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Kaufman Music Center 2019 International
Youth Piano Competition

The 2019 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition will be held from June 18-23, 2019 in New York City. The Winners Showcase Concert Concert takes place in Merkin Hall on June 25, 2019 at 2 pm.

Open to young pianists up to age 18, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition awards more than $13,000 in cash prizes and gives winners the opportunity to perform in New York's prestigious Merkin Hall. Application deadline: March 1, 2019.

Cash Prizes

Senior Division: Ages 15-18
Grand Prize - $5000
Second Prize - $2500
Third Prize - $1000
Special Prizes may be awarded.

Junior Division 2: Ages 11-14
First Prize - $2000
Second Prize - $1000
Third Prize .- $500
Special Prizes may be awarded.

Junior Division 1: Up to age 10
First Prize - $500
Second Prize - $350
Third Prize - $250
Special Prizes may be awarded.

ELIGIBILITY

As of June 18, 2019
Senior Division: Ages 15–18 (must not have attended college yet)
Junior Division 2: Ages 11–14
Junior Division 1: Up to age 10

Jury

Igal Kesselman
Orli Shaham
Boaz Sharon
Jay Pengjie Sun
Pierre van der Westhuizen

Audition & Repertoire Requirements

SENIOR DIVISION: 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
1. One virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, etc.
2. One Baroque polyphonic piece
3. One or more pieces at the participant's discretion

Finals: Up to 40 minutes
1. One Classical sonata, all movements
2. 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:
1. One or more compositions from the Romantic era
2. One Contemporary piece, written after 1950
One work from semi-final round may be repeated
Works from preliminary round can be performed at the semifinal or the final round.


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

Finals: Up to 25 minutes
1. A Classical sonata (or first or last movement)
2. One or more compositions from the Romantic era
3. One or more Contemporary pieces, written after 1950
One work from semi-final round may be repeated.
Works from preliminary round can be performed at the semifinal or the final rounds.

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
1. One Baroque polyphonic work
2. One virtuoso etude by Czerny, Berens, Lemoine Loeschhorn, Chopin, Moszkowski, Liszt, etc.
3. One or more pieces at the participant's discretion

Finals: Up to 20 minutes
1. First or last movement of sonatina or sonata from the Classical era
2. One or more compositions from the Romantic era
3. One or more pieces at the participant's discretion.
One work from semi-final round may be repeated in the final round.
Works from preliminary round can be performed  in semifinal or final rounds

2019 Application Procedures

All application materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2019 and submitted by mail and/or email to:

Kaufman Music Center
International Youth Piano Competition
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023, USA
PianoCompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Download a printable application form.

The following must be submitted with the application form:

  • Preliminary audition via YouTube links emailed to PianoCompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. We accept multiple links of the preliminary round repertoire(applicants are not required to record in one take).
  • One-page biography (up to 300 words): list teachers, awards and honors. A copy of the bio must be emailed to PianoCompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.
  • List of repertoire for all rounds, including names of movements and timing for each work.
  • Letter of recommendation by your principal teacher
  • Proof of age: Copy of birth certificate or passport
  • Application fee: A $120 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.

Contact

212 501 3360
PianoCompetition@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

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, 2019
  • 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.