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ompetition can be a valuable and energizing experience for both teacher and student. The Competition Calendar aims to keep teachers, parents, and students informed of upcoming piano competitions and the winners of recent competitions. We hope to keep an up-to-date list of as many piano competitions as possible. We solicit your input to the competition calendar and any information you may have about unlisted competitions. If you know of a competition not listed here, please inform us by using the Add a Competition Form. Please note that we cannot list competitions lacking required information.

Competitions By Location

  • U.S. competitions
  • International competitions (outside the U.S.)
  • Winners of Recent Competitions

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    U.S. Competitions


    Competition Date

    April (annual)

    Bartok-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition

    Radford, Virginia - USA

    Application Deadline

    Eligibility Requirements: Six Levels

    Contact: Dr. Caryl Conger, Competition Director, School of Music, Radford University. Radford, VA USA

    Fax: (540) 831-6588 E-mail:


    Competition Date

    March 9-11, 2006

    Iowa Piano Competition

    Sponsored by Sioux City Symphony

    Sioux City, IA

    Application Deadline

    October 31, 2005

    Eligibility Requirements: Ages 18-35

    Additional Information: $14,000 in prize money, including $7,500 First

    Complete information: .

    Contact: Kevin Engle-Cartie, 520 Pierce St., Suite 375 Sioux City, IA 51101

    Phone: 712-277-2111 E-mail: WWW:


    Competition Date

    each November

    Most Promising Student Pianist Competition

    Sponsored by Steinway Society of Chicago

    Burr Ridge, IL and Bannockburn, IL USA

    Application Deadline

    Friday, November 3, 2000

    Eligibility Requirements: There is no minimum age requirement. The maximum age is high school senior. Student must reside in northern Illinois or northern Indiana

    Additional Information: Repertoire for SOLO Competition: Each student should be prepared to play selections, not to exceed 10 minutes, indicating a relatively acknowledged degree of proficiency. Simplified arrangements and works directly from lower-graded books - e.g. Bastian, Aaron, Schaum, Glover, Palmer, Thompson, etc., will not be accepted for judging. Repertoire for CONCERTO Competition: Any entire concerto (not just a movement), excluding the Tchaikovsky #1, Rachmaninoff #2, and Chopin #2 (f minor). The winner will have the opportunity to perform with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra (, Alan Heatherington, Conductor, in May 2001 at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie, IL. Entrants must have someone prepared to play the orchestral reduction on a second piano at the audition.  Approximately 18 students will be selected to be heard on a WNIB (97.1 FM Chicago) program, and a professionally recorded CD recording of their performance will be available. All 18 winners will receive a framed certificate from the Steinway Society for Outstanding Piano Performance. The top 3 winners will be expected to perform for members of The Steinway Society on Sunday afternoon, December 3, 2000 at Cuneo Museum and Gardens, Vernon Hills, Illinois.  More information can be obtained from the Web site below.

    Contact: Arlo Deibler, Director, Concert & Artist Services, The Beautiful Sound, 120 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60521

    Phone: (630) 325-9999 Fax: (630) 325-1244 E-mail:


    Competition Date

    every two years, starting in 2001

    Boston International Piano Competition for Exceptional Amateurs

    Sponsored by

    Boston, MA, USA

    Application Deadline

    for 2003: April 15

    Eligibility Requirements: Adult Amateurs over the age of 30, Open Repertoire. All information available at:

    Additional Information:

    Please check for all information about past and future competitions.

    Contact: Robert Finley, Competition Director, 25 Tomahawk Drive, Northborough, MA 01532

    Phone: (508) 393-6740


    Competition Date

    April 24-29, 2006

    Missouri Southern International Piano Competition

    Sponsored by Missouri Southern International Piano Competition

    Joplin, MO 64801 USA

    Application Deadline

    January 6, 2006

    Eligibility Requirements: Junior Division under 18, Senior Division 18-30

    Additional Information: Host families are provided to contestants

  • Senior Prizes: 10,000 first prize plus a Carnegis Hall Debut
  • 5,000 second prize
  • 3,000 third prize
  • 2,000 honorable mention
  • Junior Prizes: 3,000 first prize
  • 2,000 second prize
  • 1,500 third prize
  • 1,200 honorable mention.
  • Contact: Mrs. Vivian Leon, 3950 East Newman Road Joplin, MO 64801

