Applicants who have successfully passed the audition participate in the Winners Recitals. The Winners Recitals of the first and second place honors will take place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

The Winners Recitals of the third place honors will be held at Caldwell University, New Jersey (Date TBD) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts (Date TBD).

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

DateOnline AuditionContact
Continues until
December 1, 2020
Video Audition, Recording, OnlineMain Office
DateIn-Person Audition Center LocationContact
 New York 
December 13, 2020The National Opera Center, America, 330 7th Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001Main Office
 New Jersey 
November 22, 2020
Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006Main Office
December 6, 2020
Westminster Conservatory of Music, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540Main Office
December 13, 2020TBD, Boston, MAMila Filatova, MM
 New Hampshire 
December 6, 2020
Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Dr, Manchester, NH 03102Mila Filatova, MM
December 13, 2020Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 10577Felicia Feng Zhang, MA, MM
December 6, 2020
Cunningham Piano Company, 198 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406Natalia Varlashova, MM
December 13, 2020
Cunningham Piano Company, 198 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406Natalia Varlashova, MM
 Maryland and Washington, D.C. 
December 6, 2020
Steinway Piano Gallery, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean VA 22102Helen H Koo, MM
 Los Angeles, California 
December 13, 2020Westside Music Conservatory, 2515 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403Dr. Martin Glicklich
Dr. Deborah H. How
 South Bay Area, California 
December 12, 2020Gloria School of Music & Arts, 470 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California 95087Vladimir Klibanov, MM, MA
 Toronto, Canada 
TBDUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5, CanadaYoonHye Eunice Park, MM
 Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 
November 29, 2020Loewen Piano House, 12351 Bridgeport Rd #1, Richmond, BC V6V 1J4, CanadaShan Shan Chen, MM
November 30, 2020Loewen Piano House, 12351 Bridgeport Rd #1, Richmond, BC V6V 1J4, CanadaShan Shan Chen, MM

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, 2020. While in-person auditions are highly encouraged, applicants 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, 2020. 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: $89
  • 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 PayPal or Zelle® (for individuals with a U.S.-based bank account only); 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 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.

Once 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, teacher’s code (if any), and the piece to be performed and bring it with you along with the original music score to the audition.

Repertoire: applicants 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 retain the right to stop a performance at their solo discretion at any time during the performance or if the contestant exceeds the allotted time.

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 is divided into the following age categories:

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

Participants must be of qualifying age as of November 15, 2020 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.