All award winners will be invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on July 19, 2019, at 2 pm.





The competition is open to students from age five to adults and divided into six categories.


  • Young musician: 5-7 years old

  • Young musician: 8-10 years old

  • Junior: 11-14 years old

  • Intermediate: 15-18 years old  

  • Amateur adults: 19 years old and up without professional degrees in music

  • Professional adults: College students pursuing degrees in music and/or those who have already launched professional careers


The category of the applicant is determined by his or her age on the application deadline. A copy of the birth certificate or other proof of age, e.g., driver license, passport or other government-issued identification is required for all applicants under 18 years old.  


Applicants must submit one or two video recordings. Any work can be chosen, from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and/or Contemporary eras. One piece can contain a single work or a variety of shorter ones. A movement of a sonata is also acceptable as one piece. Judges will select one from the submitted works to be performed in the winner concert.


The time limit for each piece as follows:

  • Young musicians: under 5 minutes

  • Junior: under 5 minutes

  • Intermediate: under 6 minutes

  • Amateur adults: under 6 minutes

  • Professional adults: under 7 minutes



Applicants may enroll in either the solo or ensemble (four hands) classification or both. In the ensemble (four hands) classification, the age of the older contestant determines the age category.  The music for the ensemble (four hands) category does not have to be memorized.


  1. Submit the application form.

  2. Provide links to applicants' performance recordings on YouTube, Google Drive, DropBox or other permanent file-sharing services. Video materials should be a fair representation of the contestants’ ability. Professional quality is preferred, but not necessary. 

  3. Pay $195 application fee for one solo applicant or $325 for two four-hands applicants. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances. 



April 30, 2019


  • Contestants must perform from memory, except resemble. Repeats are not necessary.

  • The final result will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.

  • The decision from the competition committee is the final, cannot be appealed.

  • Winner certificates will be granted to the performing winners only, after the winner concert.

  • No changes of repertoires are allowed after the application package is submitted.

  • All foreign competitors are responsible for their expense for appearing in the winner concert (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

  • The committee will provide invitations to all foreign winners to help obtain their visas.

  • The competition committee reserves the right to make any change to the rules, dates, schedules and all the other information related to the competition.

  • Application fee, winner concert and photo fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

  • All rights reserved by the competition committee.



Winners will be notified by May 31, 2019.

Winner concert will take place on July 19, 2019, at 2 pm at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.



  • Multiple winners will be chosen from each category to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

  • An additional fee will be charged for performance time beyond the limit for each category. The rate is $100 for each additional minute.  

  • No acoustic system will be provided.

  • During the performance in the winner concert, pictures and recording are absolutely prohibited. Once found, the qualification of the winner will be forfeited based on the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will take pictures for all performers.

  • The total concert and photo fee for each winner is $395 per performer, including entry admission for each winner, recital program, winner certificate, teacher’s diploma, two guest tickets, one set of digital photos taken by a professional photographer during winners' performance on the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

  • Detailed winner concert guidelines will be emailed to winners after the result are published.


Please go to the application page to enroll in the 2019 competition.

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