Austin Piano Festival
2016 Austin Piano Festival Competition

This season's Solo Competition will be held on Saturday May 7th, 2016 at the Armstrong Community Music School. The competition is open to the public and draws the finest young pianists from around the state.

Besides cash prizes for the winners in each division, up to 12 competitors may be selected to take part in masterclasses with distinguished artists during the 2016 festival and will perform alongside world famous artists at the Closing Gala on June 5th. Winners of the 2016 Competition will have the opportunity to perform as guests of the radio program Pianoforte on KMFA 89.5.

Competition Schedule and Details will be posted in April, 2016.

Application Information

Extended Postmark Deadline: Monday April 18, 2016

This season's Solo Competition will be held on Saturday May 7th, 2016 at the Armstrong Community Music School. Besides cash prizes for the winners in each division, up to 12 competitors may be selected to take part in masterclasses with distinguished artists during the 2015 festival and will perform alongside world famous artists at the Closing Gala on June 5th. Winners of the 2016 Competition will have the opportunity to perform as guests of the radio program Pianoforte on KMFA 89.5.

Click here to download the complete application.

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Eligibility

The competition is open to students of grades 7 through 12 living in the state of Texas whose primary teacher also resides in Texas. The competition has two divisions:

Division 2: Grades 7, 8, and 9
Division 1: Grades 10, 11, and 12

Round 1

The first round of the competition is held via recorded audition. A high quality CD recording of the contestant's repertoire should be submitted along with required audition materials. Please refer to the application form for details on required materials.

Round 2

Round 2 of the competition will be held in Austin, TX on May 7, 2016 at The Armstrong Community Music School. Competition specifics and audition times will be announced to those contestants who successfully pass the round 1 CD auditions.

Application and Repertoire Requirements

Click here to download the 2016 Competition Application

Repertoire requirements: All contestants must play 2 contrasting pieces of their choice from memory. There is a 15 minute time limit for all auditions. Contestants will be stopped if they exceed the time limit but will not be penalized. One movement is considered a piece. No more than 2 contrasting pieces are permitted.

Audition CDs must include full recordings of a contestant's audition repertoire, even if it exceeds the 15 minute time limit.

No changes may be made to repertoire between the two rounds of the competition.

The following materials must be postmarked by the extended deadline of April 18, 2016.

1) A completed application form.
2) A high quality CD recording of the contestant's audition repertoire.
3) The $25 application fee, made out to "Austin Piano Festival"

Anything other than a CD recording will not be accepted. No videos of any kind or audio cassettes.

No indication of contestant's or teacher's identity is allowed on the CD or CD Case.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Application materials and CD will not be returned.

Important Dates and Deadlines

April 18, 2016 - Extended Postmark deadline for all applications and CD recordings

April 27, 2016 (Extended) - All Round 1 winners will be notified of their advancement to round 2 by this date

May 7, 2016 - Round 2 live auditions in Austin, TX at Armstrong Community Music School

May 27 through June 5 - Austin Piano Festival Concerts and Masterclasses