All categories

Live “virtual” round
Application deadline: once the results are in from the Preliminary round, application documents for Live Rounds (Semi-Final and Final) must be submitted before or on May 7th.

  • The Final application completed online along with a non-refundable $85.00 application fee.
  • For Duet and Ensemble categories the fee is $50 per person.
  • Short biography.

Time limit

Each performance time limit is determined by the level entered.
The pianist may be stopped once the time limit is exceeded.

Solo
Elementary A: up to 5 minutes
Elementary B:  up to 6 minutes

Intermediate A: up to 7 minutes
Intermediate B: up to 8 minutes

Advanced A: up to 9 minutes
Advanced B: up to 10 minutes

Duet
Elementary: up to 8 minutes
Intermediate: up to 12 minutes
Advanced: up to 16 minutes

Concerto
Elementary: up to 10 minutes
Intermediate: up to 15 minutes
Advanced: up to 20 minutes

Ensemble
Elementary: up to 4 min
Intermediate: up to 8 min
Advanced: up to 12 min

Contemporary composer
Elementary: up to 6 min
Intermediate: up to 10 min
Advanced: up to 14 min

Repertoire requirements

Solo category

– One original piano composition. 
– Pianists may perform a piece from the preliminary round.
– Pianists may not perform the piece from the semi-final round.
– Multiple movements, e.g. Chopin’s Preludes, are allowed within the time limit.
– If competing in more than one category, the same repertoire cannot be repeated.
– Memorization is required.

Concerto category

– Any movement of a piano concerto. 
– No omission of piano solo part allowed.
– Score reductions will be allowed in orchestral part only.
– Memorization is required.

Duet category

– Two piano duets in any style.
– Original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions are accepted.
– No page-turner will be provided. 
– Memorization is optional. 

Ensemble category

– One piece for: one piano/6 hands, one piano/8 hands, two pianos/4 hands, two piano/6 hands, two piano/8 hands.
– Original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions are accepted.
– No page-turner will be provided. 
– Memorization is optional.

Contemporary composers category

– Two contrasting original piano compositions written after 1930.
– Multiple movements, e.g. Preludes by Kabalevsky, are allowed within the time limit.
– Memorization is required.

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