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Young talents from all over the world are invited to participate in the II Glissando International Youth Piano Competition in San Diego,

The Competition and Glissando Programs will take place at Steinway Piano Gallery San Diego.



Recital Hall of Steinway Gallery San Diego

9222 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

11:00 am -  Auditions - Category A

12:00 pm - Auditions - Category B

2:30 pm - Auditions - Category C

5:00 pm - Master-Classes

7:00 pm - Results and Award Ceremony

All times are subject to change. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition time and check in at front desk. Warm up room with Steinway Model B grand piano will be available on one-person-at-a-time basis right before your performance. 



Aiden Lu

Francis Skirtich

Chloe K. Wang

Annie Zhang

Felix Zhou


Hiroshi Corro

Sora Corro

Oliver Hsiao

Dylan Huang

Jasmine Ji

Harluki Lee*

Xingchen Lin

Zachary Wu*

Yige Zhou


Oliver Corro

Bella Dang

Ethan Feng

Minna Fu*

Anju Telang

Meryl Zhang

*Automatically advanced to the Finals as past competition's winner


  • Preliminary Round - Online by video recordings. The selected finalists will be announced on or before October 2, 2023. 

  • Final Round - Live auditions at the Recital Hall of Steinway Piano Gallery San Diego. Competitors will perform on Steinway & Sons grand piano.

ATTENTION: All Prizewinners and Honorable Mention recipients of the 2020 Glissando Competition (San Diego, CA), the 2023 Sergei Rachmaninoff Competition (Houston, TX), and the Russian Souvenir Competitions will automatically advance to the Final Round without the need for Preliminary Round video submission. Application forms and application fees are still required for these participants. 


  • Category A - 5-8* years old

  • Category B - 9-13* years old

  • Category C - 14-17* years old

       *As of September 22, 2023


  • Application Deadline - September 22, 2023, 11:59:59 PM (PST)

  • 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 for both video and audio. 

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

  • The program can be recorded in separate files / takes for each piece. Up to three links are allowed for submission in the Application Form.

  • 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.


  • Free choice of repertoire with minimum of two (2) solo compositions of contrasting styles are required for each age category.

  • No ensembles, two-piano works, or piano concertos are allowed.

  • Applicants can choose to perform the same or different selection for the Preliminary and Final Rounds. 

Category A: Time limit - 7 minutes maximum

Category B: Time limit - 12 minutes maximum

Category C: Time limit - 17 minutes maximum

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 all categories.

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. 



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.


All auditions are open to general public. Finalists will perform in alphabetical order. 

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