Rules

9th Piano Competition Online


1. The Piano Competition Online is open for classical Pianists and Piano Duos 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 10 different age categories for piano solo and two age categories for piano duo (two pianos and/or four hands):

Piano solo categories:

I category – born 2017 and younger
II category – born 2015 and 2016
III category – born 2013 and 2014
IV category – born 2011 and 2012
V category – born 2009 and 2010
VI category – born 2007 and 2008
VII category – born 2003 to 2006
VIII category – born 1999 to 2002
IX category – born 1995 to 1998
X category – born 1994 and older

Piano Duo Category: one group, no age limits*

We invite duos/duets of all ages!

*The age of the participants will be taken into account when judging.

Prizes will be awarded according to scores (25 GP, 24-22 1st Prize, 21-19 Second Prize, etc.). It is possible to award multiple Prizes.

Duos also have a chance to win Grand Prix prizes and receive promotion. They can also have extra-prize awards.

4. REPERTOIRE:

Contestants can choose FREELY the repertoire which reflects their musicality and artistic personality the best way.
Piano duos may play either pieces for 4 hands or for 2 pianos or a combination of both.

All the contestants are obliged to play their program from memory. Except for Piano Duos – they can play from sheet music.

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

I – III: up to 10 minutes
IV – VI: up to 15 minutes
VII – X: up to 20 minutes
Piano Duo: up to 20 minutes

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

Solo categories : for the current edition of the Competition we accept recordings of piano solo works or/and piano with orchestra (a second piano can perform as orchestra).


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, Vimeo, BiliBili or similar 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 should be included in the video title or description.

The participant should be visible and recognizable on the video.

You can submit multiple links for several pieces, but you can also combine them into one link (preferred).

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


6. JURY

The jury will consist of concert pianists and experienced piano-pedagogues.
Jurors’ work is based on the internal regulations.
Our contestants will be judged based only on the submitted recordings.
The decisions of the jury are final and irrevocable.
You can read more about our Jury members here.
Jurors’ students are not allowed to participate in the competition.

7. AWARDS

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


The 1000 EUR Prize will be given among 3 greatest personalities of the Competition. They will be displayed at the top of the page Winners.

All the Contestants will receive a Printable Diploma.

It is possible to receive a Teacher Appreciation diploma as well.

Selected Winners will be offered an interview in the Maestro Magazine by Universal Maestro Society.

The selected laureates may be offered concerts opportunities in season 2024/2025.

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).


The criteria that the Jury will take into account when awarding these prizes are: outstanding artistic personality, musicality, professionalism of preparation. In the case of young pianists: outstanding piano potential, and in the case of piano duos: chamber music collaboration and exquisite musicanship.

We offer top-quality feedbacks with detailed performance guidelines for an additional fee of 49 euro.

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

The decisions of the jury are final and irrevocable.


8. APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is 95 EUR for Soloists and 120 EUR for Piano Duos

Go to 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

Prepare your video
Upload it to youtube or another public video platform
Fill out the form with your information (you can do it here) uploading links to your recordings as well.
Apply to the appropriate age group
Upload your photo


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

The application fee should 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: 

10th June 2024 (extended deadline)

Results will be published on 29th June 2024, at 5pm CET.

10. DISCLAIMER

By participating in the competition, participants agree to the possible publication and popularization of the submitted recordings and photos for promotional purposes. The competition organizers reserve the right to edit and crop participants’ photos for publication (as promotion) on the Internet.


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

Piano Competition Online
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