All categories

Video auditions
Application deadline: March 20th, 2021
Late Application deadline: April 9th, 2021 (additional $50 fee)

  • Preliminary video auditions are required for all levels and categories.
  • Videos must be submitted via YouTube URL links in the Registration Form.
  • Videos can be recorded within nine months prior to March 20th, 2021.
  • The adjudication committee will evaluate video submissions.
  • Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision no later than TBA.
  • Documents required for the Preliminary Round:

    • A non-refundable $60.00 application fee submitted with your application online.
    • For Duet and Ensemble categories, the fee is $40 per person.
    • Preliminary application – completed online.
    • A copy of the birth certificate or another form of ID that serves as proof of the contestant’s age and country of residence (if the participant entered the competition previously, this document is not required).
    • An unedited video recording via YouTube link/links of contestant’s performance/performances of required works.

    Time Limits

    Each performance time limit is determined by the level entered.

    Elementary A: up to 6 minutes
    Elementary B:  up to 8 minutes

    Intermediate A: up to 10 minutes
    Intermediate B: up to 12 minutes

    Advanced A: up to 14 minutes
    Advanced B: up to 16 minutes

    Repertoire requirements

    Solo category

    – Two original contrasting piano works of different musical eras.
    – Elementary level pianists may perform pieces of the same time period in contrasting characters.
    – Multiple movements, e.g. Chopin’s Preludes, are allowed within the time limit.
    – Memorization is not required.

    Duet category

    – One piece for one piano/four hands.
    – Original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions are accepted.
    – Multiple movements by the same composer are allowed within the time limit.
    – Memorization is not required.

    Ensemble category

    – One piece for one piano/six hands, one piano/eight hands, two pianos/four hands, two pianos/six hands, or two pianos/eight hands.
    – Original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions are all acceptable.
    – Multiple movements by the same composer are allowed within the time limit.
    – Memorization is not required.

    Concerto category

    – Any movement of a piano concerto. 
    – No accompaniment is required. 
    – If playing a movement other than the first or without cadenza, your recording should include a significant portion of the piece to demonstrate musicality and virtuosity. 
    – Memorization for the exposition and cadenza is required. 

    Contemporary composers category

    – One original piano composition written after 1930.
    – Multiple movements, e.g. Kabalevsky Preludes, are allowed within time limit.
    – Memorization is not required.

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