All the contestants, who have successfully passed the audition and performed at the Winners Recitals, are awarded Certificates of Achievement based on the judges’ evaluations and the contestants’ performance taking into account the following criteria: interpretation (style, musical form, phrasing, intonation, articulation, rhythmic accuracy, tempo, dynamic control, balance, and pedaling), musical achievements (memorization, tone-facility, expression), as well as the participants’ age, and the complexity of the musical selection. In addition to the above criteria contestants in the Music Composition category are evaluated based on the originality of their work.

  • Cash Prizes: Grand Prize, First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize
  • Golden Star Award Trophy
  • Performance with Symphony Orchestra*

The qualified winners who have performed for the Elite International Music Competition Winners Recitals held at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, or Marc A. Scorca Hall at National OPERA America for 5 (five) consecutive years or more are eligible to receive a Letter of Recommendation to be used for college applications.

Elite Music Competition reserves the exclusive right to award cash prizes at its sole discretion.

*Subject to availability and some restrictions apply. The first place winners are encouraged to audition to perform with Symphony Orchestra and are eligible to receive a discount of 50% off the standard audition application fee.