General Information and Application
(updated January 1, 2023)
ELIGIBILITY This competition is open to pianists of
all nationalities of age 35 and under as of June 9, 2023. First-prize
winners of previous (2019, 2022) International Concerto Competitions
organized by Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts are not eligible to
compete. If passed the Video Preliminary, the applicants should be able
to appear in person for the Semi-Final and Final Rounds in Boston. And
if chosen as the winner, to participate in all rehearsals and
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 9, 2023:
June 24, 2023:
Preliminary results announced
July 8, 2023:
August 17, 2023:
required orchestral excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the the
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 to be included in the Semi-Final
August 19, 2023, 1-5 pm:
Round at NEC's Williams Hall
August 20, 2023, 7:30-11 pm:
Final Round at
NEC's Williams Hall
August 23, 2023, 7-10 pm:
rehearsal with winner soloist at NEC's Jordan Hall
August 25, 2023, 7-10 pm:
Dress Rehearsal at NEC's Jordan Hall
August 26, 2023, 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 $2,000 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 request
housing arrangement from Wednesday August 16 to Monday August 21,
2023, and that of the first-prize winner to Sunday August 27, 2023.
(in alphabetical order)
The judges will not give scores to his/her current students
For Video Preliminary
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, USA
Tainan National University of The Arts, Taiwan
- Professor Jianing Kong
Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
University of Texas at Austin - Butler School of Music
Manhattan School of Music, USA
For Semi-Final and Final Rounds
Brubaker, Chair Piano Department, New England Conservatory of Music,
retired senior music critic of The Boston Globe, USA. Jury of
international piano competitions including the Van Cliburn,
Cleveland, Sendai, among others.
Michael Lewin, Head Piano Department of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee,
USA. Artistic Director of the Boston Conservatory Piano Masters
Sergey Schepkin, Carnegie Mellon University, and New England Conservatory
of Music Preparatory, USA,
Conductor Mercury Orchestra,
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. This form is available below.
- 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. It should include both A and B
of the following
FIRST movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, or Schubert.
One or more solo piece(s) in contrasting style at competitor’s
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, starting from a brief
self-introduction. Time for self- introduction does not count as a
part of the 20 minutes. The self- introduction part of the video
should include the applicant identifying himself or herself and the
titles of the pieces to be played.
- The results of the
Video Preliminary will be announced by June 24, 2023 via e-mail. Up
to ten (with two additional on wait-list) applicants will be invited
to the Semi-Final Round on Saturday August 19, 2023 at New England
Conservatory's Williams Hall to perform solo pieces by memory, plus
a required orchestral excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the concerto, to
be announced on August 17, 2023 (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 8, 2023, and provide the repertoire for the
Semi-Final Round. A short bio of 250 words or less, and a head-shot
photo for publicity purpose are also required. The Semi-Finalists
should indicate whether housing is needed. Practice rooms will be
provided at New England Conservatory.
- The requirements of
repertoire for the Semi-Final Round include two parts:
- 15 to 20
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 of the
preliminary round could be repeated in the Semi-Final Round.
- A required
orchestra excerpt (about 5 -7 min) from the Tchaikovsky piano
concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 (1879 version) to be
announced on August 17, 2023 (two days before the Semi-Final
Round). Performance will be accompanied by the 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 rooms will be provided.
- All travel expenses
are the applicant's responsibility.
- The order of
appearances at the Semi-Final Round will be determined by drawing on
Wednesday August 16, 2023, 6 pm at NEC's Williams Hall. If the
candidates could not appear in person, his or her designated
representative (with prior notice) could draw on his or her behalf.
- 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 20, 2023, 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, right
after the announcement of the five finalists. It will also be the
order of rehearsal. Each Finalist will have one hour rehearsal with
the official collaborative pianist on Sunday August 20 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 the
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 2023 Fou Ts'ong
International Concerto Competition, and the Summer FREE Concerts @
Application Fee :