Expectations by Competing Pianists and PianoArts.


Rules and Requirements

The PianoArts North American Competition is open to pianists, who, by May 30, 2018, will have reached their 16th birthday, but who will not have reached their 22nd birthday by June 6, 2018. Contestants may be of any nationality living or attending school full time in North America, and who can communicate in English.

Not Eligible
Not eligible are winners of a PianoArts North American Competition first place prize and contestants with conflicts of interest with a member of the jury. That includes a contestant:

• who studies or studied with a jury member up to two years prior to the competition
• has family connections with a jury member
• is accepted to study with a jury member in the near future
• received preparation from a jury member for the competition

Permitted are candidates who may be acquainted with a judge through past competitions, festivals, master classes, or school enrollment.

Preparing for the Preliminary Competition
• In February, an application, a signed agreement, and a fee of $125 is due for participation in the video preliminary round.
• By signing the agreement, the pianist, teacher, and parent/guardian accept all requirements and performance opportunities provided by PianoArts. Click here for agreement.

Preparing for the Semifinal and Final Rounds
and Festival
• Semifinalists (also called PianoArtists) are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses to and from Milwaukee.
• Registration for the semifinal and final rounds, classes, and the festival is in June, when a $225 fee is due.
• While competing and participating in the festival, contestants will be provided with housing, meals, practice facilities, and transportation by host families.
• Competition performance order will be determined by a drawing.
• During the competition/festival, PianoArtists agree to have no other commitments and will participate in all scheduled activities.

Concert Tours Following the Competition
Selected PianoArtists will be invited to return to Milwaukee for concerts and as Fellows. When scheduling, the PianoArtist’s school calendar and prior commitments will be taken into consideration.

• If invited to perform as a guest artist with an organization that partners with PianoArts, the performer is expected to honor
the commitment.
• If invited to participate as a Fellow, the PianoArtist will be scheduled for extended tours with on-site teaching engagements in southeastern Wisconsin. Expenses will be paid and each Fellow will receive a stipend.



Procedures for judging

Video Preliminary Round

  • A screening committee will review each video for authentication, but will not evaluate. The video must show only the face and hands of the applicant. (Guidelines on producing a video are on the application page.)
  • The preliminary round is based on audio only. The jury for the preliminary round will listen to, not watch, the video and will know the contestants only by numbers. The jury will receive the contestant’s repertory and the essay, About Yourself. The essay should not include names of teachers and schools. 
  • Up to ten contestants will be advanced to the live semifinal round in Milwaukee. The jury will also identity three alternates and will recommend contestants for participation on the junior jury and in master classes.
  • Teachers of contestants will
    receive the jury’s comments.


Semifinals and Final Concert

  • Judges will not receive background information on the competitors.
  • During the competition, contestants may not speak to a judge. Following the semifinal recitals, when the finalists are announced, those not advanced to the finals will have individual conferences with each member of the jury.
    Conferences for finalists will be held the morning following the Awards Concert.
  • All awards will be announced during Awards Ceremony that follows the Final Concerto Round.


All decisions of the juries
will be final.