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2016 NTD Fourth International Piano Competition Rules and Regulations



The mission of the NTD International Piano Competition is to preserve classical piano music from the Baroque period to the Romantic period. As part of the NTD Television Competition Series, the International Piano Competition is an opportunity for pianists from around the world to share their art.


The NTD International Piano Competition is produced by NTD Television, and will be televised around the world via satellite, cable, and the Internet.


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.

Procedures and Competition Repertoire

1. The competition will consist of one qualification round and three separate live competition rounds: Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final.

Qualification Round:

Contestants should send in audition video:

  • 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 collaboration with an orchestra/ensemble) or recording within twenty-four (24) months, 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.
  • For contestants from certain geographic areas, an additional live-audition round may be scheduled before the live competition rounds in New York. Details of live-audition round will be announced on the piano.ntdtv.com website at least one month prior to the live-audition date.

Preliminary Round: Two pieces

1) Contestants need to play the first movement from one of the following sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. No repeat is needed.

K.284 (D major)

K.309 (C major)

K.310 (A minor)

K.330 (C major)

K.333 (B-flat major)

K.457 (C minor)

K.533 (F major)

K.576 (D major)

2) Contestants need to play one Etude by Fryderyk Chopin

Op.10 №1, №2, №4, №7, №8, №10, №12

Ор. 25 №6, №8, №10, №11, №12

Semifinal Round: Two pieces

1) Commissioned piece (will be presented to qualified contestants 30 days before the live competition rounds in New York)

2) Contestants can choose to play either one of the following piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (All movements. No repeat is needed.)

Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53

Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57

Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109

Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op.111

Or one of the following 2 works:

Schubert 3 Piano pieces D.946 (Drei Klavierstücke)

Chopin Sonata #2, B-flat minor, op.35

Final Round: Two pieces

1) Contestants may select to play one of the following:

Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor

Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op.13

Chopin 12 Preludes op.28 # 1-12

Chopin 12 Preludes op.28 # 13-24

Liszt Mephisto Waltz #1, S 514

Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux Op.33 (group by 3 or 4)

Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux Op.39 (group by 3 or 4)

Combination of Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux Op.33 and Op.39 (group by 3 or 4)

Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue op.21

2) An encore piece by applicant’s choice with maximal 10 minutes by a composer from the Baroque to the    Romantic period.

2. Participants will be judged on

a) Faithful rendition of the original style of the musical form, the musical period, and the composer

b) Tone color

c) Technique

d) Presentation and execution with grace and nobility

3. Semifinal and Final of the competition will be broadcast 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.

4. Contestants are required to play from memory.

5. The panel retains the right to stop a performance.

Dress Code

1. Contestants must wear conservative formal performance attire during the competition. Improper attire may result in disqualification.

2. Recommended attire for men includes dark-colored suits or tuxedos; recommended attire for women is formal evening gown.


1. All pianists age 16 to 48 with one of the following qualifications

  • Concert artist
  • Professional performer
  • Piano educator
  • Current student or alumnae of a music institute

2. After the qualification round, the Organization Committee will mail invitations to all qualified contestants. The invitations will enable the contestant to apply for visas to USA and register on the day of the competition.


1. Application Deadline: July 31, 2016. All application materials must be received by the Organization Committee by the deadline.

2. Methods of Application:

1) Internet: Click here to register online

2) Email: piano@globalcompetitions.org

3) Hotline: 1-646-736-2988

4) Fax: 1-212-918-3479

5) Mail: 229 W. 28th St., Suite 700, New York, NY 10001, USA

Attn: Organization Committee of 2016 NTD International Piano Competition

3. Applicants must provide the following application package:

1) Completed Application Form for the 2016 NTD International Piano Competition, which can be downloaded from the competition’s website. The signature of a legal guardian is required if applicant is under 18 years old.

2) A recent photo of applicant taken within 12 months, preferably professional profile photo in electronic format.

3) A copy of a valid legal ID.

4) Audition video (details see Procedures and Competition Repertoire part of the regulation).

5) 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. Application fee: A US$150* nonrefundable application fee shall apply. 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.

*Note: Applicants from several countries will have reduced application fee due to sponsorship.  Check FAQ section of this website for details.

5. Registered express mail charges: for applicants who need to apply for visa to compete in the live preliminary round in the United States, please indicate so on the Application Form. Upon applicant’s qualification to the live preliminary round, an additional US$50 fee is needed to process the shipping and handling of invitation letter and visa materials via USPS Priority Mail Express International.

Location and Dates

Orientation: September 29, 2016

Preliminary: September 30, 2016

Semifinal: October 1, 2016

Final: October 2, 2016

Location for Preliminary, Semifinal and Final Rounds:

Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, USA

Winners’ Concert: Date and Time TBD


One Gold Award will receive US$10,000

One Silver Award will receive US$3,000

One Bronze Award will receive US$1,000

A number of outstanding performance award winners will be recognized.

Accommodation and Transportation

1. The Competition’s Organization Committee will recommend hotels in New York for contestants.

2. Contestants and their entourages are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation.


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.

The Organization Committee of 2016 NTD International Piano Competition

Initially published on September 30, 2015

Modified on May 5, 2016