General Information and Competition Guidelines
Welcome to the 2002 Coupe Mondiale in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The DANSKE HARMONIKASPILLERES LANDSFORBUND (DHL) will host the COUPE MONDIALE 2002. The Coupe Mondiale is an INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ACCORDIONISTS under the auspicies of the Confédération International des Accordeonistes (C.I.A.) founded 1935 in Paris. The C.I.A. is a member of the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL (IMC-UNESCO).

Most of the CIA Coupe Mondiale categories will be held at the National Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1. General Conditions for All Categories
GENERAL: The INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ACCORDION SOLOISTS 2002 (COUPE MONDIALE) is open to accordionists of all nationalities who comply with the rules. Competition is offered for accordionists in any of the six categories listed below:

1) Coupe Mondiale
2) Junior Coupe Mondiale
3) International Piano Accordion Competition
4) Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition
5) Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition
6) International Chamber Music Competition

a. Candidates must be entered through the CIA voting member organization(s) in their respective country. If from a country where there is no CIA voting member organization, prospective candidates are requested to apply directly to the CIA, subject to acceptance, until such time as a voting member entity is established in that country.

b. All entries are subject to acceptance by the CIA Executive Committee. In the case of non-acceptance, the applicant and/or the sponsoring member association will be advised in writing of the reason(s) the entry was refused.

c. When registering at the event, the candidate must present to the organizers, an official birth certificate and valid passport(s) or identity card, bearing his or her name, age and nationality. The organizers will determine the candidate's nationality based upon his or her passport(s).

d. No applicant may be refused entry for religious, political or racial reasons. Nonpayment of fees by the entrant and/or the sponsoring member organization may constitute reason for non-acceptance of an entry. Suitable ability and compliance with the rules of the competition are required for final acceptance.

2. Entry Forms
Candidates are requested to fill in the official entry form provided by the General Secretariat.
Entry form should be complete and precise, completed in blockletters or typewriter, and accompanied by a passport size photograph. Completed entry forms and pictures should be mailed to:

The 1st original copy to:
A-1030 VIENNA Dietrichgasse 51/19
Fax: +43-1-712 0960       E-mail:
The 2nd copy to:
DHL - Secretariat
Fryndeshave 6, Fynshav
6440 AUGUSTENBORG, Denmark
Phone: +45 7447 4337, FAX: +45 7447 4327
E-mail:     Internet:
3. Entry Fees
1) Coupe Mondiale US $60.00 (EURO 65,00)
2) Junior Coupe Mondiale US $40.00 (EURO 44,00)
3) International Piano Accordion Competition US $60.00 (EURO 65,00)
4) Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition US $60.00 (EURO 65,00)
5) Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition US $40.00 (EURO 44,00)
6) International Chamber Music Competition US $60.00 (EURO 65,00)

The entryform and the entryfee are one unit. The fee must be paid at same time as the entry form is mailed. Only candidates of countries without a compartible currency are allowed to pay the fee upon arrival at the Coupe Mondiale. This fee should be paid to the CIA Treasurer upon registration. Non-paying candidates are not allowed to compete. The entryfee should payed by banktransfer (Bankacount: BANK AUSTRIA No. 662-024-900 ) with EURO only or the fee must be remitted to the CIA Secretariat in form of an International bank-cheque payable in US Dollars and bankcosts of US $14.00 must be added. (eg: Total: SENIORS US$ 74.00 - JUNIORS: US $ 54.00)

4. Acceptence of Regulations
A candidate's entry implies acceptance of regulations, the system of judging and the jury's decision as being final. Entered candidates not arriving or competing without apology will be excluded from subsequent Coupe Mondiales.
5. Music For Judges
a) Each candidate must bring to the competition three (3) published copies of his/her Own Choice Music.

b) The copies of each piece are to be tied together in a single bundle, each copy clearly labelled with the name and the country of the candidate and handed over to competition-office after arrival.
6. Instruments
There are no restriction as to make size or type of accordions used by the candidates, but electronic attachements may not be employed.
7. General
The candidate:

a) must use music of different composers, i.e. only one composition by anyone composer.

b) must include opus numbers and any other identification such as catalogue numbers and individual movements for each selection performed.

c) must list whether the compositions are published.

d) must list full name of composer and the arranger if applicable.

e) must give the approximate playing-time for each selection.

f) must send a photograph in passport size together with the entryform to the secretariat.

g) the signature on the entry form is a statement saying he/she has read the rules understand and accept them.

h) For Virtuoso Class only: if music is not available, please write a short explanation.

i) First Place winners may not enter the same category they have won in subsequent years.
8. Judging
Contestants are judged in all sections on overall musicianship, including technical profiency and stylistic understanding of all music performed.
8a. Time Limit Penalty

Note to candidates: Each signed entry form indicates that the candidate understands the competition guidelines, so please ensure that your program meets the competition guidelines concerning minimum and maximum time limits. Mark penalties for any failure to follow the maximum or minimum playing time for each class will be imposed as follows:

The amount of any Playing Time Mark Penalty shall be:

  • Less than one minute under the minimum playing time or less than one minute over the maximum playing time - no mark penalty.
  • More than one minute under the minimum playing time or more than one minute over the maximum playing shall have a 1 point penalty for each minute or part thereof.

Example: The candidate has a playing time of 22:30 minutes in a category with a 20 minute maximum playing time limit.

  • 20.01 minutes to 21:00 minutes - no penalty
  • 21:01 minutes to 22:00 minutes is 1 point penalty
  • 22:01 minutes to 23:00 minutes is 1 point penalty

Therefore this candidate would have a 2 point penalty deducted.

9. Accomodation
Accomodation will be arranged by the organizer but is to be paid by the candidate. The costs begin from about US $20.00 per person based on three (3) people per room.
10. Arrival and Departure
All participants must announce his/her arrival and departuredate and time with the entry or registration form. If Participants need a visa they should write for an official invitation to get a visa.
All participants must register the Cab Inn Scandanavia, Copenhagen on during the day on October 16, 2002. The draw for playing order will be at 6:00 PM at the National Museum
11. CIA Competition Rules and Regulations
The English language version shall be the definitive text.
12. Closing Date for Entries

Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) - General Secretary
Dietrichgasse 51/19, A - 1030, Vienna, AUSTRIA   Phone/Fax: +43 1-712 0960   E-mail:

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