2018 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition
[Guidelines for Piano]


This year, the judges have decided not to give any prize for pianist. Violinist Milan Al-Ashhab is the only winner of 2018 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition

Timur Mustakimov
Yannael Quenel
Lin Ye

Honorable Mention
Elizaveta Kliuchereva

Mihaly Berecz
Simon Buerki
Elizaveta Kliuchereva
Timur Mustakimov
Yannael Quennel
Ilya Shmukler
YuChong Wu
Lin Ye
Maria Yulin


Age limit: 35
Pianist of any nationality


December 1, 2017
December 20, 2017 - Late Deadline


Berlin Philharmonie Hall Debut Recital
Carnegie Weill Hall Debut Recital
Recording with Steinway & Sons Label
Performance at NYCA 2018 Summer Festival


There are three rounds in total

Live First Round: February 5, 2018- March 5, 2018
Beijing: March 3/4, 2018
Budapest: February 5, 2018
London: February 13, 2018
Munich: February 7, 2018
New York: February 15/16, 2018
Paris: February 6, 2018
Tokyo: February 25, 2018

Semifinal Round:
March 12, 13 in New York

Final Round:
March 15, 2018 in New York


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
Budapest: February 5, 2018

Liszt Academy of Music
Liszt Ferenc ter 8
1061 Hungary

Paris: February 6, 2018
Paris Conservatoire
Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
209 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris, France

Munich: February 7, 2018
Steinway Hall Munich
Landsberger Str. 336
80687 München, Germany

London: February 13, 2018
Steinway Hall London
44 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone
London W1U 2DB, UK

New York: February 15, 16, 2018
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 594-6100

Tokyo: February 25, 2018
Tokyo College of Music
3 Chome-4-5 Minamiikebukuro
Toshima, Tokyo, Japan

Beijing: March 3/4, 2018
Steinway Hall Beijing
88 Guangqumennei Dajie
Chongwen District
Beijing, China

Semifinal Round
March 12, 13, 2018

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

Final Round
March 15, 2018

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023


Beijing: Ying Wu, Bing Han, Klara Min
Budapest: Gabor Farkas
London: Nigel Grant Rogers, Klara Min
Munich: Alexander Schimpf, Klara Min
New York: TBA
Paris: Klara Min
Tokyo: Emiko Harimoto, Gabor Farkas, Klara Min

William Wolfram
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.
3. A Winner will be announced on the website the following day after the final concert. Result of the first live round will be announced to all applications by February 22, 2018 for Europe/USA regions, by March 6, 2018 for Asia (Tokyo/Beijing) regions.
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.
7. Repertoire change of submitted programs for all three rounds is allowed before February 1, 2018. No changes are allowed after February 1, 2018.
8. For semifinalists traveling outside the United States, NYCA will provide a partial financial support or host family on request.


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. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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