2021 New Orleans Piano Institute Virtual International Competition

July 1-August 8, 2021*

Applications are now closed. Winners announced by August 8.

Click here to view the WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT.

The New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI) is happy to announce the 1st New Orleans Piano Institute Virtual International Competition!


  • The Competition is open to all applicants worldwide.
  • There are four age groups in the competition.
  • The judges are internationally recognized pianists and pedagogues.
  • Prize winners will receive digital Award Certificates.
  • The 1st prize winners will be featured in a collaborative video recital to be posted to MASNO’s website, YouTube page, and social media platforms.
  • The judges decisions are final.

Repertoire & Recording Guidelines

  • Repertoire is a free choice of the competitor within the time limit of the corresponding age group.
  • A single movement of a multi-movement composition can be used.
  • Simplified arrangements are not acceptable.
  • Repertoire must be submitted as a video YouTube link with the name, age, and the Competition category of the candidate clearly listed.
  • The recording must be of good sound quality with the face, hands and the keyboard clearly visible.
  • Selections must be performed from memory.

NOPI Virtual International Competition categories:
Junior Group A - 9-12 y/o (Single selection up to 5 min)
Junior Group B - 13-15 y/o (Single selection up to 8 min)
Senior Group - 16-18 y/o (Single or multiple selections up to 12 min total)
Young Artist Group - 19-27 y/o (Single or multiple selections up to 15 min total)

NOPI Virtual International Competition non-refundable application fees:

Junior Group A.............................. $50
Junior Group B.............................. $60
Senior Group................................. $70
Young Artist Group.........................$80

Fees must be paid in full at the time of submission of the competition application and by July 1. Fees must be paid on the MASNO website www.masno.org/2021-NOPI-Fees and will be processed through PayPal.

*Competition Timeline:

Deadline for submissions and paying the non-refundable application fee is July 1, 2021.
Winners will be announced by August 8, 2021. Click here for the WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!


For questions about the Competition, please email NOPI Co-Director Dr. Hristo Birbochukov | birbochukov@yahoo.com.

For questions about the Institute, please email NOPI Co-Director Dr. Igor Resnianski | igorresn@gmail.com.

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