Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 New Orleans International Piano Competition has been postponed until 2021. Applications will be available on January 1, 2021, at getacceptd.com/noipc

Please visit getacceptd.com/noipc for detailed rules and guidelines.

The 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition, July 18-25, 2021

OVERVIEW

Cash, Performance, and Recording Prizes Totaling Over $77,000 including performances with the

  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
Also included in the prize
  • A Studio Recording on the Steinway & Sons Label
  • Solo Recital on the Tuesday Matinee Series in New York's Merkin Concert Hall, 2022-2023 Season
  • Solo Recital on the University of New Orleans Musical Excursions Series, 2022-2023 Season
Applications will be available on January 1, 2021, at getacceptd.com/noipc. The application deadline is March 14. The 12 semifinalists invited to New Orleans to compete in the NOIPC will be announced by May 16, 2021. There is no age restriction for applicants.

The 2021 NOIPC Jurors
Recorded/Preliminary Round
  • Alan Chow, USA
  • Jonathan Bass, USA
  • Nancy Weems, USA
Semifinal and Final Rounds
  • Natalya Antonova, Russia/USA
  • Tanya Bannister, United Kingdom
  • Brian Hsu, USA
  • Igal Kesselman, Israel/USA
  • Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Italy/USA
  • Alan Chow, Chairman of the Jury, USA

Competition Prizes
FIRST PRIZE
  • $55,000
    • ($5,000 cash award, $10,000 performance fees*, $40,000 value of Studio Recording on the Steinway & Sons Label)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Season Subscription concert and Concerto Showcase
  • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
  • Solo Recitals:
    • Solo Recital on the Tuesday Matinee Series in New York's Merkin Concert Hall for the 2022-2023 Season
    • Solo Recital on the University of New Orleans Musical Excursions Series, 2022-2023 Season
  • An exclusive one-on-one career development consultation with executive leadership at Astral Artists
SECOND PRIZE
  • $10,000
    • ($8,000 cash award, $2,000 performance fees)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Concerto Showcase
  • Solo Recitals:
    • TBD
THIRD PRIZE
  • $5,000
    • ($4,000 cash award, $1,000 performance fee)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Concerto Showcase
SEMIFINAL PRIZES
  • Nine (9) $750

DANIEL WEILBAECHER JURY DISCRETIONARY PRIZE
  • $1,000

*Performance engagements and their associated fees are offered the winners of the competition in good faith at the time of the competition by the auspices concerned. Final approval of artists, dates, and repertoire rests with artistic and administrative directors. The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans retains the right to rescind any and all performance engagements for any of (but not limited to) the following reasons:
1) Failure to honor the contracted date for the performance
2) Failure to represent the New Orleans International Piano Competition in the professional manner expected of its winner


GUIDELINES

The following materials must be submitted online at getacceptd.com/noipc:

  • Nonrefundable application fee of $155 submitted in US dollars via credit card only.
  • Video files of approximately 30 minutes. Videos should be of the highest possible quality. Upload each selection as a separate file. No DVDs or CDs will be accepted. Only solo repertoire will be accepted; no orchestral or chamber performance will be accepted.
Information in the official competition/festival program booklet will be drawn from the material you provide. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be submitted no later than March 24, 2021. All applicants will be notified by email of their status by May 16, 2021.

COMPETITION RULES
  • Previous First Prize winners are not eligible to compete again.
  • Applicants who fall into one of the following categories are not eligible to compete in the 2021 New Orleans International Piano Competition:

    - has studied as a private student or student at a University School of Music or Conservatory in the past two years with any member of the 2021 Competitor Selection Jury or the 2021 Competition Jury as their primary teacher (excluding master classes, summer programs and festivals).

    - has been coached by a member of either of the 2021 Juries in preparation for the 2021 New Orleans International Piano Competition. 

  • Competitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. Housing, practice facilities, and meals will be provided.
  • There is no age restriction for applicants.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. WE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS JANUARY 1, 2021. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE NO LATER THAN MARCH 16, 2021.
  • The Recorded/Preliminary Round jurors will select 12 applicants to perform in New Orleans in Semifinal Rounds I & II; the 2021 NOIPC jury will select 3 semifinalists to perform in the Final Round.
  • Decisions of the Competition Committee, the Competition Jury, and the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans Board of Directors are final in all matters.
REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
Recorded/Preliminary Round
Any solo piano repertoire selected by the competitor, approximately 30 minutes in length. Individual movements of sonatas are acceptable in this round only. Repertoire from the Recorded/Preliminary round may be repeated in either Semifinal Rounds I or II or the Final Round as long as it meets the requirements of those rounds.

Semifinal Round I
A memorized public recital, not to exceed thirty-five minutes in
length, consisting of works chosen by the competitor. All twelve
semifinalists will advance to Semifinal Round II.

Semifinal Round II
A memorized public recital, not to exceed twenty minutes in length, consisting of works chosen by the competitor which have not been used in Semifinal Round I. Three contestants will be chosen to advance to the Final Round.

Final Round
A memorized public recital, not to exceed fifty minutes in length,
consisting of works not performed by the competitor in the Semifinal Rounds.


For more information, contact:

Cara McCool Woolf, Executive & Artistic Director

Musical Arts Society of New Orleans

P.O. Box 750698

New Orleans, LA 70175

telephone: 504.899.4826

email: director@masno.org



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