TRIENNIAL COURSE

TRIENNIAL COURSE
For students from 20 to 26 years of age

This Course aims to develop pianists who are able to pursue a concert career, by way of acquisition of an exhaustive knowledge of the piano literature, and an awareness of the methodological tools of interpretation. The student's continued attendance of the course is confirmed yearly on the basis of the Verification Exam by Commission, which reserves the right, on the basis of the standard of the exam performance, to suspend the student from the Triennial Course, if necessary. Only at the end of the Triennial Course will it be possible to officially obtain the Imola Academy Diploma.


ADMISSION EXAM

A programme consisting of the following:
• A sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, Muzio Clementi, Joseph Haydn, or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
• An étude by Frédéric Chopin from either Opus 10 or Opus 25.
A free programme of 30 to 40 minutes' duration, in addition to the sonata and étude.


ANNUAL VERIFICATION EXAM

The Triennial Course student must prepare the following:
• Two recital programmes, of 45 to 50 minutes' duration each.
• Two concertos for piano and orchestra.
One recital programme, and one piano concerto, will be chosen by drawing lots two weeks prior to the exam date. As a substitute for one of the piano concertos, a major chamber work for duo, trio, quartet, or quintet may be submitted.

Triennial Course students are required each year, and subject to their tutors' instructions, to play the orchestral accompaniment to one or more piano concertos in their fellow students' exams. This accompaniment will also be incorporated into the overall assessment of the Verification Exam.

At the incontestable discretion of the Director’s Office, and at the relevant tutor’s request, the Triennial Course may be prolonged by one additional year for didactic reasons. 


FINAL DIPLOMA EXAM

 • A recital of 60 to 75 minutes' duration (one third of which may include pieces already presented in past exams).
• A concerto for piano and orchestra, drawn by lots from the two (one of which may include a concerto presented for past exams) that the student will have prepared for this exam.

The Final Diploma Exam may, at the discretion of the relevant tutor, take the form of an evening public concert performance.


Repeating previously-performed pieces is not admissible except in the case of Diploma Exams, or the Exam to pass from the Plurennial to the Triennial Course. It is the responsibility of the relevant tutors to ensure that both the duration and the content of the programmes conform to the established rules. 


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