Pianists, ages 16-21, are invited to discover new approaches and enriching experiences offered along with awards and prizes during the biennial North American Competition with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Prizes, shared by ten semifinalists, total more than $27,000, plus a scholarship to attend the 2019 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, concerts, and PianoArts fellowships for performances for diverse audiences.
To qualify, pianists must be living or studying full time in North America. Registration is February 6, 2018; submission of a video for the preliminary round is February 23.
PianoArts re-defines the competition by including classes for all contestants that explore concepts and skills inspired by professionals who speak compellingly about music to diverse audiences and rehearse effectively with their fellow musicians.
“PianoArts provides extremely valuable and life-changing opportunities for its competitors and winners,” said Jacob Ertl, a 2002 PianoArts winner. “The professionals on the PianoArts team work with you extensively on communicating with diverse audiences, programming, and presentation planning. You come out a more well-rounded and knowledgeable musician ready to take on the demands of a career in music and able to communicate your passion to others.”