International Youth Piano Competition

2020 Virtual Edition 

Application Deadline - November 20

Auditions and Results - December 15

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Young talents from all over the world are invited to participate in the “Russian Nutcracker” Online Piano Competition. We believe that it is essential for young artists to stay motivated and encouraged to achieve high goals in piano performance despite these difficult times. We are certain that intercultural exchange and education are the major driving forces of progress. At Elite Piano, we are optimistic about the future, as we believe in our students — our upcoming generations to pave the way. 






Category A: < 9 years old

Category B: 10-13 years old

Category C: 14-17 years old



1. Application


Applications must be received no later than November 20, 2020. 

Entries will be rejected if they are late, incomplete or damaged.

By submitting the registration documents, the contestant accepts the Competition’s rules and conditions.


Application Documents checklist:


  • Online Application Form

  • Digital image of a document (government issued ID or passport) certifying the date of birth.

  • Recent digital artistic photograph (headshot), high resolution, that will be used for online publicity.

  • Link to a video recording (see Video Requirements) 

  • Non-refundable Application Fee of $149

2. Video Requirements


Please carefully review each requirement before submitting your video:


  • Participants are required to submit an unedited single camera video (YouTube link) with their application. 

  • Video must be recorded horizontally (judges must be able to see the keyboard and fingers)- if you are using a phone, please make sure you flip it on the side. Absolutely no vertical-screen recording will be considered.

  • Audio must be clear and without any environmental noise. Please record only your playing, with neither talking nor announcing the pieces.  

  • The recording of the entire competition program has to be done as one take at one sitting - similar to live competition performance. No individual files/takes for separate compositions (combined or separate) are allowed. 

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

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

  • Contestants must perform the entire program from memory.

3. Repertoire requirements


Categories A and B - Time limit 15 min

  • One piece by any Russian composer.                             

  • Free choice of repertoire to fulfil the time


Categories C  - Time limit 25 min

  • One piece by any Russian composer

  • One virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin or Rachmaninoff

  • Free choice of repertoire to fulfil the time


No changes in the competition repertoire are allowed once the application is submitted.

4. Prizes

  • The online announcement of the results will take place in Las Vegas, NV on December 15, 2020. The broadcast will be available on the official Elite Piano Institute website. 

  • Over $2500 CASH PRIZES in total will be awarded at the discretion of the jury. Decisions of the adjudicators are FINAL. The Jury reserves the right to not award any of the prizes; to split a prize between several contestants; to disqualify any candidate who does not comply with any of Competition’s regulations.


  • SPECIAL PRIZES for the best performance of a work by a Russian composer 


  • *SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES towards the 2021 Glissando International Piano Festival's tuition will be awarded in each category:

I Prize - $500 scholarship towards Glissando Festival tuition and automatic admission

II Prize - $250 scholarship towards Glissando Festival tuition and automatic admission

III Prize - $125 scholarship towards Glissando Festival tuition and     automatic admission  

Honorable Mentions - Glissando Festival automatic admission

  • Prizewinners will also be invited to participate in a complementary masterclass with the judges (online or in-person)

  • All participants will be provided with the Judges' feedback and personal written comments. 

*Scholarships can be used  towards participation in the Masterclasses, Young Artist Recital and Workshop. Scholarships awarded in the Competition may not be combined with any other scholarship or promotion. Scholarships can not be converted into cash or prorated both fully or partially and will cover Glissando Festival 2021 tuition only. The date and location of the festival will be announced later. Please check the official website for updates.

Please feel free to contact the 

Competition by using the form below:

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Disclaimer: Elite Piano Institute 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 submitted as part of the application for the Competition will exclusively belong to Elite Piano Institute, and can be published and used for any promotional purposes

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