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Kaufman Music Center International Youth
Piano Competition

Click here to watch the 2015 winners perform at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall on June 23, 2015.

2017 COmpetition schedule

March 1, 2017 - Application Materials Due
June 20-25, 2017 - Semi-Final and Final Auditions
June 27, 2 pm - Winners Concert in Merkin Concert Hall

Open to young pianists between the ages of 7 and 18, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition awards cash prizes and gives winners the opportunity to perform in New York's prestigious Merkin Concert Hall

Download a printable application form.

Eligibility


Junior Division 1: Up to age 10, as of June 20, 2017

Junior Division 2: Ages 11–14 as of June 20, 2017

Senior Division: Ages 15 (as of June 20, 2017) to 18 (must be born after January 1, 1999)

Prizes

Junior Division 1: Up to age 10 
First Prize - $500
Second Prize - $350
Third Prize - $250

Special Prizes may be awarded.

Junior Division 2: Ages 11-14
First Prize - $1000
Second Prize - $750
Third Prize - $500

Special Prizes may be awarded.

Senior Division: Ages 15-18
Grand Prize - $1500
Second Prize - $1000
Third Prize - $500

Special Prizes may be awarded.

The esteemed jury panel members will be announced at a later date.

Application Procedures

All application materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2017 and submitted by mail and email 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:

  • Preliminary audition submitted via Youtube links. Must be emailed to pianocompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.
  • One-page biography - up to 300 words. List your teachers, performances, awards and honors.  A copy of the biography must be emailed to pianocompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.
  • Letter of recommendation: One letter of recommendation from your principal teacher.
  • Proof of age must be submitted, such as birth certificate or copy of passport.
  • List or repertoire for Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final rounds. Please include names of movements.
  • Application fee: A $100 application fee must be submitted with your application, by credit card, check or money order payable to Kaufman Music Center. This fee is not refundable.

Audition and Repertoire Requirements

Please read all the rules and regulations carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure that your program complies with all requirements. Make sure to include timings of each work in your application as the time limits will be strictly observed during the competition.

Repertoire changes can be made up until May 1, 2017.

Preliminary Round: Please upload the performance to YouTube and submit the appropriate links by March 1, 2017 by email to pianocompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Junior Division 1: Up to age 10

Preliminary YouTube Round: up to 10 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, Berens, Lemoine, Loeschhorn, Chopin, Moszkowski, Lizst, etc.
  • One or more pieces at the participant's discretion

Finals:  up to 20 minutes

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

Junior Division 2: Ages 11-14

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

Semi Final Round: up to 20 minutes

  • One Baroque polyphonic work
  • One virtuoso etude by Czerny, Clementi, Moszkowski, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, etc.
  • One or more pieces at the participant's discretion

Finals:  up to 25 minutes

  • A Classical Sonata (or first movement)
  • One or more compositions from the Romantic era (works from semi-final round may be repeated)
  • One or more Contemporary pieces, written after 1950 (works from semi-final round may be repeated)

Senior Divison: Ages 15-18

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

Semi Final Round: up to 25 minutes

  • One Virtuoso Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, etc.
  • One Baroque Polyphonic piece
  • One or more pieces at the participant's discretion

Finals: up to 40 minutes

  • One Classical Sonata, all movements
  • One or more pieces at the participant's discretion

Please note that the following works must be included in competition repertoire, in either semifinal or final round:

  • One or more compositions from the Romantic era
  • 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, 2017. Candidates admitted to the live semi-final auditions will be assigned specific audition times by May 1, 2017.

Semi-Final Auditions
Semi-final auditions will be held at Kaufman Music Center on selected dates between June 20 and 24, 2017. 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 announced at the end of the semi-final round, posted on Kaufman Music Center’s web site, and emailed to the contestants by the end of the last day of the Semi-Final round.

Final Auditions
The Final Auditions will be held at Kaufman Music Center on selected dates between June 22 and 25, 2017.

Winners Showcase Concert
The Winners Showcase concert will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 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 27, 2017 at 2 pm.
  • Competition winners must perform one of the compositions they performed at the live auditions for the Winners Concert, selected by the Artistic Committee.
  • Past First Prize Winners are not permitted to compete in the same category.

Contact

212 501 3360
PianoCompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Download a printable application form.

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