MANSH-NWU International Piano Competition

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20–28 January 2023 • NWU School of Music & Conservatory • Potchefstroom, South Africa

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The organisers regret to announce that the MANSH-NWU International Piano Competition had to be cancelled indefinitely due to circumstances beyond their control. Thank you for your interest and support and apologies for any inconvenience.


The MANSH–NWU International Piano Competition is a joint initiative of both the Musikakademie Neue Sterne in Hannover, Germany and the School of Music & Conservatory at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The aim with this new competition is to establish a platform for young artists and to promote the art of pianism.

The participants’ performances over three rounds will be adjudicated by an international jury and the prize winners could receive valuable exposure to promote their careers. The city of Potchefstroom still enjoys a rural ambience and with an abundance of art and artists, it is the perfect setting to also celebrate mesmerising performances at the piano.

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Dates & Venue

20–28 January 2023

School of Music & Conservatory
North-West University
62 Thabo Mbeki Way
South Africa


20 Jan 2023 ~ Day 1 — Arrival and registration
21 Jan 2023 ~ Day 2 — Arrival, registration and opening concert
22 Jan 2023 ~ Day 3 — Preliminary round
23 Jan 2023 ~ Day 4 — Preliminary round
24 Jan 2023 ~ Day 5 — Semi-final round
25 Jan 2023 ~ Day 6 — Semi-final round
26 Jan 2023 ~ Day 7 — Workshops
27 Jan 2023 ~ Day 8 — Final round
28 Jan 2023 ~ Day 9 — Final round

Programme requirements

Free programme with no repetition of pieces, except that pieces from the selection round may be included only once in any of the programmes for the following rounds.

The repertoire should include conventional Western classical music (Baroque through Romantic), and contemporary classical music from all cultures and traditions, originally composed for a keyboard instrument, i.e., harpsichord or piano. Arrangements of popular songs or music from musicals / soundtracks are not acceptable.

All rounds are to be performed from memory.

Selection round: Two contrasting works (maximum 20 minutes)
Preliminary round: 15–20 minutes*
Semi-final round: 35–40 minutes*
Final round: 50–55 minutes*
* Including breaks off-stage


  • There is NO AGE LIMIT. The competition is open to candidates of all ages.
  • The competition is open to candidates of all nationalities.
  • During the registration at the competition venue, candidates will have to show official and valid documents as proof of their identity.
  • The jury’s decisions are final and irrevocable. The jury may decide not to award one or any of the prizes.
  • The performances are to be played from memory.
  • All performances are open to the public.
  • In case of radio or television productions or audio and/or video recordings of any of the rounds, the participating candidates have no right to advance financial claims or requests towards producers or broadcasters.
  • Competition prizes will be awarded in South African Rand (ZAR) at the end of the competition.
  • Participation at the competition implies the tacit consent of the above.
  • If there is a dispute about the interpretation of the rules, the valid text will be the English one.


To be announced.


1st prize — €6,000
2nd prize — €3,000
3rd prize — €2,000

Special prizes:

  • Audience prize — €500
  • Best performance of a Romantic work — €500
  • Best performance of a South African work — €500*

* It is not compulsory to include a South African work in any of the programmes.

Accommodation & Meals

  • The first twenty candidates accepted as participants to the competition will be given preference to be placed with guest hosts and can stay for free for the duration of the competition.
  • Accommodation for additional participants will be organised in nearby guesthouses, for their own account.
  • In both instances, breakfast will be included.
  • Lunch and dinner will be for participants' own accounts. There are several restaurants within walking distance from the competition venue.
  • Candidates who would prefer to stay in a guesthouse rather than with guest hosts, should indicate it on the application form.


Participants will not be reimbursed for any travel expenses.


Online applications must be submitted at

The following information and specific documents are required for each application:

  • Digital copy of the applicant's identity document.
  • Curriculum vitae/bio in English (maximum 350 words), PDF only.
  • One high resolution (minimum 300dpi) black and white press photo.
  • Programmes for all the rounds.
  • Proof of payment of the application fee (see next section).
  • The private/public links to two video recordings of the applicant's performances of two works of contrasting character (maximum 20 minutes' total duration) made available on YouTube or Vimeo. (If you don't already have a channel on either platform, find instructions to create one here or here.)

Deadline for applications: Monday 31 October 7 November 2022, 23:00 SAST (GMT+2).

Application Fee

Candidates will not be considered for admission to the competition without payment of the application fee:

  • International applicants — €100
  • South African citizens — ZAR1,600

The application fee is non-refundable.

Bank account details for EFT:
Bank name: ABSA
Account name: NWU DIVERSE
Account number: 670-642-313
Account type: CHEQUE
Branch code: 632-005
SWIFT code: ABSAZAJJ (for international transfers)
Reference: Music Org8281 Initials&Surname

Please upload proof of payment of the application fee in your online application (see previous section).

Announcement of Participants

The candidates admitted as participants for the competition will be announced on Monday 14 November 2022.


Prof Waldo Weyer —

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