NOTE: The deadline has passed for the 2019 competition. All new applications received after April 16th, 2019 will be considered for the 2020 competition. Thank you for your interest! 

2020 info & Dates


All applications must be received by Monday, April 6, 2020.  Applications received after this date will be assessed a late fee of $50.00, and will only be considered if received on or prior to Monday, April 13, 2020.



LATE FEE: $50 (Applications submitted between April 7 - April 13)


Major credit cards are accepted. Payment is required at the time of application submission (Click on "Apply Online" button to proceed). 


Winners will be notified by Tuesday, May 12, 2020.


Applicants chosen as First Prize Winners are given their debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the First Prize. One winner will be chosen in each division.




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applications for 2020

  1. Applicants may enroll in either the Solo or Ensemble (duo/four hand) classifications, or BOTH.

  2. Please use the "Quantity" option to purchase more than 1 entry for the same applicant. For example, applicants competing in both the Solo and Ensemble classifications must submit a separate enrollment for each category and pay the separate enrollment fee for each application.

  3. For different applicants, please make sure to use "Apply Now" and "Quantity" [1] to apply separately for each applicant.

The full application and required information are available when you click on "APPLY NOW". The application cannot be saved for future edits.  

For those of you who are submitting multiple tracks, please use YouTube to create a "playlist" and then submit a single URL/link to that playlist in your application. [See "Create and Manage a Playlist on YouTube"]

First time apply online?  Watch this video

Please note: after clicking "Apply Online" above, you will be taken to our application form first before entering the checkout process. 

Applications can also be submitted by regular mail no later than Monday, April 6, 2020. Please click here for the mail-in application. 



The Competition is open to students from age four to adults, and divided into five categories.

Elementary School : 4-11 years

Middle School: 12-14 years

High School: 15-18 years  

Amateur Adults: Adults 19 years and older without professional degrees in Music

College/Adults: College students pursuing degrees in Music and/or those who have already launched professional careers.



Repertoire for the Competition may be solo or piano duo/four hand (one piano) literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and/or Contemporary eras.  Applicants may enroll in either the Solo or Ensemble (duo/four hand) classifications, or BOTH.

Applicants competing in both the Solo and Ensemble classifications must submit a separate enrollment for each category and pay the separate enrollment fee for each application.  Applicants may offer a single work or a variety of shorter pieces.  A movement of a sonata is also acceptable.

In the Ensemble (duo/four hands) category, the age of the older contestant determines the classification, and arrangements are acceptable.  The music for the Ensemble (duo/four hands) category does not have to be memorized.


We accept both audio and video files. 

For audio, we recommend MP3 or WAV files. For videos, we recommend any of the accepted YouTube video formats, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV or FLV.

If you choose to submit your application online (preferred), we recommend that you upload the audio or video file to a permanent file sharing service such as Google Drive, DropBox or YouTube. Temporary file sharing (such as WeTransfer) is not recommended because the file will be deleted after a certain period of time.


Time Limit

There is no absolute time limit for the recording. We recommend 25 mins or less if it is feasible. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the time limit for each division?
There is no absolute time limit, but we suggest a program totaling no more than 25 minutes. 

What are the repertoire requirements?
There are no specific requirements, as we want each applicant to present the work or works they believe best represents their artistry, just as you would do if you were presenting your own recital.

Should I submit a video or audio recording?
Both are perfectly acceptable.

If chosen a winner, must I play the same repertoire at Carnegie Hall that I submitted in my recording?
No, winners are permitted to perform different repertoire as long as it fits within the allotted time for the Carnegie program.

If chosen a winner, must I play at the Winners’ Recital at Carnegie Hall?
No, you are not required to play at the Winners Ceremony. We encourage you to participate however in this performance if it is al all possible. 

Is a movement of a larger composition acceptable?
Yes, participants can perform a movement of a sonata or a larger work.

Do I have to do an online application?
No, you may do it online or send it by mail.


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