2017 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition
[Guidelines for Piano]


Age limit: 35
Pianist of any nationality


December 1, 2016
December 20, 2016 - Late Deadline


Berlin Philharmonie Hall Debut Recital
Carnegie Zankel Hall Debut Recital
Performance with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra for one of finalists (piano + violin)
CD Recording with Steinway & Sons Record Label
Publicity Services provided by NYCA for Debut Recitals


There are three rounds in total

Live First Round: February 5, 2018- March 5, 2018
Los Angeles: February 14, 2017
New York: February 16 - 17, 2017
Cologne: Feb 20, 2017
Warsaw: February 21, 2017
Budapest: February 25, 2017
Paris: March 1, 2017

Semifinal Round:
New York: March 7 - 8, 2017

Final Round:
New York: March 11, 2017


First Round:
A free 60-minute recital program
Judges will choose 15-20 minutes of music from your submitted program at the audition site.

Semifinal Round:
A free 45 minute uninterrupted recital. Repertoire performed in the Live First Round can be played again at the semifinal.

Final Round:
A Concerto Performance with NYCA Symphony Orchestra
Final Round will be open to public


Live First Round

Los Angeles: February 14, 2017
Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

New York: February 16 - 17, 2017
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 594-6100

Cologne: Feb 20, 2017
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln, Germany

Warsaw: February 21, 2017
Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina (Chopin Institute)
Tamka 43
00-355 Warszawa

Budapest: February 25, 2017
Liszt Academy of Music
Liszt Ferenc ter 8
1061 Hungary

Paris: March 1, 2017
Paris Conservatoire
Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris 209 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris, France

Semifinal Round
March 7 - 8, 2017
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 594-6100

Final Round
March 11, 2017
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023


Live First Round
Los Angeles: Fabio Bidini, Klara Min
New York: William Wolfram, Klara Min
Warsaw: Andrzej Jasiński, Stan Zielinski, Klara Min
Cologne: Gabriele Leporatti, Klara Min
Budapest: Tamás Vásáry, Gábor Farkas, Klara Min
Paris: Klara Min

Semifinal Round
Jeffrey Swann
David Dubal
Klara Min

Final Round
Gerard Schwarz
Eduard Zilberkant
Klara Min


1. Works submitted should be published
2. There will be up to twelve pianists advancing to the semifinal round, and up to three pianists advancing to the final round.
A Winner will be announced on the website the following day after the final concert. The result of the first live round will be announced to all applicants by March 2, 2017 latest.
4. All required materials must be submitted and uploaded to the online application form.
5. Application shall contain the following documents:

  • Application form
  • A high-resolution professional photo in an electronic form: upload your high resolution photo directly to the online application form
  • A biographical sketch and a CV including the information of previous concert experiences, education, prizes and awards
  • A non-refundable application fee $175 (late application fee: $225)
  • Audition program (Please include all details: title, opus number, movements, composer, dates)
    - 60 min Live Audition program
    - 45 min uninterrupted recital program for semifinal
    - A concerto from the "Concerto List" for the final round.
  • Repertoire list - works you have studied in the past two years: solo and concerti
  • A copy of applicant’s birth certificate, passport or any other official document establishing the age of the applicant.
  • Two suggested programs for your Carnegie & Berlin Philharmonie Debut Recitals if chosen
  • A short essay: describe how your musical journey has been so far, and what is the most important thing for you being a musician.

6. Application has to be in its completion. Incomplete application will not be considered. Documents sent will not be returned.
Repertoire change of submitted programs for all three rounds is allowed before February 1, 2017. No changes are allowed after February 1, 2017
8. Semifinalists from outside USA will receive a travel grant up to $500. Selected semifinalists should purchase air tickets to New York if they are from outside US immediately after the announcement.


New York Concert Artists & Associates has unrestricted rights to broadcast, record, televise, publish any part of the applicant’s participation in the audition and the winner’s concert, including, but not limited to, rehearsals and performances.


New York Concert Artists & Associates
101 West End Avenue, 16 G
New York NY 10023
E-mail: info@newyorkconcertartists.com
Website: www.newyorkconcertartists.com


Concerto List

J.S. Bach
D minor Keyboard Concerto

L.V. Beethoven
Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73

F. Chopin
Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op.11
Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

E. Grieg
Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

F. Liszt 
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S. 124
Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125

F. Mendelssohn
Concerto in G minor, Op. 25
Concerto in D minor, Op. 40

W. A. Mozart
Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271
Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453
Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466
Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467
Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K482
Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488
Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491
Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537
Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K595

S. Rachmaninoff
Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

C. Saint-Saëns
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44
Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103

R. Schumann
Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

P. Tchaikovsky
Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44