General Information and Application
ELIGIBILITY This competition is open to pianists of
all nationalities of age 35 and under as of June 10, 2022. First-prize
winner of previous (2019) Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts First
Annual International Concerto Competition is not eligible to compete. If
passed the Video Preliminary, the applicants should be able to appear in
person for the Semi-Final Round and Final Round in Boston. And if chosen
as the winner, to participate in all rehearsals and performance.
COVID- 19 HEALTH AND SAFETY The Health and Safety
policies and requirements of New England Conservatory (NEC) will be
It is anticipated that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required of
all staff, faculty and participants of this event.
APPLICATION FEE A non-refundable USD $80 is required
for all applicants, payable to Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, 3
Partridge Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA. It could be paid
by a bank check.
June 10, 2022:
June 25, 2022:
Preliminary results announced
July 10, 2022:
August 18, 2022:
required orchestral excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the the
Beethoven Concerto No. 5 to be included in the Semi-Final
August 20, 2022, 1 - 5 pm:
Round at NEC's Williams Hall
August 21, 2022, 7:30 - 11 pm:
Final Round at
NEC's Williams Hall
August 24, 2022, 7 - 10 pm:
rehearsal with winner soloist at NEC's Jordan Hall
August 26, 2022, 7 - 10 pm:
Dress Rehearsal at NEC's Jordan Hall
August 27, 2022, 7:30 pm:
Concert at NEC's Jordan Hall
- The first prize
winner will receive USD $5,000 award and performing at NEC's Jordan
Hall with Mercury Orchestra, the national
winner of the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance, and
conductor Channing Yu, 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.
- The first prize
winner will also be invited back to perform a solo recital in the
2023 Summer FREE Concerts @
NEC , with
- The Second prize
winner will receive USD $1,500 cash award. By judge's decision, the
second prize winner maybe invited back to perform a solo recital in
the 2023 Summer FREE Concerts @ NEC , with additional compensation.
- The Third prize
winner will receive USD $1,000 cash award.
- Those who passed
the Preliminary and advanced to the Semi-Final Round could receive
up to USD $300 reimbursement for travel expenses based on the
receipt of his/her airfare, train or bus fare.
Upon request, host
family stay could be arranged from Wednesday August 17 to Monday August
22, and that of the first-prize winner to Sunday August 28, 2022.
(in alphabetical order)
The judges will not give scores to his/her current students
For Video Preliminary
- Professor Victor
Cayres, Eastern Illinois University, Boston University, New England
Conservatory of Music Preparatory, USA,
- Professor Gloria
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, USA
- Professor Grace
Tainan National University of The Arts, Taiwan
- Dr. Yinfei Wang
Manhattan School of Music, USA,
- Professor Hong Xu
Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China
For Semi-Final and Final Rounds
- Professor Bruce
Brubaker, New England Conservatory of Music, USA
- Mr. Richard Dyer,
retired senior music critic of The Boston Globe, USA. Jury of
international piano competitions including Van Cliburn, Cleveland,
Sendai, among others.
- Professor HaeSun
Paik, New England Conservatory of Music, USA
- Professor Sergey
Schepkin, Carnegie Mellon University, New England Conservatory of
Music Preparatory, USA
- Mr. Channing Yu,
Conductor Mercury Orchestra, USA
collaborative pianist will be provided for all finalists
Dr. Yinfei Wang
Manhattan School of Music, USA
How to apply
- Submit a
non-refundable USD $80 application fee ON LINE
postal mail a bank check payable to
Chinese Performing Arts
3 Partridge Lane,
Lincoln, MA 01773
- Email the
Application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
application form. The application form is available on our
- An image of a
government issued official proof of birth date, such as the
passport or driver's license.
- For applicants
who are under 18, the parent/guardian's information and
signature are also required
- Upload the unedited
screening videos to YouTube (or Youku for students in China).
Provide the links with detailed repertoire information in the
application form. The video recording should be prepared from within
the past two years.
Repertoire: Repertoire choices should show the applicants
range technically and musically.
movement of the Beethoven Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 (with second
piano or orchestra)
FIRST movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, or Schubert.
