In accordance with the rules of the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition, all participants will have equal opportunities and will be subject to a transparent method of assessment by the jury. This will be ensured by a voting system designed to provide the highest standards of evaluation with the fairest possible scoring system. In addition to the adjustment of extreme scores received by individual candidates, a procedure commonly used in music competitions, this system will also incorporate an analysis of the votes given by individual jurors.
In instances where the votes cast by a juror may indicate an attempt to tamper the competition's results, the scores assigned by that juror (or jurors) will be completely rejected and will not be considered in the calculation of the final scoring and ranking. This procedure will be applied at every stage of each competition.
The system to be used in the Szymanowski Competition has been developed by Dr. Krzysztof Kontek from SGH Warsaw School of Economics and Prof. Kevin Kenner from the University of Miami Frost School of Music – the chairman of the piano competition jury. The system is characterized by its high effectiveness in ensuring fair competition rules, while still maintaining jurors’ freedom to evaluate candidates according to their genuine preferences.
Research on just voting systems is being conducted by Dr. Krzysztof Kontek in collaboration with Prof. Honorata Sosnowska and other researchers at SGH Warsaw School of Economics, under the Grant 2018/31/B/HS4/01005 awarded by the National Science Center (Narodowe Centrum Nauki), Poland.
The voting system will be implemented in the Competition with IT support from Merope company.