Twelve of the worlds most talented up-and-coming pianists are invited to New Orleans for a week of magnificent piano playing as semifinalists competing for performance and cash prizes totaling over $35,000. The NOIPC runs in conjunction with the New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival featuring masterclasses and recitals open to the public.

Cash Prizes and Performance Fees Totaling Over $35,000
including performances with the
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Important Information for Applicants

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENSION + Concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
The 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition to take place July 19-26, 2020, is still proceeding as planned with applications currently open. We have decided to extend the application deadline to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, but there are no plans to make any additional changes or cancellations at this time. We are monitoring the situation closely, and if any changes are required, we will communicate those to you immediately. 


    The 2020 NOIPC Jurors
    Recorded/Preliminary Round

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

    Competition Prizes
    FIRST PRIZE

    • $15,000
      • ($5,000 cash award, $10,000 performance fees*)
    • 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 2021-2022 Season.
      • Solo Recital on the University of New Orleans Musical Excursion Series for the 2021-2022 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

    Competition Description

    The goal of the competition is to provide opportunities for the most gifted and communicative musicians to further their careers and to offer to the community an opportunity to discover the world’s finest pianistic talents. To this end, the New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) will be held in conjunction with the annual summer New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival, both hosted by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

    GUIDELINES, Competition RULES, and REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS, are available HERE by following the instructions for starting an application. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE VIA GETACCEPTD.COM/NOIPC.


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