- One or more
solo piece(s) in contrasting style at competitor’s choice.
All pieces must be
played by memory. The repertoire could be repeated in the Semi-Final
- The total duration
of the videos should not exceed 20 minutes. If the FIRST movement of
the assigned concerto (Beethoven Concerto No. 5, Op. 73) is included
in the video, the total duration could be up to 30 min. Time for
self- introduction does not count. The self-introduction part of the
video should include the applicant identifying himself or herself
and the titles of the pieces to be played and the composers.
- The results of the
Video Preliminary will be announced by June 25, 2022 through e-mail.
Up to ten (with two additional on wait-list) applicants will be
invited to the Semi-Final Round on Saturday August 20, 2022 at New
England Conservatory's Williams Hall to perform solo pieces by
memory, and a required orchestral excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the
concerto, to be announced on August 18, 2022 (two days before the
Semi-Final Round) in front of the Jury Panel and audience.
- The chosen
Semi-Finalists should confirm their participation via e-mail no
later than July 10, 2022, and provide the repertoire for the
Semi-Final Round. A short bio of 200 words or less, and a photo for
publicity purpose are also required. The Semi-Finalists should
indicate whether host family stay is needed. The host family is not
responsible for meal, transportation, or practicing piano. Practice
rooms will be arranged at New England Conservatory.
- The requirements of
repertoire for the Semi-Final Round include two parts:
- 15 to 18
minutes of solo piece(s) of contrasting styles that must include
a FIRST movement from a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, or Schubert. The repertoire from the video
preliminary round could be repeated in the Semi-Final Round.
- A required
orchestra excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the Beethoven piano
concerto No. 5 in E- flat Major, Op. 73 to be announced on
August 18, 2022 (two days before the Semi-Final Round).
Performance will be accompanied by our official collaborative
pianist on the second piano.
- If the competitor
exceeds the time limit, the Jury has the right to stop the
- The competitors
should arrive New England Conservatory at least two hours prior to
the assigned time slot. Warm-up practice room will be provided.
- All travel and
lodging expenses are the applicant's responsibility. The
Semi-Finalists will receive up to USD $300 reimbursement for travel
expenses based on the receipt of his/her airfare, train or bus fare.
- The order of
appearances at the Semi-Final Round will be the alphabetical order
of the Semi-Finalists' last names. The Jury’s decision is final and
binding. This event is open to the public.
- Up to five
Finalists will be invited to the Final Round next evening, Sunday
August 21, 2022, 7:30 pm to 11 pm at New England Conservatory's
Williams Hall in front of the same Jury Panel. This event is open to
- The order of
appearances at the Final Round will be determined by drawing. It
will also be the order of rehearsal. Each Finalist will have one
hour rehearsal with our official collaborative pianist on Sunday
August 21 from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 1 pm to 4 pm, on assigned
time slot. Individual practice rooms will be provided.
- The Finalists will
perform the assigned concerto in its entirety from memory, with our
official collaborative pianist on the second piano. The result will
be announced right after the Final Round. The Jury’s decision is
final and binding. This event is open to the public.
- The first prize
winner will start rehearsals and performance with Mercury Orchestra
on dates and venues as listed above.
- By signing the
Application and Release Form, the applicant and/or his/her
parent/guardian of the applicant agrees to release the Foundation
for Chinese Performing Arts
the New England Conservatory of Music, the Mercury Orchestra, and
their agents and employees from any and all claims, demands, and
cause of action on account of any injury, illness, or loss which may
occur during his/her participation in the 2022 Fou Ts'ong
International Concerto Competition, and the Summer FREE Concerts @
(August 20 -21, 2022, deadline application June 10)
Prize in Orchestral Performance)及美國交響樂團指揮獎(American
Prize in Orchestral Conducting)。
Chien – 林肯中心室內樂團(Chamber
Music of Lincoln Center)成員。
Chung - 台南藝術大學教授。
Wang – 曼哈頓(Manhattan)音樂學院鋼琴博士。
Xu - 武漢音樂學院教授。
Bruce Brubaker -
Richard Dyer –
Hae Sun Paik
Sergey Schepkin –
Channing Yu -
Application Fee :