Steinway & Sons is proud to announce a new competition for young pianists ages 18 and under, and Steinway Piano Gallery Detroit is pleased to have been identified as a regional host venue. This prestigious competition offers young pianists the opportunity to compete for up to $1,000 in prize money and official recognition from an iconic world-class piano brand.
The competition will take place at Steinway Piano Gallery, 2700 E. West Maple Rd., Commerce Township, MI 48390, on
First, second, and third place winners will receive commemorative medals and national recognition on the Steinway & Sons website. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and judges’ comments. The winners will receive their awards and recognition at the mandatory winner’s concert at Steinway Piano Gallery, where they will each perform for the public on Sunday, April 26, 2020
Division I $400
Division II $700
Division III $1000
Two contrasting pieces for solo piano from different eras of Western classical music including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century must be performed memorized. Original compositions and improvisations are not permitted. Repeats may be played at the discretion of the performer, but are not required. Judges may need to cut performances off during the audition.
• Division I: Ages 9 and under (max 8 minutes)
• Division II: Ages 10-13 (max 10 minutes)
• Division III: Ages 14-18 (max 15 minutes)
Age requirements apply to applicant’s age as of April 1, 2020. Applicants must reside in the United States or Canada. See the complete list of requirements and regulations.
Auditions are arranged by division, beginning with Division 1 and 2 on Friday and continuing with Division 3 on Saturday. Please submit accurate performance times! Schedules are based on these times. Students will be notified of their audition time on Thursday, April 2nd. Select days and times will be available for applicants to rehearse on the competition instrument before their audition day. (The competition piano will not be available for rehearsing on competition day). To schedule this practice opportunity, please contact Hannah Frantz, Competition Manager, at 248.560.0366 no later than March 26th. (Opportunities are first-come-first-serve and will fill up quickly).
Registration deadline is April 1, 2020
Audition slots are limited. Please register early to ensure participation.
Please click the “register” link below to submit your application and pay the $75 registration fee. After clicking the link, select your state and nearest Steinway showroom under “Start an Application.”