International Piano-e-Competition
Please read all rules and regulations carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure that your program complies with all requirements. Make sure to include timing of each work in your application as the time limits will be strictly observed during the competition. Please refer to the program requirements for the time limits. In case of uncertainty, contact the competition. If your program does not meet the requirements, you may be disqualified from the competition.

Please type or print the application clearly in English. The Piano-e-Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who are no older than 32 years of age as of July 3, 2006.

The 2006 Competition applications will be available in April of 2005. The postmark deadline for applications is November 21, 2005. Please use the official application form to enter. (The form may be downloaded from the application link at the top of the page). The form may be duplicated. When submitting applications, applicants are advised to send their entries via air mail. All correspondence and application forms should be sent to the following address:

International Piano-e-Competition
615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402 USA

For other information or to answer questions:
Dr. Stella Sick
Tel/Fax: (763) 416-3256

General Information/Rules for Application
Foreign contestants must obtain their own passports and visas. Applicants should contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate for advice. International Piano-e-Competition competitors admitted to the recital round are responsible for the arrangements of their transportation to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Contestants who come to Minneapolis to compete will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult, or should make suitable arrangements with the Piano-e-Competition prior to departure from their home country.

Competitors must not have any other professional commitments during the Piano-e-Competition. No contestant may have any member of the jury or the Artistic Director as a principal teacher during the five year period preceding the Piano-e-Competition (July 2, 2001 through July 14, 2006). Once the sixty participants are announced in December 2005, the competitors cannot participate in master classes or take private lessons with the jury members. Doing so is a ground for disqualification from the competition. No relative of any juror or the Artistic Director may participate in the Piano-e-Competition.

It is the responsibility of the contestants to provide the Competition with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or International Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to receive any prize money.
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate or other proof of date of birth.
  • Current one-page biography or professional resume.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of principal teachers, master classes attended and concert reviews (if available).
  • Two recent glossy black-and-white photos, in formal attire suitable for publication. Photos should be no smaller than 5 by 7 inches (12 by 17 centimeters).
  • Audiotape/CD which should include:
Side 1:
  1. One complete Sonata by Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven
  2. One virtuoso etude by Chopin or Liszt
Side 2:
The first OR last movement (including cadenza, where applicable) of the Concerto you choose for the final round. This movement can be recorded with or without second piano accompaniment. If you have performed this Concerto previously with an orchestra, you can use the recording from that performance.

  • The Audiotape/CD should contain no fade-outs or editing
NOTE: You will not be able to change the Concerto after you are admitted to the competition
  • A non-refundable check or international money order of $100.00 U.S. dollars payable to the International Piano-e-Competition.
  • You may also wire transfer your non-refundable $100.00 U.S. dollars as follows:
Please indicate your name clearly
1. Receiving Bank: Private Bank of Minnesota
2. ABA #: 091005836
  Beneficiary: Musicians in Debut International
  Account #: 2005171

Please be advised that you are responsible for any wire fees.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Each applicant will be notified of his or her acceptance or non-acceptance as a competitor by December 7, 2005. The sixty (60) accepted competitor's names will be posted on the competition website. Applicants should retain copies of all materials sent with their applications. All applications will be treated as confidential.The Piano-e-Competition accepts no responsibility for lost documents and reserves the right to request additional information about an applicant. All information contained in this application book is correct at the time of publication. However, the Artistic Director of the Piano-e-Competition reserves the right to make changes if circumstances so dictate. These changes will be updated on the website. No application materials will be returned. Following the initial selection process, the Piano-e-Competition will proceed with the Disklavier/Video Recordings. The accepted contestants will be notified about the locations of the Disklavier/Video Recording.

No application materials will be returned.
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