    Phone: 417-625-9755 Fax: 417-625-9798 E-mail:


    Competition Date

    January 9-15, 2006

    The 1st Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition

    Sponsored by The Young Artist Committee Inc. and the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University

    Tempe, Arizona, USA

    Application Deadline

    October 31, 2005

    Eligibility Requirements:  9-32 A preliminary VHS or DVD recording with a first movement of a classical; sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert

    Additional Information:

    Contact: Baruch Meir, President & Artistic Director, The Bösendorfer/Schimmel USASU International Piano Competitions Herberger College of Fine Arts Arizona State University BOX 85287-2102 Tempe, Arizona USA

    Phone: Dr. Baruch Meir (480) 965-3386 E-mail:


    Competition Date

    May 21, 2006

    Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 2006

    Sponsored by Bradshaw & Buono

    New York, NY

    Application Deadline

    March 1, 2006

    Eligibility Requirements: elementary school, middle school, high school, college/adult and amateur adult divisions

    Additional Information: . Repertoire is chosen by the applicants and may be from any period or periods of the classical repertoire. Students may present solo repertoire or repertoire for one piano four hands. A new division has been added this year for amateur adults..

    Contact: Cosmo Buono, 201 Prospect Avenue, Oradell, New Jersey 07649

    Phone: 201-265-7706 Fax: 201-262-4203 E-mail:


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    International Competitions

    Competition Date

    31 August (annual)

    International Independent Music Competition "INDIVIDUALIS"


    Kyiv, Ukraine

    Application Deadline

    31 August (annual)

    Eligibility Requirements: Four age groupes:under 10, 10-14, 14-18, 18-22. Participants have just send a videotape. The participant's choice free programme from world music repertoire 30 min. Winners will work with concert-producing centre "INDIVIDUALIS" and other agencies.

    Each jury member consisting of outstanding musicians will listen to the submitted video tapes and judge every participant (from 1 to 100 points). The participant that will have the highest amount of points will be announced as a winner of the Group. If several participants will have the even amount of points all they will be annouced as winners. After determining of the winners and laureates of each Group jury members
    and organizers of the competition will determine Grand Prix of the competition.

    Grand Prix will receive the Honorary Diploma "Grand Prix of the Independent International Musical Competition "INDIVIDUALIS" and money prize.
    All laureates will receive the Honorary Diploma "Laureate of the Independent International Musical Competition "INDIVIDUALIS".
    The most perspective participants will receive other prizes.

    Contact: Ostap Shutko, CPC "INDIVIDUALIS", 01001 Kyiv, a\c 153-B, Ukraine



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    Winners of Recent Competitions

    Competition Date

    June 25 and 26, 2005

    Amadeus 20th Century Piano Competition

    Sponsored by Amadeus Piano Festival

    Tulsa, OK USA

    Application Deadline

    May 1 or 15, 2005

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Additional Information:  Collegiate Division Winners - 1st: Lyndon Meyer (Broken Arrow, OK), student of Jura Margulis, University of Arkansas; 2nd: Syneva Colle (Ponca City, OK), student of Roger Price, University of Tulsa; 3rd: Jeremy Ricketson (Bartlesville, OK), student of Roger Price, University of Tulsa. Senior (High School) Division Winners - 1st: Alec Tauscher (Overland Park, KS), student of Jack Winerock, University of Kansas; 2nd: Emma Krivohlavek (Claremore, OK), student of Candy Gaffen; 3rd: Laura Berman (Tulsa, OK), student of Roger Price, University of Tulsa. Junior (Middle School) Division Winners - 1st: Amy Tai (Tulsa, OK), student of Gloria Johnson; 2nd: Mark Osborn (Tulsa, OK) student of Candy Gaffen..

    Contact: Candy Coonfield Gaffen, 1527 E. 46th Place Tulsa, OK 74105

    Phone: 918-749-7137 E-mail:

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    Last updated: 02/07/10
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