2018 United States Classical International Music Competition

      2018 United States Classical International Music Competition is open to all instrumentalists (piano, piano four hands, chamber group woodwinds, strings, brass, traditional, folk, etc.), vocalists with any nationality of any age. Welcome to solo and group categories.

    · Filled completed application form. Press the "DOWNLOAD" Button to download the application form.  

    · A copy of the birth certificate, or the other official proof of age (I.D., Passport, etc.)

    · Biography of the application in word format (not to exceed 200 words). It can be included education background, awards and performance
      experience and significant artistic achievement.

    · High quality portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the winner concert brochure printing.

    · All participants are required to submit hard copy of video/audio or link (YouTube, Google Drive, DropBox or the other permanent files sharing
      services) of applicants’ performance (hard copy is no need if YouTube link is provided in the application form).

    · A non-refundable application fee- $185 for solo (Elementary, Junior group) and $195 for solo (Senior and Artist group); each member is $115 for group category.
          U.S. participants should make a money order or personal check payable to: BC Virtuoso International  and mail to:

                                          ​  BC Virtuoso International                                                                  
                                            Attn: Steven Chen   
                                            9050 Church Street, 

                                            Twinsburg, OH44087


          Participants who are living outside of United States can make a certified bank check or international money order payable to:
​           BC Virtuoso International
    Notes: Completed application form, a copy of the birth certificate, biography, portrait photo and audio/video link can be sent directly to: 
​      [email protected] or [email protected]

                  Mail hard copy of video/video and application fee to:
                                              BC Virtuoso International                                                                  
                                              Attn: Steven Chen   
                                              9050 Church Street, 
                                              Twinsburg, OH44087

Application Deadline:
    The application package acceptance will be not later than September 26, 2018.
    Competition results will be published no later than October 3, 2018.
Age Categories:
                                 Elementary: up to 9 years old
                                 Junior: 10-14 years
                                 Senior: 15-18 years
                                 Artist: 19 years and older
       First to Third Prize Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City
    ·   Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm
        * Some special awards may be granted based on the jury’s recommendations.

    · Applicants can submit any composition and any music form can be chosen, from Baroque, to contemporary musical period and folk or
      traditional, jazz, as well as participants’ own competitions. The Video/Audio submitted is 15 minutes time limit for all age groups and        
      solo/group categories. 
       Note: Only one grand piano will be available at the Weill Recital Hall.

Competition Rules:
    · Multiple winners will be chosen for each category to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

    · In the group category (ensemble, piano four hands, etc.), the age of the older contestant determines the group, and the music
      does not have to be memorized. Solo contestants must perform from memory. Repeats are not necessary

    · Applicants competing in both the Solo and group must submit a separate enrollment for each category and pay the separate application fee for
      each application.

    · Video/audio materials should be a fair representation of the contestants’ abilities, and professional quality is preferred, but not necessary. Hard
      copy of video/audio must be labeled (including applicants’ name and exact duration of the music).

    · The hard copy of video/audio submitted will not be returned.

    · Judges comments will not be reviewed and the decision from the competition committee is the final, cannot be appealed.

    · No changes of repertoires are allowed after application package is submitted.

    · All winners are responsible for their expense for appearing in the winner concert.

    · The competition committee holds the copyright of recording for process of competition, award Ceremony and winner’s concerts and winners            solo recital/concert series.

    · The competition committee has the right to make use of the pictures/photos contestants submitted and taken in the winners concert for                     publicity of competition.
    ·  The committee of competition holds the copyright of recording for process of competition and pictures. During the competition process,                     pictures and recording are absolutely prohibited. Once found, the qualification for participation of competition will be forfeited.
   ·  The committee of competition has the right, without being obliged to pay any form of remuneration to either competitors or their managers,             including commission radio, television, video, film and recital/concert recordings and/or images of all the performances.

    ·  All prizewinners have obligation for performing in all concerts/recitals arranged or presented by competition committee within three years.

    · The committee will provide invitations to all foreign winners to obtain their own passports and visas.

    · The competition committee reserves the right to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and all the other information related to the
      competition and winners concert. All rights reserved by Director of Competition and Competition Committee.

    · Application fee, winner concert and photo fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

    · The final result will be based solely on the video/audio recording submitted.

    · Winner Certificates will be granted to the performing winners only, after the Winner concert.  The Competition committee, however, allows the       winners who are living presently outside of United States, and who are living in United States with emergency issues NOT to participate in winners Concert in Carnegie Hall. The competition committee will be mailing the certificate to the winners after submiting absence application and paying the mailing fee $260. 
  Winner Concert:
    · Only ONE piece from the video/audio submitted with in a time limit can be performed at the winner concert.
    ·  The performance time limit as following:
                                Elementary (up to 9 years old):  under 5 minutes
                                Junior (10-14): under 5 minutes
                                Senior (15-18): under 6 minutes
                                Artist (19 and older): under 7 minutes
      Extra performance time up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Concert with $120 additional fee.

    · Only ONE grand piano will be available at the Weill Recital Hall.
    · Each winner will need to perform at winner concert. Recital date and time will be offered to the winner arranged by competition committee.

    · Only piano accompaniment can be used at the final winner Concert. No acoustic system will be provided.

    · To changes a performance repertoire for winners concert are allowed, a $50 fee must submit no later than one month prior to the winners concert.

    · Performers must bring their own piano accompanist. The competition committee does not provide piano accompanist for winners, but can
      recommend one (winners need to pay additional accompanying fee $150)

    · During the performance in winner concert, pictures and recording are absolutely prohibited. Once found, the qualification of winner will be
      forfeited based on the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photography will be taking picture for the performers.
    · The total concert and photo fee for solo winners is $390:
      ---$290 winner concert fee, including entry admission for winner, recital booklets with all concert performers’ biographies and photos, winner
           certificate, teacher’s diploma, four guests’ tickets.
      ---$100 photo fee, including set of digital photos taken by a professional photographer during winners’ performance on the stage of Weill Recital
           Hall of Carnegie Hall.
    · Winner Concert fee for group is $225 per performer as well as $100 photo fee per group.

    · Winner concert and photo fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

    · Detailed Winner Concert guidelines will be emailed to winners after the result are published.