General Information

The Sixth Manchester International Concerto Competition For Young Pianists
August 21st - 27th 2019

The sixth competition will be for pianists aged 22 and under on 1 August 2019.  A complete and unedited video or audio recording of ANY piano concerto must be submitted via the online application form by 4 June 2019. Multiple entries from a single applicant are welcome but each  submitted concerto requires a separate application and fee. 

New for 2019 - the first round performances and recordings can include a compete performance of ANY piano concerto from memory. If selected for the semi-final stages the participant must choose a concerto from the set list

 Applications must include a reference from a professional musician of standing to verify that the recording was indeed live and made without any editing.

No more than eighteen performers will be accepted for the semi-final round of the competition, which will take place in the Stoller Hall, Chetham’s school of Music on 22nd and 23rd  August 2019.  Semi-finalists will be required to perform their complete concerto from memory with a second piano accompaniment of the orchestral part.  Official accompanists will be available, though all candidates may if they so choose opt to use their own accompanists.

A maximum of six semi-finalists will be selected by the jury to perform their chosen concerto in its entirety in the final of the competition.

The finals will take place from 19.00hrs in the Stoller Concert Hall, Chetham’s School of Music on the 25th and 26th August, with the outstanding Manchester Camerata and conductor Stephen Threlfall.