Competition 2019-08-27T14:53:39+00:00


The 2019 competition live rounds will be held at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010.

2019 Live Rounds Schedule
Preliminary: September 25,26, 2019
Semifinal: September 27, 2019 Live Stream & Tickets on Sale
Final & Award Ceremony: September 28, 2019 Live Stream & Tickets on Sale

Rules & Regulations

The pianists will be judged by a jury appointed by the NTDTV Competition Committee. The Jury for the NTD International Piano Competition will be composed of professional veteran pianists as well as piano educators, and they will be responsible for judging the contestants’ performances. The decisions of the panel for all rounds shall be final.

Yao, Becky

Professor Yao has extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New York, Korea and the southeastern United States. After earning her B.A. in Music from the renowned Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China, she studied for four years with Seymour Lipkin at the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship. A former teacher of piano and music appreciation at North Georgia State University, she earned her M.M. in Piano Performance from Georgia State University, where she also took first prize at a piano concerto competition. Since 2012, Professor Yao has been a member of the music faculty at Fei Tian College. From 2008-2014, she was a member of the NTDTV Chinese Piano Competition jury, and she chaired the jury for the NTDTV International Piano Competition in 2014 and 2016.

Liu, Susan

Dr. Liu is a professor of applied piano, music theory, and music history, as well as an accomplished piano and guzheng (Chinese zither) performer. She is also a talented composer: many of her works have been featured worldwide in the performances of Shen Yun Performing Arts. She holds a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.M. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She taught and performed piano in Texas for many years with her students receiving many high honors and awards in competitions. Professor Liu herself was a recipient of a NISOD Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding pedagogical achievements. She is also an active adjudicator for various piano competitions and was invited to arrange the commissioned piece for the 2016 NTDTV International Piano Competition. Dr. Liu has been a member of the music faculty at Fei Tian College since 2016, teaching both theoretical and applied music.

Janara Khassenova

Originally from Kazakhstan, pianist Janara Khassenova studied at Moscow State conservatory and completed her postgraduate studies there. While in United States, she completed an Artist Diploma Program in Chamber Music from the Longy School of Music. She has performed as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras in countries of the former Soviet Union, Italy, Greece as well as United States.Janara collaborates frequently with various musicians in a variety of projects.She is currently a faculty at Bard College Conservatory of music Preparatory Division and teaches piano in New York City.Janara Khassenova is an artistic advisor for NTDTV Piano Competition since 2014.

Dress Code
Contestants must wear conservative formal performance attire during all rounds of the competition. Required attire for men includes dark-colored suits or tuxedos; required attire for women is formal evening gown.


  • One Gold Award will receive $10,000
  • One Silver Award will receive $6,000
  • One Bronze Award will receive $3,000
  • One The Commissioned Composition: $3,000
    (Prize sponsored by RiskVal)

General Requirement
Contestants are required to play from memory. Our panel of judges retains the right to disqualify those who break this rule during a performance.


  1. By applying to the competition, contestants acknowledge the
    validity of the Rules and Regulations for the Competition.
  2. Contestants must abide by the arrangements of the Competition’s Organization Committee. The Committee reserves the right to revoke the eligibilities and the prizes should a contestant be found in violation.
  3. New Tang Dynasty Television is entitled to all copyrights of visual, text, audio, and video products made during the competition.
  4. All awards must be accepted by the contestant in person at the award ceremony. Absence at the award ceremony constitutes forfeiture of the awards and prizes.
  5. It is the contestant’s full responsibility to handle any unexpected situations during the duration of the competition.
  6. The Competition’s Organization Committee shall have the ultimate authority to interpret the Rules and Regulations for the competition and have the right to make any changes to them as necessary.


2019 NTD International Piano Competition Repertoire

Preliminary : 2 pieces

  1. J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in A Minor BWV894
    Any Prelude and Fugue from J.S. Bach Well Tempered Clavier Book I and II.
  2. Please select one of the following:
    a. Saint-Saëns: Études, op. 52 No. 6, “En forme de valse”
    b. Saint-Saëns: Études, op. 111 No. 6, “Toccata d’après le cinquième concerto”
    c. One Chopin Etude from following:Op.10: No.1, No.2, No.4, No.7, No.8, No.10, No.12
    Ор. 25: No.6, No.8, No.10, No.11, No.12

Semi Final : 2 pieces

  1. Commissioned piece
  2. Beethoven Sonata (Entire piece will be performed, no repeats)
    a. Sonata No. 3 in C Major, op. 2 No. 3
    b. Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, op. 31 No. 2
    c. Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, op. 31 No. 3

Final : Updated

Final Round will consist of 40 minutes program comprised of works chosen by the pianist. No pieces can be played twice in the competition.
(Compositions must be from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic period. Please submit your proposed selection for committee’s approval.)

Please reference following repertoire list.

  • Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata no.2 (Original version 1913)
  • Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor
  • Frank Prelude Choral and Fugue
  • Chopin Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante op.22
  • Chopin Sonata no. 2 Op. 35
  • Schumann, Symphonic Etudes, Op.13
  • Combination of Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, Op.33 and Op.39 (group by 3 or 4)
  • Mendelssohn Variations Serieusesm Op.54
  • Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24
  • Beethoven Sonata

o Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53
o Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57
o Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
o Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110
o Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op.111


Competition is open to pianists, instructors and students of all nationalities who is proficient with a broad piano repertoire.
Applicant must be between the age of 17-50 during the time of the competition.

1. Application Deadline: August 9, 2019. All application materials must be received by the Organization Committee by the deadline.

2. Methods of Application:

Internet: Click here to register online
Hotline: 1-888-878-6166
Fax: 1-888-567-0906
Mail: NTDTV International Piano Competition
229 West 28th St.,7th Floor,New York, NY 10001.USA

3. Applicants must provide the following application package:

    • A recent photo taken within 12 months, preferably professional profile photo in electronic format.
    • A copy of a valid legal ID.
    • Audition video (details see Procedures and Competition Repertoire part of the regulation).

The above application materials should be received by the Competition’s Organization Committee by the application deadline. All application materials shall not be returned.

4. Nonrefundable application fee: US$150. Accepted forms of payment are credit card, cashier’s check, traveler’s check, or money orders. Please make your check payable to New Tang Dynasty Television.

Note [1]: The contestant who has registered and paid $150 registration fee, if the contestant fails in qualification round, the competition committee will refund $150 registration fee.

Note [2]: All the contestants are required to pay $150 registration fee before 8/16. If there is no special reason, the contestant will need to pay the late fee of $20 after 8/16.

Qualification Round
Contestants should send in audition video: Applicants must submit one recent (within the last 24 months) DVD recording or concert/recital recording along with the application form. Submission pieces need to be from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic period.

The media type of the video should be viewable online video link, video file download link, or DVD that contains recording(s) of the applicant’s performance (either solo performance or concerto with an orchestra/ensemble) , the duration of which must exceed ten (10) minutes and less than thirty (30) minutes.

Application Form C or its counterpart section in the online application must be submitted along with the audition video.

After passing the qualification round:
1. The Organizing Committee will mail invitations to all qualified contestants. The invitations will enable the contestant to apply for a U.S. visa and register on the day of the competition.
2. For applicants who need the original invitation letter to apply for a U.S. visa, an additional US$50 fee is needed for USPS Priority Mail International shipping. Please indicate whether you need this on the Application Form.
3. The Organizing Committee will email the Commissioned Composition on August 11, 2019 to all contestants who passed the qualification round.

Questions and Answers

Q. What is the Competition’s application and registration process?
Please read the “Rules & Regulations” prior to registration.

1) Fill out the online or downloaded form of the application.
Download 2019 NTDTV International Piano Competition Application Form (PDF, 2.1 MB)

2) Select or create audition video(s), for solo performance, or in collaboration with an orchestra/ensemble, or recordings within the last 24 months: the duration of the video(s) must exceed 10 minutes but be less than 30 minutes. The pieces included in the audition video(s) need to be from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic period. Application Form C or its counterpart section in the online application must be submitted along with the audition video(s).

You may choose one of the following methods to submit the application form:
a) Online registration:
b) Email the registration package to
c) Mail the registration package to: NTDTV International Piano Competition 229 West 28th St.,7th Floor New York,NY 10001.USA
d) Fax: 1-888-567-0906

An application is only considered valid when all required application information and the application fee are submitted.

 Q: Is there an age limit?
Applicants must be between the ages of 17-50 during the time of the competition.

 Q: How much is the application fee?
In general, a nonrefundable fee of 150.00 USD shall apply.

Q: Will the Competition Organizing Committee help arrange airline tickets to New York and accommodations / practice sites during the live rounds of the competition?
No, but the Competition Organizing Committee will recommend New York hotels and practice facilities to all qualified live-round competition contestants.

Q: When and how can I receive the Commissioned Composition?
The Commissioned Composition will be emailed on August 11, 2019 to all contestants who passed the qualification round.

Q: How long will it take to practice the Commissioned Composition?
The Commissioned Composition will be sent to you on August 11, 2019. The contestant will have 45 days (until September 25, 2019) to practice the Commissioned Composition. Contestants are required to play it from memory.

Q: Can I play compositions by Debussy or Ravel?
No, contestants can only select composition from Baroque, Classical, or Romantic period. Impressionistic or CONTEMPORARY compositions are not allowed.

Q: Can I play compositions by Rachmaninoff?
Yes, he belongs to the late Romantic period, his composition is allowed.

Q: I have questions regarding this competition. To whom do I direct these questions?
You can always contact the competition committee by Hotline and Email.
Hotline: 1-888-878-6166


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