All instruments, voice, and composition.
Young Musicians Category, 5 – 6 years old
Young Musicians Category, 7 – 8 years old
Young Musicians Category, 9 – 10 years old
Junior Category, 11 – 12 years old
Junior Category, 13 – 14 years old
Intermediate, 15 – 16 years old
Intermediate, 17 – 18 years old *
Adults (18 and older):
Musicians without a professional degree
College Students and Professional Musicians *
* 18-year-old school students must enter the Intermediate category. 18-year-old college students must apply under the College Students/Professionals category.
For the ensemble, combine the age of all members of the ensemble and divide it by the number of members.
The materials and application fee must be submitted by December 5th, 2021.
All videos will be temporarily published on our website for public view after the deadline.
The results will be announced within two weeks after the deadline.
Application Fee per submission – $100 Canadian dollars.
Application Fees are not refundable.
For all competitions except Concerto and Composition:
One selection of any music repertoire of your choice performed from memory. The duration of the video recording must be no longer than 10 minutes.
For Concerto competition only:
One single movement or entire concerto along with a solo selection of any music repertoire of your choice performed from memory (to be performed at the Winners Recital). No time limit for the concerto and 10 minutes limit for the solo piece. Both compositions must be submitted in ONE YouTube video, can be combined together.
For Composition competition only:
One selection of any music compositions of your choice, written by the applicant within the past five years. The duration of the video or MP3 recording must be no longer than 10 minutes. Scores must be provided to the competition.
How to Apply
To apply for the Competition, participants must submit the following information by clicking “Apply now”:
A completed online Application Form
YouTube link to the video recording
Biography of the solo applicant or an ensemble, approximately 150 words. Include past participation in competitions, festivals, and other public events
Portrait photo of the applicant or the ensemble
Only unedited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable)
Video recording should be a fair representation of the participant’s abilities but does not need to be of professional quality. The applicant’s name and exact title of the recording must be included in the description of the video on YouTube
Judges' comments will not be disclosed. Judges’ decisions are final and can’t be appealed
The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted
Several winners can be selected in each category
Grand Prize can be awarded for an outstanding performance
Audience Award - one performance will be selected in each competition based on the audience votes
Awards and Performance
For General Category, participants will be awarded Certificates for
All participants will receive a special gift from PianoUP. First Place winners will be invited to debut at the Winners Recital and the Award Ceremony in Ottawa, Canada*.
For Advanced Category, participants will be awarded Certificates for
Certificate for participation
All participants will receive a special gift from PianoUP. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be invited to debut at the Winners Recital and the Award Ceremony in Ottawa, Canada*.
*The location and the date of the recital will be announced later when concert halls of Canada reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note there will be a Fee for the recital.