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Young talents from all over the world are invited to participate in the Glissando International Youth Piano Competition on October 7-8, 2023 in San Diego, California. The Competition and Glissando Programs will take place at Steinway Piano Gallery in San Diego. The application deadline is September 15. 2023. Detailed schedule of the events will be announced later. All updates and news will be published on our official website. 


  • Preliminary Round - Online by video recordings

  • Final Round - Live auditions at Recital Hall of Steinway Piano Gallery San Diego. Competitors will perform on a 9 feet Steinway grand piano.


  • Category A - 12 years old and younger

  • Category B - 13-16 years old


  • Application Deadline - September 15, 2023

  • The Online Application Form and Application Fee must be submitted simultaneously

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

  • The Award Ceremony location to be announced. The awards, certificates and cash prizes will ONLY be distributed IN PERSON. No postal or online prize or certificate deliveries will be arranged

  • All compositions must be performed by memory during both rounds. 

  • The posted time limit should be taken into consideration by the applicants when selecting the repertoire. The applicants whose live performance exceeds the posted time limit by more than 2 minutes will be stopped.

  • No simplified or shortened versions of any compositions are allowed.

  • All the decisions of the adjudicators are FINAL.

  • Jury reserves the right to:​

    • not to award any of the prizes

    • to split a prize between several contestants

    • to stop any performance which exceeds posted time limits or does not meet professional standards

    • to disqualify any candidate who does not comply with any of Competition’s regulations, norms of social behavior, State of California, and Federal Laws.




Please carefully review each requirement before submitting your video. 

  • Video must be recorded horizontally - if you are using a phone or tablet, please make sure you flip it on its side. Vertical screen recordings will be rejected.

  • Audio must be clear and without any environmental noises or distractions. 

  • No editing or enhancing of any kind is allowed. 

  • Please record only your playing, with neither talking nor announcing the pieces.

  • Your program must be performed from beginning to end without stops between the pieces, breaks, editing, or cuts.

  • Recordings should be a fair representation of Contestant’s abilities - keyboard, both hands, and face (profile) must be visible at all times.

  • Instrument requirements: grand piano or acoustic upright piano. No digital/electronic instruments are allowed. Piano must be fully functional and properly tuned.

  • Contestants must perform the entire program from memory.


Applicants can perform the same selection for the Preliminary and Final Rounds.

In 2023 the world celebrates the 150-year anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff - one of the greatest composers of the XX century. Rachmaninoff’s composition is recommended for performance - but is optional - for Categories A and B.

The Organizing Committee also suggests that participants explore the musical heritage of such composers as: Tchaikovsky, Skriabin, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Babadjanyan, Medtner, Goedike, Gnessin. Please note that this is a recommendation, not a requirement. 


Category A: Time limit - 12 minutes maximum duration

Free choice of repertoire. Minimum of two compositions of contrasting styles.

Category B: Time limit - 17 minutes maximum duration 

Free choice of repertoire. Minimum of two compositions of contrasting styles.



In honor of Sergei Rachmaninoff the Jury will also award a Special Prize for the best performance of Rachmaninoff's composition








Master-classes with Dr. Vladimir Khomyakov and Dr. Sergei Kuznetsov.


Glissando proudly presents this prestigious master-class series with Guest Artists from around the world. Students are invited to perform in the traditional master-class setting and receive feedback from internationally recognized pianists. “Bravo, Maestro!” provides the perfect opportunity for pianists preparing for competitions, university, and scholarship auditions to receive expert advice and feedback. 


Professional piano repertoire is expected. Duration of the performance is limited to 10-15 minutes. Memorization is required.

Glissando Master-Class Certificates will be awarded. 

Disclaimer: Glissando reserves the right to terminate the Competition, in whole or in part, and/or adjust, amend or suspend the Competition Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. All photos and videos taken during the Competition will exclusively belong to Glissando, and can be published and used for any promotional purposes.

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