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.
What can you expect
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.
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.
Contemporary Classical (pieces composed from 1975)
Twentieth Century Styles (pieces composed up to 1974)
Jazz (with obligatory improvisation)
Short Recital (contrasting pieces of different styles and periods)
Age Categories & Video Duration
Prodigy (7 years and under) / up to 7 minutes
Junior (Age 8-9) / up to 7 minutes
Youth (10-11) / up to 9 minutes
Young Talent (12-13) / up to 9 minutes
Young Star (14-15) / up to 10 minutes
Young Advanced (16-17) / up to 12 minutes
Young Advanced Talent (17-18) / up to 15 minutes
Master Star (19-21) / up to 18 minutes
Master Talent (22-25) / up to 20 minutes
Professional (26 + no age limit) / up to 20 minutes
Adult Amateur Intermediate (18+) / up to 7 minutes
Adult Amateur Star (18+) / up to 10 minutes
Adult Amateur Advance (18+) / up to 12 minutes
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.