The 2020 STEINWAY VIRTUAL PIANO COMPETITION, open to pianists ages 17 and under who are residents of the United States and Canada, is an extension of our unwavering commitment to the pursuit of superior artistic expression through piano performance during these unprecedented times.

applications open october 1, 2020

Participation Fee: $35

PRIZES AND RECOGNITION

All participants will receive a certificate of participation and constructive feedback from world-renowned Steinway Artists. Additionally, First, Second, and Third place winners will receive a commemorative medal, national recognition on steinway.com, the opportunity to be featured on Steinway’s global social media (videos selected at the discretion of the Steinway Marketing Team), and first place cash prizes:

DIVISION I $400
DIVISION II $600
DIVISION III $800
Division IV $1000

Jury

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Rules and Regulations

Two contrasting pieces for solo piano from different eras of Western classical music including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century must be performed. Original compositions and improvisations are not permitted. Repeats may be played at the discretion of the performer, but are not required. 

Students will be required to upload a video(s) performing both audition pieces on a piano (digital or acoustic) through their application in Acceptd. The video must be filmed with both the pianist's face and hands in the frame at all times. Video recordings may be paused between each repertoire selection or applicants may submit two separate videos for each piece. Each work on the video must be a continuous and unedited performance. Videos must not be filmed more than six months prior to submission. Any recording over the allotted time will not be penalized but will not be judged.

Division I: Ages 9 and under (max 8 minutes)

Division II: Ages 10-12 (max 10 minutes)

Division III: Ages 13-15 (max 12 minutes)

Division IV: Age 16-17 (max 14 minutes)

Age requirements apply to applicant’s age as of October 1, 2020. See the complete list of requirements and regulations.

Questions? Please email competition@steinway.com.

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