We are pleased to offer an opportunity for young pianists to compete and showcase their pianistic artistry to the Indianapolis community and surrounding areas as well as take masterclasses and private lessons from world-renowned pedagogues. The Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition is positioned to become a significant source of music education and advancement for young piano talents worldwide, providing them with evaluation by a distinguished panel of international judges and the opportunity to perform at a world-class facility.

DATES:  Wednesday, June 26- Sunday, June 30th, 2024

LOCATION:  The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, USA


  • Competitors must be at least 5 years old and no older than age 18 on June 1st, 2024 (pre-college students only).
  • The competition is open to young pianists of any nationality or ethnic origin. 


Contestants may apply in one or more of the following categories (use of the same repertoire in more than one category is not allowed). Solo category consists of three rounds, all other categories consist of two rounds.

a) Solo (our most difficult and competitive category)
b) Duet (one piano 4 hands)
c) Ensemble (4 hands-2 pianos, 6 hands-1 piano or 2 pianos, 8 hands-2 pianos)
d) Concerto
e) Contemporary Composers (solo repertoire written after 1930)


Carmel Klavier Competition levels are determined by the competitor’s age as of June 1st, 2024. We reserve the right to split or merge levels depending on the number of contestants. The following levels apply to all categories:

Elementary A:    (ages up to 7)
Elementary B:     (ages up to 9)
Intermediate A: (ages up to 11)
Intermediate B:  (ages up to 13)
Advanced A:   (ages up to 15)
Advanced B:   (ages up to 18)


  • Online registration opens on Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Preliminary application deadline: Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Late Preliminary application deadline: April 7, 2024 with additional $50 fee
  • Once the Preliminary round results are in, those contestants who were chosen to proceed must re-register for the live rounds by Friday, May 10, 2024


  • Preliminary round: $80 for Solo, Contemporary Composers, and Concerto categories. $50 per contestant for Duet and Ensemble categories
  • Late fee for preliminary round (all categories): $50
  • Semi-final (solo only) and Final round (all categories):
    • $140 for Solo, Contemporary Composers, and Concerto categories
    • $90 per contestant for Duet and Ensemble categories

click here for pdf of rules & regulations

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