folder containing information and all materials necessary for their adjudication, including sections on which to write their evaluations. These folders must be treated as documents containing privileged information that may not be divulged to anyone during the course of the competition. Each folder and its contents remains the property of the jury member to whom it has been assigned (and whose name will be clearly written on the cover).

2. Each member of the jury must attend every performance of each round. Failure to do so will disqualify the juror for that particular round.

3. Subsequent to the first jury orientation meeting, official gatherings of the jury for the purpose of briefing or voting will be closed except for jurors, the chairman of the jury, and a voting administrator (secretary) responsible for tabulation of the votes. Any exceptions will be made at the discretion of the jury chairman (for example, the conductor of the orchestra may be invited to appropriate jury meetings, in order to relate his/her experience regarding their collaboration with the competitors).

4. Jurors will not discuss with any person whatsoever, including amongst themselves, their opinion of competitors’ performances or any other aspect of their adjudication responsibilities.

5. Jurors may not communicate at any time during the competition with competitors, except for very brief casual exchanges in public.

6. Any juror having or having had during the preceding four years a teaching or professional relationship with a competitor must declare such relationship. Furthermore, any juror who has had a long-term teaching or personal relationship of any kind with a competitor at any time must also disclose such relationship. Master classes do not count as a teaching relationship. Jurors are required to sign a conflict of interest waiver and refrain from voting for that particular competitor.

7. Jurors must refrain from verbal comment, demonstrative behaviour, or any form of communication during competitors’ performances.

8. No individual or composite jury votes may be disclosed at any time to any person who is not a juror, the voting administrator (secretary) responsible for tabulation of the votes, except the final composite decision of the jury at the conclusion of each round of the competition, which will be announced to the public after the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds by the jury chairman, and after the Final Round by the master of ceremonies at the Awards Ceremony or as designated by the chairman.

9. Jurors must comply with all rules. Any infraction of the rules by a juror may result in the dismissal of that juror and/or the disqualification of a competitor.

10. Selections for advancement to the next round will be based on a composite evaluation of the competitors’ performances. Jury decisions are final and irrevocable. The following procedures apply to the selection of competitors for the Semifinal and Final Rounds:

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND

a. After the Preliminary Round, each jury member will cast 12 names without ranking – i.e., those whom they want to hear again in the Semifinal – by marking a “+” beside each name. Jury members who have a conflict of interest with one or more competitors will mark a “0” beside the name(s) of this or these candidate(s). Should the candidate obtain at least 3 votes cast by the other jurors, a “+” will be added to the “0”. Should a candidate not obtain at least 3 votes cast by the other jurors, the juror in question must nominate another (other) candidate(s). Based on the majority of votes, the jury will select the 12 most qualified pianists for advancement to the Semifinal.

b. Then each jury member will vote for a second time, now giving points between 1 and 20 (in 0.5 point increments). This vote is taken into account only in case of a tie in the bottom line: the tied contestants with the higher accumulation of points will pass on. Votes given to contestants not passing to the Semifinal will be disclosed upon announcing the results. To avoid any influence on further voting, all votes given to the passing contestants will be kept confidential to everybody, including the jury. Jury members will then be available to explain their voting directly to those who failed to pass to the next round.

 

SEMIFINAL ROUND

a. After the Semifinal Round, each jury member will cast 3 names without ranking – i.e., those whom they want to hear in the Final. Jury members who have a conflict of interest with one or more competitors will mark a “0” beside the name(s) of this or these candidate(s). Should the candidate obtain at least 3 votes cast by the other jurors, a “+” will be added to the “0”. Should a candidate not obtain at least 3 votes cast by the other jurors, the juror in question must nominate another (other) candidate(s). Based on the majority of votes, the jury will select the 3 most qualified pianists for advancement to the Final.

b. Then each jury member will vote for a second time, now giving points between 1 and 20 (in 0.5 point increments). This vote is taken into account only in case of a tie in the bottom line: the tied contestants with the higher accumulation of points will pass on. Votes given to contestants not passing to the Semifinal will be disclosed upon announcing the results. To avoid any influence on further voting, all votes given to the passing contestants will be kept confidential to everybody, including the jury. Jury members will then be available to explain their voting directly to those who failed to pass to the next round.

 

FINAL ROUND

a. After the Final Round each jury member will rank the 3 finalists in his/her own preference, giving points between 1 and 3. The majority of points will determine the ranking of the finalists. In case of a tie, the place of a finalist is determined by the total number of points accumulated in the two previous rounds.

b. In the ensuing discussion for the awarding of prizes, the jury must consider all the performances throughout the competition. The “Best Greek Contestant” award will be given to the Greek competitor with the higher accumulation of points. In case a Greek competitor is among the prize winners, then no “Best Greek Contestant” award shall be given. The jury reserves the right not to award a prize, if the overall level of performance is deemed inadequate.

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