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Regulation - Live Division

Eligibility and Participation:

  1. The Royal International Piano Competition is open to pianists in all ages and all nationalities.

  2. Pianists ages 16 and up may participate in more than one category. The fee and application must be submitted separately.

  3. All applicants can apply for both Live and Online competitions.

 

Categories:

Prodigy I (Age Under 6)

Prodigy II (Age 6-7)

Junior I (Age 8-9)

Junior  II (Age 10-11)

Young Musician I (Age 12-13)

Young Musician II (Age 14-15)

Emerging Artist (Age 16-17)

Professional Artist (Age 18-35)

Professional Composers (Age 16 and up)

Amateur (Age 18 and up)

(For Program Requirements of each category, please see the Repertoire page)

 

 

Application Deadline and Fee:

  1. The application must be submitted by July 18. Submissions must be on time to be accepted.

  2. A non-refundable application fee of 160 USD is due with the application (170 USD for Professional Artist Category).

 

Video Submission:

  1. The preliminary video should be uncut and unedited (without effects, zoom, titles, or fades). The contestant’s face and hands should be visible at all times.

  2. The video recording should be of good technical quality (no dynamic compression)

  3. Works may be recorded in one take or separately.

  4. The video should not be older than six months at the time of application

  5. Only piano SOLO repertoire will be accepted. No concerto is allowed.

  6. All works must be performed by memory (Except for the Amateur Category. Performing by memory is OPTIONAL for the Amateur Category)

  7. Contestants may perform with or without repeat as long as the performance duration meets the requirement (for the time range of each category, please refer to the Repertoire page).

  8. One or more piano solo works may be performed.

  9. Videos may be uploaded on Youtube, Youku, Bilibili, and other platforms upon request.

 

After Preliminary Submission & On Competition Day

Invitation to The Final Round:

  1. Preliminary Round decisions will be made, and Invitations to the Final Round will be sent by July 20th.

  2. Judges will invite contestants from each category to the Final Round in Los Angeles on August 19-20th.

  3. All selected contestants must reply whether or not they can participate in the Final Round, and if so, submit their programs by August 1st (no program change after submission).

 

Program:

  1. The final Round program can either be the same as the Preliminary round or different.

  2. No change of program after program submission (Due August 1st).

  3. Contestants may perform with or without repeat as long as the performance duration meets the requirement (for the time range of each category, please refer to the Repertoire page)

  4. Competitors who exceed the allotted performance time may be disqualified.

  5. All works must be performed by memory (Except for the Amateur Category. Performing by memory is OPTIONAL for the Amateur Category)

 

Schedule of Performance:

  1. All contestants must arrive at the performance venue at least an hour before their assigned time slot.

  2. Warmup rooms with pianos will be available for all the contestants.

  3. The competition committee will draw the order of each contestant’s performance, which also reserves the right to make any necessary changes.

 

Judging Criteria:

The judging criteria for the competition include, but are not limited to:

  • Technique

  • Musicality

  • Interpretation

  • Stage presence

  • Overall performance

 

Awards & Prizes:

Scholarship Prizes, Certificate of Diploma, Trophy, Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Other Rules:

*Competitors must wear appropriate concert attire.

*The live competition will be open to the family and friends of all contestants.

*Competitors may not communicate with the judges during the competition.

*All decisions made by the judges are final.

*Competitors who do not adhere to the rules and regulations of the competition may be disqualified.

*The Royal International Piano Competition is not responsible for the contestant’s cost of travel, meals, lodging, or other expenses.

* Next Live Competition will be held on 2025.

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