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Our 9th Piano Competition 2023
For Junior and Adult

We welcome all applicants to our annual piano competition, which is open to pianists of all age and of various levels, both amateur and professional.

Playing Piano

What can you expect

Multiple genres

As well as traditional and classical music, the competition offers an exclusive range of piano genres, including contemporary classical and jazz piano, and provides an introduction to less well-known worldwide composers to an appreciative broader audience.

Our Mission

We want to assist emerging pianists, both Junior and Adult, from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds of any nationality or age to gain the deserved recognition and awards and promote their musical artistry.

Programme & Age Categories

Programme Categories for Piano Solo and Piano Duet 4 hands

You can choose to play one or more pieces from the following categories.

Upon your application, you should state if you are entering as Piano Solo or Piano Duets 4 hands and add the appropriate Programme and Age category codes.

You can make multiple entries for different programme categories or enter the same class with a diverse repertoire. 

Codes

Categories

PCC

Contemporary Classical (pieces composed from 1975)

PTC

Twentieth Century Styles (pieces composed up to 1974)

PJS

Jazz (with obligatory improvisation)

PRP

Romantic Period

PCP

Classical Period

PBP

Baroque Period

PSR

Short Recital (contrasting pieces of different styles and periods)

Age Categories & Video Duration

01

Prodigy (7 years and under) / up to 7 minutes

02

Junior (Age 8-9) / up to 7 minutes

03

Youth (10-11) / up to 9 minutes

04

Young Talent (12-13) / up to 9 minutes

05

Young Star (14-15) / up to 10 minutes

06

Young Advanced (16-17) / up to 12 minutes

07

Young Advanced Talent (17-18) / up to 15 minutes

08

Master Star (19-21) / up to 18 minutes 

09

Master Talent (22-25) / up to 20 minutes

10

Professional (26 + no age limit) / up to 20 minutes

11

Adult Amateur Intermediate (18+) / up to 7 minutes

12

Adult Amateur Star (18+) / up to 10 minutes

13

Adult Amateur Advance (18+) / up to 12 minutes

14

Adult Amateur Advance Talent (18+) / up 15 minutes

*NOTE TO JAZZ CATEGORY ENTRANTS

All pieces in the jazz section of the competition should include some improvisation based on the form and harmony of the written material. This will typically involve adding an 8-, 12- or 16-bar section in the middle of the piece, during which you may repeat the given left hand, adding your variations in the right hand. If a solo section is already given, play this and repeat it ‘ad lib’ as marked. Embellishments may also be added to the written material, especially if it is recapped towards the end of the piece.

*MEMO FOR CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL & JAZZ CATEGORIES ENTRANTS

If you are looking to expand your repertoire with contemporary classical piano pieces of various styles, including jazz, you can explore the AGMA List of Contemporary Piano Works. The list repertoire is not compulsory for the applicants and is entirely optional. It offers works of different difficulty levels, so you can choose the ones that suit your skill level.

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