The Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey proudly announces its Thirty Second Season.

Students from 4 years of age to 18 years of age are eligible to participate in any Division of the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey. 

The Competition has several divisions that are held throughout the year:



Semi-Final round held at

Raritan Valley Community College

Live Final/Recital round held in

New York City

Steinway Hall


All audition rounds are held at

Raritan Valley Community College

North Branch, NJ

Winners Recital held at

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

 Concerto Divisions

(One Movement, Entire Concerto)

 Solo Division

 Piano Ensemble Divisions

(One Piano, Two Pianos)

 Young Artist Division

 Chamber Music Division

 Cyclical Work Division


Competition winners will perform at a Winner's Recital, which will include an Awards Ceremony.  All winners will receive certificates.  Silver and Bronze Prize winners in each Division will receive special awards and Gold Prize winners will receive cash awards.

The Competition also offers former and new competitors the opportunity to participate in Workshop Recitals, which will be held in different seasons throughout the year at Raritan Valley Community College.

Please refer to our policies and guidelines and to the requirements and procedures for each Division for further information.

The Competition Committee hopes that the Competition will continue to be a cultural stimulus for the community, and will provide a rewarding musical experience for all who participate and attend.

policies & guidelines


The Young Pianist Competition offers six divisions: Solo, Young Artist, Cyclical Work, Piano Ensemble, Chamber Music and Concerto. A contestant may enter as many divisions as desired. However, students must compete with different repertoire. Please refer to the specific guidelines and regulations for each division. During the auditions, students must present their music original scores. No Xerox copies of standard repertoire will be allowed (please consult the division chairperson with any questions).

APPLICATION procedures & Fees


1.       Each applicant must fill out downloadable application form, which should preferably be typed.  If submitting an application for 2 or more performers, each performer needs to have a SEPARATE application form with clearly written E-mail address. 

2.  Please write your child's / student's name on the memo section of the check.  If paying for more then one child / student, need to list all the names separately (this could be done on a separate paper attached to the check).

3. Membership checks MUST be sent in separately WITH the downloadable membership application form, which must include an E-mail address.  Checks that combine application and membership fees will be returned, and application will not be processed (late fees will need to be paid).  Membership fees without the filled out application will not be processed  (late fees will need to be paid).

For the Solo Division:  Applicant must list both pieces, even though for preliminary round the competitors are required to only perform either a Classical or Baroque Work.  If competing via DVD for the preliminary round, both pieces need to be submitted.

Contacting the Competition Office

Only teachers or active student members can contact the Competition Office in case of any legitimate scheduling conflicts (i.e.: recitals or exams ONLY).  This should be done in writing via E-mail ( Telephone calls in this matter will not be accepted under any circumstances.

If there are questions regarding repertoire, code numbers, fees, etc. please contact Division Chairpersons directly by telephone or E-mail address listed on our Board of Directors page.


Following each round of the Competition, the Committee will determine the cut-off line based on the overall scores of the ENTIRE division regardless of age or group. There will be a first, second, third and admirable winner place winner in each age category. The gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention awards will be chosen from the highest scores in each division (Solo, Young Artist, Cyclical Work, Ensemble, Concerto). PLEASE NOTE: Students do not qualify for a GOLD Prize, if they are consecutively competing in the same age category and same division. The judges also have the option to award a special prize to performers of outstanding stylistic achievement. Winners will receive various awards including cash, music scores and CD's. In addition, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and10th year winners will receive special recognition awards. All winners will receive an artistically designed certificate. In the event there are only low scores in a specific category, the Committee reserves the right not to offer an award. The occasion may result that the length of the repertoire may exceed the time allotment for judging in the final round of the Solo Division. Be assured that if your performance is cut, this is not a disadvantage to your scoring.

Judges are selected according to the highest professional standards of the Competition Board. There will be two judges present for the preliminary round and three judges for the final round. Final rounds are open to the public. judges' decisions are final. Contestants will be judged according to accuracy, memory, expression, style, and stage presence. Winners of the final round will be invited to perform in the Festival Recital, which will include the Awards Ceremony. Parents and contestants are requested to remain for the duration of the recital. Contestants not able to perform at the Winners Recital and not present at the awards ceremony will not be entitled to their awards and prizes.



In the selection of the composition for the Spring Winners’ Recital (held at Weill Recital Hall) it is the responsibility of the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors to artistically balance the entire program taking into consideration numerous factors including scoring, timing, stylistic contrast, etc.



The recital piece will be indicated on the student s scorecard.  This assignment is not negotiable.  If the student does not perform or is not ready to perform the work indicated on the scorecard, the student will not be allowed to perform at the recital.  If the student takes it upon himself / herself to play another work, their performance will be IMMEDIATELY INTERRUPTED and he / she will be immediately escorted from the stage and disqualified.  No certificate/ prize will be given to the student.



All competitors are eligible to participate in our series of Workshop Recitals, specifically designed to benefit their performance experience before next year's Competition.

dress code 

In our efforts to promote and present wonderful live performances of masterpieces of the piano literature, we encourage a respectful and conservative recital dress code. Festival Recitals and Workshop Recitals are clearly special public performances. The rounds of competition auditions include stage presence in the judging categories. Attire that is too casual, trendy or flashy for traditional recital performance may be to your disadvantage as the judges score your overall presentation.