2021 International Piano Competition

To apply, simply fill out the appropriate International Piano Form below:

Entries: December 1 – 15 
Submit your video recordings for FREE

If you are approved by the judges to pass pre-screening, you can participate in the final round.

December 1 – January 10

Free Entries:December 1 – 15
Pre-screening:December 16 – 20
Final Round Applications:December 21 – 25
Judging: December 26 – January 9
Prizes and Recognition Announcement:January 10

The 2021 International Piano Competition is open to solo pianists and piano ensembles of all ages and nationalities. Music pieces or movements from composers born in any time period will be accepted.

Pianists of all ages are encouraged to apply, especially young children who may not have much experience but are enthusiastic about sharing their musical abilities. We do not have any age restrictions and have had winners as young as 4 years old and other winners into their 70s. Please see the results of our previous competitions here as examples of how we usually determine age group categories.


  • Solo Pianists
  • Piano Ensembles


  1. Please fill out the appropriate Piano Application Form below:


  • If you are approved by the judges to pass pre-screening, you will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to apply to the final round.
  • Keep in mind that the performance video you submit for the pre-screening round will be evaluated again for the final round.
  • Please do not be disheartened if you do not advance to the final round, as we receive applications from many talented musicians and can only approve a limited number to advance to the final round. Keep trying and never give up!
  • If you advance to the final round and grant us permission, you are guaranteed to be featured on our YouTube channel: Charleston International Music Competition.


  • A jury of qualified judges will evaluate your pre-screening and final round applications based on criteria for artistry. Please note that the decision of our judges is final and cannot be appealed.


  • Winners and their music teachers will receive personalized certificates of recognition, their portrait photo and music biography will be published on the results page of our website, and their performance will be shared on our YouTube channel: Charleston International Music Competition.
  • All finalists will also be eligible for both the 2021 Piano Most Exceptional Performer $100 Prize and the January 2022 Performer of the Month $100 Prize.
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