FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(The 6th NTD International Piano Competition)
What is the NTD International Piano Competition?
The NTD International Piano Competition is the only world-class piano event hosted by a global television network — New Tang Dynasty Television. The mission of the competition is to preserve and revitalize the classical piano music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras.
What is New Tang Dynasty Television?
New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is a New York-based global news and entertainment media network, founded in 2001. NTD’s mission is to uplift and inform society by publishing quality content that embodies integrity, dignity, and the best of humanity. At NTD we believe the integrity of our world hinges on the accurate and truthful spread of information. We dedicate ourselves to providing the truth and shedding light on major issues the world deserves to know. We cover the stories that others don’t. Our unbiased news provides critical information and insight. Our focused, exclusive analyses cut through the complicated political landscape and provide a clear perspective. We hold ourselves responsible to society by steering clear of sensationalism and producing news with the utmost integrity. In addition, we bring humanity into everything we do and better understand who we are today by looking at history, culture, and tradition.
What makes the NTD International Piano Competition special?
- The noble mission: this competition is solely dedicated to preserving and reviving classical piano music — a jewel in the crown of Western civilization.
- The unique choice of repertoire: all compositions required in this competition must be from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic periods (No impressionistic or contemporary compositions).
- An original Commissioned Composition: this piece is rearranged from one of the vocal pieces composed by world-renowned composer and Artistic Director of Shen Yun Performing Arts —D.F.
- The global viewership: the semi-final and final rounds of the NTD International Piano Competition will be live-streamed and broadcast via NTD global TV network as well as multiple social medial channels of The Epoch Times, which have the potential to reach 180 million followers worldwide.
Who are the judges of the NTD International Piano Competition?
All judges of the Jury panel are appointed by the NTD Competition’s Organization Committee. The Jury members of the NTD International Piano Competition comprises professional veteran pianists as well as piano educators, and they will be solely responsible for assessing the contestants’ performances and select the winners. The decisions of the Jury panel for all rounds shall be final.
What specific qualities are the judges looking for?
In addition to the musicality and the fluidity of the performance, the judges would also focus on the following aspects. First, contestant’s virtuosity in the mastery of tempo, dynamic, clarity, and accuracy. Second is the timbre (tone color or quality) of music. A classical pianist with good inner peace and compassion could create a rich palette of timbres. Thirdly, good artistic competence and profound knowledge of musical history would enable a concert pianist to deliver the original message embedded in music composition. Lastly, a well-trained classical pianist should exhibit a noble and elegant stage presence.
What is the application submission deadline?
All required application materials must be received by the competition’s Organization Committee by September 10, 2022(tentative). No late or partial applications will be accepted.
What is the age limit for contestants?
Competition is open to pianists, instructors, and students of all nationalities who are proficient with a broad piano repertoire. Contestants must be between the age of 17-35 during the time of the competition.
How much is the application fee?
A nonrefundable application fee of 150.00 USD shall apply.
When will I be notified about the results of the audition round?
The application will be processed on a rolling basis. The Organizing Committee will inform the applicant of the decision promptly. Notifications to the online Preliminary round will be sent to all qualified contestants, which include instructions on preparing and submitting performance videos.
When and how can I receive the Commissioned Composition?
The Organization Committee will email the Commissioned Composition to all qualified contestants who advance to the Preliminary 45 days prior to the live competition. Contestants are required to play it from memory.
What media types are acceptable for the video audition?
The media type of the video could be viewable online video link (i.e., Youtube or Vimeo); video file sharing link (i.e., Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox); or DVD that contains recording(s) of the applicant’s performance (either solo performance or concerto with an orchestra/ensemble). Submission must be between 10 to 30 minutes in length.
Is it possible to send a video recording of my performance with other musicians, an ensemble or an orchestra?
Yes, it is possible if you performed solo with other musicians, an ensemble or an orchestra with orchestra.
May I submit a video recording in which a modern or contemporary composition was performed?
No, all compositions in the video recording must be from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic period. No Impressionistic or Contemporary composition is accepted.
The Rules & Regulation say that all rights to broadcast audio and video recordings of Competition rounds and the final concerts featuring winners belong to NTD Television; may I refuse to transfer the rights to the recordings with my participation?
This is not possible – by submitting the application the contestant agrees to all the terms of the Competition, otherwise, he/she may not take part in the Competition.
Will the competition’s Organizing Committee help arrange airline tickets, accommodations, and practice sites during the live rounds of the competition?
No, but the Organizing Committee will recommend New York hotels and practice facilities to all qualified contestants in the live-rounds of the competition.
If a contestant wins the cash prize, will there be any tax withholding?
It depends on the nationality of the winner.
No tax withholding on the prize winner if he/she is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. A W-9 form must be filled out by the winner and on file with NTD. This form provides all of the information for sending a 1099-Misc to the winner. It is the winner’s own responsibility to report this income to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and file the income tax accordingly.
If the winner is either a non-resident alien in the U.S. or a citizen from another country, then he/she needs to fill the W-8 form and the cash prize is subject to the 30% withholding requirement. The winner will receive the IRS Form 1042-S from NTD, reporting U.S. Source of Income by foreign persons.
However, depending on the winner’s country of residence, there may be an exception to the withholding requirement if the U.S. has entered into tax treaties with the residence country.
If I have questions regarding this competition, to whom do I direct these questions?
You are welcome to communicate your questions with the Organization Committee in the following ways.