Kaufman Music Center

Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition

The next Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition will be held in June of 2015.

For information, please call 212 501 3360 or email PianoCompetition@kaufman-center.org.

Congratulations to the Winners of Kaufman Music Center's 2013 International Youth Piano Competition! Click on the names below to watch their performances at the Winners Concert on May 25 in Merkin Concert Hall.

Tiffany Poon, Hong Kong, 16 years old, First Prize, Senior Division and The Faust Harrison Pianos award for Best Performance of Romantic piece

Evan Lee, USA, 15 years old, Second Prize, Senior Division

Calvin Lee, USA, 17 years old, Senior Division, Steinway & Sons award for Best Performance of Classical Sonata

Michael Davidman, USA, 16 years old, Senior Division, The Faust Harrison Pianos award for Best Performance of a Virtuoso Etude

Elbert Gong, USA, 16 years old, Senior Division; Jury Award for Best Performance of Baroque Piece

Adria Ye, USA, 15 years old, Senior Division: Honorable Mention

Elliot Wuu, 13 years old, USA, First Prize, Junior 2 Division and Klavierhaus award for Best Performance of Romantic piece

Mayuki Miyashita, Japan, 13 years old, Second Prize, Junior 2 Division and Klavierhaus Award for Best Performance of Classical Sonata

Jens Scheuerbrandt, Germany, 13 years old, Junior 2 Division, Steinway & Sons Award for Best Performance of Virtuoso Etude

Yali Levy Schwartz, USA, 9 years old: First Prize, Junior 1 Division

Daniel Mori, USA, 9 years old: Second Prize, Junior 1 Division and Steinway & Sons award for Best Performance of Romantic piece

Richard Gao, Canada, 9 years old: Second Prize, Junior 1 Division

Leon Zimmermann, Germany, 9 years old, Junior 1 Division: The Faust Harrison Pianos Award for Best Performance of Virtuoso Etude

Connor Sung, USA, 8 years old, Junior 1 Division: Honorable Mention
 

View photos from the Winners Showcase Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on June 25:

Click here for a list of the Semi-finalists. Click here for a detailed schedule of the Semi-final round. Click here for the competition daily schedule.

In June of 2013, Kaufman Music Center inaugurated its first International Youth Piano Competition. Open to young pianists between the ages of 7 and 17, the competition awarded cash prizes and gave winners the opportunity to perform in New York’s prestigious Merkin Concert Hall.

Read a message from the competition's Artistic Director, Igal Kesselman.

Eligibility


Junior Division 1: Ages 7–9 as of June 17, 2013

Junior Division 2: Ages 10–13 as of June 17, 2013

Senior Division: Ages 14–17 as of June 17, 2013

Cash Prizes

Junior Division 1: Ages 7-9  
First Prize - $500
Second Prize - $250

Junior Division 2: Ages 10-13
First Prize - $1000
Second Prize - $500

Senior Division: Ages 14-17
Grand Prize - $1500
Second Prize - $750

Additional prizes:
Honorable Mention and Special Prizes will be awarded.

Special thanks to Faust Harrison Pianos, Klavierhaus and Steinway for offering special prizes for the Competition.

       

The Winners Showcase Concert will take place at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 2 pm.

Jury

Alexander Braginsky, Professor pf Piano, University of Minnesota School of Music
President an Artistic Director of the Minnesota International Piano e-Competition
Founder and President of the Musicians in Debut International (MIDI)

Douglas Humpherys,Professor of Piano and Chair, Piano Department, Eastman School of Music
Artistic Director, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation

Igal Kesselman, Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury,
Kaufman Music Center International Piano Competition
Director, Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center

Boaz Sharon, Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano Department, Boston University
Director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Preliminary Round Judges: Ernest Barretta, Gila Goldstein, Igal Kesselman & Irina Morozova

Application Procedures

Download a printable application form.

All application materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2013 and submitted by mail to:

Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition
Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

Be sure to fill out the application form completely, and to keep a copy of the repertoire you have submitted for your own reference.

