Eligibility & Guidelines


  • Pianists of all nationalities born on or after June 25th of 1987 are eligible to apply.
  • Professional and pre-professional, formally trained pianists, including students and those with advanced degrees in music are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous prize-winners of the Dallas International Piano Competition are not eligible to participate.
  • International participants are responsible for obtaining permission to enter the United States and participate in the competition.
  • Current students of competition jurors are not eligible to participate.


  • Contestants shall perform a complete piano concerto (or similar work for piano & orchestra) in Rounds 1 & 3 as applicable.
  • Contestants shall choose and prepare a 30-minute solo recital program for performance in Round 2. Solo repertoire may consist of a single, multi-movement work (such as a piano sonata), or a collection of short pieces. Solo repertoire may include works by more than one composer. Contestants are urged to design their recital program so that it displays the full range of their artistic ability. Pianists will perform their full recital program, without interruption.


Preliminary Audition Round

Deadline: April 15, 2022 11:59 pm (your local time)

Pianists wishing to participate must submit an online application and recorded video audition. A selection committee will choose a maximum of 18 applicants who will be invited to Dallas, Texas to participate in Round 1: Quarterfinals. Applicants must submit the following:

  • An unedited video recording of their complete competition piano concerto (or similar work for piano and orchestra) with accompaniment.
    • Accompaniment may be by full orchestra, or collaborative pianist performing the orchestral reduction.
    • Invited contestants will perform this same repertoire during Quarterfinals and Finals.
    • Single-movement works for piano and orchestra are permitted, in which case applicants must submit a video recording of no less than 10 minutes. In cases where the entire selected work is shorter than 10 minutes, applicants must submit a video recording of the entire work.
  • An unedited video recording of solo recital repertoire
    • This recording, or collection of recordings, shall be between 10-15 minutes in duration
    • It may be a single work, or multiple works, and may include works by different composers
    • Multiple short recordings may be combined into one video or uploaded separately
    • Candidates are not required to perform this repertoire during their recital program but may do so if they wish

Round 1: Quarterfinals

Up to eighteen invited candidates will perform their complete piano concerto (or similar work for piano & orchestra) with a collaborative pianist who performs the orchestral piano reduction.

Round 2: Semifinals

Up to eight candidates advancing from Round 1 will perform their entire 30-minute solo recital program, without interruption.

Round 3: Finals

Three candidates advancing from Round 2 will be invited to return to Dallas, and again perform their entire piano concerto, this time with full orchestra at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.


  • Participants are strongly encouraged to choose a piano concerto (or similar work for solo piano and orchestra) from the standard repertoire. There are no hard and fast instrumentation limits. Large pieces, such as piano concertos by Rachmaninoff, are permitted.
  • All repertoire must be performed from memory.
  • The keyboard and hands should be visible throughout on audition videos.
  • Audition videos showing evidence of editing will result in disqualification.
  • Contestants not ready to perform during their scheduled time will be disqualified.
  • While the competition is underway, jury members and staff shall not have interactions with contenders beyond the scope of what is necessary and required by the competition.
  • All prizes will be awarded, and only one first prize winner will be announced.
  • Competition results submitted by the jury are final, and cannot be contested.
  • A jury member who has taught, or has immediate plans to teach, a contestant shall abstain from voting on that contestant’s performance in the competition. Abstentions shall be declared no later than one day prior to the start of the competition rounds.
  • After each competition round, jury members will submit their numerical rankings to the Competition Director who will tabulate scores. The jury will then deliberate on the scores before issuing a final decision.
  • All competition activities, including performances with the Dallas Chamber Symphony will be recorded, and participants of the competition agree to allow the Dallas Chamber Symphony unrestricted use of all video, audio, photographic and new media recordings for promotional purposes.
  • Although unlikely to occur, if unexpected circumstances arise in the execution of the competition rules and regulations, a resolution shall be decided by the Competition Director in consultation with the Jury Chair.

Accompanists & Rehearsals

  • Contestants are encouraged to secure their own accompanist for Round 1. However, professional staff accompanists can be provided for $300. This fee covers a 1-hour rehearsal, and Round 1 performance.
  • Contestants may request a staff pianist during the online application process.
  • Contestants will be provided one hour of practice time in a rehearsal room with two pianos on May 17th, 2022.
  • A warm up room, will be provided to each contestant for use during the 40 minutes prior to all scheduled performances.
  • 20 minutes of rehearsal time on the main stage competition piano will be provided to all contestants on May 17th, 2022. Staff accompanists will not be available during this time.
  • Daily access to additional practice rooms with one piano will be provided to all contestants.

Check-in & Orientation

  • Preliminary orientation materials, including an itinerary of events will be provided to confirmed contestants on April 20, 2022.
  • Invited contestants must arrive in Dallas and check-in at the location of the competition at 9:30 am on May 17th, 2022.
  • Contestants will participate in a drawing to determine performance order.

Travel, Food & Lodging

  • For their return trip to Dallas to rehearse and perform with the orchestra, candidates advancing to Round 3 will be provided with lodging, roundtrip economy airfare, and per diem, courtesy of Dallas Chamber Symphony
  • All Round 1 and Round 2 participants are responsible for the cost of food, travel and lodging
  • Travel arrangements and hotel accommodations will be provided to the First Prize Winner to travel to Dallas for his or her Dallas Chamber Symphony performance debut.

Awards & Concerts

  • The First Prize winner will receive a concert engagement to perform on a subscription concert with the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s during its 2022-23 season. Travel, lodging, and an artist’s fee will be provided, courtesy of Dallas Chamber Symphony. Repertoire for the First Prize Winner’s subscription debut at Moody Performance Hall will be negotiated between the First Prize Winner and the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s music director.
  • Candidates advancing to Finals will return to Dallas in June, 2022 to rehearse and perform with the orchestra. Lodging, roundtrip economy airfare, and per diem, will be provided courtesy of Dallas Chamber Symphony.
  • First Prize: $2,500
  • Second Prize: $1,500
  • Third Prize: $1,000