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CBC Music Piano Hero Contest

Do you play classical piano? Regardless of your age or level, we want you to step out of the practice room and show the rest of Canada what you've got.

Piano Hero is CBC Music's search for Canada's favourite amateur classical pianist. The contest launches on Jan. 5, 2015, but we want to get the word out now to give you lots of time to prepare.

Maybe you’re an aspiring concert pianist looking for your big break. Maybe you’re a retired person with a lifelong love of piano who has lately had more time to practise. You may even be an accountant, a teacher, a graphic designer or a bus driver who plays classical piano as a serious hobby. If so, you might be CBC Music’s Piano Hero.

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To enter, make a video recording of yourself performing a piece of classical music and submit your video between Jan. 5 and 15, 2015, on the contest entry page. The public will vote on all videos submitted and a jury of piano professionals will select a winner.

Grand prize

The winner of Piano Hero will receive a trip for two to Toronto from Feb. 6 to 10, 2015, including:

•    Return economy airfares, provided by Air Canada, from the Canadian international airport closest to the winner’s residence.

•    Accommodation for four nights at InterContinental® Toronto Centre Hotel (double occupancy).

•    $500 in spending money to cover local expenses.

•    A video recording session produced by CBC/Radio-Canada at the Canadian Broadcast Centre.

•    A private piano lesson with Emanuel Ax, to be video-recorded by CBC/Radio-Canada.

•    Two tickets to a RBC Piano Extravaganza concert with theToronto Symphony Orchestra to be held at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. featuring piano soloist Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. 

•    The opportunity to play “Éléphant,” a movement from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as part of their RBC Piano Extravaganza Pianoramaconcerts on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, for two performances, one at 2 p.m. and one at 4 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall. (Subject to acceptance by the prize winner.)

The winner will also receive an upright piano (model # Boston UP 118S PE) including delivery costs courtesy of Steinway Piano Gallery of Toronto.

In addition, the winner will be profiled on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert with host Paolo Pietropaolo and on ICI Musique at a future date.

How to enter

To enter Piano Hero, visit the contest entry page and submit a video recording of yourself performing a piece of classical solo piano music.

To be valid, entries must be received between Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 6 a.m. ET and Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Your video must be between one and 10 minutes long and must be performed on an acoustic piano. (No electronic keyboards.) You are required to perform from memory.

Pieces must be played in their complete form, although repeats may be eliminated as long as the time limit is observed. Single movements from larger musical works are acceptable.

Your video must be unedited and have been filmed since July 6, 2014. Your two hands and face must be visible in your video at all times.

You should perform classical music that is in the public domain. In Canada, public domain means the composer(s) and the arranger(s) have been dead for more than 50 years.

If the classical music performed in your video is not in the public domain, you are responsible for ensuring that you have permission from the composer(s), arranger(s), and/or their publisher(s) to submit your video for this contest, otherwise you may be disqualified.

For complete details on Piano Hero, including eligibility, check out therules and regulations.

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