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Dear friends of the Sixth NTD International Piano Competition (NIPC):

Up to Sep. 10th, over 70 pianists hailed from 32 nations across Europe, Asia, Oceania, North and South America applied for the NIPC 2021. A large percentage of them are either well-achieved concert pianists or young prodigy pianists. We would like to send our sincerest congratulations to all these contestants who are admitted to the Preliminary round.

During the past few months, we have sought ways of reconciling the competition procedure in order to navigate the hurdles imposed by the COVID-19. However, by reviewing the submitted videos and feedbacks from the contestants, we realized that the impacts and challenges from the pandemic are far beyond our calculation. Due to the severe COVID situation in certain countries (including UK and Israel), pianists complained about not being able to access professional studios. In some worst cases, the lockdown of Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) and the citywide curfew in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) prevented pianists from traveling freely, let alone getting grand pianos and recording gears. Such inequality of resource accessibility truly concerns us. Under such circumstances, as the organizer of NIPC, we do not think it is fair anymore to assess a pianist’s performance solely based on submitted videos.

The central aim of NIPC is to enable our future generations to inherit the legacy of classical piano music holistically and to integrate its spiritual power with the utmost technical skills. The true spirit of the piano competition is a meeting of like minds, which would enrich the musical understandings and experiences of the contestants. This would best be achieved in the context of exchange and interaction under one roof, without sanitary regulations and social distancing. In that case, pianists would deliver the finest music to live audiences, which could also reach millions of people worldwide via live stream. Given the current pandemic situation, we do not see the online competition would generate such an inspiring atmosphere, nor can accuracy and fairness be ensured.

After careful discussion and consideration, we decide to postpone the NIPC to live competition in 2022 (tentative). We have faith that better times would emerge which allow for unrestricted music sharing together, and we will spare no effort to make sure a smooth transition for every contestant.

We know how much energy and effort the contestants from all around the world have already put into their programs. We would appreciate their understanding that this change is made based on the best interest of all contestants.

Thank you very much for being with us on this challenging but beautiful journey. Together, we look forward to the day when we can meet face to face, and share our inspirations with each other!

September 20th, 2021


Final (part 1)

Final (part 2)

Awards Ceremony

Gold winner Vladimir Petrov-2019 NTD international Piano Competition semi-final
Gold winner Vladimir Petrov
Silver winner Nicolas Giacomelli-2019 NTD International Piano Competition semi-final
Silver winner Nicolas Giacomelli
Bronze winner Sanghie Lee-2019 NTD International Piano Competition semi-final
Bronze winner Sanghie Lee
Finalist Shih-Yeh Lu-2019 NTD International Piano Competition semi-final
Winner of the Best Rendition Award of the Commissioned Composition, finalist Shih-Yeh Lu
Finalist Olena Miso-2019 NTD International Piano Competition semi-final
Finalist Olena Miso
Finalist Maxim Anikushin-2019 NTD International Piano Competition semi-final
Finalist Maxim Anikushin

About Us


The New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD Television) “International Piano Competition” is one in a series of international cultural and arts events sponsored by NTD Television. The mission of this competition is to promote traditional arts of pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty, bring back the glory of piano masterpieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods.

The competition’s commitment to artistic excellence is a means to allow the 250-year legacy of piano literature to continue to flourish. We believe this repertoire is a treasure of mankind and should be passed onto future generations to come.


The competition was established in 2008 by NTD Television. As the largest Chinese media group outside of the mainland, we disseminate traditional culture to audiences around the world through television, newspapers, magazines, websites and social media. Semifinal and Final of the competition will be broadcasted through live stream video on the Internet. The recording of the competition will be edited into a TV special to broadcast on NTD’s TV network.

Commissioned Composition

It is our great honor to be permitted to select and rearrange one of the vocal pieces composed by world-renowned composer and Artistic Director of Shen Yun Performing Arts – D. F. – to be this competition’s Commissioned Composition. Pianists who make it to the semi-finals will have the opportunity to perform this specially commissioned composition. A “Best Rendition Award of the Commissioned Composition” is established for the competition.

Inheriting the characteristics of the Music of Shen Yun, the Commissioned Composition features the perfect harmony of Eastern and Western classical music. The Western piano serves as a foundation, accentuating the distinct sound of Chinese classical music. The bedrock of soul-stirring melodies from the ancient Middle Kingdom is fully brought to life by a Western instrument, the piano. The perfect harmony of Eastern and Western classical music is what makes the Commissioned Composition unique.

About NTD

New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is world’s first independent, non-profit Chinese-language TV broadcaster.

Founded in New York City in 2001 by Chinese Americans, NTD has since grown to be the largest Chinese TV network in North America, available via satellite, cable, and over-the-air channels. NTD serves more than 100 million people around the world.

NTD News, our flagship program, strives to provide insightful coverage of China with the highest ethical standards, providing a truthful, uncensored alternative to state-run Chinese media in Chinese and a dozen other languages.

NTD has also gained an international reputation for its multi-faceted educational and entertainment programs. We bring together the finest in both Eastern and Western cultures, and has been a leader in promoting traditional arts and culture.

Beyond our TV programming, NTD organizes and sponsors a range of performances, arts exhibitions, public forums, and outreach programs. NTD is the organizer of a series of Global Competitions, including Classical Chinese Dance, Martial Arts, Oil Painting and Piano Competitions. NTD is the proud sponsor of world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts and Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.


GOLD: $10,000

SILVER: $6,000

BRONZE: $3,000


Congratulations to all 2019 WINNERS!

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