The 2018 International Spotlight Piano Competition is open to pianists of any nationality, worldwide, up to the age of 23. For all categories, participants must be of qualifying age on July 13, 2018. Collegiate participants must be entering, or currently enrolled in a college, university, or conservatory anywhere worldwide.
Junior (ages 10-14): 10 minutes
Three contrasting solo pieces. One selection from Baroque Period, one from Classical period, and one free choice.
Advanced (ages 15-18): 12 minutes
Three contrasting solo pieces. One virtuoso Etude (Chopin or Liszt), one from Classical period, and one free choice.
Collegiate (up to age 23): 15 minutes
Three Contrasting style solo pieces.
There will be two rounds for the 2018 competition. (1) Qualifying Round - participant must submit an original electronic video. A panel of judges will select up to seven finalists per category from this round. Notification letters should be expected by July 18, 2018. (2) Final Round - live performance in Houston, TX on August 19, 2018. The performance will be open to public.
- All performances must be from memory
- Long sections of repeats may be omitted
- Performances will be stopped when maximum time allowed is reached
- Finalists must provide one ORIGINAL music score for the judges (no photocopies allowed)
- All decisions of the judges are final
Awards and Prizes:
Junior (ages 10-14)
First Prize: Gold Medal, $400 cash
Second Prize: Silver Medal, $200 cash
Advanced (ages 15-18)
First Prize: Gold Medal, $800 cash
Second Prize: Silver Medal, $400 cash
Collegiate (up to age 23)
First Prize: Gold Medal, $2000 cash
Second Prize: Silver Medal, $800 cash
Announcement, Award Ceremony and Winner’s Concert:
Announcement of winners will be made at the conclusion of each category. All winners must present at the evening’s Award Ceremony and perform at the Winner’s Concert.
Travel and Accommodation:
All finalists must arrange and provide their own travel, visa, and accommodation expenses.
Participant must submit the following by DEADLINE: July 13, 2018
1. Electronic Registration Form (Click Here)
2. Competition Entry Payment
Junior Category $120 USD (Pay Online Here)
Advanced Category $150 USD (Pay Online Here)
Collegiate Category $200 USD (Pay Online Here)
3. An original video (uploaded with the registration form, or via email)
All Finalist must submit a high quality digital photo and a short biography 10 days prior to the public performance.
All first round videos and communications should be sent to: email@example.com
The competition committee reserves the rights to change or cancel the competition in case of unpredicted outcomes. In such case, the application fee will be refunded.
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