Rules

1. The Piano Competition Online is open for classical pianists from all countries of the world.


2. The competition takes place entirely over the Internet.

No transport or acommodation costs – the competition is based on the online video submission.


3. There is no age limit. The competition will be held in 11 different age categories:

I category – born in 2014 and younger
II category – born in 2013 and 2012
III category – born in 2011 and 2010
IV category – born in 2009 and 2008
V category – born in 2007 and 2006
VI category – born in 2005 and 2004
VII category – born in 2003 and 2002
VIII category – born in 2001 and 2000
IX category – born in 1999 and 1998
X category – born in 1997 and 1996
XI category – born in 1995 and older

4. REPERTOIRE:

Contestants can choose FREELY the repertoire which reflects their musicality and artistic personality the best way.

All the contestants are obliged to play their program from memory.

The repertoire should consist of one or more pieces which has to fulfill the time frame, depending on the age category:

I – IV: up to 6 minutes
V – VIII: up to 11 minutes
IX – XI: up to 16 minutes

Recording exceeding maximum time by more than 60 seconds will be evaluated only based on a fragment conformable to the competition requirements.

For the current edition of the Competition we only accept recordings of piano solo works or/and piano with orchestra (a second piano can perform as orchestra). Chamber music pieces (two pianos, piano four hands) will not be accepted.

Due to restricted duration of the uploaded recording it is allowed to send a single movement or chosen movements from the cyclic form such as a sonata, suite etc.

In case of premier performance or playing a non-catalogued composition, it is necessary to send scores of such composition via e-mail.


5. VIDEO RECORDING REQUIREMENTS

You need to submit links to the video recording of your performance.

Only links to the public platform like YouTube are accepted – please do not send files to download.
Please make sure your video is not marked as „private” so we can have a free access.

The full names of the pieces, the composer and the performer, must be included in the video title or description.

The whole silhouette as well as hands of the contestant must be clearly visible.

You do not have to put all your performance in one video, you can submit one video per piece.

If you perform a cycle piece like sonata or suite the cuts between the movements are not allowed.

The video for competition purposes cannot be made earlier than 12 months prior to the competition.


6. JURY

The jury will consist of concert pianists and experienced piano-pedagogues.
The jury work is based on the internal regulations.
The contestants will be judged based only on the submitted recordings.
The decisions of the jury is final and irrevocable.
You can read more about our Jury members here.


7. AWARDS

In each of 11 age categories, the Jury will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize and honorable mention, according to the number of score (0-25 points) got by the contestant.

All the contestants receive our comment and we send feedback whenever requested.

All the awarded contestants will be sent printed Diplomas by post office.

The selected laureates will be offered concerts opportunities in season 2022/2023 and will be invited to the live masterclasses in July 2022 in Katowice (Poland) led by renowned professors.

All the prize winners will be promoted on the official Piano Competition Online website as well as on social media held by the Competition organization (Instagram, Facebook).

All the Contestants will receive a printable Certificate of Attendance by email.

The Jury reserves the right not to award some of the prizes, and/or to divide prizes as it sees suitable.


8. APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is 60 EUR or equivalent.

For your convenience we let you choose your preferred currency
by marking an option in the Application form.

We provide the secure link for the payment. After submitting the application you will be redirected to the payment platform.

Once the application fee is paid it cannot be refunded under any circumstances.


9. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Contestant must fill in the Application form here.

The application fee must be paid directly after submitting the form
otherwise the application will be suspended.
If you have any issues with the payment do not hesitate to contact us.


Application deadline: 31st October 2021

The results will be published on 15th December 2021


The application of minor musicians must be filled and submitted by their parents or legal guardianship (tutor).

10. DISCLAIMER

By the participation in the competition, competitors automatically disown the right to any financial remuneration for eventual publication and distribution of submitted recordings and other sent materials (photos of the participants) The organizers of the Competition reserve their right to edit and cropp participants’ photos in order to publish them (as a promotion) in the Internet.


11. BY APPLYING FOR THE COMPETITION THE PARTICIPANT ACCEPTS AFOREMENTIONED RULES.