Sponsoring Institution: Olga Kern International Piano Competition
Type: Performance competition
• All nationalities
• Ages 18-32
• Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Highlight: Are you a young pianist between the ages of 18 and 32 who would love the chance to develop an international career and win prizes along the way? Then the Olga Kern International Piano Competition could be perfect for you! This piano competition is open to anyone around the world and strives to give young pianists the opportunities they deserve. The stages of this piano competition are as follows: a virtual preliminary round, an in-person second round, a semifinal round, and the final round. Depending on the stage of the competition, the pianist may be asked to play a specified piece, choose their own, or both, so make sure to check out the specific requirements! The contestants will stay with volunteer host families for the in-person stages, with a $200 stipend offered for US flights and $400 for international flights. By taking part in this piano competition, you have the opportunity to play for New Mexico Philharmonic’s audiences, and winners have the chance to win cash prizes and more! The first place winner receives $15,000 and concert engagements throughout the US and Europe and a professional recording, the second place winner receives $10,000, and the third place winner receives $5,000. Besides the main prizes there are also many specialty ones such as the aspiration special prize and the audience award! If you want to learn more about the past winners or watch their replays, this piano competition has them posted on their website and social media accounts. So what are you waiting for? If you can “C” yourself participating in this piano competition, be fearless, keep practicing, and apply today!