The following documents must be submitted with your application form:

  • One-page biography: List current and past teachers, performances, awards and honors.
  • Letter of recommendation: One letter of recommendation from your principal teacher .
  • Birth certificate: Proof of age must be submitted, such as birth certificate.
  • Application fee: A $100 application fee must be submitted with your application, by check or money order payable to Kaufman Center, or by credit card. This fee is not refundable.

Audition and Repertoire Requirements

Preliminary Round: please submit a copy of DVD that can be playable on regular DVD players. Additionally, the applicant can upload the performance onto YouTube and submit the appropriate link with their application materials either by mail or email to PianoCompetition@kaufman-center.org.

Junior Division 1: Ages  7-9

DVD Round: up to 10 minutes of music, contestant’s choice. Needs to include at least one fast-paced work

Semi-Final Round: up to 10 minutes

  • One Baroque polyphonic work
  • One virtuoso etude by Liszt, Czerny, Berens, Lemoine, Loeschhorn, Chopin or Moszkowski
  • One piece at the participant's discretion

Finals:  up to 15 minutes

  • First movement of Sonatina or Sonata from the Classical era
  • One or more compositions from the Romantic era (work from semi-final round may be repeated)
  • One piece at the participant's discretion (work from semi-final round may be repeated)

Junior Division 2: Ages 10-13

DVD Round: up to 15 minutes of music, contestant’s choice. Needs to include at least one fast-paced work

Semi Final Round: up to 15 minutes

  • One Baroque polyphonic work
  • One virtuoso etude by Czerny, Clementi, Moszkowski, Chopin, Liszt or Rachmaninov
  • One piece at the participant's discretion

Finals:  up to 20 minutes

  • A Classical Sonata (or first movement) by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • One or more compositions from the Romantic era (work from semi-final round may be repeated)
  • One Contemporary piece, written after 1950

Senior Divison: Ages 14-17

DVD Round: up to 20 minutes of music, contestant’s choice. Needs to include at least one fast-paced work.

Semi Final Round: up to 20 minutes

  • One Virtuoso Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Scriabin or Prokofiev
  • One Baroque Polyphonic piece
  • First Movement of Classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • One piece at the participant's discretion

Finals: up to 35 minutes

  • One Classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, all movements (can be the same Sonata from which the first movement was performed in the semi-final round)
  • One or more compositions from the Romantic era (work from semi-final round may be repeated)
  • One Contemporary piece, written after 1950

Please include the timing of each work submitted.

MEMORIZATION: All repertoire must be performed by memory.

Notification of Preliminary Round Results
Results of the preliminary round, notifying applicants if they have been accepted as candidates to the live rounds of the competition, will be mailed and emailed by early April, 2013. Candidates admitted to the live semi-final auditions will be assigned specific audition times by May 1, 2013.

Semi-Final Auditions
Applicants who are passed to the Semi-Final Auditions must come to Kaufman Music Center to be heard by the jury for semi-final and final rounds. Candidates are responsible for their travel and other expenses related to the semi-final and final auditions.

Notification of Semi-Final Results
Results of the semi-final round will be posted on Kaufman Music Center’s web site and emailed to the contestants by the end of the day on Friday, June 21, 2013

Final Auditions
The final auditions will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Kaufman Center.

Winners Showcase Concert
The Winners Showcase concert will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2 pm in Merkin Concert Hall. All winners must be present to perform in the Winners Concert, or they must forfeit their prize.

Rules

  • This web site contains the most recent and accurate information about the competition, including updates that may have been made after emails and print pieces have been sent.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the Competition’s artistic committee and treated as confidential.
  • The committee reserves the right to request additional information from or about an applicant.
  • Upon notification of acceptance to the competition, all candidates must guarantee their availability for all published dates of the competition.
  • The jury reserves the right not to choose any winners.
  • The decision of the jury is final.
  • The competition may be broadcast live or may be recorded and videotaped for subsequent broadcast, video, or audio recording use.
  • Competition winners are required to perform at the Winners Showcase Concert at  Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Competition winners must perform the compositions performed at the live auditions for the Winners Concert.

Contact

212 501 3360
PianoCompetition@kaufman-center.org

Download a printable application form.

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