41 Edition

International Piano Competition


Calendar and Rules

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Madrid, from April 25 to 27, 2023

Registration deadline January 15, 2023

January 15, 2023
Online registration deadline

February 12, 2023
Publication deadline of shortlisted participants

March 31, 2023
Enrolment confirmation
Deadline to confirm registration

April 19th, 2023
Online draw to decide the order of participation

Live eliminatory rounds.

April 25th, 2023

April 26th

April 27h
Final and awards ceremony





Pianists of any nationality may apply, aged between 18 and 30 years old on the date of the start of the competition, who have not won the First Prize in previous editions.
The registration period will be open from the date of the announcement to the 15 of January of 2023 inclusive.

a) The entire registration process will be carried out through the competition`s website using the registration form in which the following must be attached:
- National Identity Document or Passport.
- Recent photography.
- Receipt of the entry of the registration fee.
- Program to be interpreted in each of the tests.
- Brief curriculum.
- A recent recording with a fixed camera and without post-production, in which the hands are clearly visible at all times. Repertoire to record: two Etudes, one from group A and another one from group B (see the preselection repertoire section). The link of the recording must be uploaded on will be sent on a YouTube channel, specifying in the description of the video the performed works.

The program cannot be changed once the registration period has ended.

b) A registration fee of € 95 (ninety-five euros) is set where the name and surname of the participant must be clearly reflected.
The payment of the full amount, free of any bank fees, must be transferred to:

Banco Santander, Calle Princesa, 72
28008 Madrid, Spain.

IBAN: ES13 0075 0134 7706 0733 2510


Registration form


The jury will preselect the participants based on the documentation received and the viewing of the video recordings.
The confirmation of acceptance or not to participate in the competition will be notified to the interested parties, at the latest on February 12, 2023.
A list of the accepted participants to the live rounds will be made public on the social networks of the competition.

Confirmation of admission

Admitted participants will have to confirm their attendance to the organization by email confirming the program to be performed in the eliminatory rounds before March 31st. Failure to communicate will imply the loss of place in the competition. The mentioned place may be offered to another participant at the discretion of the jury.
The repertoire of each participant will be reviewed by the contest’s administration. Its approval or any necessary adjustment will be notified to the contestant.

Online draw

On April 19, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. (Madrid) the draw will take place to determine the order of participation of the contestants. The draw will be streamed live and the organization will provide the link to follow it online. Subsequently, each contestant will be notified, on social networks and by email, of the order of participation in the first test.

Development of the competition

Repertoire of Preselection (recording video)

A) An Etude by F. Chopin, to choose from among the following:
Op. 10 u Op. 25 (except Op. 10 nº 3, 6 and 9 and Op. 25 nº 2, 7 and 9)

B) An Etude to choose from among the following authors:
F. Chopin (except those indicated in point A, the 3 Etudes of the Moscheles and Fétis Method and the Etude chosen for point A)
F. Liszt (except Transcendental Etudes Nº 9 “Ricordanza”, Nº 11 “Harmonies du soir”, and Concert Studio “La Leggerezza” S 144 Nº 2)
A. Scriabin (except Op. 2 nº 1, Op. 8 nº 8 and nº 11, Op. 42 nº 2, nº 3 and nº 4, Op. 65 nº 2)
S. Rachmaninoff (except Op. 33 nº 3 and nº 8, Op. 39 nº 2 and nº 7)
C. Debussy (except n° 3 and nº 10)
B. Bartók

Live eliminatory rounds

The competition will be held at the Victoria Theatre, located at Calle Pizarro, 19 - bajo derecha, Madrid.

First Round

It will begin on Tuesday April 25, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. and will consist of the interpretation of:

A) One of the two studies presented in the pre-selection test.

B) A free choice work by a composer between the romantic and contemporary periods. (Parts of Sonatas will not be accepted)

Duration of the work between 5 and 15 minutes. This work cannot be repeated in any of the other rounds.

Second Round (semifinal)

It will take place on Wednesday April 26, 2023, at a time to be established and will consist of the interpretation of a complete sonata, to be chosen from those of F.J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven or F. Schubert.

Final Round

It will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at a time to be established.
It will consist of the interpretation of two complete works, one from group A and another from group B, selected from the following authors:

Grupo A) F. Chopin,  F. Liszt, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, F. Schubert, C. Franck, (except Prelude, Fugue and Variations Op .18), A. Scriabin (up to and including Op .30), S. Rachmaninoff, M. Mussorgsky.

Grupo B) C. Debussy, M. Ravel, G. Fauré, S. Prokofiev, B. Bartók, O. Messiaen, I. Stravinsky, A. Berg, A. Scriabin, (from Op. 31), I. Albéniz, M. de Falla, E. Granados, A. Ginastera, P. Hindemith, D. Shostakovich, G Bacewicz, C. Vine, L. Liebermann.

This round, with its two works, must not exceed 50 minutes in duration.
Studies or parts of works or parts of Opus will not be accepted. A complete work is defined as the total number of pieces that make up the same Opus.


 The competition establishes the following awards:

First Prize: 5.000 Euros and diploma.

Second Prize: 2.000 Euros and diploma.

Third Prize: 1.000 Euros and diploma.

Diploma of finalist.




All works must be performed by heart.
The repetition of the same work in different rounds is not allowed.
Works that require prior piano preparation will not be accepted.
The chosen repertoire should reflect contestant's artistic personality, as well as his ability to express musical ideas. Therefore, the jury will assess not only the interpretation of the presented repertoire but also its difficulty and variety.
The repertoire will be reviewed by the artistic direction of the competition, reserving the right to reject repertoires which do not meet the requirements of these rules and to request any corrections from the participant in question.

Studio pianos

The organization will offer study pianos to the contestants to practice during their stay in Madrid. The pianos will be at the Victoria Theatre headquarters.
The allocation criteria will be determined by the draw, the performance schedule of each round and the number of accepted contestants.
Each day a list of contestants and the assigned study room will be published, distributing the practicing time equally for each participant.

Other considerations

At the end of each of the rounds, the organization will publish the list of participants who will go on to the next round. This list will be available on the website and Facebook of the competition, as well as on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre.
Unjustified delay in any of the rounds will lead to immediate elimination from the competition.
The decisions of the jury and the organization of the competition are final.
The organization reserves the right to record any of the performances throughout the competition’s rounds for the exclusive use on its website and social networks. Recordings made by the attending public will be controlled and might be limited.
The organization of the competition reserves the right to modify each of the points of these rules, making them known fairly in advance.
For the resolution of possible doubts or errors in the translated versions, the one written in Spanish will be considered as the official text of the competition.


Madrid August 2022