Elite International Music Competition will take place in two separate categories in the 2022-2023 season (no drums): Music Performance and Music Composition. Applicants who have successfully passed the audition participate in the Winners Recitals. The Winners Recitals of the first and second place winners in the Music Performance category will take place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Marc A. Scorca Hall at National OPERA America, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center (tentatively), and live online via Zoom. Only the top scored first place winners in the Music Composition category will be offered to perform at Carnegie Hall. All other winners in the Music Composition category will be offered to perform at other venues or live online via Zoom. The Winners Recitals will take place from February through May 2023.

The Winners Recitals of the third place winners will be held live online via Zoom.

In the United States and Canada auditions will be held at the following dates and locations:

DateOnline AuditionContact
Continues until
December 1, 2022
Video Recordings, YouTubeMain Office
DateIn-Person Audition Center LocationContact
 New Jersey 
December 4, 2022Westrick Music Academy, 231 Clarksville Rd Suite 8, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550Main Office
December 4, 2022Main Violin, 523 Summit Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024Main Office
December 11, 2022Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006Main Office
 New Hampshire 
December 3, 2022Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03104Mila Filatova, MM
December 10, 2022Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830Felicia Feng Zhang, MA, MM
December 11, 2022Cunningham Piano Company, 198 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406Natalia Varlashova, MM
 North Carolina 
December 4, 2022Olga Urick Piano Studio, 453 Rose Point Dr., Cary, NC 27518Olga Urick, MM
November 19, 2022St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond, VA 23225Main Office
 Los Angeles, California 
December 11, 2022Westside Music Conservatory, 2515 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403Dr. Martin Glicklich
Dr. Deborah H. How
 South Bay Area, California 
December 3, 2022Gradus Ad Parnassum Music Academy, 1527-1529 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94402Vladimir Klibanov, MM, MA
December 10, 2022Gloria School of Music & Arts, 470 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087Vladimir Klibanov, MM, MA
 Livermore, California 
December 10, 2022Radayeva Music Studio, 3212 Constitution Drive, Livermore, CA 94551Rimma Radayeva, MM, MA
 San Diego, California 
December 3, 2022Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011Natalia Reswick, MM, MA
December 4, 2022Timucua Arts Foundation, Timucua 2000, S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL 32806Jill Zhao, MA
 Greater Vancouver, Canada 
November 27, 2022Piano Only: Loewen Piano House
12351 Bridgeport Rd #1, Richmond, BC V6V 1J4, Canada
Shan Shan Chen, MM
November 28, 2022Other Instruments: Loewen Piano House
12351 Bridgeport Rd #1, Richmond, BC V6V 1J4, Canada
Shan Shan Chen, MM
 Greater Toronto Area, Canada 
November 27, 2022Cadenza Pianos, 20 East Beaver Creek Rd #105, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1G6, CanadaYang Song, MM, MA
Xiangning Ouyang, BS

For the audition center locations and dates in other countries please contact the Regional Director in your respective area.

Applications for the live auditions must be submitted by November 15, 2022. While in-person auditions are highly encouraged for the contestants in the Music Performance category, the applicants in the Music Composition category will only be evaluated based on their audition video recordings available on YouTube. Applicants in the Music Performance category who are unable to attend a live audition have the option to audition via video and may send their video recordings in any medium by regular mail or submit their YouTube or other video sharing sites links to the video recordings to Elite Music Competition Corp. through our website by December 1, 2022. All applicants who have chosen to be audited through audition video recordings must ensure their YouTube video is set to public or unlisted and the performer's full name and title of the musical piece are stated in the title. The video should be recorded in the spirit of a live audition or recital performance and the full image of the performer is shown in the video. Edited video recordings (video shots that have been manipulated and rearranged in order to create a new work) are not accepted. Only piano accompanist can be used at the Winners Recitals and no acoustic system will be provided. Your application for the audition, either online or in-person, must be accompanied by a non-refundable audition fee according to the fee schedule below:

  • Solo Performances: $94
  • Duet Performances: $140
  • Trio Performances: $185
  • Ensemble of four or more members: $55 per each performer

In order to apply for participation in the audition for the Winners Recitals, please fill out the Application Form and either:

  • Submit the completed application form online and pay the required application fee via Zelle® (for individuals with a U.S.-based bank account only) or PayPal; OR
  • Submit the completed application form online, receive a confirmation email from us for your submission, and mail a copy of the confirmation along with your personal check, or certified check, or money order in the amount according to the fee schedule above to Elite Music Competition Corp. Please do not use certified mail. Your personal check, or certified check, or money order must be in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank, and made payable to Elite Music Competition Corp.

NOTE: In order to send your payment via Zelle® it is critical that our email address info@elitemusiccompetition.org is entered correctly as the recipient. If there is a typo, Elite Music Competition Corp. will not receive your payment. Please ensure that the performer’s name is entered in the Memo Field. Payment will not be processed without the performer’s name. We recommend confirming with your bank or credit union Zelle® availability and that there are no additional fees or transaction limits.

After we receive the application information along with the payments from the applicants, an audition schedule with specific details and instructions, including the audition center location and audition time, will be emailed out to all the applicants at the email address provided by them in their application forms, no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled in-person audition. A blank evaluation form will be attached to the email. Please fill out the section of the evaluation form named to be filled out by the applicant with some general information, such as, applicant's full name, age, and the piece to be performed and bring it with you along with the original music score to the audition.

Music Performance Category Repertoire: Applicants in this category must perform one composition from the Baroque, or Classical, or Romantic, or Contemporary periods from standard repertoire under 6 minutes. One movement of Sonatina, or Sonata, or Concerto is considered as one piece. Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, popular music, or non-classical music are not accepted. Repeats are not allowed. All repertoire must be performed from memory and the participants may not change the chosen repertoire once the application has been submitted.

The judges reserve the right to stop a performance at their sole discretion at any time during the performance or if the contestant exceeds the allotted time.

Music Composition Category: Composer's own unpublished original compositions written for solo, duet, trio, or quartet are acceptable/eligible. Acoustic works that utilize electronic or computer accompaniment are not acceptable/eligible. Legible full score of the composed musical piece in PDF format must be emailed to Elite Music Competition Corp. within 2 calendar days after the audition application has been submitted. The score must have clear markings of title, composer’s name, tempo, dynamics, and expressions. If music is not notated it is considered to be an improvisation, not composition. Either hand-written scores or those notated in a music software program, such as Finale, Sibelius, MusicNote, etc. are acceptable. Each composition is considered as a separate entry. The repertoire for both the audition and recital must be performed from memory by the applicant. The applicant's and composer's full names must match in the application for this category. If offered, qualified winners may perform one composition under 6 minutes on stage.

The score given by the judges is final and will become available to either the contestants or to their respective teachers within 10 days after the audition date.

The competition in the Music Performance category is divided into the following age categories:

  • Elementary: 6-8 years old
  • Intermediate: 9-12 years old
  • Senior: 13 years and older

The competition in the Music Composition category is divided into the following age categories:

  • Elementary: 6-8 years old
  • Intermediate: 9-12 years old
  • Advanced: 13-17 years old
  • Senior: 18 and older

Participants must be of qualifying age as of November 15, 2022 for the upcoming competition.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each age category.

*Application fee and some audition terms may vary outside of the U.S.