39th International Piano Competition
from the 13th to 17th of september 2021

To be held in Madrid, Spain in accordance with the following rules:

1. Registration

The competition is open to pianists of any nationality who are 18 to 30 years old at the time of the competition, and who have not obtained the first prize of this competition in previous editions.
The registration period is from this notice publication date till august 10 th of 2021 inclusive. The register, the applicant will send the registration form via the competition website.
The registration fee is 95€ (Ninety-Five Euros). The full name of the applicant must be written clearly.
The payment will be made by bank transfer, for the full amount, without any charges made for the competition, to:

Banco Popular, Calle Princesa, 72
28008 Madrid, España.

Cta. Nº 0075 6040 36 0601599993
IBAN: ES48 0075 6040 3606 0159 9993

A confirmation email will be sent after the information and payment are verified. The registration fee is non-refundable, and the documents submitted will not be returned.
Any false information contained in the documents may incur the immediate cancellation of the application and participation rights.
The documentation submitted by the participant will be confidential and handled with the utmost discretion.
The registration of participants will take place in the strict order the inscriptions are received.
If the maximum number of contestants (70) is reached, the organization reserves the right to admit applications received after the quota has been filled. Candidates will then be selected on the basis of their CV and an audiovisual recording of a work freely chosen by the applicant in the durantion of approximately 10 minutes. It is recommended to include this recording with the registration form.

Registration form


2. Competition Development

The competition will be held at the Victoria Theatre, which is located ay 19 Pizarro Street, Madrid (ground-floor, right). (See maps)

Reception and draw of contestants
On Monday, september 13, 2021 at 8:00 pm, a welcome reception will be held, and a draw will take place to determine the order of participation.
Before taking part in the competition, the contestants will have to submit an official document to prove their identity.

First round
The first round will take place on Tuesday, september 14, 2021, at 9:00am, at the Victoria Theatre and will require the interpretation of:

A) A study from F. Chopin to be chosen 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) A study to be chosen among the following authors:

F. Chopin (except those listed in paragraph A).
F. Liszt (except Transcendental Etudes Nº 9 “Ricordanza”, Nº 11 “Harmonies du soir”, and concert etude “La Leggerezza” S 144 Nº 2).
A. Scriabin (except op. 2/1, op. 8/8, 8/11, op. 42/2, 42/3, 42/4, op. 65/2).
S. Rachmaninoff (except op. 33/3, 33/8, op. 39/2, 39/7).
C. Debussy (except N° 3 y 10).
B. Bartók.

At the end of the first round, the jury will announce the list of contestants who have qualified for the second round. The results will be published on the website and the Facebook page of the competition, and on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre.

Second round

The second round will take place on Wednesday, september 15, 2021 at a time to be announced and will require the interpretation of:

A) A work of free choice of a composer from the Romantic period to the Contemporary period (Parts of Sonatas will not be accepted). The duration of the work should be between 5 to 15 minutes. This work cannot be repeated in any of the other tests.

At the end of the second round, the jury will announce the list of contestants who have qualified for the third test. The results will be published on the website and the Facebook page of the competition, and on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre.

 Third round

Will take place on Thursday, september 16, 2021 at a time to be announced and will consist of:

A) A sonata, to be chosen among the following authors:

F. J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven o F. Schubert.

At the end of the third round, the jury will announce the list of contestants who have qualified for the final test. The results will be published on the website and the Facebook page of the competition, and on the notice board of the Victoria Theatre..

Final round

Will take place on Friday, september 17, 2021 at a time to be announced and will consist of the interpretation of two works to be chosen (except studies from the first round), one of the group A and one from the group B, selected from the following authors:

Group A) F. Chopin, F. Liszt, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, F. Schubert, C. Franck, (except Prelude, Fugue and Variation - Op. 18), G. Fauré, A. Scriabin (until op. 30 included), S. Rachmaninoff, M. Mussorgsky.

Group B) C. Debussy, M. Ravel, 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.

This test, with its two works, must not exceed 50 minutes of duration.


The works of the three eliminatory tests should be played by heart and without repetitions. The only repetitions allowed are those indispensable for the correct musical phrasing or important interpretative value. The works of the final test can be played with repetitions.
A complete work is defined as the total of pieces that make up the same Opus.
Only changes of repertoire will be accepted in the programs presented until august 10 th, 2021 inclusive.

 3. Jury

The jury will consider the artistic value and virtuosity of the programs selected in all the tests.
If the jury deemed convenient, they may request from the participant to perform in each test all or any of the works presented, or part of the complete work. Likewise, the jury may request a copy of the scores of all or any of the works.
The decisions of the jury and the organization of the competition are without appeal.

The jury will consist of pianists specially invited. The names of the jury members will be given know before the welcome reception.

4. Awards and Prizes

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.

Special prize

  • Special prize – Recital

The first prize winner will receive an offer to give a recital in Andalusia, in collaboration with and organized by the Musical Association Davidov. This recital will take place during the 2021-2022 season.

  • Special prize – Scholarship

 A scholarship to participate in the Marbella Music Masterclass Series 2021 with Prof. Michael Davidov will be granted to one of the finalists at the discretion of the jury.


After the final test the decision of the jury will be announced and awards ceremony will take.
The jury may declare any prize void.
All winners are required to personally collect the awards. Otherwise, they will lose the rights to them.
The semi-finalists who want to receive a diploma, may request it to the administrative office.

5. Conditions for the special prizes

Special recital award: The concert will be organized by the Musical Association Davidov. The association will provide lodging and living expenses for 2 nights (the day of the arrival, the day of the concert and the day of return). The International Competition Delia Steinberg will provide a transport grant (train, flight, etc) from one’s place of origin to Marbella in the sum of 300€, sponsored by “Viajar por el mundo" and ”Diseños Medi".
Special scholarship award: the scholarship includes both registration and the full course of 3 individual classes with professor Michael Davidov. The prize winner will be responsible for transportation and lodging expenses. The Masterclass will take place in September 2022.

6. General Conditions

The organization of the International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg, will keep all broadcasting rights, audio and video recording and broadcast on TV and social networks of all the tests of the competition, as well as the rights of recording, in a case of a CD or DVD, and they also can commercialize and give freely, exclusively and without any limitation, the referred rights in favour of any person or entity.
This transfer of rights is carried out free of charge, so the video recording by the audience will be limited.
The competition organizers reserve the right to modify each of the points of these rules, making them known in advance.
For the resolution of any doubts or errors in the translated versions of these rules, the Spanish version will be considered as the official text of the competition.

Madrid, January 2021